She's the First

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She's the First
Founded November 1, 2009 (2009-11-01)
Founder Tammy Tibbetts, Christen Brandt
Focus Girls' education; Leadership development of students
Key people
Tammy Tibbetts, Founder/CEO
Christen Brandt, Co-Founder/CPO
Slogan Education gives every girl a chance to be the first
Website Official website

She's the First is a non-profit organization based New York City, New York that sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, through creative and innovative means — particularly leveraging the leadership of students in the US and social media. As of summer 2016, She’s the First will have sponsored more than 750 girls across eleven countries while supporting the efforts of 193 independent campus chapters.[1]


She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, helping them be the first in their families to graduate. In the process, She’s the First fosters leadership and self-awareness in young Americans, by inspiring them to lead creative fundraisers and correspond with sponsored students. Their efforts shape a rising generation of well-educated global leaders, future philanthropists, and cross-cultural communicators.[2]


She's the First launched November 1, 2009 as a YouTube video featuring the singer JoJo. The video received a very good response, and this inspired co-founders Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt to create a bigger effort of outreach, with the hope of creating more tangible results of change.[3] In July 2011, She’s the First became an official 501(c)(3) organization and ran entirely on volunteer efforts up until May 2012, when founder Tammy Tibbetts was hired as its first employee.[4]

Campus chapters[edit]

She's the First has established college and high school chapters across the United States and several other countries recognized officially as She’s the First*[Campus] chapters. The organization connects students with the girls and schools in need of sponsorship and provides leadership training.[5] On October 11, 2012, which was the first-ever United Nations’ Day of the Girl, She’s the First*[Campus] presidents convened in New York City for a two-day Leadership Summit.[6]

The first She's the First*{Campus} chapter was founded at Syracuse University, followed soon after by the University of Notre Dame and Hofstra University. To date, 176 independent campus chapters have been established in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, China, and New Zealand. Those interested in creating a chapter at their school can apply through the She's the First website.[4]

International Partner Programs[edit]

She's the First hosts an online directory of NGOs with sponsorship programs which they have vetted and stay in year-round contact with to track the girls' progress. They connect donors with these programs to arrange the sponsorship.[7]

The organization's educational philosophy is: "Students need more than textbooks to do well; they need the support programs that will help them to focus in class and teach them the skills they need to translate their learnings outside of the classroom. We achieve this by partnering with local, on-the-ground partners who provide the absolute best in education, including all of the wrap-around programs that we know girls need to find success."[8]

Current Partners[edit]

West Africa

  • Child Welfare Society, Sierra Leone
  • Starfish International, The Gambia

East Africa


Latin America


She's the First has been recognized numerous times since its founding through both organization-wide accolades and awards for individual staff and volunteer contributions.


  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals NYC Chapter[9]



  • Organization's Commitment to Action recognized on stage by Chelsea Clinton at the annual CGIU Conference[13]
  • DVF Awards People's Voice Award, presented to Tammy Tibbetts [14]


  • Seventeen Magazine "Pretty Amazing" cover contest winner Lindsay Brown, recognized for her role as President of the She's the First campus chapter at the University of Notre Dame[15]


  • Glamour on its 20th Annual Women of the Year Awards at the Carnegie Hall recognized Tammy Tibbetts as one of Glamour's 20 Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World[16]


She's the First uses peer-to-peer fundraising to support their scholarship fund for girls around the world, while fundraising separately for other programmatic and operational costs. In 2015, She's the First raised more than $1 million. [17]


  1. ^ McPherson, Susan. "Tammy Tibbetts: The 5 Most Powerful Women Changing The World For Girls". Forbes. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "She's the First | Education gives every girl a chance to be the First". 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ Sommer, Cari. "Why She's the First Is The New Model of Social Entrepreneurship". Online Article. Forbes. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Newhouse Students Help Promote Education for Girls Worldwide". Newhouse Newsroom. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Start a She's the First chapter at YOUR school!". Her Campus. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  6. ^ "Leaders Unite! The STF*[Campus] Summit is Here". She's The First. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "She's the First – Changing Girls' Education One Step at a Time". Her Campus. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Sponsor a Girl". She's the First. She's the First. 
  9. ^ "Association of Fundraising Professionals". Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "She's the First 2014 Annual Report". She's the First. 
  11. ^ Schwartz, Karen. "Tammy Tibbetts Wants to Alter Your Destiny". Marie Claire. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Torino Leadership Forum Awards 2014". Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "She's the First Commitment Announcement - CGI U 2013". Clinton Global Initiative. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Fourth Annual DVF Awards". Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "And The Winner Of Pretty Amazing Is...". Seventeen Magazine. Hearst Digital Media. 
  16. ^ Kaplan, Stephanie (2011-01-24). "Glamour's 20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World". Huffington Post. 
  17. ^

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