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Finding Freedom Through Friendship Inc

Hope for Women. Empower. Transform. Sustain

Mission

Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc. (FFF), a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2009, empowers females and children in endemic deprivation to reverse the yoke of poverty through provisions of shelter, health, nutrition, education and economic skills for long-term sustainability at the individual and community level. Finding Freedom through Friendship is based on a holistic approach to inspire, empower and sustain to produce a positive social and economic impact of families and their community.

Notes from the nonprofit

As an all-volunteer board, 92% of our donated dollars directly benefit the women and children we serve.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jody Greenlee

Chief Financial Officer

Marguerite Doyle

Main address

1781 EASTWOOD DR

LEXINGTON, KY 40502 USA

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EIN

27-1270425

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa and Latin America are countries with extreme poverty, high unemployment, food shortages, poor healthcare and high mortality rates. Poverty is one of horrific challenges facing the world, and propagates into illiteracy, unemployment, violence, malnutrition and health diseases. Worldwide, there are approximately 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, 870 million are malnourished and 780 million have no access to clean, safe water. Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc. (FFF), a 501c 3 non-profit organization established in 2009, empowers females and children in endemic deprivation to reverse the yoke of poverty through provisions of shelter, health, nutrition, education and economic skills for long-term sustainability at the individual and community level. We are based on a holistic approach to inspire, empower and sustain to produce a positive social and economic impact of families and their community in Guatemala and Egypt.

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?

Sewing classes for women in Egypt

We opened a Women's Development Center in El Minya, Egypt in October of 2018. We had our first class of ten women who participated in sewing classes. Once graduated, these women were provided with their own sewing machine and they are adept at earning a living from home by creating linens to sell.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of Middle Eastern descent

FFF provided 9,000 lbs of dried food (rice, black beans, corn, seasonings, oil and enriched oatmeal) to impoverished rural Guatemalan families in May and June of 2020. Each family received enough food to provide one meal a day per family member for 2-3 weeks. This effort was in response to the acute need for nutrition based on food shortages during the pandemic.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

There is no basic medical care available to women and children in Nuevo San Ildefonso, Guatemala. Finding Freedom through Friendship has hired a nurse from the local area (who graduated from our scholarship program) to staff a weekend clinic twice a month. She will provide basic medical and pharmaceutical care, assess nutrition on children under five years of age, assess maternal health and keep records on the health status of women and children in the village. This program has been suspended due to the pandemic and will resume in late fall 2020.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Social and economic status, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Individuals defined as women head of households and their children, as well as youth selected for scholarship program. Services included food, scholarships, housing, health care and micro business.

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Health

Related Program

Covid Famine Relief

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Economically marginalized women who have started a micro business

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Sewing classes for women in Egypt

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Twenty-three women who participated in our KARMA Women's Development Center classes and graduated went onto start their own businesses in Egypt.

Number of Women and their children participating in widow program in Guatemala and Egypt who received services (food, scholarships, housing, healthcare and micro business)

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

Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers denote women heads of households and their children who live with them (does not include married children living outside of home).

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship students in Egypt and Guatemala who are in higher education and need financial assistance to afford school.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Sewing classes for women in Egypt

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

104 women in Egypt participated in our KARMA Women's Development classes in 2021. Each of them learned a business skill through a 6-week course, meeting M-F with highly credible teachers.

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.

From building homes for vulnerable families to kick-starting businesses for women, Finding Freedom through Friendship is making a difference at the individual and community level in Guatemala and Egypt by supporting widows and their children through nutrition, medical care, youth education and lodging until they graduate with a small business. Often a gift of husbandry (chickens, goats, sheep or cows) are given for a source of food (milk, meat & eggs) and the sale of the offspring can provide income to purchase food and medicines. We offer life skills training by providing life-skills vocation to women and youth, which opens the doors to find a job or start a micro enterprise. Examples of training includes sewing, baking, hair styling, makeup artist, husbandry, language, and gardens. FFF also sponsors Higher Education
through the annual support of 2-4 college students (limited because college expenses are high since they often cover tuition, books, exams, transportation & lodging). The final tier of our program offers Micro loans. Our community health events offer free physical and eye checkup, free medicine and raises the cognizance of health issues in the community.

Finding Freedom through Friendship has paid in-country staff (referred to as facilitators) members that we utilize in both Egypt and Guatemala who effectively carry out our program accomplishments. These facilitators carry out our monthly home visits to our widows, shop for and deliver the food staples we donate, oversee the needs of our scholarship program and oversee construction of the homes we build. They also provide the receipts for purchases, photos of events, and mentoring of the families. We currently have 8 facilitators in charge of 53 families.
In addition, FFF board members visit Guatemala and Egypt twice a year to oversee the work of the facilitators and families and to administer community projects.
We continue to enjoy working with a number of other nonprofits and partners in both countries that assist us in community/cultural acceptance, logistical methods to carry out our community projects and transportation and our health events.

By utilizing in-country Egyptian and Guatemalan staff members and a selection committee, FFF is able to screen our applicant participants, monitor their progress and assess the utilization of our funds spent on desirable outcomes. Our executive board members also visit the respective countries we work in to oversee the progress of our facilitators and participants.

In 2017, Finding Freedom through Friendship (FFF) launched the Karma Women's development Center in Minya, Egypt. At KWDC we have developed and implemented 22 classes for 243 Egyptian students who had a 94% attendance rate. Of the 243 students, 95 of the women started a micro business. Twenty-two Guatemalan women have graduated from Finding Freedom through Friendship after receiving micro business supplies, kiosks and mentoring.
FFF has continued to increase the quality of life for 36 women and their children by placing them in permanent housing.
In the future we plan to increase the number and type of classes we offer at the Karma Women's Development Center in El Myna, Egypt.
Our micro finance program has a payback rate of 97.9 percent. We plan to offer this program to more women heads of households in Egypt and Guatemala.
Continuing our scholarship program in both countries is a high priority. We plan to increase the scholarship program in Egypt and Guatemala from the current number of 56 children to 75. This will include all levels of education including high school and university classes.
We plan to increase the number of houses we built or rehabilitate from 3-4 per year to six per year.
Perhaps most importantly, we will be launching a community health clinic in remote Northwestern Guatemala in an area where there is currently no medical care of any kind. We also will be providing another health clinic in Egypt in 2022 with the expectation that we will provide free medical and pharmaceutical care for approximately 800 Egyptian women and children as we have in the past.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Economically and socially marginalized women and children in Guatemala and Egypt.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Finding Freedom through Friendship learned from some of our donors that we would increase our credibility and potential donors if we added another office in the location of our CFO. The Executive Director and CFO were already running independent offices but the Florida location was not officially registered. After receiving feedback from several business minded donors, FFF became legally incorporated in the state of Florida as well as our founding state of Kentucky.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, 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,

  • 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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Finding Freedom Through Friendship Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

jodyanne greenlee

Finding Freedom through Friendship

Term: 2009 - 2022


Board co-chair

Wendy McNevin

Mike McNevin

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Carol Kremer

Carol Schroeder

Mary Kay Hall

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Fabiola de Samayoa

Ali McNevin

Grant Advisor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 9/8/2022

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, 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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.