TCNJ alum’s nonprofit competing to win $1 million

Cupcakes for girls' education.

This year’s “American Giving Awards” on NBC will hit close to home as She’s the First, a nonprofit started by College alumna Tammy Tibbetts, will be competing for $1 million on the show. The show, presented by Chase Bank, will air on Dec. 8 and features five charities in five different categories. She’s the First is in the Educators and Mentors category.

Since its inception in 2009, She’s the First has become a national nonprofit organization inspiring universities throughout the U.S. to start their own chapters and sponsor girls’ education in third-world countries. She’s the First creatively raises money through cupcake sales, concerts and other fundraisers to send girls to school. To help the organization win the competition, supporters can vote for She’s the First  through Chase’s Community Giving page on Facebook.

If the organization does win the grant, Tibbetts says She’s the First will have the power to positively change the lives of even more girls throughout the world.

“We will be able to grow exponentially,” Tibbetts said in an email. “We’ll send more girls to school across our eight partner countries and expand our leadership training of U.S. campus chapters, which raise thousands of dollars to sponsor girls annually. We’ll also continue to reach out to lower-income high school girls in our local community, connecting them to the girls we sponsor, as they all empathize and motivate each other to become first-generation graduates who will break the cycle of poverty in their families.”

According to a press release, She’s the First has sponsored the education of nearly 300 girls across eight countries. The organization has even reached the College, where a chapter officially started this year. The chapter successfully raised over $1,000 recently by participating in She’s the First’s Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off campaign.

The voting period for the “American Giving Awards” will run from Nov. 27 until Dec. 4. Go to shesthefirst.org/voteSTF for more information about voting.