Friends Forever International

World Peace...Grown Locally

aka Friends Forever   |   Durham, NH   |  www.ff.international

Mission

Our Mission is to empower leaders to connect, strengthen, and serve communities around the globe by combining their passion to make the world a better place with the skills, experiences, and resources required to do so. Every young person who desires, regardless of ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and ability will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills beyond what they imagined possible before participating in the program. These young leaders will transform the way that they see the world and realize that they can change the world for the better. Now.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Martineau

Main address

One Morgan Way

Durham, NH 03824 USA

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EIN

02-0482213

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth do not grow up in a vacuum. Their external environment (families, schools, neighborhoods, government policies) must be taken into consideration. Also, many youth programs only last for a few months or a year. FFI develops multi-year programs that impact young people from an early age all the way through our advanced alumni engagement programs when they are in their 30s and 40s. Also, there is a vacuum in the market for programs that serve individuals above the age of 18 and diminishes as you go up in age. The Global Service Leadership work we do can be applied to any individual, corporate team, parents of youth, and in doing so FFI can expand its impact exponentially across a larger population than the direct youth participants it serves thru the international and national partners it affiliates with. In 2021, FFI focused our work on alleviating inequities in the USA by providing our innovative leadership programs 100% free for all accepted youth. So there are no barriers!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Middle East Youth Program

Friends Forever International currently works with organizations and schools from the Arava, Haifa, and greater Nazareth regions. Each year, teams travel to the United States for the two-week Skill Building Phase of the program. Each team is comprised of five Jewish Israeli youth and five Palestinian Israeli youth, an adult educator from each school, and one U.S.-based Site Manager. In 2019, FFI will welcome our first team of Turkish and Greek Cypriots from Cyprus.

The program provides the opportunity for the young people to connect with each other in an environment free from the usual pressure of home, while closely interacting with residents of their host communities of New England and the Midwest. The intense two weeks in the U.S. forges bonds among the participants but also empowers the youth to realize that friendship is possible with anyone from a different culture, religion, or ethnicity.

The students return home for their Community Building Phase and use what they’ve learned to develop a social action project which addresses a need in their community. FFI alumni play a key role in making the recurring group sessions a success.

Population(s) Served
Students

Friends Forever International currently works with youth leaders from neighborhoods in Belfast and Portadown, Northern Ireland for the bulk of our Europe/UK Program. Since 1986, we have worked with over 1,200 students from across Northern Ireland. As sectarianism in Northern Ireland shifts to urban areas, specifically in the city of Belfast, FFI has shifted our focus as well. We now actively recruit organizations that serve the hardest hit regions of conflict and where we can have the most significant impact in the short and long term. In 2016, in recognition of shifting conflicts, we welcomed our first team made up of 5 youth from recently immigrated families and 5 domestic youth in addition to three teams of Protestant and Catholic youth.

Our programs in Northern Ireland allow students to receive credit for their schools for participating in the year-long program. Each year in the summer and fall, we have teams travel to the New England Host Community for the two-week Skill Building Phase of the program. Each delegation is comprised of 10 youth, 2 adult leaders from Northern Ireland, and 1 U.S based Site Manager.

The participants return home for their Community Building Phase and hold a minimum of 8 meetings. FFI alumni play a key role in making the success of the team.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Friends Forever International recognizes that our programs can be used in a variety of contexts as it is essentially a youth empowerment and leadership program. With this in mind, FFI has begun to build partnerships with U.S. groups like high schools, youth clubs, and sports organizations to bring our programs to youth in the USA. Many of these programs will dovetail with our international programs, allowing all the young people with the opportunity to interact with their fellows from other cultures.
Current partnerships include the Boston to Belfast Youth Empowerment Program, and a pilot program with Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH.

Friends Forever International partnered with the Boston-Belfast Sister Cities, the Friendship Four US college hockey tournament, and the Belfast Giants professional hockey club to create a unique opportunity for select inner-city Boston youth to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 2017. There, they participated in a pilot program designed to promote cross-cultural awareness, education, leadership development, friendship, and respect among inner-city youth in Boston and Belfast.

Spaulding High School is a public school in Rochester, NH with a student population of over 1500. High academics are complemented by a full range of extracurricular activities including drama, sports, music, and vocational clubs and planned social events.
Rochester, NH, known as the Lilac City, has faced its share of economic and social challenges with an estimated 40% of students receiving free or reduced lunches. The city is located in Strafford County which has the second largest opioid problem, according to a recent report released by the New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative.
Despite its challenges, the city of Rochester has always encouraged the creative mind being home to multiple non-profits and community organizations such as the historic Rochester Opera House.

Population(s) Served
Students

in 2010 we launched our Conversations Series as a means to provide insight and an opportunity for dialogue to members and supporters here in the US around some of the topics we deal with for our youth programs. These two-hour conversations bring a respectful atmosphere to the table but also one of openness and trust.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

United States Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Every young person who desires, regardless of ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and ability will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills beyond what they imagined possible before participating in the program. These young leaders will transform the way that they see the world and realize that they can change the world for the better. Now.

FFI is one of the most unique and challenging youth leadership organizations in the entire USA. Our goal is to open source our work for other schools, organizations, and programs to learn from and for FFI to also scale up to serve youth in all 50 states and territories.

See Strategic Evolution Plan.

We have a "long game" view of our work and understand that short-term successes are simply indicators that you are on potentially on the path for the long-term results we are looking for. All of our programs are a minimum of one year in length. We also are well on our way to establishing a framework to retain alumni engagement (there are over 1,500 graduates) in programs globally as well. Finally, we build in the ability for long-term partnerships with our initial selection process so that trust and work cultures can grow together over the years.

Evaluation: All aspects of programs, fundraising, communications, and internal work are evaluated continually by staff, Board Members, outside volunteer consultants, International Partners, and the young people we work with. These evaluations directly inform our current work and short and long-term goals and are a primary tool for improvement.

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SEP

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth from diverse communities across the USA and globe

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We began offering programs at 100% cost free

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends Forever International

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jameson French

Guy Buesing

Knistrom Foundation

Leslie Schwartz

No Affiliation

Robert Raiche Jr.

Rick Gilmore

Gilmore & Gilmore

Anne Romney

Funso Afolayan

University of New Hampshire

Craig Strehl

Jameson French

Northland Forest Products, Inc.

Steve Barndollar

Eric Buesing

McKinsey & Company

Jo Lamprey

Catherine McLaughlin-Hills

York Hospital

Tim Allison

University of New Hampshire

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.