GIRL MUSEUM INC

Celebrating Girlhood

Havana, FL   |  http://www.girlmuseum.org

Mission

Girl Museum is the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girls and girlhood. Established in March 2009, we believe girls are the key to a brighter, better future and that girls deserve to have a museum of their own. By giving girls a space in which they can document, preserve, and present their history and culture, we empower girls to lead healthy, happy lives dedicated to creating a better world for all.

We are:

-- A virtual museum for the research, preservation, and presentation of girl culture. We are also a member of the International Association of Women's Museums.

-- A community of passionate and creative individuals dedicated to creating a world where all girls are guaranteed their rights and the ability to live safe, healthy, happy lives.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Ms. Ashley Remer

Main address

161 Forest Rd c/o Teri Abstein

Havana, FL 32333 USA

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EIN

26-4507189

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Women's Rights (R24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girls make up half of the world's population, yet they lack the basic human rights that guarantee their safety and ability to pursue meaningful, healthy lives. By giving girls a space in which they can document, preserve, and present their history and culture, Girl Museum empowers girls to lead healthy, happy lives dedicated to creating a better world for all. Our programs focus on:
- An information platform - through social media, our events, and a website - for socio-cultural dialogue;
- A virtual museum, open 24/7, that researches and collects stories about girls in art, history, and culture, and presents these stories through exhibitions, publications, and projects that focus on the unique experience of being born and growing up female; and
- Advocacy for girls around the world, believing that girls are forces for collective responsibility and the key to a brighter, better future for all of humanity.

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?

Online Exhibitions

The main thing we do at Girl Museum is research and produce exhibitions. We have four unique series of exhibitions that run throughout the year. Each show is based on original research utilizing still images, audio and video. At present we have several exciting projects in production in the USA, India and New Zealand.

Population(s) Served

We produce educational guides to accompany our exhibitions aligned to US and UK educational standards. We also produce a pamphlet series addressing girl-related issues and advocacy; a Girls Book Club for the dissemination of girl-positive literary role models; and Girl Quizzes to supplement and evaluate learnings across all programs.

Population(s) Served

We produce original podcast on a range of topics and news focusing on girls from a girls' eye view.

Population(s) Served

These projects include projects open to submissions by the international community. Current programs include Heirloom, Why I Game, and submissions to our blog.

Population(s) Served

Girl News International is our twice monthly girl-focused newspaper. It is a curated collection of stories from all over the world. See the world from a girls’ point of view, with articles focused on current events, politics, health, arts and culture, crime, sports, and STEM fields.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

International Association of Women's Museums 2019

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 curricula designed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Activities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of new educational activities created, including Educational Guides, coloring pages, and quizzes.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cash contributions to Girl Museum, Inc.

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MailChimp subscribers.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goals are to continue to increase the number and depth of our programs. This includes:

(1) Producing at least 4 original exhibitions per year showcasing girls' history and culture;

(2) Continued production of our podcast series, with the inclusion of more special guests;

(3) Expansion of our educational offerings for students at all grade levels, with comprehensive US and UK-aligned educational guides, interactive quizzes, and multimedia resources;

(4) Increase our reputation as a trusted resource on girls' history and culture, through participation at conferences, in social media and advocacy movements;

(5) the establishment of a Girl Culture Virtual Archive accessible to the public with the ability to research and collaborate on the documentation of girl culture around the world;

(6) Participation in real-world pop-up projects, such as collaborative exhibits with museums and special events with other non-profits to advance girl culture and rights;

and (7) Establishment of new funding sources for expansion of our programs, establishment of new programs, staff development, and establishment of an endowment fund to continue our existence in perpetuity.

Our strategies include:

(1) Development of an exhibition program, with planned exhibitions for the next 5 years, and expansion of our Senior Staff volunteer team to include curators for each of our four exhibition series.

(2) Funding of a paid account with Podbean to ensure better metrics for assessment and determination of the the most in-demand topics by our audience.

(3) Expansion of Educational Activities to include coloring pages, interactive maps, and other interactive video, audio, or other multimedia content to better engage students in the documentation and research of girl culture, while ensuring all activities are aligned to U.S. and U.S. curriculum standards.

(4) Increased participation in girl studies organizations and conferences on girl studies and museums, including presenting our research and projects as well as the creation of a "Finding Girls in Museums" guide for both staff and visitors to museums around the world, in order to foster greater identification of existing girl culture in museums.

(5) New partnerships to produce programs, virtual and physical, dedicated to the advancement of girl culture. With a team based in the US, UK, and Southeast Asia, we expect to continue fostering these partnerships with an eye towards fundraising for special events.

(6) Expansion of our social media reach and creation of dedicated avenues of supporting our work, such as a membership program and a dedicated schedule of fundraising each year. These fundraisers would each be tied to a specific theme or program, enabling our supporters to better time their donations to suit their needs. Additionally, we will launch a monthly patrons program to encourage dedicated monthly giving to support Girl Museum's critical administrative and program needs.

We have assembled a dedicated volunteer team of ten museum professionals ("Senior Staff") who have committed to long-term positions with our museum. We also have an ongoing program of Junior Girl internships, which enable us to tap the resources and skills of these emerging professionals to develop new programs, incorporate new research, and increase our reach. Additionally, we continue to offer Junior Girls who have shown interest in and dedication to long-term volunteer work with us the ability to become Senior Staff and lead specific programs with our museum.

Each year, we also have several volunteers and project partners who enable us to reach new audiences through social media and e-mail marketing. Additionally, we connect through in-person events and conference presentations with scholars and museum professionals, enabling us to foster new partnerships and connections that support our mission.

We are currently undergoing the process of identifying sponsorship opportunities and a scalable plan for future growth and the establishment of a Girl Museum endowment.

We have accomplished establishing a rotation of at least four original exhibitions per year, a Social Media Strategic Plan that has increased our social media presence by 47% in just one year, a dedicated team of long-term volunteers, the establishment of a podcast series that continues to grow, and the revision of our educational programs to align to US and UK educational standards.

We continue to seek ways to accomplish our other goals of expanding our reach to increase visitation to over 100,000 per year; increase participation in our Heirloom and Girls Book Club; establish partnerships with schools to bring girls history and culture into classroom settings; and raise funds for the development of new interactive components on our website, a Girl Culture Virtual Archive accessible to the public, and establishment of an endowment to ensure our continued existence.

Our ten-year anniversary in 2019 will provide us the opportunity to fully understand our growth patterns since founding, and provide insights into the future of our museum and advocacy efforts.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

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

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GIRL MUSEUM INC

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashley Remer

Ashley Remer

No Affiliation

Teri Abstein

Mercedes Pino

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 03/16/2020

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
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2020

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

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.