History Unerased Inc.

Putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place - the classroom.

Lowell, MA   |
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History Unerased Inc.

EIN: 47-2852025


Our mission is putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place - the classroom - ensuring all students, today and beyond, learn a more complete story of America and a more accurate reflection of who "We the people" includes. This allows for genuine understanding and equality to take root in rising generations while improving the history, civics, and social studies education all students receive.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe LGBTQ visibility and representation in the history, civics, and social studies education all students receive is a powerful method to advance the ideals of American democracy.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Debra Fowler

Main address

P.O. Box 8421

Lowell, MA 01854 USA

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Subject area info


LBGTQ studies

Civic participation

LGBTQ rights

Civics for youth

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Population served info

LGBTQ people




NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LGBTQ history has been missing in our nation's history, civics, and social studies courses and classrooms. That is a problem that impacts us all. History UnErased is solving that problem by putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place - the classroom.

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?

Improving the History, Civics, and Social Studies Education All Students Receive in K-12 Schools

A better-informed citizenry is essential to advance the ideals of American democracy. Young people are surrounded by LGBTQ topics everywhere in their lives - in the media, pop culture, and current legislation. History UnErased's curriculum broadens mainstream courses, from colonial America to the 21st Century, to ensure all students learn and understand the historical path and progression of these topics as part of their history, civics, and social studies education.

Our whole-school partnership model is designed for perpetuity and sustainability with three intertwined components: high-quality digital content, customized professional learning, and ongoing support. The introduction to our curriculum is for all school community members and addresses questions that often accompany the idea of teaching LGBTQ-inclusive history, especially because our curriculum connects with topics of race and gender. This is working to dispel any misperceptions and include everyone in the learning.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Library of Congress TPS Consortium 2018

National Council for the Social Studies 2019

National Park Service 2019

National Council for History Education 2021

Organization of American Historians 2023

Scholarly Editing 2023

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 teachers trained

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

History UnErased's professional learning sessions are virtual and customized to meet the unique needs of individual schools. Meet our team of expert educators here:

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These collaborations are with national organizations that align with History, Civics, and Social Studies education.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

History UnErased is leading the nation in bringing LGBTQ-inclusive and intersectional history, civics, and social studies into the mainstream curriculum. Our primary goal is developing the organization's capacity to strategically scale and expand our reach and impact in more schools across the nation. The organization also wants to continue growing our partnerships with state and national entities and affiliates that can promote the value and respect of History UnErased's curriculum and work with K -12 schools and districts. Another significant goal is to secure funding support for a longitudinal study of 7-10 years to demonstrate the educational impact on K-12 students learning LGBTQ-inclusive history within their mainstream courses.

Strategy for leading the nation in bringing LGBTQ-inclusive and intersectional history, civics, and social studies into the mainstream curriculum: Attending and presenting at state and national conferences to inform school and district leaders about History UnErased's supplemental curriculum and that it aligns with the US Department of Education's guidelines for EdTech purchasing with Title funds. Given the current social and political climate, this is imperative to provide consultations and demonstrations. History UnErased will continue to provide recommendations for states drafting new inclusive curriculum policies and how the policy can be realized within individual and institutional short-term and long-term calls to action. Also, we are petitioning state boards of education to mandate colleges of education require courses for pre-service teachers on LGBTQ inclusion in mainstream history, civics, and social studies courses.

Strategy for developing the organization's capacity: Investing resources to secure unrestricted funding support through grants and foundations. One gateway to receiving this support is through our corporate DEI sessions. Efforts to secure more of these opportunities are managed by Debra Fowler, executive director, Danny Roberts, our operations manager, and Christa Brown, our development director. Another avenue to secure these funds that we launched in February 2024 are benefit parties for History UnErased. We will be providing invested party hosts with ongoing support, a media kit, and assistance in navigating our Givebutter campaign tool. In addition, we continually search for strategic opportunities to engage prospective donors who are LGBTQ-identifying and/or have LGBTQ-identifying children.

Strategy to continue growing our partnerships with state and national entities and affiliates: Building off of current professional affiliations, we are contributing authorship and interviews for K-12 education publications and journals, including the National Council for the Social Studies, Organization of American Historians, Scholarly Editing, and more. Also, we will continue our efforts to become certified professional development providers in more states across the country.

Strategy to secure funding support for a longitudinal study: Currently, the University of Michigan School of Information is analyzing a copy of History UnErased's curriculum platform database to develop data sets that will support the grant proposals.

The relationships and credence History UnErased has built since 2015 with partnerships and affiliations, as well as the competencies and capabilities of our esteemed colleagues, have set the stage for strategic growth to advance our mission. Every member of our team has come into the organization through serendipitous circumstances and each brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

The idea to found History UnErased began in one classroom in 2014. To date, History UnErased has trained over ten thousand K-12 educators who are now teaching our "Intersections & Connections" curriculum in nearly 3,000 schools in 16 states, reaching mainstream classrooms and impacting approximately 3,000,000 students with LGBTQ-inclusive history, civics, and social studies.

With the support of $500,000 from foundations and individual donors within the next two years, we will be able to double our reach to an additional 3,000 schools across the nation and impact over 3,000,000 more students.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


History Unerased Inc.
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.90 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.7 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

History Unerased Inc.

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 History Unerased 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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$3,694 -$80,262 $265,661 $95,133
As % of expenses -1.5% -38.2% 90.0% 17.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$3,694 -$80,262 $265,661 $94,602
As % of expenses -1.5% -38.2% 90.0% 17.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $244,313 $129,667 $607,468 $625,769
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -46.9% 368.5% 3.0%
Program services revenue 92.1% 17.0% 65.2% 76.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 7.9% 83.0% 33.1% 24.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $248,006 $209,929 $295,258 $530,901
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -15.4% 40.6% 79.8%
Personnel 42.0% 24.8% 1.8% 15.9%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.0% 89.7% 6.8%
Occupancy 0.6% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 56.0% 74.2% 7.7% 76.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $248,006 $209,929 $295,258 $531,432
One month of savings $20,667 $17,494 $24,605 $44,242
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $2,920
Total full costs (estimated) $268,673 $227,423 $319,863 $578,594

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.5 0.1 2.9 7.3
Months of cash and investments 1.5 0.1 2.9 7.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.3 -3.0 8.6 6.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $31,477 $1,867 $71,498 $324,497
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $6,346 $6,357 $178,500 $12,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $2,655
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.3% 746.2% 15.3% 9.8%
Unrestricted net assets $27,122 -$53,140 $212,521 $307,123
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $27,122 -$53,140 $212,521 $307,123

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Debra Fowler

Debra Fowler is co-founder and executive director of History UnErased. Before founding the organization, Debra served in the US Army as a Korean linguist, before the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (her story is featured in Vincent Cianni's award-winning book Gays in the Military). She subsequently became an English teacher working with new immigrant and refugee students. Since 2014, Debra has worked closely with education experts and historians to develop History UnErased's "Intersections and Connections" curriculum and its ongoing refinement. Debra participated in the most recent revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Curriculum Framework as the LGBTQ history Content Advisor, co-authored the National Council for the Social Studies Position Statement on LGBTQ History, and has been a featured speaker at state and national conferences on the vital need to restore history and civics education as a critical core discipline that is LGBTQ-inclusive and intersectional.

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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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Bryan Nadeau

Vision to Reality Coaching

Term: 2020 - 2027

Debra Fowler

History UnErased

Janson Wu

The Trevor Project

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

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
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/20/2024

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 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 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.