Girls For A Change
P.O. Box 14844
Richmond VA 23221
Mission Statement
Girls For A Change is a national organization providing after-school programs in Richmond, VA, that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.
 
GFC provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support girls need to gain the voice, ability, and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential. We welcome and serve all girls and focus our efforts on girls who live in low income communities.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Angela W Patton
Board Chair Jim Davidson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Social Investor
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 14844
Richmond, VA 23221
Telephone 804 8524385
E-mail angela@girlsforachange.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
NameYear
Camp Diva2013
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $456,533.00
Projected Expenses $455,694.00
Additional Documents
Girls For A Change wishes to thank all of the girls, volunteers, funders and partners who make our programs flourish in the Richmond area. As our third largest site, Richmond is critical to our ongoing mission to serve girls who want to make positive change for themselves, their neighborhoods, and the world. Thank you.
Statements
Mission
Girls For A Change is a national organization providing after-school programs in Richmond, VA, that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.
 
GFC provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support girls need to gain the voice, ability, and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential. We welcome and serve all girls and focus our efforts on girls who live in low income communities.
Impact
Girls For A Change (GFC) will be in 14 metro areas nationally in 2011, with Richmond, VA, as our third largest service site.
 
GFC has served over 1,400 girls in the Richmond, VA area since 2008. 
 
Girls For A Change was named one of Opportunity Knocks 2010 Best Places to Work. 
 
Founder Whitney Smith was named one of Silicon Valley's 100 Most Influential Women. 
 
Needs
GFAC operates because of a dedicated corp of volunteers - we encourage women from all backgrounds and ages to become a Coach for a Girl Action Team in their community.
 
GFC operates solely on the funding provided by the community. If you would like to make a donation, host an event, or connect us with corporate and foundation leaders, let us know! 
 
GFC also seeks National Board Members - serve on a diverse Board on a dynamic and growing youth development agency. 
Background

 

Girls For A Change (GFAC) is a national organization that empowers girls ages 11-18, from low-income neighborhoods, to engage in their communities by creating social change. Through the process of identifying, designing and implementing girl-led solutions to challenges they face in their own neighborhoods, girls gain the voice, skills and problem-solving capacity they need to realize their full potential. 

Founded in 2000, GFC has trained more than 10,000 girls in six states and six international locations. One thousand professional women have been recruited and trained to serve as volunteer coaches, and 20,000 community members have been positively impacted by girl-led change projects. 

As an organization, GFC has been a leader in youth development for engaging girls in skill building through social change. The origins of GFC began in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. When working with girls in these programs, founder and CEO Whitney Smith noticed a trend.  When girls were asked what they would change about their community, what is unfair, the spark appeared.  

Girls became immediately engaged, both from a standpoint of being asked and valued for their perspective and for their determination to make the situation better.  “I don’t want my little sister to end up like me,” or “If I had access to resources, I would…” were common thoughts among the girls.  

In 2003, GFC was awarded a Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship based on GFC's potential to create wide scale social change. Fast Company Magazine as a “Social Capitalist Rising Star” has twice recognized GFC.  In 2010, Founder and CEO Whitney Smith was named one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women. 

August 2013, CEO Whitney Smith was overjoyed when she announced the incoming CEO of GFC, Angela Patton. She has been with GFC for over 6 years in a number of capacities, most recently leading our Richmond GFC site. Angela has also stepped into a thought leader role at GFC with her National Work as a TED Speaker and as the founder of two amazing programs, Camp Diva & Date With Dad. In addition to getting Angela, GFC will get to bring on board these two amazing new programs that will expand our empowerment programs with a focus on African American Girls. 

Joining Angela will be our new COO, Sandra Tripp. Sandra has been a strategist and futurist to several Fortune 500 companies and innovative nonprofit organizations. 

 

CEO Statement
In a time of unprecedented economic challenges, the impact on the most vulnerable of our society is even greater, providing more risk to making healthy choices.  Girls in low-income communities face greater challenges, because the choices that face them are even more critical in times such as these.  The pressure to join a gang to gain acceptance, perceived financial stability, and community looks more attractive when your family is struggling to put food on the table.  For some girls, the perceived security of having a child underage in order to enter public assistance programs seems a logical survival tactic. We want girls to realize there is more than one choice for their future. 
 
Through Girls For A Change, we address the very heart of the issue confronting girls – their confidence in their own voice and convictions, and the ability to identify resources within their lives that can make positive change and break cycles for a lifetime.  
Board Chair Statement
Girls For A Change is a vital presence in the lives of girls nationwide as well as in the local Richmond community.  For many, this is the first time the adults in their lives have truly listened to what they say - they feel heard, and this is the moment that transforms their view of themselves for a lifetime. 
 
Being part of a movement of change is not always taking the easy path, and while the current recession has challenged us all, it has provided the opportunity to scrutinize our growth opportunities and ensure that we are running as efficiently and effectively as possible in all of our locations. 
 
My personal goals are reflected in the mission of the organization - to see every girl have the opportunity to learn crucial leadership skills and build her self-esteem so she can thrive and not merely survive.
 
I wish that all of us had the opportunity to participate in a program like Girls For A Change when we were in middle school. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Henrico County
National
International
Chesterfield County
Petersburg, City
Richmond County
Tri-cities Region
Girls For A Change operates throughout Richmond Public Schools and community programs. Nationally, GFC currently works in 14 metro areas across 6 states and has served 5 sites internationally (Rwanda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Baja Sur Mexico, Afghanistan, India and Costa Rica).
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Davidson
Company Affiliation Social Investor
Term July 2014 to June 2018
Email jgdavidson@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Jennifer Williamson
Company Affiliation Virginia State University
Term July 2014 to June 2018
Email JWilliamson@vsu.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Quita Highsmith Community Volunteer
Shanza Isom Virginia Commonwealth University
Freida McNeil Richmond Public Schools
Carolyn Robinson MetLife Financial
Dr. Raymond Tadmey City of Richmond
Charles P. Taylor Community Volunteer
Christine Templin Twitter
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
MarQuita Burton Community Volunteer
Comments

Girls For a Change, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and shall be operated exclusively for

educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the

Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax

code.

To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other nonprofit

organizations which fall under the 501(c) (3) section of the internal revenue code

and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

 
 
 

The corporation shall have the power, directly or indirectly, alone or in conjunction or

cooperation with others, to do any and all lawful acts which may be necessary or

convenient to affect the charitable purposes, for which the corporation is organized, and

to aid or assist other organizations or persons whose activities further accomplish,

foster, or attain such purposes. The powers of the corporation may include, but not be

limited to, the acceptance of contributions from the public and private sectors, whether

financial or in-kind contributions.

 
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Angela W Patton
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Niko Everett June 2000 - Jan 2004
Whitney Smith June 1999 - Aug 2013
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 501
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 75
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
CIS; RPS; Friends Association for Children; YMCA; Henrico Schools
Programs
Description Girl Action Teams: During this 12-week, after-school program, each Girl Action Team of 10-15 girls and two women coaches identifies, designs and implements a girl-led solution to a pressing issue in their community. Sessions are held in the spring and fall of each year.

•    Volunteer Coaches: Women of diverse cultural backgrounds are recruited through local corporations to coach Girl Action Teams. Coaches receive 8 hours of training, a coach’s manual, online training videos and coaching strategies, ongoing staff support, and team visits.

•    Girl Action Network: As members of this online network, girls share world-changing ideas, collaborate on projects and download our Change Your World Action Kit, a free "how-to" social change guide. Social networking with a purpose.
 
Each Girl Action Team identifies a pressing issue in their community and then designs and implements a girl-led solution with coaching from the two volunteer women assigned to the team. This process empowers girls living in low-income neighborhoods with the self-confidence, leadership skills, problem-solving ability, and project management experience to be engaged in their community – to “thrive” instead of merely “survive”. Girls also learn how these skills are transferable to other challenges in their lives, and forever have the tools and resources provided through the program experience--long after the program ends.

GFC partners with organizations and schools serving girls from low-income communities throughout the country. Our target schools are ethnically diverse and 50% or more of the student population receiving free or reduced lunch.
Budget $115,000.00
Long Term Success Served over 1,200 urban young women in California and Arizona.
CEO/ED/Board Comments

Girls For A Change currently serves 1,100 girls in Richmond, VA and 450 girls in Oakland, CA. Annually, 90 girls from 25 cities attend Camp Diva, our summer residential program, at Virginia Union University. Thirty percent of participants remain active, becoming Girl Ambassadors and Coaches. Though we are currently working with researchers at Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University to evaluate our programs, we are happy to share that 91% of our girls and their families report that Girls For A Change builds skills and helps move them toward success.

Girls For A Change recently completed a strategic planning process, which brought our focus to a City Strategy that will enable us to positively impact the lives of many more girls across the country. This direction reflects a collection of difficult decisions made by senior leadership to advance the broader mission. It is designed to leverage the organization’s strengths, proven successes and the most valuable resources for our target market: girls. The approach also streamlines our programs, consolidating them where appropriate and eliminating extraneous activities.

With the City Strategy, Girls For A Change is also consolidating and further developing a replicable operating model to be tested in our two existing markets of Richmond and Oakland. Once the model is validated, and with sufficient funding, we plan to implement a deliberate growth strategy to expand to three additional cities in 2018.

As part of this restructuring and in preparation to fully implement the City Strategy, the organization intends to hire a full-time executive director to manage operations in each existing market and to begin a process of identifying similar leadership for potential expansion cities. In addition, Girls For A Change is piloting an approach to earned income that is oriented toward younger girls and designed to provide both local funding and a pipeline of participants for the organization’s core programs.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $456,533.00
Projected Expenses $455,694.00
Endowment Value $6,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$215,184$231,884$292,308
Administration Expense$120,465$122,739$161,511
Fundraising Expense$11,998$32,849$41,513
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.980.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%60%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%10%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,470$19,675$45,214
Current Assets$1,470$19,675$44,429
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$48,737$47,338$93,389
Total Net Assets($47,267)($27,663)($48,175)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.030.420.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 2/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments
Girls For A Change nationally will lower its overall expenses in FY14 to reflect a new model of working with programs and individuals that doesn't require substantial operations and support. We are excited to launch GFC Let's Go, which will enable more girls and boys to experience the problem solving, failure recovery, and leadership skill development available by using GFC programming. We will maintain programming in California and Virginia to test new advances in youth development and continue demonstrating program excellence.
 
In Richmond, we are working with Camp Diva, a youth development organization to partner in serving girls.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Regalia & Associates.
  • Financial information is inclusive of the national organization and its chapters.