Our vision is a future without violence

aka Formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund   |   San Francisco, CA   |


For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships. Our vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope.

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Founder and President

Ms. Esta Soler

Main address

100 Montgomery Street, The Presidio

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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Formerly known as

Family Violence Prevention Fund



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Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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

Children, Youth and Young Families

FUTURES works to promote resiliency for children exposed to violence. FUTURES is at the forefront of policy and research to advance promising and evidence-based practices in health care, education, justice systems, community, and social services that help young people heal and thrive. FUTURES believes in starting in the early stages of development and investing in prevention and early intervention services that promote healthy relationships among children, teens, young adults, and families. Working with violence prevention advocates and educators, FUTURES has worked to break the cycle of violence by developing groundbreaking programs to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Recognizing the health impacts of domestic and sexual violence, FUTURES works across sectors to advance quality health care for patients everywhere. FUTURES pioneers best practices and policies to address the unique health needs of survivors of violence and promote prevention. FUTURES provides training and technical assistance to improve health care providers’ response to domestic violence and innovative partnerships that make health care more accessible to survivors when they need it most. For nearly 20 years, FUTURES has been the federally designated National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Bridging the gaps between domestic and sexual violence advocates, health care professionals, law enforcement, and social workers, our programs support innovative partnerships that promote a more holistic approach to health care for survivors of violence.

Population(s) Served
Pregnant people
People with diseases and illnesses
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

FUTURES launched the first ever national public education campaign on domestic violence – There’s No Excuse for Domestic Violence – in 1994. Now FUTURES is reaching young men and boys through the Coaching Boys into Men campaign, encouraging men to communication to the young men and boys in their lives that violence against women is wrong. Through media and through work with allied organizations, coaches, and others who reach men and boys, FUTURES is delivering the message that men can make a difference.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Children and youth

The National Workplace Resource Center provides guidelines and technical assistance to businesses in preventing violence against women and girls in the workplace. Workers in low-wage industries are especially vulnerable to sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and trafficking. FUTURES is pioneering collaborations between anti-violence advocates, worker associations, the criminal justice system, labor and immigration officials, employers, and more to forge dialogue and innovative solutions to create a safer, more equitable, and more productive working environment and community. FUTURES also provides training and technical assistance to organizations seeking to work collaboratively to effectively respond to human trafficking in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Domestic workers
Sex workers

FUTURES has a voice on all levels of government in the development of public policy. It has provided key leadership on issues of violence against women and children that has resulted in addressing domestic violence in the military, improving options for immigrant women, and increasing funding to services that make the critical difference in the lives of victims. FUTURES believes that ending violence against women is essential to development, health, security, and prosperity in nations and communities around the globe, and therefore continues to play an active role advocating for policy solutions such as the Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. and internationally (VAWA and I-VAWA).

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Emergency responders
Unemployed people
Immigrants and migrants

The Courage Museum, an immersive learning experience that will encourage visitors to imagine a world without violence, hate and discrimination, to be located on the Main Post of San Francisco’s historic Presidio National Park. The Museum, an integral public engagement program of FUTURES, will be a bold new platform for learning, inspiration, leadership and action. Through storytelling, scientific insights, and cultural analyses, the museum will engage visitors in the possibility of a world in which violence is not an inevitable part of the human experience. It will be a place where individuals are inspired, challenged and equipped with tools to disrupt long-standing gender and racial inequities by advancing concrete change.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

FUTURES’s National Judicial Education Project helps battered women and their children by educating judges on how their decisions can play a critical role to prevent domestic violence injuries and deaths, increasing their cultural competence, and by assisting municipalities in developing domestic violence courts. Since 1999, FUTURES has trained over 9,000 judges across the U.S. to enhance their understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and equip them with the tools they need to better support victims of abuse.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work


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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.

Futures Without Violence aims to create safer homes, schools and communities for women, children and families.

Through ground-breaking social norm change campaigns, leadership development, prevention education programs and national policy development.

With over 30 years of experience under our belt, we are the nation's leading organization on this issue and continue to be the “go to “ organization for Congress and the White House. We continue to lead the way in ground-breaking education and violence prevention campaigns and continue to reach out to unlikely allies such as: coaches, doctors, HR professionals and teachers. We have been the Advertising Council's exclusive partner on this issue for over 20 years.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1993 and 2010, domestic violence amongst adult women went down by 64% in the United States.

Where there is still a lot more work to do is amongst our young people.

1 in 5 Tweens (11-14 year olds) knows a victim of dating violence and 1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted in the U.S. More than 60 percent of kids in the U.S. have been exposed to crime, abuse, and violence – many in their own homes. FUTURES is currently partnering with the Department of Justice and the Ad Council on developing a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the public's knowledge about the severity of children's exposure to violence and trauma and effective strategies to help kids heal and thrive.



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Board of directors
as of 01/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ruth Wooden

Public Agenda (Retired)

Sunny Fischer

Nonprofit & Foundation Consultant

William Hirsch

Peer Review Films

Jacquelyn Campbell

School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

Nathan Brostrom

University of California

Ronald Adrine

Cleveland Municipal Court (Retired)

Peter Harvey

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Susan Leal

Leal Advisors LLC

Jeffrey L Bleich

Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia

Beth Dye

Communications consultant

Lauren H Godfrey

Harwell Godfrey

Judith Kanter

EMILY's List (Retired)

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not transgender
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/31/2023

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  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.