FOUNDATION FOR TOMORROW

aka TFFT   |   Charlotte, NC   |  www.thefoundationfortomorrow.org

Mission

The Foundation For Tomorrow's mission is to secure quality education and emotional support for orphaned and vulnerable children so that they may reach their full potential and thrive in their communities.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Meghann Gunderman Sehorn

Main address

P.O. Box 470836

Charlotte, NC 28247 USA

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EIN

20-5970104

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

• 45% of the population of Tanzania is under the age of 15. —World Health Organization • Unsupported orphan and vulnerable children (OVCs) are nearly twice as likely to drop out of school than non-OVCs. —UNICEF • 47% of children in sub-Saharan Africa are not enrolled in school. —UNESCO

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Scholarship Program

TFFT’s Scholarship Program is the heart of our mission, and every program TFFT develops and initiative TFFT pursues works for the greater good of our Scholarship Program.

This program is what makes The Foundation For Tomorrow truly unique.

Our Promise

TFFT’s comprehensive Scholarship Program has grown to include 82 children, and once part of the Scholarship Program, we promise our kids private boarding school education and TFFT’s guidance through their high school graduation (an average of 12 years).
In addition to funding their education, TFFT provides each child with a loving foster family, medical care, shoes, clothes, and the daily support of TFFT’s staff. We take them to doctors appointments, attend teacher conferences, teach them to care for themselves, burst with pride at their graduations, celebrate their achievements, and ask them about their dreams. We help them believe in themselves and life’s endless possibilities.

Our Commitment

Child Sponsorship is a great way to help a child in need, and over the years you will see the direct impact of your support on the child’s life. If you sponsor an orphan’s education, your annual contribution includes the cost of room, board, basic healthcare, textbooks, uniforms, and enrollment in primary or secondary boarding school.
You have the power to bring hope to the life of another child, what are you waiting for?

- See more at: https://thefoundationfortomorrow.org/investing-in-students/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

It is important to us that our children are educated in classrooms that emphasize and encourage creative and critical thinking and interactive learning. Unfortunately, this is rare in the Tanzanian school system.

After years of research and under the leadership of Melissa Queyquep, The Foundation For Tomorrow launched a government applauded Teacher Training Program in January 2010. Melissa brings over ten years of experience in curriculum development, and her experience collaborating with community educators makes her the perfect person to conduct TFFT’s Teacher Training Program for primary and secondary school teachers.

The training approach is based on adult learning principles and makes use of participatory methodologies. Each session is customized after going through a needs assessment, teacher observations, and discussions with the teachers and the school administration. The program also has a Training of Trainers component, which enables our partner schools to develop in-house training facilitators

This program also grew from TFFT’s desire to improve the quality of education throughout Tanzania. Although we first introduced the course in our partner schools, eventually the program will spread to schools throughout the country, thereby benefiting thousands of students outside of TFFT’s Scholarship Program.

See more at: https://thefoundationfortomorrow.org/investing-in-teachers/

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of TFFT scholars who have access to healthcare

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Every TFFT scholar receives health insurance, receives a checkup upon entering the program, and provided with access to doctors and any medication needed paid for by TFFT.

Number of TFFT scholars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

TFFT focuses on the "Whole Child Approach" - caring for scholars individual social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Therefore, TFFT does not look to greatly increase scholar count year over year.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Teachers Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teachers are trained directly and through TFFT-supported cascade trainings.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Providing holistic support to most vulnerable children will positively influence attitudes of communities, civil society actors, and the
government to secure quality education, child protection, and equity in development. The pre-conditions are:
- If vulnerable children are effectively identified and provided with sponsorship, then they will access education.
- If the capacity of schools, care-providers, and teachers is developed then they will establish an environment supportive of learning,
skills development, innovation, and child protection.
- If education policies and practices of government & CSOs are influenced, then quality of education & access thereof will improve.

Core Strategies:
Advocate for equal rights for education by OVCs
Child Rights Advocacy
Advocacy against stigma, discrimination and negative attitudes by OVCs
Capacity Development of Partners and Government
Psyco-social counseling and support to orphans
Support for improvements of OVCs facilities
Orphan Care and Support
Inspection of orphanages and children's centers
Small scale grant-making for improvements of facilities of partner Orphanages and Children's Centers
Sensitizing communities on orphan care and support
Building Learning Centre
Muti-Sector Partnership Building
Capacity building of local partners on fundraising and resource mobilization
Campaigns on improving governance, transparency and accountability of OVC actors (CSOs, govt, community)
Staff Professional Development
Organization Progress and Strategy Implementation Review
Increasing manpower

IMPACT TO DATE:

Scholarship
• Created a comprehensive Scholarship Model that ensures academic and psycho-social care and support are addressed
• 94 TFFT Scholars on full scholarships from Primary through Secondary School
• Developed a psychosocial program to screen, intervene and address emotional needs of TFFT Scholars
• Provide comprehensive medical insurance to all TFFT scholars
• Train TFFT staff and TFFT scholars guardians in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Developed and implemented a Tutoring program to complement students classroom learning for TFFT scholars struggling in certain areas
• Developed and implemented a peer mentor program
• Created a Student Government Structure in Partner School
• Provide career training opportunities for leaving secondary students
• Identified, Screened and Placed over 20 students in foster families

Partner Capacity Building
• Developed primary school curriculum based on Tanzanian syllabus for TFFT partner orphanage and school
• Developed a networked of NGOs called CCON (Children's Care Organizations Network) that meets monthly to share best practice, collaborate and add value to each others work while minimizing on waste of resources and failed ideas
• Partnered with 4 Private English Medium Boarding Schools
• Created Partnership with 7 orphanages in Tanzania
• Host Children's Protective Policy Workshop for partners


Teachers Training
• Developed an in-service Teachers Training Program that has trained over 150 teachers and created over 25 trainers of trainers (TOT) that serves over 8,000 students
• Partnered with the Ministry of Education to scale our Teachers Training Program into the government school system

In TFFT's Full Circle Program, TFFT scholars reviewed their rights and laws and discussed Children's Rights as laid out by the United Nations. By knowing their rights, children are able to advocate for themselves and to speak out against mistreatment.

TFFT convened a network of NGOs, and it is up and running. The group decided on the name "Children's Care Organizations Network (CCON)" and finalized the networks mission, vision, objectives and constitution. Participation has increased from 10-20 local organizations and is still growing.

Academic Support - Scholars who were struggling have already improved academically and socially.
Academic Support -We added more than five schools and colleges to our list of prospective partners, and have enrolled students in some of these schools.

Psychosocial Support - We partnered with Tanzania Women's Research Foundation (TAWREF), an organization specializing in Trauma Focussed Child Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), to administer screenings for 38 of our scholarship children in order to identify those who need therapy.
Psychosocial Support - We identified 14 children and worked with TAWREF to provide intervention for those children and their guardians.
Psychosocial Support - Four TFFT team members are trained in basic counseling through the Arusha Mental Health Trust
Psychosocial Support - Two TFFT team members have completed a full TF-CBT training course
Psychosocial Support - For cases not requiring professional counseling intervention, TFFT offers basic counseling.
Psychosocial Support - TFFT is providing Child Rights Policy workshops to all of our partners through our relationship with Arusha Mental Health Trust

Two TFFT team members attended the 3-day workshop, "Future Search on Child Protection in Arusha" by Caucus for Children's Rights
TFFT offers flexibility and financial support for team members pursuing an additional degree

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOUNDATION FOR TOMORROW

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Denise McFadden

LabCorp

Tim Walter

Ziff Properties

Beth Watson

Josh Grobin Talent Management

Michlene Healy

Pearson Education

Falconer Warren

Driven Brands

Meghann Sehorn

TFFT

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability