FRIENDSHIP FORCE INTERNATIONAL INC

Experience different views. Discover common ground.

aka Friendship Force International   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.thefriendshipforce.org

Mission

Friendship Force International's mission is to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people.

We accomplish this mission through multiple program opportunities but, we most commonly utilize our core program of homestay experiences to encourage cultural understanding and friendship building amongst individuals from around the world.

With 360 clubs around the world in 62 countries and with 16,000 members, we have a wonderful network of members who work to accomplish our mission with each FFI program and throughout their day-to-day lives.

Ruling year info

1977

President/CEO

Jeremi Snook

Main address

400 West Peachtree St NW Suite #4 - 980

Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

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EIN

58-1287754

NTEE code info

International Exchanges (Q23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In an increasingly divided world, Friendship Force International is working to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people. We believe that we each hold much more in common than what the divisions of politics, culture and religion suggest. Our goal is to help individuals around the world experience different views and explore different cultures while discovering the common ground that brings us all together.

Our programs

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

International Homestay Experiences

We coordinate homestays between clubs from different countries to facilitate cultural understanding.

Population(s) Served

We coordinate homestays between clubs from different countries to facilitate cultural understanding.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The goal of Friendship Force International is to promote friendship and understanding across cultural, religious and political boundaries. With each new friendship made, our mission of uprooting the seeds of prejudice, discrimination and hate is accomplished. However, we also see the need to grow and change as the world around us changes. We are moving forward in supporting more opportunities for youth, families and individuals to participate in our mission.

In the future, Friendship Force International aims to be an organization that provides opportunities to participate in our mission throughout a lifetime - youth can participate in a language learning exchange, families can travel and meet other families in the country they are visiting, working individuals can travel and explore the world and retirees can join a club and travel with a group to find adventures and make new friends.

We launched a new website in early 2017 that is bringing new individuals to our mission. As this website and database continue to be updated, we will have the capacity to accept individuals to our organization as global members, giving them the opportunity to participate in our mission even without belonging to a club.

Youth journeys have taken place throughout FFI's history and we will begin more regular programs for youth including language learning journeys and leadership development programs.

At the beginning of FFI's history, families took part in journeys on a regular basis and we plan on making this an option again. With the opportunity for individuals to travel, there will also be options for families to visit other families.

We already have an amazing worldwide network of members that have opened their doors to new experiences over the last 40 years. They are a great resource for us moving forward and extending our mission to others.

We are also leveraging modern technology with a new website that will enable our members to communicate with each other across language barriers in a safe, private platform. And we are finding ways to open our mission to others outside of the club network already in place, offering more experiences for youth and families to participate.

We have been successful in creating millions of friendships over the last 40 years. Our clubs and network have grown and there have been innumerable lives changed because of Friendship Force International.

But we still have a long way to go. We need to offer more opportunities to youth, families and individuals so that our mission can remain relevant in the years to come.

We are leveraging modern technology with a new website, database and CRM but there are still many more steps to take before we are utilizing these services to their greatest potential.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDSHIP FORCE INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jyotsna Custead


Board co-chair

Roberta Mulholland

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 ? 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? Yes