Not In Our Town began when the people of Billings, Montana confronted a series of hate crimes in their community. When a brick was thrown through the window of a six-year-old boy who displayed a menorah for Hanukkah, 10,000 residents hung paper menorahs in their windows as a sign of support. The original Not In Our Town story continues to inspire action in communities across the country and around the world.
On this page, you will find details about our work in 2013 and beyond, as well as helpful documents. To access information about major events in NIOT history, visit our E-News Archive.
In 2013, Not In Our Town (NIOT) embarked on an exciting phase of growth, expansion, and innovation. Our Strategic Plan provides clear benchmarks as we deepen our impact through new partnerships with municipalities, schools, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies. Over the next three years, NIOT will:
- Develop and support anchor groups in 30 towns and cities to create sustainable models for preventing hate crimes and fostering safety and inclusion for all
- Expand upon our successful Not In Our School (NIOS) initiative, helping students stand up to bullying and take the lead in creating safe, inclusive environments for learning
- Provide vital tools to law enforcement to help prevent hate violence and improve relationships with targeted communities
Your support will help us to bring communities together in three specific arenas:
Find a partial list of our project funders here.
For more detailed information about the mission, design, and reach of NIOT, read this case study published by the Center for Media and Social Impact.
Helpful documents for funders. Below you can download the following for The Working Group, the parent company of the Not In Our Town and Not In Our School projects:
To request the 2013 Budget, ask about our programs, or get in contact with the NIOT team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.