Impact Grantee Profile: Girls on the Run

November 10, 2015Alec Green

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.  Since 1996, Girls on the Run has provided physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd – 8th grades. During fiscal year 2015, Girls on the Run served more than 179,000 girls in 49 states. In 2015, Girls on the Run served its millionth girl and will celebrate its 20th birthday in 2016.

The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation recently awarded Girls on the Run an Impact Grant to scale its International Learning Academy.  The Impact Grant provides GOTR with a two-year donation of Cornerstone learning software and services to provide online and blended learning to the employees, board members, and volunteer coaches that deliver the Girls on the Run curriculum.

Inspiring Girls through Running

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. During the 10-week program, girls develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make meaningful contributions to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls using a research based curriculum. The program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The program uses a whole-person approach to elevate emotional, social, mental and physical well-being.

How the Impact Grant changes their trajectory

Girls On The Run

The Impact Grant will allow Girls on the Run International to apply progressive and innovative training methods to the Girls on the Run Learning Academy, a comprehensive training and development initiative strategically developed to  strengthen the quality of the Girls on the Run programming and maximize the overall organizational impact. The Girls on the Run Learning Academy creates an organizational culture that attracts, retains and develops strong staff and volunteer leaders to advance the Girls on the Run movement through cutting edge, effective, impactful and high quality learning and development opportunities. 

Implementing Blended Learning

Using the Cornerstone learning management system (LMS), the Girls on the Run Learning Academy will integrate virtual, non-virtual and blended offerings via the Girls on the Run Learning Academy portal to Council Directors at new and existing Girls on the Run Councils, Girls on the Run Council Staff, Girls on the Run Council Board Members and volunteer Coaches. It will utilize live webinars, on-demand webinars, virtual-instructor-led live training, self-guided training, e-learning modules and videos as well as in-person training at the GOTR Summit and Regional Training sessions across all aspects of the organization.

Getting to scale

The first application of the platform will be to deliver National Coach Training. It will prepare coaches to provide the best experience for girls in our program. The training is a blended model based on research in the field, council input, positive youth development practices, and adult learning principles. Using the CSOD platform, coaches complete several online modules that set the foundation for the in person training. In person training builds upon the modules and teaches the core concepts of positive youth development including building relationships, creating a positive inclusive environment and cultivating mastery orientation. Coaches then learn in person how to put these concepts into action, watch videos of coaches in the field and practice a full lesson. Infused throughout the entire training is preparing our coaches to work with all girls. The Girls on the Run National Coach Training provides councils with improved quality, consistency and coach retention. Girls on the Run International anticipates reaching approximately 4,200 users in year one, 16,000 users in year two and 30,000 users in year three.


Are you looking to scale the impact of your nonprofit’s programs?  Register here to learn more about the Impact Grant program and/or contact us to discuss whether an Impact Grant could  be a fit for your organization.

About Alec Green

As Chief Marketing Evangelist, Alec Green is responsible for developing the overall marketing plan and strategy for the Foundation, executing all outbound communications, increasing visibility of the Foundation’s programs, and building engagement with our partners... more

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