Friends for the Future

Building trust is our business!

Easton, MD   |  https://www.friendsfuture.org

Mission

Our mission is to help promote healthy and sustainable groups and communities where all people feel empowered and share equal rights and responsibilities to be fully engaged in the life of the community.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO

Clinton Pettus

Main address

P.O. Box 1402

Easton, MD 21601 USA

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EIN

82-0904737

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The aim is to help individuals and groups better understand and overcome how we have been conditioned to create and encourage a sense of "us and them" in our society and, as a result, to "other" people whose looks, backgrounds, and experiences are different from our own.

Our programs

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Friends for the Future, Inc.

Our mission is to help promote healthy and sustainable groups and communities where all people feel empowered and share equal rights and responsibilities to be fully engaged in the life of the community. Central to this work are trust circles that are designed to help individuals and groups to (a) become better listeners, (b) reduce the tendency to be harshly judgmental, (c) give space and voice to those who are reluctant to share their thoughts and beliefs about feeling “othered," (d) use positive words in our everyday lives that unite us rather than those that suggest “us” and “them,” (e) strengthen our individual and collective sense of oneness and wholeness, and (f) and deepen our understanding of and love for one another.

       

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Friends for the Future, Inc.

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help promote wholesome and sustainable groups and communities where all members experience a sense of belonging, feel free to engage in the activities of the group, and share rights and responsibilities without regard to physical characteristics or social background.

To achieve this, we do the following:
(a) lead retreats and webinars and make presentations on building wholesome relationships, especially across ethnocultural differences,
(b) demonstrate the differences between words and behaviors that unite us and those that divide us,
(c) help participants understand that building successful relationships across ethnocultural and other societal categorizations is not a "one-and-done" activity that can be achieved simply by reading a book or going to a lecture, and
(d) engage in formal and informal assessments to continuously improve our presentations and processes.

A cadre of volunteers with formal training in various specialties, including counseling, education, mediation, and psychology, designed our approach. These volunteers participate in our work and the evaluation processes we use.
Our services are free, though donations are encouraged. Hence, we are selective in where and when we work rather than being compelled to make compromises to meet payroll or other financial obligations.

With limited advertising and resources, our work has expanded as those who have received our services have spread the word. Formal evaluations have resulted in high ratings and exceptionally positive comments. We have made presentations to groups of more than 350 and as small as six. Each activity has resulted in more requests for information and opportunities to do our work, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region where many of our volunteers live. As a result, visits to our Website and social media entries, time spent responding to inquiries, and the receipt of donations have increased substantially.

Financials

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Friends for the Future

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clinton Pettus

Friends for the Future, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2022

Nicole Butler

Elizabeth Harlan

Lisa Oliveri

Kathryn Pettus

Katherine Porter

Bonney Moxley

Erin Roth

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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