Girls Education Collaborative

The whole girl. The whole world.

aka GEC   |   Buffalo, NY   |  www.GEC.NGO

Mission

GEC supports local changemakers to drive social change through the power of girls education. By acting as a partner, ally and catalyst for local initiatives, GEC works to equip girls with quality education and life skills to help them develop their own agency and realize their fullest potential. We work in the areas of most need within developing economies: high economic poverty, underserved, rural and where girls face multiple gender-based barriers.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Mrs. Anne Wadsworth

Main address

640 Ellicott Street DIG @ The Innovation Center

Buffalo, NY 14203 USA

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EIN

61-1578303

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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It is estimated that there are 130 million girls around the world not is school. For millions of these girls the reason they are out of school is simple - it's because they are a girl. Gender-based barriers are wide and deep and include Female Genital mutilation and child-marriage. Other barriers range from lack of toilets or products for menstruating girls to expectations to help at home. Girls Education Collaborative feeds social change by equipping marginalized, at-risk girls with education and life skills to help them develop their own agency and realize their fullest potential. We do this through deep partnerships with locally-driven initiatives in rural, under-served areas of developing economies. First and foremost this is a human rights issue - girls deserve equity of opportunity and control of their destiny. In addition, evidence is indicating that an educated female population fights generation critical poverty, poor health and endemic disease and even climate change.

Our programs

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

Kitenga School For Girls

In allyship with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa, creating a boarding school for girls in rural Tanzania.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our vision is a gender-equal world where all girls are in school and no longer barred from fulfilling and life-equipping education simply because they are a girl.

We aim to help communities create high-quality, accessible educational opportunity for the world's most at-risk and marginalized girls.

Our approach varies from traditional Western-led international development efforts. We believe that local individuals and organizations are best suited to understand their community’s needs and drive locally-supported solutions. We also realize that these local change-makers may not have the capacity or networks to access the needed resources and capital to create paradigm-shifting change—a depth of change that replaces the usual by new and different.

GEC’s role is to help provide that essential support for the local change agents focused on ending gender discrimination and lifting girls up through the transformative power of education. Our support is responsive, flexible, and multi-faceted. It can include financial assistance, thought partnership, and project management.

We offer partnership to locally driven, led, and owned initiatives. We believe that by linking arms with local efforts, we can help create robust educational environments for girls where few, if any, exist. We have no ownership, nor final say, but bring a willingness to engage deeply and for the long run as we believe this is what leads to enduring, sustainable change.

GEC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that raises money from individuals, foundations, corporations and other platforms to support girls education initiatives in rural, under-served areas of the developing economies.
We provide hard-to-access resources—such as direct financial support, expertise, and capacity building to help launch, build, and strengthen initiatives focused on educating some of the world’s most marginalized girls.
We engage deeply, actively, and frequently with our core partners.
We listen, and we problem solve together.
We build understanding and work together for the common good.
We are committed to measuring outcomes but know that not each outcome can be measured.
We are team players who respect that the final call rests with the local change-maker.
Collaborative is in our name for a reason. We aim to be advocates for our partners and, to the best of our own ability and capacity, leverage additional partners and collaborators to realize the collective shared vision.

In January 2017, the Kitenga Secondary School For Girls officially opened, welcoming in 58 girls ages 12-13 as it's first class.

The school is now hosting 100 students in 3 grades and the school just ranked #1 in their district on a competitive national exam (Form Two National Exams, Tanzania).

The school is anticipated to grow by 40% in the next school year (Jan. 2020) and at full enrollment will be close to 500 students.

In order to accommodate enrollment growth, more infrastructure is underway. In order to help all students succeed, programs are being developed and piloted. In addition, as funds are available, programming in the arts, athletics, land leadership and like skills training will grow.

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?

    In person conversation,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Girls Education Collaborative

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2020
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Board chair

Robert Berger

Georgia Dachille

Rich Products Corp.

Cristin Murray

Hodgson Russ LLP

Carole Smith Petro

Louise Sano

Global Villages

Ryan Knowles

Knowles Solutions

Christine Brown

Delaware Pediatric Associates

Board leadership practices

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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