Girls & nonbinary youth cause a ruckus!

aka Hardy Girls   |   Waterville, ME   |

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EIN: 01-0538121


Hardy Girls takes girls and nonbinary youth seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us. Our vision is girls causing a ruckus.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Adrienne Carmack

Main address

PO Box 821

Waterville, ME 04903 USA

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Subject area info

Community and economic development

Human rights

Youth services

Youth organizing

Women's services

Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls


NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Coalition Groups & Muse Program

A curriculum-guided program for middle school girls that is facilitated by college student "Muses". Coalition groups meet weekly, on location in schools and other contracted public spaces across Maine. Group discussions include such topics as: media literacy, gender identity, allyship & building coalition with peers, and social action. The Coalition Groups program utilizes the curriculum ‘From Adversaries to Allies: A Curriculum for Change‘, authored by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D and Mary Madden, PhD. This curriculum was updated in 2023 with consultation from Dr. Brown and assistance from Feminist Action Board members.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

The Feminist Action Board (FAB) program is for girls and nonbinary youth in grades 9-12. FAB members meet monthly throughout the academic year to form coalition in spaces where their voices are heard and amplified. Over the course of the year, FAB members plan, produce and ultimately facilitate workshops that they design specifically for self-identified girls in grades 4-8. The workshops are then presented annually at our 3-day Be You Boldly! spring conferences. FAB provides opportunities for leadership experience, activist tabling, speaking engagements, and coalition with peers from across the state. FAB members also collaborate with Hardy Girls' staff to ensure that the organization remains current and actively engaged in addressing the challenges facing all girls today.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people
Children and youth

The Be You Boldly! spring conferences are held annually over 3 days in 3 different geographic regions in Maine. Attendees are self-identified girls in grades 4-8. Each conference runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and conferences are celebrated by teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators as unique field-trip experiences where girls are able to fully be themselves. Members of the Feminist Action Board (FAB) plan and facilitate workshops that they design specifically for the 4th-8th graders. Attendees participate in 2 self-selected workshops, and they also have opportunities to engage with social action activities at the Action Spot Stations.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

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  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 9.72 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$63,959 $80,754 -$35,560 -$55,895 -$13,797
As % of expenses -17.9% 20.8% -7.0% -10.9% -3.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$67,608 $76,321 -$39,644 -$57,600 -$14,083
As % of expenses -18.7% 19.4% -7.7% -11.2% -4.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $375,343 $299,921 $532,728 $456,008 $337,739
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -20.1% 77.6% -14.4% -25.9%
Program services revenue 46.1% 36.5% 56.9% 19.6% 45.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 53.6% 63.3% 41.5% 78.1% 54.1%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1% 1.6% 2.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $357,259 $388,814 $508,597 $511,903 $351,536
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 8.8% 30.8% 0.7% -31.3%
Personnel 53.2% 62.6% 45.6% 35.6% 47.6%
Professional fees 0.3% 0.6% 0.9% 39.6% 34.2%
Occupancy 3.8% 3.4% 2.7% 5.2% 4.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 42.7% 33.3% 50.8% 19.7% 13.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total expenses (after depreciation) $360,908 $393,247 $512,681 $513,608 $351,822
One month of savings $29,772 $32,401 $42,383 $42,659 $29,295
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $11,008 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $401,688 $425,648 $555,064 $556,267 $381,117

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Months of cash 6.1 5.0 4.4 3.0 3.8
Months of cash and investments 6.1 5.0 4.4 3.0 3.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 2.7 1.2 2.9 3.7
Balance sheet composition info 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cash $181,120 $163,011 $184,946 $128,530 $112,738
Investments $83 $83 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $20,211 $20,211 $20,211 $20,211 $20,211
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.7% 69.6% 89.8% 98.3% 99.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.7% 44.9% 2.9% 3.9% 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets $16,963 $93,284 $53,640 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $169,644 $0 $127,864 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $169,644 $0 $127,864 $0 $0
Total net assets $186,607 $93,284 $181,504 $123,904 $109,821

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Adrienne Carmack

Adrienne has been working with Hardy Girls since 2014, when she began volunteering as a Coalition Groups leader while a student at Colby College. Since then, she has worked with the organization as a Program Assistant, a Board member, and a Program Committee member. Most recently she served as the Deputy Director of Arizona Advocacy Network, where she built and managed programs in nonpartisan election protection, jail-based voting outreach, and community-based voting rights advocacy. Adrienne earned a BA in Educational Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby, and her Masters in Education Policy at the University of Arizona.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 12/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Faith Barnes

Board co-chair

Kathleen Dodge

Faith Barnes


Lisa VanDyk

Maine Med

Deb Soifer


Valerie Brock

Community Member

Melanie Pearson

Covenant Health

Maya Brown


Izzy Bailey

Maine CDC

Farzeen Sheikh

Community Member

Kathleen Dodge


Lauren Holleb


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 1/20/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2021

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  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.