She's the First

New York, NY   |  http://www.shesthefirst.org

Mission

She’s the First (STF) fights for a world where every girl chooses her own future. We team up with local organizations to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Tammy Tibbetts

Co-founder & Chief Programs Officer

Ms. Christen Brandt

Main address

PO Box 20483 Columbus Circle Station

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

65-1321437

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Leadership Development (W70)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In too many places around the world, girls are treated as second-class citizens. They are denied an education, told when and who to marry, and blocked from leadership positions. She’s the First is a community fighting to change this. We share the belief that every girl, no matter where she is born, deserves to be educated, respected, and heard.

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?

Funding Girls' Programs

She’s the First partners with local organizations across 11 countries to ensure girls’ rights are respected, and that girls stay on track to complete their education and succeed beyond the classroom. STF supports a comprehensive education that includes academics, sex and health education, and life skills training. STF accomplishes this through workshops built around reproductive health, mentorship programs, advocacy campaigns, and supplemental education. As of October 2019, STF has reached 8,000 girls around the world and has impacted 75+ community organizations.

Population(s) Served

In addition, STF works with local experts to run trainings for mentors, educators, and organizations that design programs around girls’ needs. This includes two conferences, co-hosted with local partners, called Girls First in Nairobi, and in 2020, Niñas al Frente in Guatemala. When STF conducts trainings for partners, and when hosting local advocacy campaigns, STF always has a local co-host. These co-hosts take on equal responsibility for the success of the training programs or campaign, and together they collaborate on everything from logistics to content to facilitators. This allows for a truly actionable curriculum for attendees, one grounded in local context as well as global expertise, and for campaigns that genuinely resonate with local community members.

Population(s) Served

Our chapters at high schools, colleges, and universities organize fundraising and educational events, meet monthly/bimonthly to discuss issues affecting girls and women, and maintain active social media pages to continuously advocate for girls’ rights. As of 2019, STF’s reach on campus includes 225+ active campus chapters with a campus community of 5,000+ student members.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

DVF People's Voice Award 2013

Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation

30 Under 30 in Education 2012

Forbes

Millennials on a Mission 2013

Forbes

League of Extraordinary Women 2012

Fast Company

People’s Voice Award 2014

Diane von Furstenberg Family Foundation

Torino Award 2014

United Nations

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award 2015

The Association of Fundraising Professionals

Recognized by Michelle Obama 2018

The Girls’ Opportunity Alliance

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.

STF’s ultimate vision is a world where girls experience their rights and choose their own futures. That is possible when:

1. Girls access education and learn life skills and sexual & reproductive health information
2. Local organizations more effectively implement and advance girl-centered programs
3. People learn about the issue, change their attitudes, and change their behavior in support of gender equality

Therefore, when STF talks publicly about making sure that girls are educated, respected, and heard, they know that requires a multi-pronged and holistic approach. It requires a combination of subgranting direct service programs for girls, capacity building to strengthen the quality of those programs, and shifting public attitudes and behaviors. After all, girls can be taught to speak up, but the world needs to listen.

In order to accomplish these goals, STF works closely with local partners on research (especially in program reviews and focus groups with girls), as well as on training. STF believes that the global challenges facing girls have local solutions, and so building strong equitable partnerships with local organizations is what allows the model to succeed and thrive.

The best way to make real progress is to team up with inspiring local organizations fighting on the frontlines in communities where educated and respected girls are the exception, not the norm. STF’s partners are equals, and STF works with them every day to see to it that the girls in their communities are:

Educated. In addition to helping more girls to enter and graduate from high school, She’s the First ensures that they learn about sexual and reproductive health and receive crucial life-skills training.

Respected. STF trains educators and mentors to design programs around the needs of the most vulnerable girls in their community and run policy and behavior change campaigns to challenge practices that violate girls’ rights, from child marriage and FGM, to pregnant girls being forced to leave school.

Heard. STF puts girls at the center of everything they do. They build advocacy campaigns around priorities that girls identify, put them on stage at their trainings, and amplify female voices across every platform they have.

She's the First operates from its headquarters in New York City and is expanding its programs team by hiring locally, starting in Nairobi, Kenya in 2020. In New York, STF has been able to secure pro bono office space and services, ranging from strategic planning and M&E framework development to communications consulting. In addition to STF’s Board of Directors, STF also maintains committees and advisory relationships to build strength through a well-connected network.

Just before celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, She’s the First led the declaration of the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights (girlsbillofrights.org), which is the culmination of issues that the organization fights for. Since its start in 2009, STF has trained more than 75 local organizations to serve girls better every day and has provided 8,000 girls in 11 countries with the support and tools they need to become powerful agents of change. The organization declared that, in 2020, it would be expanding and opening an office in Nairobi.

Financials

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Operations

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

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She's the First

Board of directors
as of 12/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gwen Greene

She's the First

Term: 2015 -

Tom Kerns

Denise Restauri

Girl Quake & Forbes Women's Summit

Christen Brandt

She's the First

Kimberly Heinen

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tammy Tibbetts

She's the First

Maureen Mitchell

GE Asset Management

Chernor Bah

Jennifer Simon

Andrea Lontoc

Board leadership practices

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  • 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