The Foundation United

Sarasota, FL   |  www.thefoundationunited.org

Mission

The Foundation United (formerly The Selah Way Foundation) is exponentially moving the needle in the fight to end sex trafficking through systemic change. Our mission is to eradicate this crime on a global scale by exposing the root, childhood sexual abuse. We accomplish this through three Pillars: Prevention, Protection and Provision. Each Pillar strategically positions our organization to eradicate sexual exploitation and save lives.

Ruling year info

2018

President/CEO

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

Main address

P.O. Box 5576

Sarasota, FL 34277 USA

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Formerly known as

Selah Way Foundation

EIN

83-0572687

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation United (formerly The Selah Way Foundation) is exponentially moving the needle in the fight to end sex trafficking through systemic change. Our mission is to eradicate this crime on a global scale by exposing the root, childhood sexual abuse. We accomplish this through three Pillars: Prevention, Protection and Provision. Each Pillar strategically positions our organization to eradicate sexual exploitation and save lives. ​ The Foundation United is unique in our ability to not only create and lead our own programming, but we are also set up with the capacity to support other organizations which are achieving compatible and collaborative goals in the fight to end sex trafficking.

Our programs

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

Prevention

Prevention is the best tool we can possibly use to protect our children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. By getting ahead of abuse, educating children/teens/young adults/parents and those who work with this population, we ensure they do not need recovery services later in life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

By partnering with and training first responders, we create a network of protection for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. Through providing Prostitution Diversion Court Programs and locking arms with national, federal leaders, such as the FBI and the United States Attorney's Office, we protect survivors from a life of continued exploitation.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Providing a safe place for survivors to rest, restore and relaunch into society is vital for them to live a life of freedom. By partnering with the nation's leading model for residential safe-housing for survivors, we give them access to every tool necessary to have a new beginning, providing everything from education and life skills, to medical and legal aide.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

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 Foundation United (formerly The Selah Way Foundation) aims to end sex trafficking and its root of childhood sexual abuse in our lifetime by creating system change domestically and globally.

The three Pillars of The Foundation United create a path to ending human trafficking by addressing it from all angles, creating a movement with a global reach.

The Provision Pillar partners with GSO and Uncaged to provide safe-housing and restorative programs for survivors domestically and globally.

The Prevention Pillar provides entire school districts, including all faculty/staff and K-12th graders with S.P.E.A.K. UP, a unique train-the-trainer model with proven outcomes to prevent children from exploitation. We partner with Operation Underground Railroad to expand this program's reach in the U.S. and globally. We also partner with The Cool Aunt Series, a unique multi-media experience which walks teens and parents through the STREAMS of Influence - the 7 risk factors that lead to sex trafficking: Survival, Trafficker, Recruiter, Environment, Abuse, Media, Solicitation.

The Protection Pillar, comprised of Global Strategic Operatives and the National Training Cadre, trains the front lines of law enforcement agencies and healthcare systems to recognize this crime and rescue survivors.

Our methodology bases funding where it is most needed and does not support full-scale, ongoing operations, administration, and salaries. The goal of the Foundation is to teach others how to fish rather than create ongoing dependency. A benefit of the Foundation's structure allows many organizations to operate with shared resources. We create an atmosphere of collaboration, not of competition between organizations. This provides for the most significant impact possible.​

The beauty of the initiatives under the Foundation is that we have the ability to share resources. Some organizations have their own 501c3 while others have chosen to forego theirs. This allows all to unite and leverage resources to significantly reduce back-office costs, such as marketing, development, accounting, and operations. This method means more money goes directly to life saving programs. Some of our Pillar partners are solely initiatives of the foundation, such as the National Training Cadre and the S.P.E.A.K. UP Train-The-Trainer Prevention Model.
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We also provide grants to highly credible and vetted organizations on an annual basis on a smaller scale.nocence.

The Foundation United became incorporated in 2018, based upon ten years of experience of our Founder, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, leading in the domestic anti-sex trafficking. The Foundation United has an innovative approach to delivering scalable solutions to a complicated and ever-evolving issue. It also creates an opportunity for industry-leaders, and vetted organizations doing similar work, to maximize their impact by leveraging shared resources and synergies. Today, The Foundation United's three Pillars are creating an international change with an unparalleled approach to moving the needle forward to eradicate sex trafficking, abuse and exploitation.

The Foundation has accomplished unprecedented progress in this movement by scaling the globe with partnerships and programs which create systemic change.

Under our Protection Pillar,Global Strategic Operatives has trained healthcare systems in:
U.S.A.:
Baptist Health
Advocate Aurora Health
Hackensack Meridian Health
Baylor Harris Health
RWJ Barnabas Health
Northwell Health

Internationally:
Poland
Romania
Australia
Ireland
Cambodia
Thailand
India
Nigeria
Ethiopia
Philippines
Italy
Albania

Our National Training Cadre has trained the Criminal Justice system (over 100 agencies) in states throughout the U.S. in the Nordic Model, dark web, identifying victims, and building a successful case against traffickers.

Under our Prevention Pillar we have accomplished this by:
Launching a national pilot program with University Research Partners Yale University and Michigan State with schools throughout the U.S.
Partnering with Operation Underground Railroad to launch the S.P.E.A.K. Up Prevention Program internationally and scale throughout the U.S.
Equipped families at home with prevention education by providing The Cool Aunt Series

Under our Provision Pillar we have accomplished this by:
Partnering with Uncaged in Romania, where 78% of sex trafficking victims originate from, to provide healing sanctuaries
Partnering with GSO domestically to provide safe homes for survivors of sex trafficking in transformed rectories and convents throughout the U.S.

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?

    Healthcare professionals, criminal justice agencies, students and educators, ministries.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), 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 understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Enhanced our prevention training to include more key vocabulary, concepts, videos, and diverse scenarios, all aligned with our vertical articulation for schools.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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The Foundation United

Board of directors
as of 08/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynne Cumming

Ruthie LeFebvre

Secretary

Fred Feller

Vice-Chairman

Jeff Rech

Treasurer

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

Co-Founder/CEO/ExOfficio

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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