Better Futures Foundation Inc

With Compassion We Create Better Futures

aka Better Futures   |   Sarasota, FL   |  www.better-futures.com

Mission

Creating Better Futures by fostering agents of change and by looking at the past and learning from the emerging futures.  Our symbol is the historic White Bus rescue action from World War II.  We are inspired by the ordinary heroes who created a life-changing outcome for thousands of humans in need. With Compassion, We create Better Futures.

Ruling year info

2006

President

No Executive Director

Main address

9042 Midnight Pass Rd. 2b

Sarasota, FL 34242 USA

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Formerly known as

The Better World Foundation for Children, Inc.

EIN

50-0019942

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program, Looking at the Past and Learning from the emerging future, has the potential to serve as a transformative educational experience promoting social justice, civic responsibility and compassionism, thus bridging the gap of relevance; why are history’s lessons adaptable today and what’s my role? The learning experience looks at the past – a uniquely important rescue action during WWII – and connects with the present as well as the emerging future [a divided nation, displaced human beings, refugee situation, migration etc] Why is this learning experience important to your students need? The learning experience will create agents of change and teach moral responsibility. It will build tolerant attitudes, cooperative and collaborative behaviors, compassion as well as further skills encouraging civility. The historical context of the White Bus rescue action in World War II offers a clear example of courageous, moral advocacy in the face of systemic injustice.

Our programs

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

White Bus for Better Futures | Looking at the Past and Learning from the emerging future.

A transformative learning experience promoting social justice and civic responsibilites. The learning experience looks at the past - a uniquely important rescue action during WWII - and connect with the present as well as the emerging future [a divided nation, displaced human beings, refugee situation, migration] Format of the exploration;  3 visits and a teachers briefing.   "How a jar of potato salad led to the rescue of 15,500 Holocaust victims"  Multi media presentation and reflecting questions. "Looking at the Past and Learning from the Emerging Future"  20-min movie and workshop with self-reflective worksheets and peer discussions. "With Compassion We Create Better Futures"  Workshop developing awareness, compassionate citizens, acceptance, tolerant attitudes and encouraging civility. Students will leave with a self-created roadmap [journal]

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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

How many teachers/educators will be ambassadors for our learning experience.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

White Bus for Better Futures | Looking at the Past and Learning from the emerging future.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teachers will be ambassadors for our program and invite us to their classrooms to deliver our in-school character building learning experience.

Number of students enrolled in our learning experience.

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

White Bus for Better Futures | Looking at the Past and Learning from the emerging future.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The learning experience will create agents of change and teach moral responsibility. It will build tolerant attitudes, cooperative and collaborative behaviors, compassion as well as further skills encouraging civility.
The historical context of the White Bus rescue action in World War II offers a clear example of courageous, moral advocacy in the face of systemic injustice.
The students will be introduced to the perspective of life goals, purpose and passion, thereby further develop:
Awareness – Learn from our past.
Empathy– Place us in the shoes of others.
Intervention – Discuss the actions of ordinary heroes.
Responsibility – Create a unique call to action (culminating activity)
Compassionate actions & self-compassion.

1. Develop learning experience & Create learning material
2. EdExploreSRQ
3. Deliver program to schools
4. Fundraising

1. Board diversity and board members’ substantial human capital, with a consistent community Involvement & engagement for many decades.
2. Board Advisors; Local and International capacities.
3. A program with exclusive educational materials teaching about a uniquely important, yet little known, historical event during WWII, supplementing mandatory Holocaust education [Florida statue 1003.42(g)] and educational standard CPALM SS.912.A.6.3

Our program is available on EdExploreSRQ and have been approved by Sarasota County School District staff to meet the Florida Standards , so teachers and principals can reserve them with confidence.
2017:
White Bus For Better Futures™
IMPACT STATEMENT
"Save One Life...and Save The World"
We might just have done that last year. Keep on reading to learn more about it.
Fostering agents of change and inspiring one soul at the time by sharing the story about the historic rescue action which is the symbol for our Mission, White Bus For Better Futures™!
The Swedish Red Cross White Bus rescue action was the largest rescue action during WWII were a few hundred volunteers rescued 15,500 Holocaust victims of different nationalities and religious background.
Life Changing Events
Elsie & Grace
Last year we facilitated a life changing event for Grace, a 17 year old Holocaust denier, to meet with Elsie, a 97 year old Holocaust survivor.
Elsie spent 6 months in Auschwitz and another 4 months in Ravensbruck concentration camp where she was rescued on April 24th, 1945 by the White Buses.
After 3 hours around Elsie’s kitchen table Grace realized she had been misinformed. Elsie and Grace are now close friends and stay connected through letters, over the phone and face to face visits.
Helga & Ursula & Margit
Helga, an 89 year old Holocaust survivor from our area, was reconnected with her long lost host family in Sweden where she recovered after being held captive at Bergen Belsen concentration camp
Helga travelled to Stockholm last June where she met her Swedish "sisters" face to face for the first time since 1946.
It was an incredible reunion that we are proud to be a part of.

Financials

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Operations

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Better Futures Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Richard Ohlsson

Community Volunteer

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Bibi Ohlsson

Community Volunteer

Term: 2017 - 2021

Richard Ohlsson

Community Volunteer

Bibi Ohlsson

Community Volunteer

Uri Smajovits

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Neil Spirtas

USF/Retired

Martin Lakocinski

Community Volunteer

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