Programs, Awards, and Funders

Donations

Thank you for supporting equal access to public spaces. Together we can end harassment.

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Donations to Hollaback! go directly to our work to end harassment in public spaces. Your support fuels the following programs:

  • Our community organizer training program. We provide a free nine-month training to young people who have experienced harassment and are looking for the tools to end it locally. Our community organizer training was just praised by Greenpeace Mobilization Lab as a unique success in growing a global network!
  • HeartMob. Our platform provides real-time support to individuals facing online harassment. Online harassment has real impacts on health, education, and access, particularly for youth. With HeartMob, we’re ensuring that everyone has the right to speak and connect online without fear of harassment.
  • Workshops and trainings for youth. Every year we train over 880 students and teachers in how to identify and stop harassment. We work towards creating a healthy school climate where everyone has the right to access education without harassment or discrimination.
  • Research and publications. Hollaback! leads groundbreaking research on street and online harassment to raise awareness and change hearts and minds. We use this research to advocate for community-based solutions to harassment in public spaces.
  • Story Sharing. Hollaback! provides a free app and website platform for individuals who have experienced harassment to share their stories. People share their stories to be heard, to heal, to raise awareness, and to support one another. Together, these stories create a collective roar for change that cannot be ignored.
  • Advocacy: We’re changing hearts and minds, advocating for safer spaces, harassment-free transit, the right to protest, and more!

100% of your donation supports this critical work. Hollaback! is able to provide innovative education, advocacy, and training programs because of people like you — people who have felt the effects of harassment and want to do whatever they can to end it. With your support, we can end it together. Will you donate today and pledge to support equal access to public spaces for all?

Hollaback! is rated gold on Guidestar and is committed to transparency. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information about our annual goals, foundation funders, and upcoming programs, see our “About” page. Our annual reports are available below.

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Accomplishments

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

  • Inspiring international leadership. We’ve trained over 550 activists from 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 9-month training prior to launch, and following launch, they receive ongoing training and technical assistance from our team.
  • Digital storytelling. We’ve 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 10,000 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 2,400 press hits, 43,200+ Facebook fans, and 19,100+ 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.

Awards

In 2015 – 2106:

  • HeartMob won “Best New Product” at Netroots Nation
  • HeartMob won the Civic Hall Labs Healthy Public Challenge
  • Hollaback! was a finalist in the F6S Civic Engagement Challenge

In 2013-2014:

In 2012:

  • Hollaback! received the TED City 2.0 prize for its 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!’s executive director was named one of The Huffington Post’s 20 Women “Leading the Way” 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
  • Hollaback!’s executive director received an Ashoka “ChangemakHERS” award

Our executive director has also won many awards for her leadership. In 2014, she was named one of the year’s Mulheres Inspiradoras by Think Olga, and in 2013, one of the Daily Muse’s “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World.” 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 Leaders Council, was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the “Young Nonprofit Leaders of the Year” Classy awards, and was named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER” 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.”

Foundations and Corporate Support

Thank you to our committed funders – we couldn’t do this work without you! Since 2010, Hollaback! has received support from:

Ashoka
Barnard Center for Research on Women
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
Blue Ridge Foundation
Caruso Foundation
Catapult
Civic Hall Labs/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Craigslist Charitable Fund
Credit Suisse
Digital Trust Foundation
Dobkin Family Foundation
Eileen Fisher
Ford Foundation
Instructional Telecommunications Foundation
Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation Prototype Fund
Lifeway
Ms. Foundation for Women
New Media Ventures
New York City Council
New York Women’s Foundation
O’Neill Foundation
Open Meadows Foundation
Prime Movers – A Program of Hunt Alternatives
Rockefeller Foundation
TEDx City 2.0 Prize
Towbes Foundation
Up the Rivers Endeavors
Valentine Perry Snyder Fund
Vitamin W Voqal

HOLLABACK! ANNUAL REPORTS

Our annual report details our activities and developments in the international movement to end harassment in public spaces.

2015-2016 Annual Report

2015 State of the Streets Report [pdf]

2014 State of the Streets Report [pdf]

2013 State of the Streets Report

2012 State of the Streets Report [pdf]

2011 State of the Streets Report [pdf]