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What is Hollaback all about?

Check out this two and a half minute video profiling our work.


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 20112012, and 2013.


Why should I donate to Hollaback!? What have you guys accomplished so far?

In our first three 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 350 activists from over 71 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: 78% are under 30, 38% are LGBTQ and 29% 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 crimes on Hollaback’s publicly available harass-map. The apps resulted in over 5,000 reports of harassment.  Incidences are mapped and used to educate policymakers about the prevalence of harassment in their districts and inform research.
  • Engaging Elected Officials: Across the Hollaback! network, we meet with over 100 legislators per year. Our sites have collaborated with legislators to bring anti-harassment ads to the Philadelphia transportation system, 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 750 press hits, 27,000 facebook fans, and 10,500 twitter followers.
  • Performing Research. Our site leaders have performed groundbreaking local research in over 20 cities. They use the research to demonstrate the prevalence of street harassment and to engage the community in solutions.
  • Winning International Campaigns: In March 2011, our site leader in Buenos Aires was threatened by a prominent journalist and professor who said he wanted to “break her asshole with his cock” in an article written for a major magazine. In response, we started a Spanish-language petition to request a public apology and that he be fired. The petition was signed by 3,500 people from 75 countries and led both Fiat and Lacoste to withdraw advertising from the magazine. The journalist was ultimately fired and the magazine issued a public apology.


I know a huge part of what you do is around changing the culture that makes street harassment OK, but how do you measure that?

There are many ways to measure it, but one of our favorites is searching the term “street harassment” in google trends. Some key organizational milestones can be mapped across this chart:
2006: Hollaback! goes from a blog to an international sensation when we went on Good Morning America and the Today show.
2008: Hollaback!, in coordination with local community groups, gets anti-harassment ads in the subways.
2010: Hollaback! transitions into a full scale nonprofit.

And we just keep going up, up, up!



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 2014:

  • Guide and Training for Schools to address street harassment.  Information on how to address street harassment for teachers and administrators will be published in a first-of-its-kind guide in 2014. Following the guides release, we’ll localize it to cities around the world and use it to train teachers and administrators on how to respond.
  • HOLLA::Revolution, site leader retreat and public event. Our sites met for the first time in New York July 25-28th 2013 – where they gave short speeches at a public event attended by over 150 people, and then engaged in a three day retreat.  In 2014, we want to expand access by providing travel grants to site leaders who would not otherwise be able to attend.
  • Launch and Train 75 new leaders from 25 new sites. 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 on-line training, technical assistance, and resources.

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

  • Upgrading the apps to allow for one-touch reporting and personal data collection. We’ve collected over 5,000 stories from around the world, but to make the kind of change we’re looking for we need to show legislators and researchers thousands more. In 2014, we want to double the number of stories in our bank to 10,000, while relaunching our apps so that simple reports including time and location can be made on-the-go with the touch of button. The app will store your personal data — and allow you to share it with others. This will demonstrate the extent of the problem to the public, and inspire empathy worldwide.
  • Anti-harassment, pro-technology craft kit. Research in computer science education demonstrates that context is important to encourage women and minorities in learning computer science concepts. The kit would contain a Hollaback! T-shirt upon which participants could sew and program LED lights or electroluminescent wire to craft a customized response to street harassment. The kit offers an unique approach to learning computing in that it values the feminine by learning computing concepts in the context of sewing and crafting. In addition, the project embeds an empowering motivation: to learn about and stop street harassment, something that most girls unfortunately have experience with.


Have you won any awards for your work?

Yes! 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 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 in 2012 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 receive funding from Voqal, Up the River Endeavors, the New York Women’s Foundation, Caruso Foundation, Knight, TED, and over 700 individuals just like you. Seventy percent of our donations are in amounts of $10 or less.


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

Our budget for fiscal year 2013-14 is $280,000. We have three full-time staff members and receive over $500,000 in in-kind donations per year.  For example, our graphic design is done by Kristen Meloche, and our copy writing by Dominique Osborne — all pro-bono. Our legal work is done pro-bono by the legal firm MOFO and Trust Law.  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.


Other questions?

Contact Executive Director Emily May directly, at 347-889-5510 or 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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