Future Foundation Atlanta

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KEEP IT 100% LUNCHEON

CELEBRATING ATLANTA’S PHILANTHROPIC COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION & RESILIENT YOUTH

For 14 consecutive years, 100% of Future Foundation program participants have graduated from high school and attended post-secondary institutions. On March 20, 2019, Future Foundation will celebrate Atlanta’s past, present, and future investments in education for resilient youth at its Keep It 100% luncheon.

Led by a host committee of Atlanta’s business and civic leaders, this signature fundraising event invites the metro Atlanta community to become 100% Circle Investors with the goal of raising $300,000 for Future Foundation’s remarkable youth.

At the previous year’s Luncheon, the Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award was presented to Rodney Bullard, Executive Director of The Chick-fil-A Foundation, and the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award was presented to SunTrust Bank. Future Foundation chose these distinguished awardees for their significant investments in education for metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable youth.

Join us this year for Future Foundation’s Keep It 100% Luncheon, and join our 100% Circle Investors major gift society with a gift of $1,000 or more. Invest now and help us make underserved youth a philanthropic priority for Atlanta!

Keep It 100% Luncheon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Gathering Spot
384 Northyards Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, Georgia  30313

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  • Purpose
  • 2019 marks Future Foundation’s 18th anniversary and our fourth annual Keep It 100% Luncheon. The luncheon celebrates metro Atlanta’s rich history of philanthropy devoted to education and empowering resilient youth.

    The luncheon and the critical work of Future Foundation would not be possible without strong philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations like you. Our goal is to raise significant awareness and $300,000 for our mission to level the playing field for metro Atlanta youth through quality education, life skills, and health programs.

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  • Leadership
    • Host Committee of metro Atlanta business and community leaders

  • Awards
  • Two awards will be presented during the 2019 Keep It 100% Luncheon.

    Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award, named in honor of Ms. Cramer’s legacy of socially responsible corporate leadership in education and underserved communities of metro Atlanta.

    Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award, named in memory of Jean Childs Young’s legacy of tireless advocacy for education, children, and civil rights.

  • Giving Levels and Investor Benefits
  • The Atlanta community is invited to join the 100% Circle Investor major gift society starting at $1,000 for individuals and small businesses, and $5,000 for corporate and foundation investors.

    Gifts of any size will make a remarkable difference. Click here to donate or contact keepit100@future-foundation.com to learn more.

    Click here to download the full list of Investor Benefits.

  • 100% Circle Investors
  • Thank you to the current major gift donors who invest in Future Foundation’s innovative model!

    Major gifts at the following levels to be announced soon!

    $25,000+

    $10,000+

    $5,000+

    $1,000+

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To RSVP and for more information, contact us at 
keepit100@future-foundation.com.

Future Foundation CEO, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, has developed a “Theory of Change” to address how poverty can be disrupted and alleviated anywhere by giving children access to family, education, health, relationship and life skill support, creating what she calls a “second family environment”. View the full article by the Atlanta Tribune at http://bit.ly/2pAhLKS as Abdur-Rahim discusses her thoughts on purpose, change and leadership! #ThePowerIssue

 

 

 

 

Over the past fifteen years, we have proven that our methods work. We have implemented our three core programs within 15 Atlanta Public and Fulton County schools and our afterschool program has produced a 100% graduation rate among our teen participants since 2007. Creating access to quality education has always been at the heart of metro Atlanta’s civil rights movement. And it continues to be the single most important civil and human rights issue today. Two women – Ann Cramer and Jean Childs Young – have done so much more for Atlanta’s youth through education. We celebrate Curley Dossman, recipient of the Jean Childs Young Leadership in Education Award; celebrate Georgia Power, recipient of the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award; and Atlanta’s long legacy of philanthropic investments in education for underserved youth. Future Foundation is honored to be able to celebrate their contributions and legacies through these awards. Metro Atlanta – and especially our children – need to know their stories. The Keep It 100% Luncheon celebrates Atlanta’s past, and honors our current investments in education for underserved youth, so we move into the future as informed and strategic agents of change. Let’s all KEEP IT 100%!

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Founded by NBA pro Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Future Foundation will celebrate Atlanta’s past, present and future investments in education for underserved youth at the Keep It 100% Luncheon on April 20, 2016. Event chair Cyril Turner, president of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets, will present the inaugural Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, and the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Georgia Power.

The most important civil rights issue facing the United States today is education in underserved communities. Here in Atlanta, activists and philanthropists have long made education for our most vulnerable, at-risk youth their top priority.

From Jean Childs Young (1933-1994), the former first lady of Atlanta during the 1980s and internationally known educator and tireless advocate for children’s rights; to Bennett Brown (1929-1997), former NationsBank chairman, who invested in education to improve the lives of low-income children who, like him, did not have access to college; to Ann Wilson Cramer, who has been committed to education and empowering children in Atlanta for four decades through her corporate role with IBM and her personal advocacy as a community activist and co-founder of Communities in Schools. Each of these philanthropists or their families are involved with Future Foundation: a young, but powerful organization with a strategic model that utilizes education to change the trajectory for impoverished youth.

“I want to be part of a community in which every child – every child – has the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy, educated, connected, employable, and then become a contributing, interdependent – not dependent and not independent – contributing citizen. That’s how I see Future Foundation,” said Ann Cramer. “The Future Foundation literally lifts up the community to that aspiration for all to be reaching their full potential.”

On April 20, 2016, Future Foundation will celebrate Atlanta’s past, present and future investments in education for underserved youth at the Keep It 100% Luncheon. Led by event chair, Cyril Turner, president of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets, and a host committee of 21 business and civic leaders, this signature fundraising event for Future Foundation invites the metro Atlanta community to become 100% Circle Investors with gifts of $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for corporations and foundations with the goal of raising $225,000. The inaugural Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, and the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Georgia Power. The distinguished awardees were chosen for their significant contributions to education for metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable youth.

Atlanta’s philanthropic investments in education for the underserved are so important because Georgia still ranks 42nd among the 50 states in overall child well-being. The American Dream of upward mobility is just barely alive here. A Harvard study ranked Atlanta #48 for being one of the most difficult cites to climb out of poverty.

They estimate that Atlanta children born into poverty have just a 4.5% chance of climbing out. That’s worse than any developed country with comparable statistics.

Thought leader in youth development, CEO Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim described examples of the institutionalized inequality Future Foundation works against, including the state and local $1,200 per student revenue gap for high poverty vs. low poverty districts, and students in poor schools receiving A’s for work that earn C’s in affluent schools. Originally from East Point, Abdur-Rahim articulated the conundrum of “helping young people today in the community where I grew up build their American Dream, while personally understanding how the social, political and economic fabrics woven into that dream can diminish their chances for success.”

Future Foundation has served more than 10,000 low-income, at-risk youth and parents in metro Atlanta since its founding in 2001. With a mission to level the playing field for underserved youth by providing quality education, health, and life skills programs, they work to end the multi-generational cycle of poverty. Future Foundation achieves a 100% graduation rate for its teen participants – since 2007 – and 100% of these graduates matriculate to two- or four-year post-secondary education.

“Holistic programs, strong evaluation, and cross-sector partnerships are key to our ability to transform lives and graduate students prepared for college and career,” said Abdur-Rahim. “Our donors know that an investment in Future Foundation is an investment in the future pipeline of high-performing, dedicated talent in metro Atlanta.”

The Keep It 100% Luncheon launches Future Foundation’s first major gift society, the 100% Circle Investors. The metro Atlanta community is invited to become 100% Circle Investors with contributions of $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000 for individuals and small businesses, and $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 for corporations and foundations. All donors giving in 2016 are “founding investors” of the Circle, including Georgia Power, Buckhead Dermatology, The Home Depot, Federal Home Loan Bank, and many others.

To make a gift and become a founding 100% Circle Investor, go to http://www.future-foundation.com/keep-it-100 or bit.ly/futurefoundation, or call 404.852.1913. One hundred percent of 100% Circle Investor contributions support Future Foundation’s programs and operations.

This holiday season we reflect on what drives us forward throughout the year, and we extend gratitude for all who invest in us.

Fifty-percent. That’s how many of the students in East Point and College Park graduate from high school.

At Future Foundation, we’ve doubled that average. In our first decade, we ensured that 100% of our students graduated, despite poorly performing high schools, and went on to post-secondary institutions. That’s one way we’re bridging gaps between dreams and reality – and combatting daunting statistics through our core programs.

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Just as we’ve improved graduation rates, we’re serious about addressing poverty – and about ending the multi-generational cycle in our community. That’s why we have expanded both the breadth and depth of Future Foundation’s impact. Check out the video to discover how we are being more strategic and intentional in our work:

By sharpening our approach we’re increasing family connectedness and student outcomes. Moving forward, we want to maintain our 100% graduation rate for Future Foundation students, and we will further imbed our model so the schools they attend have strong graduation rates too.

Thank you for partnering with us to improve educational outcomes and economic opportunities for youth. With your support, Future Foundation students are rising above their circumstances and succeeding in school, community, family, and life.

This holiday season, let’s Keep It 100%,

Qaadirah

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Chief Executive Office