Future Generations

A Global Network

aka Future Generations Global Network   |   Franklin, WV   |  www.future.org

Mission

Future Generations promotes innovations in community development while facilitating connections and support among a growing network of global partners to increase and share knowledge and practice that strengthens the capacities of governments and other change agents to empower communities for equitable and sustainable change.   As a center within Future Generations University, Future Generations Center for Community Research is a global network of development practitioners who collaborate on research and practice. Members link together to evolve global practice for sustainable, effective, equitable impact. The Center encourages life-long learning by providing educational resources, grant support, and strengthening of collaborative working relationships among its network of members.

Ruling year info

1993

Chief Executive

Luke Taylor-Ide

Main address

400 Road Less Traveled

Franklin, WV 26807 USA

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EIN

54-1651305

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The most commonly used model for solving the world’s most urgent problems is far too top-down, driven by external funding and expertise. It often treats affected communities as passive victims in need of saving. Our organization considers that social change will never be sustainable unless it is driven by those affected communities in a way that leverages their strengths, resources, successes, and humanity.

Our programs

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Future Generations Global Network

Future Generations remains active in the field as a sponsor, facilitator, and advisor to the following:
Programs in health and education for women,
Participatory nature conservation surrounding Mr. Everest (Qomolangma National Nature Preserve)
Four-River Source Project (protecting the headwaters of the Mekong, Salween, Brahmaputra, and Yangtze rivers)
Pendeba Program in T.A.R.
Village Welfare Workers (women's groups) with Future Generations Arunachal
Community operated health clinics (CLAS) in Peru

Population(s) Served
Activists

Each year, Future Generations Global Network awards several small grants to Future Generations University alumni with the strongest proposals in order to encourage and fund collaborative community-enhancing projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 5 Year Accreditation 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our organization is aiming to support local changemakers as they use innovative strategies developed by Future Generations [in conjunction with UNICEF and the Rockefeller Foundation] to empower their communities to build sustainable social change. We are the Center for Research and Practice in Future Generations University, and have formed a global network of local change-makers that includes primarily alumni,of Future Generations University, as well as affiliated local organizations in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Peru, and India. We aim to serve these change-makers as they build innovative solutions to the problems they face.

Future Generations has a unique community empowerment methodology called SEED-SCALE that guides all our actions. This methodology was deduced from careful global research on communities and programs that equitably and sustainably created empowered local development, and that scaled up. From that initial research and subsequent application and testing of the key strategies, we have a set of clear principles, steps, and criteria about how to leverage community success, promote evidence-based decision-making, develop effective partnerships, and pursue behavior change opportunities. All members of our network are trained in SEED-SCALE in the Future Generations University educational program and are following these principles. We seek to support our network members by helping them with their individual efforts for social change. This includes providing specific services (such as grant-writing and research proposal development support) and opportunities (such as small seed grants), documenting and highlighting their work on an international stage, and helping them leverage the expertise and diverse knowledge-base that can be found within the network.

Since Future Generations was founded almost three decades ago, we have been at the vanguard of community-driven social change. SEED-SCALE is recognized around the world as an innovative and effective approach to social change, and our network is home to the most respected global SEED-SCALE experts. We have decades’ worth of experience in helping local change-makers in some of the world’s most challenging environments take local innovations and successes and grow them into broader movements for social change and sustainable development. Future Generations University is dedicated to teaching and research of the SEED-SCALE methodology. Two major books by Future Generations founders that detail this methodology have been published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and Oxford University Press. The Future Generations Global Network was founded in 2015 and has been working to support alumni, and that has now been incorporated into the university as the Center for Research and Practice.

The Future Generations University now has 126 alumni who are working on community change in about 40 countries across the globe. The Center is pursuing its mission to encourage global network members, particularly our alumni and members of our country programs, to exchange learning and collaborate effectively among themselves to continually evolve their skills. A total of 25 small grants have been competitively awarded to our alumni to enable implementation of locally-empowered development projects and their scale-up. Their many remarkable accomplishments are described in our Annual Reports and on our website. The University seeks to increase its enrollment dramatically and to add additional global learning centers to expand instruction glocally within countries. The Center will seek innovative ways to support this growing network of practitioners with resources and continuous educational input to further enhance their effectiveness.

Financials

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Future Generations

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Firew Kefyalew

Patricia Rosenfield

Rockefeller Foundation

James Brasher

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Peter Ide

Africa Development Bank

Bettye Musham

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