Growing Up Knowing

aka Growing Up Knowing   |   Jackson, MS   |
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Growing Up Knowing

EIN: 45-3267178


We promote healthy life decisions through family education and community partnerships.

Notes from the nonprofit

Growing Up Knowing continues to do important, radical work in the state of Mississippi. Our three signature programs teach students, and their parents/caregivers abuse and bullying prevention and comprehensive sex education, starting with pre-school and going through middle school. Families are empowered to learn the importance of body autonomy and how to avoid risky behaviors. The last two years have been a challenge, but we are committed to continuing our mission and strengthening as an organization.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Tammy Golden

Main address

PO Box 16123

Jackson, MS 39236 USA

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Subject area info

Reproductive health care

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers



NTEE code info

(Children's and Youth Services) (P30)

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Growing Up Knowing is experiencing a restructuring phase, coming out of the last two years. COVID-19 required a shift in programming, which was accomplished. However, our biggest need continues to be long-term funding. Both operational dollars and program growth/development dollars. Demand for all three signature programs remains high, with requests for a High School Curriculum as well.

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?

My Body, My Boundaries for Elementary School Families

In today’s world there are vast amounts of bullying and abuse – physical, emotional and sexual. It is crucial that our children learn to use a strong voice regarding their rights, especially about their bodies, so they can grow into strong, confident pre-teens, teenagers and adults. Children need to be taught to say “NO” to bullying and abuse. Educating our children to respect themselves and one another will lead to a world less violent and more respectful of humanity.

The Growing Up Knowing elementary school curriculum teaches children about their bodies and gives them the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe and grow into healthy individuals. To implement this research-based curriculum, we partner with community and faith-based organizations. This one-hour program inspires ongoing healthy conversations at home. We accomplish this by focusing on:

correctly naming body parts
recognizing physical boundaries and safe touching
saying “NO” to abuse and bullying
reporting abuse to trusted adults
successfully communicating between parents and children
respecting and loving your own body

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Growing Up Knowing partners with community and faith-based organizations to host four nights of education in safe, trusting environments with young teens and their parents or guardians. We work to arm the participants with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about responsible sexual behavior.

Growing Up Knowing trains staff at the partner organization, who already have relationships with the families, to facilitate the program. The research-based curriculum focuses on:

Reproduction and sexually transmitted infections (STI) facts
Consequences of risky sexual behavior
Pregnancy prevention (including abstinence and contraceptives)
Assertive, effective communication skills and affirmative consent
Problem-solving, decision-making, and resisting peer pressure

Population(s) Served

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents teach children early and often that there are no secrets between them, and children should feel comfortable talking with their parents about anything – good or bad, fun or sad, easy or difficult. These conversations can be uncomfortable, but with the correct information and skills, families can successfully engage in these vital discussions. It is crucial that our children learn to use a strong voice regarding their rights, especially about their bodies, so they can grow up confident and safe. Young children need to be taught to say “NO” to bullying and abuse.

My Body, My Boundaries Early Childhood Program teaches children about their bodies and staying safe. To implement this evidence-based curriculum, we partner with early childhood, community, and faith-based organizations. This program encourages ongoing healthy conversations at home by focusing on the following:

Correctly naming body parts
Understanding what physical boundaries are
Learning how to say “NO” to abuse and bullying
Feeling safe telling parents or teachers about uncomfortable situations
Discovering how to respect and love your own body

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work


2023 Mississippi's Top Nonprofit Award 2023

Mississippi Business Journal

Affiliations & memberships

Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy 2023

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.

* Strengthen the board of directors, making sure new members are trained and engaged in the mission.
* Find new sources of long-term funding outside the state of Mississippi
* Amend current program curriculum to be more inclusive, which would lead to more diverse program partners
* Develop a high school curriculum, making sure it is current with that demographic's particular needs

Growing Up Knowing has been invited to partner with the MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy to complete their Innovations Lab program. This will be an active engagement designed to strengthen staff and board through EIA training and certification, improvement of the strategic plan, capacity-building training, workshops on storytelling, outcomes and measures, and concept notes, business plan development, and a funding pairing process to meet new targeted funders. This program, along with adding new board members and continuing to target new community funding partners will help Growing Up Knowing continue to meet programming demands.

Growing Up Knowing has survived the last two years by being flexible and realistic. During the 2020 lockdowns all programs were pivoted to an online format, which allowed a greater reach across the state of Mississippi. The agency has remained vigilant and responsible with its budget, curbing excessive spending and cutting back where needed in order to be sure all program requests were met. We are proud to be still standing, when so many nonprofits had to close their doors. Our primary focus continues to be serving the students and families of Mississippi and saying "yes" to each and every request for programming.

Due to the development of an online programming format, Growing Up Knowing serves community partners across the state of Mississippi. During the last two years, we have reached more students and families than ever before. Our partnerships with the Freedom Projects of Mississippi are resulting in increased activity in the most underserved parts of the state, including the MS Delta. Our programs continue to be the only ones offered that include parents/caregivers in the discussions of abuse and bullying prevention and comprehensive sex education. We believe this makes our curriculum unique and attractive to our community partners and the families we serve.

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.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    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 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


Growing Up Knowing
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 5.32 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 2.9 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Growing Up Knowing

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Growing Up Knowing’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 2018
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $184,648
As % of expenses 230.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $184,648
As % of expenses 230.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $245,781
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $80,219
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 60.6%
Professional fees 12.7%
Occupancy 3.7%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 22.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018
Total expenses (after depreciation) $80,219
One month of savings $6,685
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $86,904

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018
Months of cash 14.5
Months of cash and investments 14.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 35.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018
Cash $97,030
Investments $0
Receivables $144,555
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $237,936
Temporarily restricted net assets $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $237,936

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018
Material data errors No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Tammy Golden

Tammy Golden joined the Growing Up Knowing family in January of 2020. She brings with her eight years of experience with The Greater Jackson Arts Council as the Special Events Director and three years of experience as the Interim Executive Director and Office Manager for VSA Mississippi. Recently she has been the Office Manager for Killebrew Psychological Services and the Office & Billing Administrator for Wilkins Patterson Smith Pumphrey & Stephenson, P.A. For twelve years she ran her own home-based business, mentoring and supporting 161 women to do the same. Tammy has a heart for activism and loves working daily to improve the lives of Mississippi's children and their families. Empowering youth to avoid risky behaviors and to create a life of their choosing is privilege she does not take lightly. Tammy has a B.A. from Rhodes College and a Master of Music Therapy from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Board of directors
as of 10/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Inglish DeVoss

Independent Consultant

Term: 2022 - 2023

Gabrielle Banks


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Rashaylan Rice

Graduate Student

Julie Thompson

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Keisha Varnell

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Jehrod Williams

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2019

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.