Facing History and Ourselves, Inc.

At a Glance

National Office: 
16 Hurd Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-232-1595

Roger Brooks
People Served: 
25,942
Year Founded: 
1976
Tax ID: 
04-2761636

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training
K-12 Reform
Reading/Math

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Description

Facing History and Ourselves reaches over 4.8 million students worldwide every year. Facing History is creating future generations of engaged, informed, and responsible decision makers who when faced with injustice, misinformation, and bigotry, will pave the way to justice, truth, and equality. Using the lessons of history — and history in the making – Facing History equips teachers to encourage students to confront antisemitism and racism, empowering them to become adults who change the world for the better.

Impact and Outcomes

99% of teachers participating in a Facing History seminar said they would recommend it to their peers
Facing History students were 94% more likely than other students to report that their class motivated them to learn
92% of teachers reported that Facing History helped their students participate in respectful conversations on difficult topics
Facing History reaches over 4.8 million students and has over 133,000 educators in its network.

Mission & Goals

Facing History and Ourselves is a global educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Educators work closely with students to examine complex themes like identity, discrimination, and belonging. By studying contemporary events through the lens of pivotal moments in world history, like the Holocaust, the civil rights movement, students are challenged to make personal connections between the past and their present, between others and themselves.

Facing History’s ultimate goal is the development of a critical mass of citizens who are committed to responsible civic participation and to building strong, inclusive communities.

Facing History’s groundbreaking integration of the study of history and literature and innovative teaching strategies and its extraordinary professional development programs enables teachers to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking skills, and empathy. 

Program

Facing History’s professional development activities for educators include five-day face-to-face or online seminars, ongoing individualized follow-up coaching and mentoring by professional program staff, workshops that deepen aspects of practice, and access to a wide array of print and digital resources and a learning community of educators. These features support teachers in learning the program’s content and pedagogy and creating engaging, reflective, respectful learning environments. Facing History’s model, which includes ongoing support after the initial training, results in implementation rates as high as 90 percent, compared with rates as low as 10 percent for models without follow-up support.

Every Facing History course is built around a common core which Facing History calls its “scope and sequence.” This unique approach organizes the inquiry and shapes the journey students and teachers take together. The course moves from consideration of identity and group membership through historical study to a fuller understanding of the individual’s role in society. This careful and rigorous approach empowers teachers and their adolescent students to probe deeply into some of the most troubling periods in our history, including the breakdown of democracy in Weimar Germany that ultimately led to the Holocaust. Through these learning experiences, the program seeks to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions for effective civic participation.

Impact

A recent evaluation of Facing History using a randomized controlled experimental design demonstrated that Facing History impacts teachers’ self-efficacy in creating community-centered, learner-centered, and deliberative classroom learning environments. The evaluation also demonstrated that Facing History students experienced their classrooms as having more open climates than their counterparts in the control group and possessed more tolerant attitudes, greater awareness of the dangers of prejudice and discrimination, and more agency in relation to social and civic matters, while also having stronger skills for analyzing history. The sample included 134 teachers, 1,371 high school students in 76 public and private schools in eight urban regions. These teachers and students came from a diverse range of schools representing a wide range of socioeconomic and demographic groups with 66 percent of these schools characterized as low performing using the U.S. Department of Education criteria for math and literacy scores.

Educators and students participating in Facing History’s programs complete surveys on the impact of Facing History. A spring 2011 survey of students and teachers found the following:

  • 94 percent of Facing History students are more likely to recognize the dangers of stereotyping.
  • 83 percent of students are more likely to help if they see someone being bullied.
  • 66 percent of Facing History students are more likely to get involved in their school or community.
  • 73 percent of students reported that they gained skills relevant to analyzing world events.
  • 90 percent of teachers said students were more engaged.
  • 100 percent of teachers reported Facing History training made them a better teacher.

Growth Plan

Facing History provides direct services to teachers and students through three channels:

  • Eight regional offices in the United States that serve schools, districts and educators in their geographic areas;
  • Two international partner offices in Canada and the United Kingdom that serve similar audiences in those countries; and
  • Additional programs serving specific audiences across geographies, such as Facing History’s online seminars and workshops, Facing History’s Jewish Education Program, and Facing History’s Catholic Education Program

These offices and programs have an operating budget, on average, of $850,000 a year, not including a set of centralized functions necessary for program delivery and quality. Local funding for program delivery comes from a mix of fees for service revenue and individual and institutional philanthropic support.

Facing History’s central office provides a range of organization-wide program supports that are centralized so that their quality and excellence can be realized more cost-effectively. These functions include the creation and publication of new content, streaming and on-line resources for educators, program evaluation, and continuous improvement. These supports are both essential for Facing History programs to be delivered with quality and are used across all offices and programs. Facing History’s central office is supported by a mix of investment income, publications sales revenue, and individual and institutional philanthropy. In recent years these centralized functions have averaged around $10 million per year.            

In the last few years Facing History has received incremental investments of >$10 million to update and significantly expand our online resources and program delivery. These investments will both improve the quality and impact of existing programs and expand Facing History’s reach to new audiences, both in places we already work and around the world. 

To double the number of teachers and students served Facing History requires $40 million in expansion capital and $125 million total over five years. To date we have secured $13 million towards the $40 million required.

Since 2005 Facing History has doubled in size—from $11.8 million to $23.6 million in revenue, strengthened its operations, expanded the number of teachers and students served, and grown  its investments and endowment 160% from $8 million to $21 million. Facing History is committed to building on these achievements through greater scale and impact.

Facing History’s greater program impact will come through four key areas of investment:

  • Civic Education: Double the number of implementing teachers from 25,000 to 50,000, doubling the number of students whose lives are powerfully changed for the better.  Significantly expand the number of whole schools and school districts comprehensively using Facing History to change the culture of their schools and lives of their students;
  • Research & Innovation: Build on our position as a recognized thought leader by developing and curating content that deepens the study of identity, intolerance, and genocide. Expand and innovate in the digital delivery of our quality; professional development, growing that avenue aggressively and in a blended way with our face-to-face work; 
  • Public Engagement: Publish and disseminate timely, relevant content across platforms and media, extending traditional print with ePublishing, video streaming, digital media, and mobile applications to reach teachers, students, and other audiences worldwide; and 
  • Capacity and Sustainability: Ensure the successful execution of the above priorities through an expanded pipeline of operating support and by appropriately updating technology infrastructure.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
16 Hurd Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-232-1595
List of locations

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Locations in the following states:

California

Illinois

Massachusetts

New York

Ohio

Ontario

Tennessee

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$275,634
Foundation Grants: 
$6,926,525
Government Funding: 
$143,532
Contributions from Individuals: 
$10,645,897
Special Events: 
$3,808,412
Program Services Fees: 
$800,000
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$300,000
Other Revenue: 
$725,000
Total Revenue: 
$23,625,000

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$16,985,294
Occupancy: 
$690,347
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,391,192
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$769,088
Telephone & Communications: 
$239,374
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$3,542,309
Other Expenses (Description): 

External services, materials, books & publications, and depreciation.

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$23,617,604

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$7,396

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$672,878
Foundation Grants: 
$4,313,015
Government Funding: 
$106,629
Contributions from Individuals: 
$12,047,645
Program Services Fees: 
$831,893
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$343,912
Other Revenue: 
$26,575
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investments.
Special Events: 
$5,281,144
Total Revenue: 
$23,623,691

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$14,663,646
Occupancy: 
$634,517
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,330,791
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$667,534
Telephone & Communication: 
$277,219
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$4,009,706
Other Expenses (Description): 

External services, materials, books & publications, and depreciation.

Total Expenses: 
$21,583,413

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$2,040,278

Major Funders

The Allstate Foundation

Baskin Family Foundation

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Nina and David P. Fialkow

Jim Joseph Foundation

George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom

Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation

The Klarman Family Foundation

Mooney-Reed Charitable Foundation

NoVo Foundation

Jane and Daniel Och

Lisa and Richard Perry

Rita Allen Foundation

Edmond J. Safra Foundation

Samberg Family Foundation

Sidney and Edith Simon Family Holocaust Education Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Michael J. Zamkow and Sue E. Berman Family Foundation