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Girls on the Run Orange County

 2549 Eastbluff Drive Suite # 156
 Newport Beach, CA 92660
[P] (949) 423-6140
[F] --
[email protected]
Gretchen Long
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 80-0847328 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Mission Statement

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $100,539.00
Projected Revenue $103,300.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Girls on the Run Program
  • Girls on the Run 5K Race Series Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Background Statement

Girls on the Run Orange County (GOTROC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our program combines training for a 5K (3.1-mile) running event with lesson plans designed to promote positive choices and an active lifestyle. Girls on the Run® was founded in Charlotte, N.C., in 1996 by Molly Barker, a social worker and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, along with 13 girls. Girls on the Run International (GOTRi) remains based in Charlotte and has expanded to 225 councils in 47 states and Canada, serving more than 754,000 girls to date. The goal of the program is to help girls find and activate their limitless potential and confidence.

Impact Statement

A recent independent study led by Dr. Maureen Weiss, an expert in positive youth development, showed that 97% of Girls on the Run participants learned critical life skills.

Needs Statement

Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or they don't measure up in some way, including looks, performance in school and relationship with friends and family members.  At the age of 9 most girls were confident, assertive and felt positive about themselves.  By the time they reach high school fewer than a third continue to feel that way.  During this already critical time of change, girls are bombarded by negative messages in the media and reinforced by their peers and even family.  In early adolescence girls who had a more objectified relationship with their bodies were more likely to experience depression and had lower self esteem.  Further compounding challenges during this already delicate time of social, psychological  and physical development are issues of poverty, ethnicity or lack of opportunity isolating girls from feeling they are part of a team.  Without Girls on the Run OC our participants  might not have the opportunity to experience the  intersection of camaraderie, skills-building and accomplishment that comprise being part of a team. These skills are critical for today's girls to know they CAN, and become tomorrow's women that DO:  women who lead, discover, teach, and inspire. 

CEO Statement

In 2015 Gretchen Long was hired as the Director.  Gretchen has over 20 years experience in non-profit management and more importantly in youth development.  Her skills include program development, budget design, staff development and resource development.  

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mail a checkDonate onlineBecome a Solemate - run your favorite race and fund raise for this causeDonate through Employee Giving ProgramsDonate a used vehicleVolunteer your timeDonate in-kind items from our Wish ListDonate in-kind servicesDonate on a monthly recurring basis

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Recreation & Sports - Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
  3. Education - Student Services



Girls on the Run Program

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 8th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
Budget  $71,289.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:
  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others
Program Long-Term Success  A pilot assessment of Girls on the Run was implemented in 2002 using a one group pre-post-test design. Girls on the Run program participants from 28 program sites in 5 geographic areas representing a range of metropolitan areas and SES were assessed. Building upon the pilot study, a more expansive study was implemented in 2005 using a convenience sample of 20 councils representing four geographic areas using a non-experimental, single-group pre-post- intervention design of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track. Participants completed a self-report survey including the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to assess global self-esteem, the child/adolescent version of the Schematic Figural Scale to assess body image, one question from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to assess vigorous physical activity frequency, and an adapted version of the Commitment to Physical Activity Scale (CPAS). First, participation in the Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs observed increases in commitment to be physically active; this is particularly important because commitment is an important determinant of long-term physical activity maintenance. Second, findings indicated age-related differences in physical activity commitment scores. More specifically, pre-intervention commitment scores were lower among older girls compared to those ≤10 years of age. However, physical activity commitment scores significantly increased from pre- to post- intervention in 11-15 year old girls. These results are valuable as physical activity declines in girls occur as early as late elementary school. Results from this study were presented at the annual meetings for the American Public Health Association, Eating Disorders Research Society, Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the American Academy of Health Behavior.
Program Success Monitored By  Girls on the Run International has evaluated program efficacy since 2002 when Rita Debate, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, developed a formal evaluation tool entitled “Girls on the Run: An Assessment of Self-Esteem, Body Image and Eating Attitudes.
Examples of Program Success  Martin Elementary was GOTROC's first ever site. In this first site in our first season I got to know a beautiful young girl named Jane. Jane was a young 3rd grader who was overweight and with communication with school faculty had some social and school issues. It took a few weeks for Jane to come out of her shell and she started to co-mingle with the other girls. Suddenly, Jane started wearing hats or would cover her head with her sweatshirt and upon me asking if she was too hot for that and she would quietly say no and continue the lesson. The principal caught me after that practice and informed me that someone in her home developed lice and so all the kids had their heads shaved. With all the obstacles this brave young girl was against already, now she had lost her hair as well. I was heartbroken for her, but it didn't seem to shake her. We continued the program all the way to the 5K and she was going to run the race with her father. She came to the race with her sweatshirt hoodie on and began the race. Towards the end of the race only Jane and her father were left to finish.  The girls from the Martin program, along with some of my assistant coaches said, let's go get Jane. As we jogged to go find her I saw an amazing thing. All of the volunteers from the course, instead of just coming back to the finish line, were finishing the race with her! She was surrounded by support - proudly baring her recently-shaven head with pride! The rest of the participants of the 5K all made a tunnel for her, and one of the other coaches grabbed one of her hands and said - "Let's sprint to the finish!" Her dad grabbed her other hand and she took off, sprinting through the tunnel to the finish line. It was an amazing end to our first 5K. The look on her face as she ran through the finish was worth every hard-working minute going into this program. THAT is the reason we started Girls on the Run Orange County, and there will be many stories just like hers!

Girls on the Run 5K Race Series Program

At the culmination of the Spring & Fall Program Seasons Girls on the Run celebrates our amazing girls as they complete a 5K with their friends, family, and community members. Girls on the Run Orange County serves as the Race Production Team and utilizes the event as a fundraiser, opportunity to engage community support, as well as celebrate the accomplishments of the amazing girls in the program!  
Budget  $15,522.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success  We have successfully hosted a Spring and Fall 5K with over 500 runners annually with proceeds benefiting continuation of the Girls on the Run program in Orange County.
Program Long-Term Success  Academic evaluations of the program show a statistically significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Academic evaluations
  • Program Surveys
  • Budget Review
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Gretchen Long
CEO Term Start Aug 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience 25 years experience in non-profit and youth development management

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Joelle Flynn Nov 2013 Dec 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Gretchen Long Council Director Gretchen has previous experience with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Tustin where she has been since 2013. Gretchen has been involved in starting up new program and in managing and leading
current programs. She started her career with the Boys and Girls Club in 1994 and has spent most of her moving up the career ladder. She has managed school programs, after school programs, volunteers and staff.
BS Sociology – Certification in American Humanics – Youth Agency Administration, Arizona State University


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Irvine Unified School District
City of Irvine Youth Action Team
Santa Ana Unified School District
Irvine Kiwanis Club
Asics America  

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms. Amy Silverstone
Board Chair Company Affiliation Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Board Chair Term July 2018 - June 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Julie Ernest -- Voting
Dr. Rebecca Garfinkle -- Voting
Ms. Camellia Imani -- Voting
Ms. Tanya Jordan Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Tomoe Kanaya -- Voting
Ms. Gina Magee Insurance Educational Association Voting
Ms. Amy Silverstone The Walt Disney Company Voting
Ms. Paula Verkuylen Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., INC. Voting
Ms. Ashley Yee -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 2
Gender Female: 9
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Governance
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $103,300.00
Projected Expenses $100,539.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 2015 Form 990

2014 2014 Form 990

2013 2013 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $73,025 $65,782 $65,782
Total Expenses $75,721 $76,814 $76,814

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$43,232 $32,306 $32,306
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $29,793 $33,476 $33,476
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $61,975 $62,700 --
Administration Expense $13,746 $14,114 $76,814
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 0.86 0.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 82% 0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $13,171 $16,403 $16,403
Current Assets $11,664 $13,263 --
Long-Term Liabilities $205 -- $741
Current Liabilities -- $741 --
Total Net Assets $12,966 $15,662 $15,662

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf 17.90 nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 0% 5%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

Orange County Register GOTROC 5K Success (2014)

New Program Site Information ()

No Other Documents currently available.