GLOW – Our Future Direction: Letter from Board of Directors

Friends, colleagues and supporters of GLOW,

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that resource and staffing constraints are forcing us to make the difficult decision to wind down the operations of GLOW.

GLOW was founded in 2006 with the mission of empowering under-resourced students and their families to afford and complete college, and we are incredibly honored to have reached over 30,000 students with our financial literacy curriculum and college affordability programming over the years.

At GLOW, we believe our impact has been huge; so huge in fact, that many people are surprised by how small we are.  For most of our history, we have operated with only two to four full-time employees and a handful of Americorps members.  Our outsized impact was enabled by our unique partnership model and the commitment of our program affiliates to deliver our curriculum to thousands of students each year.

Over the past year, GLOW has faced a period of transition, during which the Board of Directors has been closely monitoring our financial resources and organizational capacity.  We thank you all for your continued support during this period, which has sustained us as we touched a record-high 7,600 students this year alone.  However, after significant deliberation, we have decided to wind down the operations of GLOW.  While it is disappointing for us to announce this, we believe taking this action at this time is the best way to preserve our current assets and continue to serve GLOW’s mission.  Specifically:

  • We intend to continue to make our curriculum available to our program affiliates so that they can continue their instrumental work teaching students about financial literacy
  • We intend to explore ways of making our curriculum broadly available (open-source or other model)
  • We are committed to making sure that GLOW’s remaining assets are used in a way that furthers our mission of empowering under-resourced students to afford college, and we plan to share more of those plans with you as we wind down the organization

We are truly proud of what GLOW has accomplished over the past decade. The Board of Directors sincerely thanks our incredible and hardworking staff for making it all possible. We would especially like to recognize the contributions of Alana Okamoto, who has been with GLOW since the beginning and most recently excelled as interim Executive Director, and Peter Kim, who oversaw much of GLOW’s growth over the previous six years. Our belief in GLOW’s mission is as strong as ever, and we believe you, our partners and supporters, will continue to carry that mission forward and impact the lives of thousands more students as they make their way to affording and completing college.

Please direct any questions you may have to


GLOW’s Board of Directors