How did collaboration between Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest and Bank of America start?
The relationship began four years ago, with initial financial support from BofA to underwrite a financial literacy curriculum for the girls. But a deeper partnership quickly emerged, as our two organizations identified many touch-points of commonality around removing barriers for girls and young women. Now, we have a robust partnership that includes volunteering, grants, sponsorship, financial literacy delivery, marketing support, board involvement and thought-leadership.
How is the Girls Inc. model unique?
Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold — where they can be empowered and thrive in an equitable society. To achieve that, Girls Inc. equips girls with the skills and confidence to access a healthy, economically-independent future. By focusing on the whole girl from ages 6-18, life-changing after school programs and experiences truly help the girls grow up to be educated and independent. Trained volunteer leaders, research-based curricula, strong corporate partners that provide needed funding, and a pro-girl environment all come together to provide girls with the tools, confidence and support to realize their own power.
What lies ahead for Bank of America and Girls Inc.?
Bank of America knows the importance of grant funding for nonprofits like Girls Inc., but also looks to partner beyond so-called “checkbook philanthropy” so it’s a deeper, more meaningful partnership. Today, the multi-pronged partnership between BofA and Girls Inc. is exactly that. Together, the two organizations are continuing to think creatively about capacity-building and creative activation, to help Girls Inc. achieve their goal of reaching 10,000 girls by 2025.