In October, we introduced Under the Hood to better understand how technology oriented nonprofits in Minnesota function.
This recurring series is made possible by research partner Altrulytics and underwriter Atomic Data. Over the coming weeks we will publish individual responses, and in the end, compile an aggregated assessment of the landscape with further analysis.
Organization name: Girls In Tech Minneapolis-St. Paul
Executive Director: Shuvi Powers (Managing Director)
When was it formed and for what purpose?
Girls in Tech was founded in 2007 as a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. As women with the capacity to inspire and lead, we’ve created an organization that focuses on the promotion, growth, and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space. The Minneapolis chapter is now 7 years old.
Who or what do you serve?
Our goal is to inspire and empower women and girls to embrace risk and build on their entrepreneurial and innovative aspirations. We partner with technology companies that have a common goal to increasing the diversity in the field of technology.
How many do you serve?
We distribute a monthly newsletter which consists of over 800 members. Our membership is free. We serve by hosting networking events, mentorship mixers, coding sessions, discussion panels, and social happy hours. We are constantly evolving our events and engage with our members for unique ideas.
What are the main programs/resources that you offer?
We offer a mentorship program, which is in it’s infancy still. It’s a three-tiered program; GIT W: Professional Women, GIT U: University-aged Women, GIT NX: Girls, our Next Generation. We also, provide learning resources on our website. We have also launched a Professional Spotlight series that demonstrated all the different careers women hold in the field of technology. The idea there is to expose women to career paths that they may have no traditional been exposed to.
Do you have earned income and if so, how?
No earned income
What key metrics do you use and how do you measure the impact of your org?
This is a bridge in our organization that we are working to fill. We currently measure the growth in our members, event attendees, twitter followers and the amount of views we get on the videos we publish for the Professional Spotlight series.
How do you source funding and can you provide us with three years most recent tax returns?
We accept sponsorship whether it’s monetary or in-kind from our many technology partners; we do not have tax returns.
Do donors fund the organization as a whole, specific programs and/or something else?
We have different levels of sponsorships: Platinum, Gold, and Bronze along with partnerships
Given the options of nonprofits to support in the technology industry, what makes yours unique?
1. We’re more than just another women’s professional group. We focus on change through leading discussions on and initiatives in local, regional, national and global issues around women in technology and entrepreneurship, women in leadership, women in the workforce and other associated topics.
2. We’re a truly global organization, with a network of over 40 Chapters around the world and growing every day.
3. We take the next generation of women in these fields very seriously, as exhibited through our strong mentorship programs.
4. We’ve had a strong focus on entrepreneurship since our start, and are one of the leaders in this space.
5. We’ve gained an unsolicited reputation of being the “hip” group for women in technology and entrepreneurship. We think that’s fun and creates a more inclusive atmosphere!
Who is on the executive board of your organization?
At the CHAPTER Level:
Shuvi Powers, Managing Director
Cortney Rasmussen, Web Director
Michelle Tran Maryns, Event Director
Casse Langford, Mentorship Director
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Girls in Tech’ (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. As women with the capacity to inspire and lead, we’ve created an organization that focuses on the promotion, growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.