GIRLS INCORPORATED OF COLUMBUS AND PHENIX-RUSSELL

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

aka GIRLS INC. OF COLUMBUS   |   Columbus, GA   |  http://www.girlsinc-columbus.org

Mission

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. Experience is a unique, holistic approach made up of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe. Here, girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. ​Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers at the local, state and national levels to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Ms. Arlene Charles

Main address

PO Box 3096

Columbus, GA 31903 USA

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Formerly known as

Girls Club of Columbus, Inc.

EIN

58-6011441

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite historic strides in the fight for women's rights and equality, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success.
- 1 in 6 girls will not finish high school.
- 78% of girls are not happy with their bodies.
- More than 1 in 20 U.S. teen girls become pregnant each year.
- 1 in 4 girls experiences sexual abuse or assault by age 17.
- Only 62% of U.S. college women graduate

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STRONG (Healthy)

Girls Inc. teaches healthy living so girls are able to make informed decisions, resist peer pressure, avoid risky behaviors, and take charge of their health:
- Girls develop assertiveness and refusal skills to avoid substance use and educate peers and younger girls on these issues.
- Girls learn about their bodies and identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and prevent STIs.
- Girls learn about media influences on self-perception.
- Girls embrace sportsmanship, positive risk taking, and team building.
- Girls build a holistic approach to stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and body image.

Population(s) Served

Girls Inc. provides academic enrichment so girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, aspire to and plan for education beyond high school, and explore non-traditional careers:
- Girls receive homework help and tutoring in support of classroom learning.
- Girls boost literacy skills and take ownership of learning.
- Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and view these fields as career options.
- Girls prepare for college, including course selection, campus visits, and securing financial aid.
- Girls explore job readiness through workshops and introduction to diverse women professionals in various careers.

Population(s) Served

Girls build life skills to set and achieve goals and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives:
- Girls learn to earn, save, and spend money with confidence and understand economic concepts from the individual to global levels.
- Girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects.
- Girls gain the skills and confidence to be future voters, candidates, and legislators with nonpartisan civic engagement activities.
- Girls learn to avoid and address violence in their homes, relationships, and communities
- Girls develop their voices and learn to positively advocate for themselves and others.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of girls served with holistic, high-impact experiences enabling them to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Girls Inc. creates trusting relationships with adult mentors, as well as hands-on, minds-on experiences for girls that address their ability to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As we embark on a new strategic direction, building from our current position of strength, our goals for the future include:
- Our program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls, particularly those who live in low and very low income communities.
- We will consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience.
- We will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model.
- We will expand our impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls.
- We will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be data-driven, performance-oriented, and an external influencer.

Effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: align with a network-wide approach to reaching girls with an intensive, holistic method that is distinctive to Girls Inc.

Consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: align business practices and strategic goals to emphasize sustainability and risk mitigation, opening the way to reach new communities.

Grow the number of low income girls served with impact: ensure we are anchored in communities where girls who most need us are located.

Expand our impact by being a leading advocate for advancing rights and opportunities for all girls:
engage in advocacy at national, state, and local levels, with a focus on the needs of girls from low-income communities and girls who face multiple, intersectional challenges.

Ensure the resources, systems, and supports to be data-driven, performance oriented, and external influencer: utilize Outcomes Measurement Strategy to demonstrate measurable difference.

Girls Inc. of Columbus has strengthened its business operations and financial management, and actively leverages our relationship with the national organization. Changes include:
• Improved operational efficiency and more properly-focused functional roles.
• Better internal controls, consistent operations policies, and clear performance expectations.
• A new pay structure based on market research to ensure competitive salaries and a stronger ability to recruit and retain high caliber staff.
• Regular professional development opportunities for all staff at all levels.
• Improved financial management practices and policies to ensure transparency and facilitate timely management decisions.

The organization has embarked on an ambitious growth plan that will increase the total number of girls served with impact to more than 2200 by 2020.

On a local level, Girls Inc. of Columbus successfully met 85 percent of its 2015-2020 strategic goals by January 2017 and ended the fiscal years 2016 and 2017 with modest revenue surpluses. In May 2016, the first new Executive Director in 35 years assumed leadership of the organization. Since then, operating and infrastructure changes have been implemented, local partnerships have been strengthened, and visibility of the organization has grown.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, other,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GIRLS INCORPORATED OF COLUMBUS AND PHENIX-RUSSELL

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lesley Dudley

Tsys

Term: 2019 - 2020

Joy Coker

TSYS

Tara Askew

Columbus Technical College

Lesley Dudley

TSYS

Kari Joyner

GAP Manufacturing

Amie Guin

Synovus

Latisha Wells

Anthem-BCBSGA

Kia Chambers

Abigail Miller

Isiah Harper

Sherricka Day

Gail Burgos

Global Payments

Jannina Marion

River Center for the Performing Arts

Dave Arwood

PMB Broadcasting

Darcy Brito

Aflac

Jacqueline Watley-Love

Gladys Williams-Tillmon

The On Purpose Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/22/2020

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