FREDERICK DOUGLASS FAMILY FOUNDATION INC

aka Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives   |   Rochester, NY   |  www.fdfi.org

Mission

To build strong children and to end systems of exploitation and oppression.

Ruling year info

2008

Chairwoman

Ms Nettie Washington Douglass

Co-founder & President

Mr. Kenneth Bruce Morri Jr

Main address

140 E. Main Street

Rochester, NY 14604 USA

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EIN

26-0757405

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are 40 million victims of human trafficking in around the world. It is estimated that 50% of the victims are children. The majority of victims of trafficking, and those that come in contact with these victims, do not fully understand what human trafficking is and therefore are unable to identify the tactics and warnings signs. Labor and Sex Trafficking are much more prevalent than people realize. And it happens in the United States. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. With between 100,000 and 300,0000 children vulnerable to human trafficking nationwide, education and prevention efforts are quickly becoming an imperative for local governments and school districts.

Our programs

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

History, Human Rights and the Power of One

History, Human Rights and the Power of One is a national human trafficking youth awareness and prevention initiative. History, Human Rights, and the Power of One is the country’s first initiative that uses an educational framework that combines historical and modern-day approaches to understanding slavery through school-based curricula and service learning projects. Human trafficking is a subject of high interest for school teachers and administrators; however they currently do not have access to effective tools and curricula for introducing the issue. History, Human Rights and the Power of One examines the issue of human trafficking and draws comparisons and contrasts between historical and modern-day slavery.  Additionally, a large number of school districts and states currently mandate service-learning requiring students to have completed a certain number of service hours, through service-learning, prior to graduating. The types of service-learning projects chosen are usually determined by teachers and based upon popular interests/causes. Teachers typically select a cause, provide classroom education on that subject then lead students in a volunteer service project in the community to address the cause. The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (FDFF) has developed strong relationships with New York City Public Schools and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to implement this curriculum in effort to reach at-risk and vulnerable youth in schools. Implementing this initiative will significantly increase awareness on human trafficking among vulnerable youth, assist in the prevention of child exploitation, and engage youth in service that directly benefits their local communities. (Please see project description in supporting documentation).

Population(s) Served

To stop history’s recurring procession of slavery – today called Human Trafficking – by introducing curriculum into secondary schools that encourages young people to understand the issue and take action.

Population(s) Served

THREE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE JOINED TOGETHER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
The joint mission is to reduce the vulnerability of children by identifying and preventing human trafficking using a standardized trauma-informed education curriculum and systematic delivery methodology.

Population(s) Served

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) introduces a project called, One Million Abolitionists. To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, we will print one million hardcover copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and give them to young people all across the country. Then we’ll ask the readers of this special Bicentennial Edition to create service projects to address an urgent social justice issue present in their community. We would like to see one million young people working toward equality in the spirit of Frederick Douglass.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has partnered with two California based non-profit organization, 3Strands Global Foundation and Love Never Fails, in the fight against human trafficking. The program is called PROTECT (Prevention Organized to Educate Children on Trafficking. The mission is to reduce the vulnerability of children by identifying and preventing human trafficking using a standardized trauma-informed education curriculum and systematic delivery methodology.

The coalition has outlined several specific objectives necessary to achieve its mission:

1) Identification – Ensure all stakeholders can effectively identify—and communicate the identification of—potential human trafficking victims in schools, including ensuring the appropriate communication with and referral to necessary agencies,

2) Education – Create and introduce multi-grade level curricula to be used in all elementary, middle and high school classrooms, as well as with county and school leadership, to help teachers and students understand the dangers and methods of human traffickers,

3) Implementation – Ensure processes are in place to effectively identify at-risk students to prevent exploitation,

4) Assessment – Aggregate and report the classroom impact of the curricula via student survey results.

PROTECT is continuing to expand throughout the U.S. thanks to our funding partners. We are grateful to have received the support of 19 funding partners to date.

The PROTECT program has been implemented in 33 counties in California, 1 county in Nevada, and 2 counties in Utah. We believe this human trafficking education and training program is a model that can be implemented all over the country. We worked to successfully pass the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act in January 2017. This federal legislation guides the federal government's response to human trafficking domestically and internationally. Our PROTECT partner, 3Strands Global Foundation, sponsored AB 1227 by Assemblyman Bonta (D-18), which was supported throughout the legislative process by both Republicans and Democrats, and signed by Califonia Governor Brown on October 7, 2017. Because of this critical piece of legislation, California public schools will now be required to teach California’s school-age population how to avoid becoming victims of exploitation, help them understand the problem of human exploitation and learn ways to address the problem through service initiatives

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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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FREDERICK DOUGLASS FAMILY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Nettie Douglass

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

Term: 2007 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Kenneth Morris

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

Term: 2007 -

Nettie Douglass

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

David Blight

Yale University

Kenneth Morris

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

Todd Allen

Retired Financial Sector

Carvin Eison

Rochester Community Television

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 10/17/2020,

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2020

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Data
  • 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 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 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 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.