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Facing the Future

Facing the Future engages students in learning by making academics relevant to their lives. They empower students to think critically, develop a global perspective, and participate in positive solutions for a sustainable future. Their programming has been used in all 50 states and in over 80 countries reaching over one million students with 20,000 of those students in 200 classrooms in the Puget Sound area.

SVP Investee: 2006-2011
Total Giving: $241,000

Executive Director: Wendy Church (LinkedIn)
SVP Lead Partner: 
Jeff Thiel (LinkedIn)

Relationship Highlight: “Overall, even with the many impactful and worthwhile projects that SVP partners have worked with us on the last several years, I think the biggest impact is the people with which we are becoming connected.” — Wendy Church, Executive Director, Most Significant Change Story 2009

Strengthening Facing the Future: Sample Capacity Building Projects

In partnership with SVP volunteers and paid consultants, Facing the Future tackled projects like:

  • Information Technology: Created a customized database to better track Facing the Future’s users and increase campaign effectiveness through more streamlined reporting.
  • Information Technology, Marketing & Communications: Created a new website that has helped increase their web presence. In 2008, when the site went live, teachers downloading curriculum from the site increased by over 150% .
  • Leadership & Board Development: Provided access to a series of peer learning and coaching sessions focused on fund development strategies and diversification.
  • Program Outcomes & Evaluation: Assisted in conducting a best management practices study for other subscription based websites so that Facing the Future could better understand how to move towards a web-based subscription service and evolve their business model.