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What is Hollaback all about?

Check out this short video profiling our work.


Are you a bunch of crazed misandrists who hate men?

Actually, Hollaback! is a nonprofit organization comprised of all genders who believe in building communities where everyone feels comfortable, safe, and respected. We were co-founded by three men (and four women), and today, one third of our board members are men.  Many people, particularly men, are unaware of the frequency and severity of disrespect and intimidation that numerous folks, especially women, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ folks, experience in public spaces on a daily basis. Hollaback! aims to expose and combat street harassment and provide an empowering forum.


Do you have an annual report?

Yes! It’s called the “State of the Streets” report.  Please review our State of the Streets reports from 2011, 2012, 20132014 and 2015.


What have you guys accomplished so far?

In our first five years of operation, we’ve exceeded every goal we set for ourselves. Here is a taste of what we’ve accomplished:

  •       Inspiring international leadership: Trained over 550 activists from over 80 cities around the world to localize Hollaback! to their community using the Hollaback! digital storytelling platform and on-the-ground resources. Our site leaders are young and diverse: 75% are under 30, 41% are LGBTQ and 33% are people of color. Activists receive comprehensive 3-month training prior to launch, and following launch, they receive ongoing training and technical assistance from our team.
  •       Digital storytelling: Released free iPhone and Droid apps that provide a real time response to street harassment and illustrate the locations of the harassment on Hollaback!’s publicly available map. The apps resulted in over 9,000 reports of harassment.  Incidences are mapped and used to educate policymakers about the prevalence of harassment in their districts and inform research and community based solutions.
  •       Engaging Elected Officials: Across the Hollaback! network, we meet with over 100 legislators per year to discuss community-based solutions to street harassment, including safety audits, trainings, public art projects, and workshop series. Our sites have collaborated with legislators to pass a resolution against street harassment in the Scottish Parliament, release mobile apps that will make NYC the first city in the world to document street harassment in real-time, and present in front of the UN and EU Parliament.
  •       Changing minds.  Globally, our site leaders have trained over 2,500 middle and high schools students in how to respond to and prevent street harassment.  To engage the broad public, we obtained over 2,300+ press hits, 43,000 Facebook fans, and 18,000+ twitter followers.
  •       Performing Research. Our site leaders have performed groundbreaking local research in over 38 cities. They use the research to demonstrate the prevalence of street harassment and to engage the community in solutions.
  •     Launching HeartMob. Recognizing that online harassment limits free speech, Hollaback! has created a platform to encourage bystander intervention for online harassment. By using the website or mobile app users can document their experiences of online harassment and receive support, encouragement and notes of kindness from other users termed “heartmobbers”. Since it’s launch over 3,000 people have signed up to use the platform.


If I fund you today, what will my money go towards? What are you guys planning for the next year?

Here are some key milestones for 2016:

  •       In Depth Training for Schools to address street harassment.  The HOLLA 101 : Guide to Street Harassment for Educators and Students was published in 2014 and distributed to over 200 NYC schools. Following the guides release, we’re training teachers, counselors, and administrators on how to respond to reports of street harassment, and we’re working in the schools to provide extensive workshops, safety audits, and assemblies to talk in depth about how middle and high school students experience harassment, and what they want to do about it. In addition, we’re creating curriculum for teachers and administrators on street harassment.
  •       Launch and Train 75 new leaders. We currently have a wait-list of people in over 70 cities interested in bringing this movement home. Each site we launch costs the organization $2,500 and includes a comprehensive 3-month online training, technical assistance, and resources.

And here are some things that we don’t currently have funding for, and would need your donations, introductions, and support to bring to life:

  •       Work in schools: Over the next two years, Hollaback! aims to continue providing workshops and trainings to NYC educators and students. We will work alongside three NYC schools to measure impact and generate best-practices reports for NYC students facing harassment. With this increased training, we hope to provide a measurable change in school climate, increasing attendance and feelings of safety.
  •       Young Women of Color Leadership Pipeline: As part of our site leader training series, Hollaback! will offer a leadership pipeline program specifically for young women of color, including support groups, thought leadership sessions, and targeted webinars and trainings.


To fund your local Hollaback! site, go your local site’s website. Our site leaders work as volunteers, and many of them have paypal sites set up to help them support their work locally.


Does Hollaback! endorse criminalization of street harassment?

No. We believe that it is our role as advocates to steer policy makers away from measures that would increase criminalization, and toward measures that engage communities in prevention. As explained in Hollaback!’s article by Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, “Criminalizing verbal harassment and unwanted gestures is neither the final goal nor the ultimate solution to this problem and can, in fact, inadvertently work against the growth of an inclusive anti-harassment movement. The criminal justice system disproportionately targets and affects low-income communities and communities of color, as evidenced by policies such as New York City’s Stop and Frisk program and other degrading forms of racial profiling. Our objective is to address and shift cultural and social dialogues and attitudes of patriarchy that purport street harassment as simply the price you pay for being a woman or being LGBTQ. It is not to re-victimize men already discriminated against by the system.”


Have you won any awards for your work?


In the last four years:

  •       Hollaback! was named one of CNN’s top safety apps;
  •       Hollaback! was named one of Brooklyn’s top 15 tech stories by Technically Brooklyn;
  •       Hollaback!’s executive director was named an Ashoka Fellow;
  •       Hollaback!’s executive director was named one of Daily Muse’s “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World;”
  •       The Hollaback! app was listed on USA Today’s “4 free apps that could help prevent sexual assault
  •        HeartMob, Hollaback!’s online platform aimed at addressing online harassment was voted “Best New Product” at the Net Roots Nation New Tools Shout Out.

In 2012:

  •       Hollaback! received the TED City 2.0 prize for it’s app partnership with the New York City Government. They termed it “an idea on which our planet’s future depends;”
  •       Hollaback! was a finalist in the Ashoka’s  “She Will Innovate” competition;
  •       Hollaback! won the Manhattan Young Democrats “Engendering Progress” award;

In 2011:

  •       Hollaback! was named a finalist in the Green Mountain Coffee “Revelation to Action” competition.

Our executive director, Emily May has also won many awards for her leadership. In 2013, she was named one of “50 fearless minds changing the world” by the Daily Muse.  In 2012, she received five awards including one of twelve women to watch in 2012 by the Daily Muse, one of 20 women “leading the way” by the Huffington Post, a “Hero Among Us” in People Magazine, an AOL “Next Maker,” and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love.”  In 2011, May was named one of Women’s eNews “21 leaders for the 21st Century”, which was presented by Dan Rather, received the “40 under 40” award from the New Leadership Council, was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the “Young Nonprofit Leaders of the Year” Classy awards, and was named an Ashoka “ChangemakeHER” joining such social change makers as Melinda Gates and Fran Drescher.  Additionally, and to our utter delight, when feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked, “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Her response was, “Emily May of Hollaback! who has empowered women in the street, literally.”


Who else are you funded by?

We have a full list of foundation funders on our funding page. Seventy percent of our donations are from individuals just like you in amounts of $10 or less.


What is your budget, and how many staff do you have?

Our budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $380,000. We have five full-time staff members and one part-time staff member and receive over $250,000 in in-kind donations per year.  For example, our graphic design is done by Kristen Meloche, legal work is done pro-bono by the legal firm MOFO and Trust Law – all pro-bono.  These pro-bono calculations don’t include the incredible work of all our site leaders internationally.  We estimate that if we calculated their volunteer work into our organizational budget our annual budget would top $5 million. This work would not be possible without an amazing network of volunteers and supporters like you — thank you!


Other questions?

Contact Executive Director Emily May directly via email at [email protected]


On behalf of the entire Hollaback team, we couldn’t be more grateful for your gift.

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