President and CEO
Every day, in communities across the U.S. and Canada, girls encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. To meet these challenges, Girls Inc. is both expanding our after-school services to reach more girls and advocating to improve the conditions for all girls to succeed.
I am pleased to report that 2016 marks the completion of our network-wide strategic plan and the start of our new plan. Thanks to you – our supporters, partners, and friends – Girls Inc. has increased both the number of girls served and the revenue raised to support our work.
Over the past five years, Girls Inc. grew the number of girls served through our comprehensive Girls Inc. Experience by 30 percent. More girls were provided the resources and support to boldly face challenges, increase their love of learning, and set and achieve their goals. What an achievement! Girls Inc. also grew network revenue by 18 percent, from $67.9 million in 2011 to $80.3 million in 2015.
During this time, we built a strong platform to achieve outcomes for girls and measure our impact. We defined our unique approach to serving girls, including core essential services in three areas: healthy living, academic enrichment and support, and life skills instruction. We developed our theory of change, implemented a participant tracking system, and began administering outcomes surveys.
Girls Inc. is now prepared to build on these accomplishments and leverage our network and brand to accelerate growth over the next five years, and set the organization on an unprecedented path beyond 2020.
We have a Bold Goal for the future:
To become the leading advocate in advancing rights and opportunities for all girls and employ a proven, dynamic model to empower 250,000 girls from low-income communities to discover their strengths and thrive.
Girls Inc. Strategic Plan 2016-2020 focuses on doubling the number of girls served with impact. This requires that we build growing and sustainable local Girls Inc. organizations, rooted in a well-articulated business model. This model will inform how we determine needs and direct resources and financial investments to expand the Girls Inc. network.
We will also leverage the collective voices of Girls Inc. girls to be a leading advocate for all girls. While we will focus intensely on serving the girls who need us the most, we will also build a policy and advocacy infrastructure to ultimately break down barriers and create more opportunities for all girls to succeed.
To jump start growth and build network capacity, we have launched a $20 million capital campaign. With 100 percent participation by our Board of Directors, we know the time is right to begin this significant undertaking.
The plans we’ve outlined are ambitious. But the need is great.
With your continued support and generous investment in Girls Inc., I am confident we will achieve our goals. Together, we will help more girls reach their full potential and dramatically reduce troubling barriers to their success.
We’re grateful to have you on board at such a critical time.
President & CEO