GIRLS ON THE RUN OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

We are building future leaders and changemakers one finish line at a time

aka GOTRLA   |   Pasadena, CA   |  https://gotrla.org

Mission

Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTRLA enhances the abilities of adolescent girls, age 8 to 14, to navigate life experiences and to pursue a lifetime of healthy living and self-respect. We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential and by knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these girls will change the world. Since our inception, Girls on the Run Los Angeles has inspired 15,000 girls, in 3rd to 8th grades, to realize their potential through the benefits of exercise and mentoring. Because strong girls become strong women who build strong communities, we are building future leaders and changemakers one finish line at a time.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Molly Snow

Main address

556 S. Fair Oaks Ave #101-307

Pasadena, CA 91105 USA

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Formerly known as

Girls on the Run of Pasadena

EIN

20-5115367

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GOTRLA bridges the gap between school-based learning and the need for physical and social education, especially in neighborhoods where income prohibits families from participating in the positive after-school experiences that help children succeed in school and life. Although many girls enter GOTRLA with little-to-no interest in running and often report low levels of physical activity, positive encouragement helps them adopt a more active lifestyle. The well-documented correlation between income, fitness level and classroom performance means that children from low-income families have a higher likelihood of becoming tomorrow’s less educated adults, repeating the cycle of poverty and poor health. GOTRLA works to reduce disparities in health that start in childhood due to social determinants, such as income and access. When these families struggle to provide basic necessities, opportunities for after-school enrichment – that encourage girls to be active and engage - all but disappear.

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?

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a 10-week after school program that uses the power of running to teach girls that they can do anything.  While the program trains girls to participate in a non-competitive 5K, the more important objective of the program is learning how to be healthy emotionally, physically, mentally…holistically.  Our curricula address important issues to girls in grades 3-5.  We discuss body image, bullying, gossip, community involvement and other topics relevant to healthy development.  No running experience is required and the program is designed for everyBODY!

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Girls on the Run is a 10-week after school program that uses the power of running to teach girls that they can do anything.  While the program trains girls to participate in a non-competitive 5K, the more important objective of the program is learning how to be healthy emotionally, physically, mentally…holistically.  Our curriculum addresses important issues to girls in grades 6-8.  We discuss body image, bullying, gossip, community involvement and other topics relevant to healthy development.  No running experience is required and the program is designed for everyBODY!

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Pace Setter Award: Excellence in Council Management; Strategic Planning 2012

Girls on the Run International

Women of Distinction Nonprofit Honoree 2014

Alston & Bird, LLA

Pace Setter Award: Excellence in Council Management; Marketing 2014

Girls on the Run International

Pace Setter Award: Excellence in Council Management; Volunteer Management 2015

Girls on the Run International

Pace Setter Award: Excellence in Council Management; Strategic Planning 2017

Girls on the Run International

Inspiring Leader Award, Executive Director 2018

Los Angeles County Top 40

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

GOTRLA has set forth a clear path of growth in Los Angeles County. We will serve more girls at more sites, powered by increased revenue, more staff deployed in an efficient and effective manner, and more community partnerships with deeper connections. We have implemented a framework for continuing to expand our reach and impact in a sustainable and inclusive manner in the years ahead. Our Strategic Plan through 2024 focuses on Impact and Sustainability. These are achieved by increasing number of girls (total and unduplicated) participating in programs and increasing revenue to expand our reach and impact and provide capacity for future growth. We've set a goal of 20% growth in girls served each year for the next 5 years.

Increasing total girls in the program relies on our ability to: 1. Launch and refine new GOTRLA operational model (e.g. geographically-aligned organizational structure, operational efficiencies, etc.) to support growth. 2. Increase awareness of and engagement with GOTRLA with key audiences to drive participation of girls: parents, schools and teachers, community partners. 3. Identify and cultivate opportunities for collaboration such as non-traditional program sites, partnerships and alliances to accelerate program growth. 4. Continue to pursue innovative approaches to solving growth challenges such as coach recruitment and retention, site relationships and more. Increasing revenue to drive and sustain more girls relies on the following strategies: 1. Build a corporate partnership program with opportunities for financial and in-kind support, volunteer engagement, Board of Directors recruitment and more. 2. Seek scaling and capacity building grants from foundations. 3. Pursue required funding from foundations, corporations and individuals to support target financial assistance levels. Plans and action items to activate each strategic imperative are outlined in our 2024 Strategic Plan.

The eighteen member Board of Directors is carefully selected for their expertise, resources and networks; providing important skill sets to the organization to achieve our long-term goals. Assessing needs annually and updating skills to meet growing needs ensures a depth of talent on the Board each year. Some skills actively sought are financial consulting, accounting, strategic development, grant writing, marketing, evaluations and legal counsel.

Executive Director since 2011, Molly Snow draws from her extensive non-profit experience building sustainable and diverse revenue streams and setting priorities to ensure innovative and successful program strategies. Under her pioneering leadership, GOTRLA has seen a 200% growth in girls served, with a commitment to thoughtful partnership development and program growth in underserved communities. The other full-time staff is comprised of a regional Program Managers and a Volunteer Coordinator who collaborate to ensure program goals are met. They conduct evaluation, volunteer recruitment, coaches training, volunteer management, participant recruitment, site identification and partnerships. Staff has proven to be highly skilled in the project management of their regions, as well as being eager to assist on any project that requires all-staff support, including managing relationships with partners, families and participants.

With six full-time staff, a dynamic and highly engaged board, and an energetic and highly trained base of more than 800 volunteers; GOTRLA serves a socially, economically and culturally diverse group of girls from every corner of Los Angeles County. Since our work began, GOTRLA has expanded from four to 175 team sites, annually serving 2,000 girls countywide. Growth is carefully managed through a 3-year strategic plan that leverages volunteer commitments, community partnerships and financial support to meet growing demand for new sites, especially in underserved communities.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Girls on the Run serves students who identify as female in grades 3 through 8. GOTRLA targets 8- to 14-year-old girls at a critical developmental stage that has important implications for adolescence and adulthood. The program is specifically designed for girls at the age where they are exploring who they are and where they belong in their communities, yet are still receptive to adults.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Most recently, we have collected information in order to provide continued service throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. We listened to parents and guardians of participants to create several various program delivery methods in order to accommodate as many girls as possible during overwhelming uncertainty.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Collecting feedback has not noticeably changed relationships.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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GIRLS ON THE RUN OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Stacey Koch

Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Term: 2017 - 2022

Molly Fast

Event 360

Lauren Haverlock

Moss Adams

Erica Helphand

OP-3

Sonya Joo

Autograph

Nellie Kim

NKE Consulting

Stacey Koch

Citizens of the World Los Angeles Charter Schools

Brittany Duke-Noblin

Barbaro, Chinen, Pitzer & Duke, LLP

Catherine Bradshaw

Self-employed

Erin Goldman

ZipRecruiter

Jasmine Smalls

Fidelity Investments

Jessica Gutierrez

Netflix

Rachel Watson

Emerson College

Rebecca Abraham

Aristotle Capital Management

Wesleigh Roeca

Amazon Alexa

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 9/21/2022

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability