International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Friends Forever

  • Durham, NH
  • www.friendsforeverusa.org

Mission Statement

Friends Forever's mission is to promote trust, empathy, & friendships among cultures in conflict by working with international and local youth leaders. Friends Forever was founded in an effort to support the important work of overseas youth organizations that are working to foster long term peaceful relations between the next generation of leaders in Israel and Northern Ireland. Friends Forever intensifies the impact of ongoing programs in these communities by sponsoring groups of culturally-mixed teens and youth professionals in a unique US-based retreat where groups can perform friendship-building activities that would be impossible in their home communities. Friends Forever's goal is to provide this life-changing opportunity to as many future leaders as possible.

Main Programs

  1. NEW! Uganda Program
  2. Middle East Youth Program
  3. Northern Ireland Youth Program
  4. Immigrant Integration Youth Program
  5. Speaker Series
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We sponsor and support youth organizations in several communities in Northern Ireland, in the regions of the Arava, Haifa, and Nazareth in Israel, and also work with Immigrant youth in Manchester, NH.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director since 2005

Self-reported

Mr. Stephen Martineau

Keywords

Self-reported

Northern Ireland, Middle East, Israel, peace, youth, teens, international, cross community, conflict, resolution

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Also Known As

Friends Forever

EIN

02-0482213

 Number

7808050469

Physical Address

1 Morgan Way Friends Forever

Durham, NH 03824

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Friends Forever does not believe there is one set path to peace, but rather that the number of solutions to conflicts in the world today equals the number of individuals that participate in our program. 
Our founder, Bob Raiche, was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. We were also a keynote presented at the United Nations/Rotary International Day on "Peace Thru Service". We have also expanded into the Southern Region of the US with a program based in New Orleans and are expanding to the Mid-West (Illinois) in 2013.

Programs

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

Program 1

NEW! Uganda Program

If you are interested in funding a brand new program that we have not begun yet, please consider our work with Uganda. This is a blossoming program that is in need of a strong financial committment to see the pilot program come to pass. This is the perfect program for a donor or collection of donors that desire to build their "peace program" from the ground up.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 2

Middle East Youth Program

Middle East Youth Peace Program - We partner with Jewish and Arab Muslim schools in Arava, Haifa, and Nazareth to provide lead sponsorship and support for year round programming involving youth leadership and conflict resolution. Groups are made up of ten youth split equally among gender and faith and two educators. They are recruited and selected based on leadership skills and enthusiasm for participating in peace program. The first phase of the program they spend two intense weeks living together in one site, volunteering throughout an American Community with elders, special needs youth, and the homeless. They also present to Rotary Clubs and business groups. These rigorous activities are glued together via workshops and fun activities. They return home understanding that they can be friends and they take this new found attitude and share it with friends and family. This is re-enforced via mandatory meetings throughout the year to reflect on time together and do a volunteer project in Israel.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$44,000.00

Program 3

Northern Ireland Youth Program

Northern Ireland has been divided into two separate and sectarian communities for generations and remains completely segregated based on religion (Protestant/Catholic). Friends Forever has been working for 25 years in towns across N. Ireland with partner institutions like YMCAs and schools to bring together youth from both sides of the conflict for year long programs that begin in the US for two weeks and then continue on through the year. We currently work with three communities and a total of 36 youth and adults.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 4

Immigrant Integration Youth Program

In 2010 we launched our pilot Immigrant Integration Youth Program that is based in a US Community. Realizing that the growing diversity of the US had the potential to create significant tensions among groups with varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we determined to translate/modify the programs we use for international groups and tailor it to US communities. We are currently partnering with the City of Manchester, the Salvation Army, and the Department of Justice to create a Mayor's Youth Council of eight youth from varied backgrounds (Dominican, Latino, Albanian, Sudanese, 3rd Generation Frendh). This group will be coming together throughout the year and providing an example of progressive youth interaction that combines leadership activities with true friendships.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 5

Speaker Series

in 2010 we launched our Speaker Series as a means to provide insight and an opportunity for dialogue to members and supporters here in the US around some of the topics we deal with for our youth programs. These two hour conversations bring a respectful atmosphere to the table but also one of openess and trust.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We aim to provide innovative programs for groups of youth that are from global regions of conflict via our unique platform that engages US Host Communities with accredited international educational and youth work institutions. Our goal is to expand nationally and internationally to triple participant size from 100 to 200 by 2017.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Selection, Implementation, Perpetuation, Evaluation

    Selection: We perform a rigorous selection process of the International Institutions we sponsor, the US Host Communities we train and consult, and the volunteers and staff we work with.

    Implementation: We have nearly 30 years of experience in working with youth and institutions from communities in conflict in Northern Ireland and in the Middle East. We continue to build upon the aspects of our program which are the strongest and innovate on areas where we can improve. Because of our global reach and intimate partnerships, we are able to share best practices from continent to continent quickly and effectively.

    Perpetuation: We have a "long game" view of our work and understand that short term successes are simply indicators that you are on potentially on the path for the long term results we are looking for. All of our programs are a minimum of one year in length and in 2014 we are implementing a three year pilot program for our work in Northern Ireland. We also are establishing a framework to retain alumni engagement (there are over 1,200 graduates) in programs globally as well. Finally, we build in the ability for long term partnerships with our initial selection process so that trust and work cultures can grow together over the years.

    Evaluation: All aspects of programs, fundraising, communications, and internal work are evaluated continually by staff, Board Members, outside volunteer consultants, International Partners, and the young people we work with. These evaluations directly inform our current work and short and long term goals and are a primary tool for improvement.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In 2014, we will have three full time and experienced staff in the US. We will have a paid part time staff member in our Northern Ireland Office (Friends Forever Europe) and an unpaid volunteer coordinator in the Middle East. Since 2006 we have undergone a transformative approach to becoming a Board Member which began taking fruit in 2012 and will continue into the years ahead. We currently have 10 accredited institutions, schools, and community organizations we work with in Israel, Europe, and Africa. We have over 200 committed volunteers across the United States.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators of success are in the evaluations we do each year for current participants and for alumni. Please contact us for these results at smartineau@friendsforeverusa.org
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our Progress is evident in our growth in the last five years in the midst of the recession. As donors and institutions require more evidence for the impact of their donations and time, Friends Forever has been able to demonstrate firsthand the role we are playing in changing youth, their communities, and their homelands through our innovative approach to conflict resolution. Unfortunately, our program's mission will continue on, but our goal is to be able to apply our formula to regions in conflict throughout the world and provide an opportunity and inspiration for others to build on our work.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We sponsor and support youth organizations in several communities in Northern Ireland, in the regions of the Arava, Haifa, and Nazareth in Israel, and also work with Immigrant youth in Manchester, NH.

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Funding Needs

$2,000,000 Capital Campaign to construct Peace & Understanding Center-global headquarters for Friends Forever & allow us to reach 250 youth by 2020. Middle East Youth Program: Currently bring 24 Jewish & Arab Israeli youth from Nazareth, Haifa, and the Negev for a 2 week program that begins a year long project back home. We deny 30+ youth each yr (no funds). Costs $48,000 per group of 10 youth & 2 educators. N.Ireland Funding: Currently bring 36 youth from N.Ireland each yr (Protestant & Catholic). Turn down 60 youth each yr-lack of funds. We need $30,000 per grp of 10 youth & 2 adults. New Immigrant Integration Project: In US Communities to bring together a team of diverse youth from varied socio-economic, ethnic, & cultural backgrounds together for intense 18 month leadership and conflict resolution program. Pilot program in NH that we want to roll out  nationally by 2012. Need $150,000 for staff support to reach three communities in US (target Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia)

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Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Martineau

BIO

Stephen Martineau joined Friends Forever in 2005. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (MA), Steve "caught" the lifetime of service bug during a spring break trip for Habitat for Humanity in 1996 and has not looked back. A member of Americorps, he worked with Communities in Schools in CA as well as Habitat for Humanity in SC. He also worked with the Boston Children's Museum before spending five years as Marketing Director and interim Executive Director with MYTOWN, a progressive inner city youth organization in Boston.

 

Steve left MYTOWN to pursue is vision of direction an organization that could combined international youth programs with local activism. He found this in Friends Forever.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Friends Forever is an organization that empowers citizens here in the US to directly participate in the International Peace Process. With 28 years of experience in working with volunteers here in the US to host groups of youth from conflict zones around the world, we believe that engaging volunteers and donors to provide program assistance is not only effective from a financial point of view, but in fact provides us with better programming and to have a greater impact on society as we engage thousands of people with each group."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rick Gilmore

Gilmore & Gilmore

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity