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$1,419
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23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 6 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About


Because of YOU!

Howdy,

My name is Kat, and I am so excited you are here. :) 

Two years ago I hit one of the lowest points in my life. It became difficult to live the routine of everyday life. Searching for answers with no resolve, I was desperate to hear from other people who had been through this and were resilient. I just wanted to know whether or not I had a chance to overcome this mountain I felt was too big. I was left with one last resource: social media. So I posted on Facebook and asked the world, “Do you have a story of resilience or grit? I want to know!”  

Comments flooded in and I found myself amazed. Next thing I know I am on the phone with the most incredible humans. Because of the inspiration they had given me, I knew I had to share their stories with the world. These stories were contagious! It was YOU, our incredible community, that inspired this documentary project. So I saved up, quit my job, bought a camera and traveled around the United States meeting these people to record their stories for the world to hear.

I realized I could not do this project on my own. As a student at Texas A&M, I started visiting classrooms, talking to clubs and organizations, and getting professors involved. 

Almost two years later, with a team of 30 incredible student volunteers and professionals from all over the globe, we are dedicated to seeing this through. 

From this raw, heart-wrenching, and life changing full-length documentary you can expect:

  • The origins of the project: how a simple story turned into a massive movement of hope. 
  • A collection of raw footage: we will explore stories from all walks of life that expose their most vulnerable moments and show their journey through adversity.
  • A visit to the University Scholars Leadership Symposium: a convention partnered with the United Nations that gathers over 1,000 students from over 70 different countries to train them about human rights issues that are plaguing our world today (human trafficking, child forced labor, women’s rights). As part of the conference, we will actually go on the ground and aid communities in need at the host location of the conference.
  • Performances by the musical talents of Texas A&M University!

If $300,000 is reached, we will include:

  • Interviews with experts on resilience and grit.
  • Special guest stars Mo Isom, Austin Eubanks, and more!
  • Global impact with possible interviews from Haiti, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Israel, and more!
  • More stops across the U.S.!

Our focus is to create for you. To showcase incredible stories to inspire and move you. Please help us complete our mission.

The Grit Factor is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit in the state of Texas. Therefore, all contributions are tax-deductable!


  •  INVEST: Donate to our documentary project!
  •  POST: Post a picture of you with #IGotTheGrit to tell the world you have donated.
  •  SHARE: Email and share this movement with all your friends, family, colleagues, and favorite pets. 
  •  SPREAD: Tell bloggers, journalists, local papers, news stations, etc. 
  •  OWN IT: Tell us your story of resilience and grit with #GotGrit or submit it at thegritfactor.org 

The Grit Factor is a movement committed to cultivating hope through stories of resilience. Our team of passionate students and professionals are dedicated to gathering stories of warriors, conquerors and champions of grit. We strive:

To celebrate strength and power.
  To give voice to silent struggles.
  To provide hope and inspiration.
  To learn from the experiences of others.
  To bring people together.
Because we’re human. 

The Grit Factor matters because people matter. Every individual and community faces their own mountain. Everywhere we look there are experiences that rock us to our core. It’s about having the resilience to push through the uphill battle and make it to the top.As individuals, we may not have the power to change the world, but we do have the power to change someone's world. That is what this movement is all about.

Every person from our team has a story of their own. Their own reason to be here and their own beliefs as to why they are. Nonetheless, our team is filled with common-minded self-empowered, dedicated individuals. We believe that in order for anyone to believe in our movement, we must believe in it ourselves. Why are we #behindthegrit?

Facebook: The Grit Factor

Instagram: @gritfactor

Twitter: @thegritfactor

YouTube: The Grit Factor

Kat's Snapchat: StorytellingKat 

Our website: thegritfactor.org 

Risks and challenges

We can’t start our movement without support. Your contributions allow us the opportunity to provide others the outlets to share their story of grit. We do not have a distributor attached yet. As a team, we are not willing to compromise on our values. Therefore, if necessary we will finish this on our own. No matter what we will provide you with an incredible documentary for the whole family!

The biggest challenge is distribution. As a group of student and professional volunteers, we are doing this all on our own. We believe in this movement!

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    To all of my Florida family join us and be Owl in. Owl aways be grateful! ~Kat

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    **SPECIAL REWARD**

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    30 Minute Session with Director, Kathryn Edmunds. Talk about whatever you'd like with you and up to ten of your friends/colleagues.

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    Level Up

    Take your event to the next level! Have our director, Kathryn, as the MC or keynote speaker at your event. Her experience in corporate event planning and hosting will help to take your event to the next level.

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    Better Together

    Let's join forces and co-host an event at your workplace/residence/conference. Kathryn will screen the film, share behind the scenes moments and speak to your crowd. Plan your dream event and she will be there to add some sparkle and make it an unforgettable event for you and your crew!

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    Be a Producer!

    You will be listed as a Producer during the film credits. Although it's an honorary tribute, it's an incredibly important one; we can't make this film without you! Join us for the premiere where you will walk the red carpet and have your photo taken with the Directors and the Producers.

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    Bring our workshops to you! Have Kathryn and her team create specialized workshops for you and your team. Additionally, Kathryn can show the film and share behind the scenes!

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    Flexible For You!

    Be one of our PLATNUM LEVEL SPONSORS! A tailored package to suit your business needs. Email us at general@thegritfactor.org to discuss your specific individual or organizational needs. Below are some of the things we can offer with donations larger than $10,000.

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Funding period

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