Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood, and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self- confidence, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
Girls Inc. of Greater Houston
In 1995, Dolores Fuller started the Girls Inc. of Greater Houston affiliate, initially running operations from her home. The first Board of Directors formalized the organization and secured nonprofit 501(c)(3) designation in 1996. Our Board continues to facilitate opportunities through partnerships, raising awareness, and building community support.