Friends for the Future, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) organization that supports social justice initiatives; recognizes that one-and-done approaches to bringing about a more just community are seldom realistic; and realizes there is a difference between knowledge about, understanding of, and wisdom for addressing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Our mission is to help promote healthy and sustainable relationships where trust and a sense of belonging exist.
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Our vision is to live in a world with an individual and collective sense of trust, unity, and wholeness.
Our Core Valuesare:
Trust and Trustworthiness
Central to our work is helping people to be mindful of how important it is to relate to one another with appreciation and respect. When we show others that we appreciate and respect them enough to get to know them without prying into their personal lives, we take the first step to building a wholesome, trusting relationship. Taking that first step encourages others to begin trusting us and striving to be more trustworthy themselves.
To build trust and trustworthiness, we bring together people of various backgrounds, who meet periodically to respond to queries that help to deepen their understanding of how to:
function where there is no hierarchy, no front or back of the line, and no in-group or out-group,
become better listeners,
reduce the tendency to be harshly judgmental,
give space and voice to those who are reluctant to share their thoughts and beliefs,
use positive words in daily living that unite us rather than suggest "us" and "them," and
enhance our understanding of and love for one another.
Another essential concept is mindfulness, where we accept being able to thrive on uncertainty and learn what things can become. It is the state of active, open attention to the present, suspending judgment, freeing our natural curiosity, and approaching each experience with warmth and kindness toward ourselves and others. Mindfulness is being sensitive to context and perspective. It sees mistakes as opportunities to gain experience, improve ourselves, and become more whole. It is being open to continuing revelation.
Interpersonal mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware of the self and others in social situations. It helps improve the quality of relationships, enhances well-being, and nurtures cooperation. To be interpersonally mindful, we must strive to understand and respect the perspectives and feelings of others while being aware of our thoughts, emotions, experiences, and intentions. Interpersonal mindfulness is especially important as we interact with those whose social identities, physical attributes, or personal perspectives differ from ours.
Friends for the Future services are provided free through our supporters' generosity. If you would like to make a financial contribution to our work, you may donate by going to our #NonprofitProfile or sending your donation to our address indicated below. We will provide a tax receipt for donations accompanied by a name and address.