Empowering young girls to discover their power through building.

Manchester, NH   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 02-0522863


Girls at Work, Inc. helps girls ages 8-18 unlock their inherent potential by learning to build with power tools. Along the way, we help girls discover their inner power tools of strength and courage to build strong, safe lives. We empower and instill confidence, and we have served over 15,000 girls so far.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Elaine Hamel

Main address

200 Bedford Street

Manchester, NH 03101 USA

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Subject area info

Vocational education

Human services

Youth organizing

Youth development

Population served info

Women and girls


Low-income people

Extremely poor people


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NTEE code info

(Other Youth Development N.E.C.) (O99)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girls, particularly inner-city girls, need to be empowered. They need the opportunity to build self confidence and prove to themselves they can accomplish what they put their minds to. Our mission and programs address this problem. These girls often do not have transportation for getting to/from our programs, so we are addressing this issue 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?

Build Me Up After School Program

Our after school programs are for girls 8-11 years old in partnership with:
* Manchester School District
* 21st Century Community Learning
* Boys and Girls Club of Manchester

We also design classes for groups of ten girls. Projects are determined by budget and amount of time the group can spend in the shop. If you have a group of eight to ten girls from the same school who would like to build, we may be able to provide transportation to and from the school.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Social and economic status

The week-long Build Me Up Summer Camps provide a safe place for builders to continue to thrive during the vulnerable summer months. Young builders will enjoy fun peer bonding, team building, and STEM-based camp activities and games. Summer projects are often larger than the afterschool program projects; first time builders are provided plenty of instructor guidance and peer support.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Low-income people

You know those friends and/or co workers you miss? Round them up and sign up for a Team Build to get reconnected and empowered while giving back! Or girls, ask your teachers to sign you and your girlfriends up for a Team Build so you can hang out building some cool picnic tables to donate to non profits who can’t afford to buy them!

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Low-income people

Our Leadership Program is designed for older girls who can participate in more advanced woodworking projects than our after school program. In addition to woodworking, we will have volunteers from The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard work with our leaders in a variety of workshops. These workshops will empower girls to see the many career choices that exist once they step out of their comfort zones.
This is an ongoing program that runs for the entire school year and has limited space so if you are interested please fill out the survey and we can contact you to set up an interview.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Low-income people

Where we work


Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 2022


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 young girls empowered by our building programs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Low-income people, Young adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Percentage of girls requiring full or partial scholarship assistance from donations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Extremely poor people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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 educate and empower at least 1,000 middle school-aged, inner city girls annually through individual and team-building building projects.

We also plan to expand the STEM initiatives in our programs beginning in 2022.

While the majority of our programs have been focused inside our Manchester, New Hampshire workshops, we are now venturing out across New Hampshire, taking our programs and builds directly into middle schools.

We are working at expanding into Bow, Dunbarton, and Concord regions.

Eventually we would like to become a model that can be replicated across the country. But we are extremely donor-funded and fact, nearly 95% of our girls require full or partial scholarships via philanthropy to participate in our building programs.

We are proud that we are empowering the girls that really need it the most, and our programs are often times the only extracurricular programs these girls participate in.

We have hired our first Development Director, a seasoned professional who is creating a major gift and grant-focused operation. In his first couple of months, he has helped land two gifts of $20,000, and we raised $75,000 in December of 2021 alone.

We are also embarking on a marketing review and rebranding effort with the help of a professional firm, to do a better job spreading the word. A generous donor just made a gift to fully cover this important initiative.

We also have a newly-reconstituted and highly-engaged and diverse Board. We are on the launching pad towards an even brighter future!

We recently pilot tested our new "off site" build program at Hillside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire. We learned a lot from the test project, and we were astounded with the response and success.

We typically have 1,000 girls involved in our programs in a 12 month period. In this new, three-week middle school program test, EVERY single girl in the school participated. 450 program participants in all in just three weeks. 350 girls built Shaker peg boards, then 105 girls built 10 picnic tables during the day-long "team build" session. We then donated the picnic tables to local women's shelters.

Now, the other three middle schools in the City want to replicate the program. But the cost of each program is over $20,000, so we are seeking funding for those programs now.

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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


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 10.70 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 9 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 GIRLS AT WORK INC’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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $43,459 $10,024 $84,938 $58,334 $200,274
As % of expenses 17.9% 4.4% 18.7% 19.6% 58.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,994 $3,852 $78,766 $52,011 $188,315
As % of expenses 15.3% 1.6% 17.1% 17.1% 53.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $286,863 $238,977 $946,218 $369,804 $543,663
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -16.7% 295.9% -60.9% 47.0%
Program services revenue 10.9% 23.6% 2.8% 2.0% 10.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 24.0% 13.7%
All other grants and contributions 89.1% 75.7% 97.0% 74.1% 76.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $243,404 $228,953 $454,030 $296,979 $343,389
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -5.9% 98.3% -34.6% 15.6%
Personnel 76.3% 74.2% 43.9% 65.7% 69.1%
Professional fees 0.9% 1.0% 2.4% 1.9% 1.9%
Occupancy 8.9% 7.1% 3.9% 8.9% 9.2%
Interest 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.4% 17.6% 49.8% 23.4% 19.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $248,869 $235,125 $460,202 $303,302 $355,348
One month of savings $20,284 $19,079 $37,836 $24,748 $28,616
Debt principal payment $8,245 $5,043 $0 $0 $74,730
Fixed asset additions $9,822 $0 $0 $0 $45,744
Total full costs (estimated) $287,220 $259,247 $498,038 $328,050 $504,438

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.9 8.6 7.5 14.9 15.1
Months of cash and investments 7.9 8.6 7.5 14.9 15.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.8 8.6 6.3 11.9 15.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $159,231 $164,729 $282,002 $369,770 $432,845
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $225 $19,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $42,537 $42,037 $42,037 $42,862 $88,606
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 34.8% 49.9% 64.6% 78.1% 51.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.1% 6.4% 14.9% 19.7% 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $170,020 $173,872 $252,638 $304,649 $492,964

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

Elaine Hamel

“I believe teaching girls and women how to use power tools to build provides an experience that shatters the lens of powerlessness that so many struggle with. Our girls and women need extreme measures to silence the voices of self doubt that consume them at every turn. I believe building does just that and also enables them to discover that the most powerful tool in their arsenal is their voice.” * Over 25 years experience as a general contractor specializing in residential renovations. * Has led 6 service trips to rebuild New Orleans homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina * Has empowered well over 15,000 girls through building since founding Girls at Work in 2000

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Lauren Smith

City of Manchester

Board co-chair

Ken Hamel

Bridge Growth Partners

Donald Bossi

Technology Venture Partners

Kate Lafond

CDC Foundation

Lauren Smith

Manchester NH Mayor's Office

Ken Hamel

Bridge Growth Partners

Christina Stahlkopf


Shanita Williams

Southern New Hampshire University

Martha Dickey

Granite United Way

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/20/2023

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/20/2023

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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.
  • 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 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 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.