MELTON FOUNDATION

Deep Collaborations. Powerful Actions.

Wilmington, DE   |  www.meltonfoundation.org

Mission

The Melton Foundation promotes and enables global citizenship as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries of place and identity to address global challenges.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Dr. Steffen Bethmann

Main address

2810 N Church St #45771

Wilmington, DE 19802-4447 USA

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EIN

54-1565779

NTEE code info

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today's greatest challenges, from climate change to poverty, inequality to displacement, natural resource depletion to overpopulation, are global in nature. The finding of a solution needs collaborative action. But, too often they are approached from too narrow a framework, be it the city or nation, or with too broad, one-size-fits-all solutions that disregard the agency and knowledge of local actors. We need collaborative approaches to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The Melton Foundation addresses the lack of young leaders capable of dealing with Global Challenges on the Global and Local level.

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?

Fellowship Program

The Melton Fellowship equips emerging change agents from across the world with the skills, tools, and global vision to become effective and ethical leaders who are able to work together and act responsibly across boundaries of place and identity.

Population(s) Served
Students
Activists

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.

Total number of competitions held

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

Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hold SDG Innovation competition to create new prototypes for solving pressing problems

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.

Tragically, the SDGs are only projected to be attained by 2094 – way too late for humanity and the planet. In the face of this, the Melton Foundation takes decisive action to accelerate the process by shaping young leaders.

We train young students to become ethical leaders
We promote equity, sustainability and diversity
We aim to be conveners of people and organizations that work towards achieving the SDGs, collaborating across borders
We want to be recognized as leading proponent for Global Citizenship in the world

We follow 3-5 years strategic cycles, review our activities periodically and have developed an impact measurement system
We select and train young people to become ethical leaders through a 1,5 year global learning program
We support young SDG professionals in increasing the reach and impact of their programs through a 7 months intenisve training
We create awareness campaigns and multimedia content to advance the SDGs
We colaborate with other organizations to increase impact
We implement 100 Acts of Global Citizenship - small but powerfull actions in the realm of the SDGs

The leadership of the Melton Foundation counts with highly professional and dedicated staff
Our track record of 30 years makes us one of the early proponents and most experienced organizsation in the realm of Global Citizenship
We count with the support of university leadership within our partner institutions
We built a network of young leaders that take action in their spheres of influence
We follow a highly collaborative approach

We have trained more then 500 young students and created a network of Global Citizens - ethical leaders with ample intercultural training and abilities to tackle social challenges.

With the 30 years of our existence we have implemented hundreds of social projects, almost always together with mind-liked collaborators.
We praise ourselves to be one of the first organizations promoting Global Citzenship as a way to collaborate across boundaries.

Our activities support the attainment of the SDGs. Wheras this can only be reached by working together and incentivizing others to collaborate taking responsibility of our planet and our human family, we are humble, knowing that much more work is ahead of us. We strive to increase our impact within or spheres of influence and constantly aim to become better in what we do.

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?

    Young students from very diverse backgrounds

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Shorter Project Team cycles. More time for relationship building among fellows Less Screen time

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MELTON FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Julian Klauke


Board co-chair

Mrs. Pia Obro

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/18/2021

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.