Girls Who Code Annual Report 2018

The future is sisterhood

Letter from Reshma

Reshma Saujani

CEO and Founder,
Girls Who Code

One of the most powerful bonds a girl can have is the bond of sisterhood, the bond of a community that rises together.

In 2018, we took you on a journey through sisterhood. Using song and dance and conversation and comedy, we celebrated healing in sisterhood, learning in sisterhood, and coding and growing in sisterhood.

We reflected on how far sisterhood has brought us… and, more importantly, how far it will take us.

And it will take us far. When I talk to the girls in our programs, the girls who have graduated from our programs, I am filled with hope for our future.

They are diverse and brilliant and kind and brave. They have the skills to create technologies that will change the world and a sisterhood to support them as they do.

They – we, Girls Who Code – are the future. And we’re glad to have you as part of it.

Sisterhood by the numbers


Girls served to date



Girls reached

(via books, sisterhood, social media, etc.)


Total revenue to date

Cumulative girls served, 2012–2018

200,000160,000120,00080,00040,0000 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 185,000

Programs by market in the U.S. and Canada, 2012–2018

Commitment to diversity


are from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs)

College-aged alumni

In 2019, we expect our college-aged alumni cohort to grow to nearly


Majoring in
CS-related fields:


the national rate

Students and alumni by school year

Elementary school
Middle school
High school
Post college

Expanding our sisterhood

Sisterh>>d: The Album

Inspiring 100 million

On Day of the Girl, we released Sisterh>>d, a digital visual album, to elevate a growing movement of girls fighting for change. Countless women musicians, activists, athletes, and more joined our girls to raise their hands in sisterhood for issues close to their hearts.

8 new books

in our bestselling series

Brave, Not Perfect podcast

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani


By Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Natalia Ramirez

By Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Allison Yarrow

By Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

In 2018, we launched “Brave, Not Perfect” with Reshma Saujani. The podcast features interviews with brave-not-perfect changemakers including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, award-winning musician Lizzo, Girls Who Code alum Natalia Ramirez, and author Allison Yarrow.

3rd–5th grade Clubs

Because we know that it’s important to reach girls as early as possible, we expanded our after-school programs to include 3rd–5th-grade students. Through these clubs, girls can learn to code in an unplugged environment using our bestselling book “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.”

Women in Tech Lesson Plans

We created free lesson plans for use in various classrooms – from math to history to computer science – featuring diverse women in tech. Nearly 3,000 educators and advocates across the country accessed the Girls Who Code resource in just six months.

Girls Who Code Canada

In 2018, we began our highly-anticipated international expansion. The expansion began in Canada and will continue to more countries in 2019.

Deepening our sisterhood

6th–12th grade Clubs

We have continued to grow our clubs program – now reaching tens of thousands of girls across the country. Our tried and true programming is available to anyone who wants to start a Girls Who Code club, no matter their computing experience.

We have created a digital food pantry tracking software and website that allows users from our school to make orders for food, track their order, and pick it up after processing – all in an anonymous and secure system.

— Samyukta, Club student

Summer Immersion Programs

Our annual flagship Summer Immersion Programs continue to serve thousands of girls across the United States.

I have discovered what I want to be when I grow up and found something I was actually passionate about. Before I had no idea what I would do with my life. But after Girls Who Code, I know that I want to pursue something that deals with computer science. I joined clubs and programs this year that deal with coding because of Girls Who Code.

— Jillian, New York City

Campus program

Our two-week immersive Campus program, launched in partnership with Deloitte, expanded to include a new iPhone App Development 2 course.

Girls Who Code was a fantastic experience – you join a sisterhood, you improve your technology skills, you learn about and hear from successful women in tech, you discuss issues in the community, you receive lesson plans … and so much more. I am very proud to be a part of GWC, and my experience was and is without a doubt the most interesting, challenging, and worthwhile summer experience I have had to date.

— Isabella, New York City

College Loops

Our College Loops program, launched at 35 college campuses in 12 states this year, will help our alumni persist with computer science in college and beyond and build community with Girls Who Code peers on campus.

Overall, it was a game-changing experience for me. Girls Who Code gave me the confidence to pursue a degree in the tech industry, and without them I truly wouldn’t know I was capable of doing it.

— Pawandeep

Vision for 2019

We imagine a world where our computer science classrooms are as diverse as our communities, a world where women in computing have a sisterhood to lean on, a world where that sisterhood creates real change for communities everywhere.

To bring this world to bear, we will work in 2019 to:


Expand in the U.S. and internationally


Help our alumni persist and succeed

Our partners

Florida International University Georgetown University NYU Tandon School of Engineering UNIVERSITY & HOST PARTNERS (2018) The Idea Center at Miami Dade College University of Texas at Austin Amobee Bright Funds Foundation Cotton Bureau Eaton Gate Edward Harris HSITAG Jae S. Lim Foundation Kara Sprague Mericos Foundation Moira Forbes Nancy and Richard Pine Family Foundation, Inc. Nealesh Patel Network For Good $5K – $9,999 New York Community Trust Nintendo o9 Solutions, Inc. Randall Kern Richard & Nancy Pine Robert Andrews Romita Shetty and Nasser Ahmad Foundation, Inc. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Splash Thomas Petr Whitney Herd Clubs SIP Alumni Sisterhood Adam Koontz Alexis Maybank Beth and David Shaw CIT Group, Inc. Cloudflare Dr. Neeraj and Mrs. Avani Desai DW Gore Family Foundation eBay Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust eMoney Advisor Eniac Ventures Epic Games Fannie Mae FreeWheel, A Comcast Company Gartner GE Digital $10K – $24,999 Gilt Groupe Hotjar Integrate Software Lerer Hippeau McEvoy Spero Family Charitable Fund Motorola Solutions Foundation Options Group Oracle SALIDO SAP Stream Labs Urs Hoelzle Varonis Systems, Inc. Wells Fargo West Monroe Partners Yubico Adtalem Global Education Foundation Autodesk Autonomic Avanade Best Buy Foundation Chicago Trading Co. Clarkston Consulting CoverGirl Credit Suisse CTA Tech Dolby Eileen Fisher Inc. $25K – $74,999 Ford Fund General Dynamics Information Technology NBA / WNBA (NBA Cares) OVH Sequoia Capital Skylight Tango Card, Inc. Tides Foundation USC Marshall School of Business Valor Equity Partners Amazon Web Services CA Technologies Capital One CNA DaRin Butz Foundation DTCC Epsilon F5 Networks Facebook First Data Ford Motor Company HSBC Intuit JCDRP Family Foundation Johnson & Johnson $75K – $149,999 Lightspeed Venture Partners New York City Council Oath Foundation Riot Games, Inc. Royal Bank of Canada the BSA Foundation State Farm The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation The Walt Disney Company Twitter Viacom Warner Bros. 21st Century Fox Benevity Community Impact Fund BlackRock EY George Lucas Family Foundation Goldman Sachs Humble Bundle $150K – $249,999 MetLife Microsoft Moody’s Pfizer Inc. PwC WW International Accenture Amazon Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Cadence Citrix Dell Deloitte $250K – $499,999 General Electric General Motors Synchrony U.S. Bank Weebly Workday Foundation Adobe AT&T Prudential Financial $1M+ Uber United Technologies Walmart Bank of America Craig Newmark Philanthropies John S. and James L. Knight Foundation JPMorgan Chase & Co. Kate Spade New York Foundation Lyft $500K – $1M Morgan Stanley News Corp TransPerfect Xandr* *GWC HQ Founding International Clubs

2018 Financials

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