Girls on the Run Vermont   Brattleboro, Vermont

Girls on the Run Vermont is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 with 15 girls participating in the pilot program. Since then, GOTR/VT has grown exponentially, inspiring over 35,000 girls. Mentored by 850 volunteers, over 3,000 girls participate annually in a 10-week school-based program that teaches girls life skills and self-esteem through non-competitive physical activity, team-building, and community awareness. The program culminates each year in a celebratory 5k Run/Walk in three locations across Vermont. 

GOTR is still growing. There are more girls and communities across the state needing its support. Therein lies its organizational challenge and calling: to further its mission to inspire every girl within its reach to be joyful, healthy, and confident. 

In 2015, GOTR VT’s Executive Director asked KSC to help its Board of Directors articulate a strategic vision and formulate a structural action plan. The process would commence with a complete organizational restructuring to be followed by the development of an expanded statewide network of partners, resources, allies, and funding sources. It would conclude with the enhanced capacity to serve more girls, more families, more communities, in more ways, and with greater frequency.

Project Summary

  • Type: Organizational growth and sustainability
  • Outcome: GOTR successfully completed its organizational restructuring, is moving forward  with an enhanced administrative team and geographical scope, and is advancing its plan to broaden and strengthen both its development capacity and its range of private and public sector partnerships.   

Website: http://www.gotrvt.org

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Kevin helped us carefully lay out our goals and then brought us back to the actual work of achieving these goals through the creation of specific, integrated, and manageable action steps. It is one thing to think big (and Kevin does that!), but another thing to step back and thoughtfully examine how exactly those big dreams are going to be achieved.
— Nancy Heydinger, Founder/Executive Director, Girls on the Run Vermont