Mission: TO TRAIN AT-RISK GIRLS AGED 8-18 IN VERBAL AND PHYSICAL SAFETY SKILLS AND SELF-AWARENESS.

Girls’ LEAP is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.girlsleap.org

  PO BOX 220663
Boston MA 02122-0020


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Girls’ LEAP is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Girls’ LEAP is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

73.18%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

9/10 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No review needed due to small charity size

No effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.56%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



LYNN CARBERRY MASTERMAN, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$32,500


CYNTHIA MALTBIE, BOARD PRESIDENT

$0


ALKIA POWELL, DIRECTOR

$0


LAUREN LITTLES, DIRECTOR

$0


ANDREA HADDAD, TREASURER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Girls’ LEAP reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We were unable to hold our annual Gala but we ran a direct fundraising campaign, raising nearly the same gross amount without the expense. There were some grants that were not offered at all or offered only for front-line Covid needs (food, shelter etc). We applied for and received a PPP loan. We were able to employ our full staff and expand programming in specific areas


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

We converted to online programming in March 2020. Unfortunately, the number served through community programs was reduced significantly due to lack of access to delivery partners - schools, community centers, etc. However, we were able to provide open enrollment programs online and expand programming in certain areas (add mental health support in all programs, expand our teen mentor program to a full year program and double the number of girls served; add training in culturally-responsive, anti-racist and gender inclusive teaching methods).


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We began running virtual programming and open enrollment programming for the first time. In response to needs expressed by our participants, we added yoga, meditation, journaling and art therapy to our community programs and bi-weekly sessions with a licensed therapist for our teen mentor program. We focused on the expansion of our teen mentor program and development of additional teacher training in culturally-responsive, anti-racist and gender inclusive teaching methods.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The virtual program we began offering for the first time this year was a success - our internal and external survey data showed that we were able to achieve the same impact (and in some cases better) despite the virtual format. We intend to continue to offer virtual programs as an option. We also learned the value of the new mental health support offerings and will continue with those. Last, we intend to build out direct marketing of open enrollment programs in addition to returning to our partner format through schools and community centers.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Girls’ LEAP cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Girls’ LEAP reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$201,104

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


GIRLS LEAP IS ONE OF FEW VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT WORK EXCLUSIVELY WITH GIRLS, AGES 8-18, TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND ADVOCATE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. OUR UNIQUE SELF-DEFEN ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Girls’ LEAP is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Girls’ LEAP’s mission is to disrupt the violence that surrounds girls and nonbinary youth by amplifying their voices, emboldening their courage, and imparting critical life and self-defense skills so they can thrive in the face of challenges. Girls' LEAP teaches youth that they have a right to be safe and how to defend themselves emotionally and physically. We believe all youth deserve to grow up free from violence – and that empowerment is violence prevention.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Girls' LEAP's vision is a world where all girls and non-binary youth grow into powerful, capable adults realizing the power of their aspirations. Our


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Deepen the impact of our programs by expanding our curriculum to include a LEAP 201 and a school-day program, as well as through new partnerships, such as ASPIRE and TAAC.​

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Two: Establish LEAP as a thought leader through Community Conversations and new partnerships.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Return to pre-COVID levels of participant enrollment and establish a plan for further growth, incorporating virtual programming, open enrollment programming, and new delivery partners.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Girls' LEAP brought in an organization to facilitate discussions on Racial Identity Development with our Board, Staff, and Teen Mentors. We brought in the Mass Transgender Political Coalition to develop and implement Gender inclusivity training with leadership, teaching staff, and Teen Mentors. Our Program Director who has a PhD in Curriculum Design and Instruction with a focus on Cultural Relevance developed and implemented training for leadership, teaching staff and Teen Mentors. Our Teen Mentor Program Manager is currently engaged in leadership training sponsored by the City of Boston.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Girls' LEAP seeks out strategic partnerships to drive our mission. For example, we have received FY22 funding for a series of cultural dialogue workshops and discussions between Girls' LEAP and another non-profit, ASPIRE bringing together Asian American and Pacific Islander teens from ASPIRE with the teens of Girls' LEAP, who identify as 90% persons of color but only 4% Asian American. In addition, Girls' LEAP is working with The American City Coalition (TACC) and multiple other non-profit groups to develop a joint Theory of Change and collective programming to coordinate efforts and drive impact in the community. Girls' LEAP has sponsored or co-sponsored a series of Community Conversations in FY21 and seeks to expand upon this in FY22. We seek to open discussions on issues of great importance to our community: Race and Racism, Gender Inclusivity, Gender Equity, and more.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In the spring of 2020, as community centers and schools closed, we moved our programming online. Our teaching team adapted our content and teaching methods to Zoom, expanded on the activities that create community connection and experimented with how to teach our physical self-defense skills remotely. We created videos to demonstrate physical self-defense skills, and by experimenting over time, learned how to adapt the practice sessions using items that are generally available in our students’ homes. In response to the needs of the students, we added self-care elements to community programs such as yoga, meditation and art therapy and mental health support to Teen Mentors through group sessions with a licensed therapist. Our own surveys as well as those of Boston After School and Beyond (BASAB) surveys and observers, indicated the online programs continued to achieve the results we seek.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

99

out of 100

Girls’ LEAP has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 98/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

99

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

98/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 98 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 10 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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