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Glamourgals Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Human Services, Personal Social Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: GlamourGals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that inspires conversation and companionship through complimentary beauty makeovers given by teen volunteers to seniors living in residential care. The program fosters these intergenerational connections on a national scale by organizing a network of volunteer chapters and training a movement of empathetic teen leaders to alleviate the issue of elder isolation.

Results: Our volunteers have completed over 100,000 hours of service in communities across the country.

Target demographics: young people in high school and college to connect with the seniors in their communities and develop compassionate leadership skills.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1300+ volunteers in 100 local communities.

Geographic areas served: 17+ states and 100 communities

Programs: GlamourGals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that inspires conversation and companionship through complimentary beauty makeovers given by teen volunteers to seniors living in residential care. The program fosters these intergenerational connections on a national scale by organizing a network of volunteer chapters and training a movement of empathetic teen leaders to alleviate the issue of elder isolation.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an avid supporter of GlamourGals for the past 11 years, attending both makeovers and events. Having worked as a mental health professional in nursing homes with elderly suffering from depression and loneliness, I experienced firsthand the great need for organizations such as GlamourGals. It is incredibly rewarding and heartwarming to witness the profound impact the makeovers have on the women. The organization is run beautifully by an extraordinarily compassionate, intelligent, and inspirational woman who has changed the lives of thousands of youth and elderly.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I never write reviews and much less give my hard earned money to others. Well now I am doing both.
Not only was I inspired by the mission but I was and still am impressed with the way things are run. I must admit that I grilled the founder for quite some time before giving. Not only was she present but was more than happy to share her vision with me.
Awesome mission and great leadership.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

After listening to an inspiring story about this organization, I made a decent sized donation & after it was like a black void. I never heard from anyone, and when I called in several times, no one followed up. I asked to speak to the president directly or the treasurer to see perhaps what the funds were used for or how I could further contribute, but the president never called me back. Unfortunate misdirection of funds that would have been better used elsewhere. Check out She's the First, Girls Who Code & the Girl Effect.

Also, Alana B - read the community guidelines - If you comment about individual staff members or volunteers, it asks you to use their job title. Do not post their full name or other personal details.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long term donor and supporter of GlamourGals. I cannot write enough wonderful things about this organization and its president, Rachel Doyle. GlamourGals makes a huge difference in the lives of so many older women and young teens. The programs run by GG are exciting, stimulating and wonderful. I have also been to makeovers at the elderly homes. Rachel runs the organization beautifully. Rachel is an inspiring and excellent public speaker. I am proud to give my money to such a wonderful, important cause and plan to be a supporter indefinitely.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terrific organization led by teen volunteers all geared up towards a great cause. I wish I had been exposed to such an organization when I was in my teens. Way to go GlamourGals, keep up the great work! Kudos to all the people doing this work.

4 Morgan G

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

One of my friends worked for this organization for several months. On the whole, the volunteers make this organization what it is. Perfect example of a charity being someone's pet project to make themselves feel good. Huge turn over rate due to terrible management. In general, shady finances from the organization point of view - would never donate. And overall, lacking in transparency. Could use a few more staff members. Could use new leadership in general.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with truly dedicated team serving such an important purpose. Wishing GG a continued succes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Glamourgals does wonderful things for seniors, showing they are vital and worthy, and for empowering and raising the self esteem for their volunteers. As a mental health professional, I am proud to endorse this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Rachel Doyle and Glamour Gals several times over the past five years and in many different capacities. I've had the opportunity to meet Rachel's team, advisory board, and participated in a few of her events. Of all the non-profits I've worked with, I'm extremely impressed with Glamour Gals. Not only do the young women involved provide a great support system to the senior community but they are also doing work that will be pivotal in their future and help them evolve into future leaders.

I encourage anyone interested in the non-profit world to check out Glamour Gals and get involved! It's been a truly rewarding experience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined GlamourGals as an Advisory Board member and am so excited to be part of this great program. I think the mission of GlamourGals is unique by bringing in women of different generations and having them build a lasting friendship. I've heard some of our young volunteers speak about they're experience with GlamourGals and how it has changed their lives; how it has helped them become compassionate, strong, driven young women. The advisory board is another great part of GlamourGals and brings together some great women professionals who are all interested in helping GlamourGals become a great organization and continue to fulfill its mission. I look forward to being part of GlamourGals for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in GlamourGals just for this past summer, and it has already had a profound impact on the way that I approach service and community outreach. The way that the program engages and serves women of all ages is innovative and really important in the world today. Attending a GlamourGals makeover was one of my favorite parts of the summer, and I would certainly encourage anyone to get involved in the program in some way. I hope to remain involved in GlamourGals for years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started a high school GlamourGals chapter with my friend Deana 5 years ago, I had no idea the huge impact it would make on my life. Not only has GlamourGals given me the opportunity to develop a voice and leadership skills, but also it has helped me realize that I want to work with senior citizens. If you told me 5 years ago that I would have best friends almost 5 times my age, I probably would've laughed. But now, I'm proud to tell people that I have 90 year old best friends. I'm so fortunate that I was able to start a chapter at my college as well, so that my GG experience doesn't have to end! I know I will stay involved even after college, because GG is an amazing organization that gives senior citizens and its volunteers such happiness.

Deana3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a GG volunteer for 5 years now. Starting a chapter of GG in my high school was the defining experience for me of my high school career. GlamourGals inspires me because of its ability to connect people from different generations through the simple joy of makeup and of feeling beautiful. I understand the mission of GlamourGals to be deeper than just providing makeovers. The purpose of the GlamourGals organization is to create opportunities for young people to develop into compassionate and servant leaders--leaders who will incorporate the lessons they have learned about humanity and genuine connection to other areas of their life. GlamourGals is an organization that at its core believes that every person in life just wants to be validated, cared for and loved.

That is why I am a member of the Alumni Council--to support this mission of empowering people of all ages to develop bonds with each other. I believe, and GlamourGals believes that these bonds strengthen the spirit of each individual who makes them and the social fabric of our society more broadly.

I would highly recommend anyone become involved in GG in any capacity possible. It is truly a unique organization that provides an unforgettable experience for both its volunteers and the elderly citizens it serves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a G/G volunteer for the past 14 years. Being involved has enabled me to meet many wonderful people. I am always impressed with the teens who donate countless hours visiting the seniors in their senior homes. Their visits enable the seniors to have a "special moment" chatting and laughing with a teen. It is a truly important organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

GG neglects to engage the 1400 volunteers they claim to have. My sister ran a chapter of over 40 girls but only 3 were actively going to makeovers yet they had non active members displayed on the site. The mission sounds great in theory but in practice isn't all that great. They claim to help low income neighborhoods but most chapters are in middle class neighborhoods

Review from Guidestar

Jessica162

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about GlamourGals in a memoir written by Jen Lancaster, and I had to google to find out more. I think this is one of the most creative, helpful and inspiring volunteer organizations I've ever heard of, and I am hoping this will become part of my community. I remember how my Grandmother preened when I complimented her lipstick. That memory will forever melt my heart. I think it's beautiful that other women and teenagers get to experience a moment like that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlamourGals is a heartfelt and inspiring organization that has truly touched my life. GlamourGals was my gateway to many relationships I established and built through makeovers. Because of GlamourGals, I was able to experience the joy of putting smiles on countless faces by just being myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for GlamourGals for five years and it is truly a life changing and inspiring organization. As a teacher, I was able to see such change in my students who participated as volunteers. As an employee, I was able to work first hand with teens and seniors to discover how beautiful and necessary their interaction with one another is. As a woman with elderly grandparents, I know how crucial it is for seniors to come in contact with youth and to feel important and accepted in society.

Noa K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Glamour Gals is an original and inspiring organization that fills a great need in society that is often missing. Glamour Gals not only influences the women in the senior homes that receive attention and compassion from younger generations but also the volunteers who learn the value of giving back to others. As a former volunteer, Glamour Gals greatly influenced me and inspired me to continue to work to improve our society. With its unique events, Glamour Gals does a great job of attracting young and motivated leaders and helping participants and supporters feel appreciated for their hard work and dedication to the mission of GG.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlamourGals is an amazing organization. I've been volunteering with them since high school and my experiences have taught me the value of compassion, giving back and making a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rachel's team does amazing work. What a great idea to connect the elderly that are often lonely in nursing homes with the often disconnected younger generation.

Keep up the good work!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a proud supporter of GlamourGals because of the positive impact it makes on our elderly population while concurrently building teen leaders. With my own grandmother living on the other side of the globe, I understand the importance of GlamourGals' mission to end elder loneliness. Each day this organization is changing lives, and I would encourage others to join me in supporting GlamourGals by attending fundraising events or making a donation today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently been introduced to GlamourGals and have fallen in love with the company. The time and devotion the team dedicate to the cause is inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have only recently started working with GlamourGals, I have seen a great deal of their work and I know that what they do is amazing. Both the women and the girls are clearly empowered by the makeovers which instill confidence and joy in both parties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I am new to GlamourGals, my experience with this organization is so far empowering, inspiring, and moving. The GlamourGals team has so much passion and dedication for what they stand for. The amount of people who dedicate their time and energy to brighten up the elderly's day is incredible. What GlamourGals has done and accomplished is inspiring, and I am proud to say that I am part of this growing team.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glamour Gals truly is a gem to the elderly community. Without them many elderly women would not have something keeping them going. They matter, and Glamour Gals helps them feel like they do. To see volunteers all over the country be dedicated to this cause is the true definition of humanity.

Marialaina N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of my school's chapter from the very start, first as Rally Girl as a sophomore and now as Co-President as a junior. From very start, I loved Glamour Gals and visiting with the women. Over the past two years I have learned so much from the residents and count down until the next makeover. The women look forward to seeing us as much as we do them. I adore GG and I'm so blessed to be part of a loving community. Not only is GG a great nonprofit, it's a heartwarming experience that creates memories to last a lifetime. I tell everyone about Glamour Gals; I'm proud to be a part of such a loving, optimistic organization.

Catherine32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Hello, how are you doing this fine day?!" This was the welcome I gave this one woman resident. From across the room, I could tell this woman just wanted some company.

I asked again, "Do you want to get your nails done?" She didn't respond. Although she smiled and made eye contact with me, I realized she was part deaf and couldn't fully understand what I was saying to her. After talking with her, I became a little discouraged because I knew she was trying very hard to hear me.

I noticed she had a notepad in her hand and I asked her if I could use it. She welcomed the idea! During our talk, I caught that her name was Margaret and we realized that she and I both grew up in Westfield, NJ. Margaret was delighted to speak with me about her childhood and compare the specific landmarks in the town. Just as I was about to go, Margaret pulled me aside and said to me, "You were wonderful with me. I know it is very hard to speak to me and that is why many people who visit don't talk with me. You have a wonderful gift." This statement blew me away. I, who only spent an hour with this woman, was being called a deaf whisperer! I accepted the compliment with great pleasure. This experience helped me understand what my goal in life will be. I will be going to college next year to study speech pathology/audiology, so that I can help the people in the community who have a trouble communicating. I thank Margaret and her wonderful compliment because she set the path for my life, and I will always remember her kindness and patience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Glamour Gals over the summer of 2012, transitioning to my senior year in high school. My life has been changed by Glamour Gals and my favorite resident, Ray. I met Ray my second time volunteering, and I'm so happy I did. Ray made me realize how happy people can be just by having conversations and getting to know new people. Every time we visit, Ray doesn't want us to leave. I wish I could stay longer, too. He's the most energetic, funniest, happiest person I've ever met.


Some high school students have stereotypes about senior citizens being grumpy, mean, or boring. Ray definitely destroys that stereotype. Raymond has traveled all over the world; he has visited places such as Spain and Costa Rica. He is originally from Mexico, but he now resides in Chicago. He loves salsa dancing; he says it's what keeps him healthy and going each day. Ray also sings, but he doesn't sing like Ricky Martin. He only sings on special occasions, like when his dinner is done. He's the most humorous senior I know. Spending time with him makes you appreciate things a little bit more.


Joining Glamour Gals, I hoped to gain experience and give back to the community. I lost my grandparents a couple years ago and it was very hard because I was so close to them. It left a huge hole in my heart that I thought would never heal. Glamour Gals has healed that hole in my heart. Every month I'm spending time with grandparents who aren't mine, and it's a blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was first asked to join GlamourGals as my school's rally girl, I was hesitant and nervous. It took until my first makeover when I had the most touching experience of my high school career to shake the nerves off. I was doing a Spanish woman's nails, who only spoke Spanish, when at the end of the makeover she grabbed my forehead, leaned down, kissed it, and said "que Dio te bendiga"-that God bless you. Although my peers are probably tired of hearing this story, it has remained my favorite and I know I won't ever forget it. When volunteers go to makeovers, it's more than a chance to do some makeup and practice doing ladies' nails. It's a chance to give lonely ladies new families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey with GlamourGals started in 2007 when I was a Freshmen in college and continues to this day. Joining this organization was the best decision! I've learned how to take the little things in life and appreciate everything thrown my way. Those smiles from the residents when you walked in the door definitely make the journey to the nursing home well worth it. Outside from the actual action of going to a nursing home, GlamourGals help to build leadership, confident, and inspiration to my generation as we grow!

Katie N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlamourGals is a wonderful organization. While its main goal is to bring company and enjoyment to the elderly in nursing homes it does so much more. It bridges the gap between two generations that don't have many interactions with each other. Lessons are learned both ways. I started a GlamourGals chapter during my senior year of high school. This was a pivotal time in my life where I was growing up and becoming an adult. I give credit to GlamourGals for helping me become a confidant young woman. Their mission is unique and a service to the entire community.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

GlamourGals has changed my life. Through my work with this organization I have been able to learn, grow, inspire, and become someone I never thought I could be. I began my journey with GlamourGals when I was a sophomore in high school. Many bottles of nail polish later, I can honestly say that joining this program was one of the best decisions that I made as a young woman. I am currently the president of the Hunter College GlamourGals chapter as well as an alumni council member. After high school graduation my involvement with GlamourGals did not stop, in fact it got stronger. During the Summer of 2012 I had the honor to intern with the organization and have been provided with various opportunities to grow and develop as a young professional since then. I consider myself to be a "GG Lifer", I am a better person because of GlamourGals and will always be committed to the work that we do.

Ashley48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Glamour Gals was my first involved community service organization. In 2007, I was introduced to Glamour Gals and fell in love with the elders and the mission of the organization. Glamour Gals allows you to feel good about life and promotes more for helping our elders feel wanted, welcomed and cherished. I thank Glamour Gals for helping me embrace my passion for community involvement and opening career opportunities for me as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a part of GlamourGals since high school and actually helped start our chapter here at Ohio State University this past fall. Since we've started here, we've been going to two nursing homes about once a month and the experiences have been amazing!

The women and gentlemen I have met have been such a blessing in my life and I'm sure the volunteers and I have truly brightened their days. The residents love to just sit and talk with the young ladies of GlamourGals and I can say that I enjoy it so much.

NikitaSabharwal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since becoming involved with Glamour Gals in 2005, the program has taught me so much about myself, life, and the rewarding experience of giving back to others; especially those who it effects the most: the elderly. Every time I surround myself with other GG volunteers, I am reminded of the amazing amount of power and influence we all have and the potential to make a difference.

As the Alumni Council Chair I have had the privilege of working with the core of the organization and the wonderful women/entrepreneurs that are a part of it, which is such an amazing opportunity. I feel like I can learn from these powerful and successful women to make a difference in my life and the world.

The compassion that Glamour Gals volunteers bring to the nursing home is unique and not found through any other non-profit organization. What we learn through this program offers life skills necessary of a true leader.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved in GlamourGals since 2005. I think I've enjoyed the moments I've made as part of the GG family because of the people that are apart of the organization. Not only have I enjoyed the company of the elderly men and women I've met at makeovers but I truly enjoy meeting new volunteers too.

The vision and drive behind the GlamourGals organization is why I think so many people want to get involved and stay involved after they've graduated high school. Not only does it empower young students, it allows them build relationships, leadership skills and gives them opportunities to connect with future role models.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've seen first-hand how the GlamourGals Foundation changes lives. I've been involved with GlamourGals since 2008, first as an intern and later as a board member. During this time I've had the pleasure of attending makeovers and hosting leadership seminars for our volunteers. It's inspiring to see how the girls grow and mature throughout their time in the program. Many are excited but apprehensive at their first makeover - not really sure what to expect. Within minutes the room lights up, and both the teen volunteers and the elderly residents are smiling and chatting. Over time, the girls build bonds with the senior women they visit and learn distinct life lessons from another generation, while also blossoming into strong, capable leaders in their communities.

As a GlamourGals board member, I've hosted the annual Glamour in the City fundraising event, given leadership presentations to the volunteers, and developed the first iteration of the board charter. There are many opportunities to get involved with GlamourGals from a leadership, volunteer and/or financial position in a meaningful and rewarding way.

ema436

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the most prominent things this fellowship has taught me thus far is the impact of effective interdependence in the workplace. Three times a week, I have the honor in joining forces with phenomenal individuals. As a team, we tailor a movement of compassionate teenagers ready to serve their community. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to touch the lives of teenagers nationwide and help evoke that same revelation in them that occurred in me in high school all while developing professionally. Since the start of my fellowship, I have strengthened my communication skills and enhanced my adaptability in the workplace. My new and improved work ethic has transcended in my academic and personal life as I am indubitably more efficient and bolder than I was a few months ago. I am fortunate to have had an experience thus far that has syndicated passion with hard work. Every day, I grow increasingly motivated whether it is through interactions with the GG Team or through interactions with volunteers. Without a doubt, the GlamourGals program is capable of breeding more trailblazers and world-changers.

Kira W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"I have grown immensely both personally and professionally in the course of my summer with GlamourGals. I have developed a passion for the mission and I know that this will not be the end of my relationship with GG. This summer, I was able to accomplish more than I ever imagined and the internship has exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed working with the GG team and I can say that I definitely learned something new every single day. Though I learned a lot this summer, I also had a great deal of fun. I really enjoyed coming to work every day!"

Susan191

Board Member

Rating: 5

Do you have a grandmother? Do you know anyone who lives in a senior home/nursing home? Were you ever a teen girl who was a bit insecure and needed guidance and inspiration from some cool women who'd "been there/done that"? Were you ever a teen girl who loved beauty products? If you're a guy, are you the dad of a teenage daughter, or the uncle of a teenage niece? Okay, enough questions... I would imagine you've said yes to at least one of them. GlamourGals is an amazing organization that teaches leadership skills to teen girls by allowing groups of them to visit female residents of senior homes and provide them with makeovers--manicures, facials, etc. The girls get to know these older women and see for themselves that the elderly still have a lot to offer in terms of advice, inspiration, and just plain old great stories--once upon a time, these octo- and nonagenerian women were young women who loved to share beauty advice and yes, liked to talk about boys—just like teen girls do today. I have been involved with GlamourGals as a member of the Advisory Board for about 10 years now, and I have also served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the past few years. Anyone who hears about GG sees the brilliance of it, and wants to help it grow. And we have many ways you can do just that: Want to write a big check to help support us? We'd love you to! Want to help at one of our events? We'll tell you what volunteer opportunities we have. Work for a company that sponsors events for good causes? Let us know—the press loves GG so your company will get great exposure. My enthusiasm for GlamourGals never flags. I promise you if you get involved, you will have a smile on your face every time you talk about it. Check out glamourgals.org for contact information for our tireless staff, who can guide you based on your area of interest.

1 Allison H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GlamourGals is a unique foundation that unites teen and the elderly though complimentary beauty makeovers. Teens form local chapters affiliated with their high school or college/university and partner with a local senior center to provide this incredible service. It's amazing to watch both the volunteers and seniors light up each time they meet and to see how both are uplifted from the gentle touch of a hand to sharing intimate stories about their lives. Each time I attend a GlamourGals function whether it be a makeover, fundraising event or board meeting I well up with pride to be part of such a compassionate organization and knowing I am making a difference in the lives of two special generations. Kudos to GlamourGals for providing training and support to the volunteers, creating scholarships and for the thoughtfulness of the needs to the elderly.