Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

People Make Choices, Choices Make History

aka Facing History and Ourselves   |   Brookline, MA   |  http://www.facinghistory.org


Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing History uses a unique approach that integrates civics, equity, and social-emotional learning (SEL) into core academic content. When Facing History pedagogy and curriculum are integrated into the classroom, educators provide opportunities for students to develop SEL and civic skills and dispositions, including tolerance and empathy, the ability to communicate across difference, a capacity for ethical reflection, a commitment to the common good, and a belief that each person's choices and actions matter, all of which prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Dr. Roger Brooks

Main address

16 Hurd Road

Brookline, MA 02445 USA

Show more contact info



NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

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?

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History offers middle and high school teachers, schools, and districts a comprehensive, sustained program that integrates SEL, equity, and civic learning into professional learning, curricular resources, and educator support for continuous improvement. We are experts in creating emotionally and intellectually engaging curriculum and delivering transformative training programs. Facing History’s professional learning engages adults as learners, rather than simply adding to content knowledge or providing supplemental programs. In fact, 99% of teachers surveyed would recommend Facing History professional development to their colleagues, compared to the 29% US average for teachers’ satisfaction with professional development, as reported by the Gates Foundation.

Facing History’s program includes:
Face-to-face and online professional learning experiences, including seminars, workshops, webinars, and self-paced experiences in our On-Demand Learning Center;
Case studies, units, lessons, teaching strategies, and other supplementary resources for middle and high school social studies and English language arts courses; and
Educator support, including both in-person and virtual mentoring and coaching.

Applying these practices, educators learn how to explore pivotal moments of history and complex ethical dilemmas in literature in a way that is both relevant to students' lives and develops their critical thinking, social-emotional, and civic education skills and competencies.

In addition we have two initiatives that are both standalone and integrated into all of our work:
- Current Events in Your Classroom provides the tools, training, and resources to help teachers and students build media literacy and examine difficult topics in the news as they unfold, such as ongoing immigration debates, voting rights, and devastating hate crimes. Our current events Explainers and Teaching Ideas provide teachers with strategies to address breaking news in ways that provide context and comfort, and connect history to today’s headlines.
- Teaching for Equity and Justice workshop series is integrated into all of our seminars and also offered as a standalone workshop series or district-wide initiative. Designed as an adult learning journey, this series of four modules provides educators with opportunities to engage in self-reflection and examine the legacy of historical racism in American education. Throughout this learning journey, educators learn to identify and interrogate adult deficit-oriented mindsets and practices that hinder student engagement. In the endless quest for educational equity and justice, Facing History provides the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to empower students to reach their full potential.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Facing History and Ourselves is in the final year of a growth plan and is well on track to meet its objectives. Our priorities are deepening impact, creating content, strengthening infrastructure, innovating digitally, cultivating systemic change, and promoting public conversation. These priorities are organized around three interdependent growth areas:

-Civic education: Investments in this area help to infuse whole classrooms, schools, and districts with an approach to education that fosters academic engagement with positive social-emotional learning gains.
-Content and innovation: Growth in this area extends Facing History's world-class scholarship and capacity for developing and sharing timely and relevant content, as well as for fostering learning communities among our network of teachers.
-Public engagement: Because no classroom exists in isolation, it is critical to engage members of the greater community in the conversations that begin with students and teachers in Facing History classrooms.

Facing History plans to implement its goals by:
-Scaling up our core work around civic education, social and emotional learning, moral decision-making, historical reflection and interpretation
-Expanding and innovating our digital delivery of professional development content, including blending digital and face-to-face delivery
-Further documenting our impact on teachers and students through evaluation studies and surveys
-Deepening new media partnerships to extend our reach and impact
-Developing and curating content that deepens the study of identity, tolerance, and genocide

Facing History has more than 175 staff members at eight offices in the United States, partner entities in Canada and the UK, and educational partnerships around the world, including in South Africa, Rwanda, China, and Israel. In the 2014-15 school year, the organization conducted more than 375 professional development seminars, workshops, and webinars, both face-to-face and online. More than 1,200 educators participated in 50 in-depth seminars throughout the 2014-15 school year. Facing History has partnerships with school districts across the country, and a growing network of 79 Innovative Schools which implement Facing History across disciplines and grade levels, embracing the organization's core themes as foundational to their schools' missions.

Facing History is recognized as a world-class teacher professional development organization using the methods of the humanities to help create more informed and compassionate members of global civil societies. The organization has a network of more than 35,000 implementing teachers and reaches 3.5 million students each year.

Facing History's effectiveness has been demonstrated by more than 140 external and internal evaluation studies. In 2014, Columbia University's Teachers College published the results of a randomized controlled study examining Facing History's professional development programs. Findings showed that teachers who participated in a Facing History seminar and received coaching and support showed significantly greater self-efficacy for creating engaging classrooms and promoting academic skills and civic learning than control group teachers. Facing History's unique combination of content and methodology now serves as a benchmark for promoting inclusive classrooms and improving academic performance.


Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.


Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.


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


Connect with nonprofit leaders


Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.


Connect with nonprofit leaders


Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Julie Leff


Term: 2014 - 2022

Jeffrey Bussgang

Elizabeth Jick

Paul Berz

Karen Harrison

Jill Karp

Lawrence Levy

Richard Melvoin

Mark Fife

Cristina Fockler

Jill Garling

Saul Pannell

Cheryl Einhorn

Andrew Janower

Susie Richardson

Debra Engel

Lori Fife

Emily Leventhal

Judy Wise

Abdullah Antepli

Amy Carlson

Caretha Coleman

Edda Collins Coleman

Reggie Crenshaw

Judith Goldman

Stacy Sharpe Jones

Daniel Katz

Eunice Lee

Madeleine Levy

Lisa Mooney

Lee Pelton

Richard Perry

Deborah Plummer

Fernando Reimers

MyKhanh Shelton

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data


No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.