It is with a heavy heart we are announcing Futures for Children (FFC) will be closing. While we are sad that our organization’s journey has come to an end, we also are proud of our history supporting the educational needs of American Indian students.

The non-profit landscape has changed a lot since FFC’s inception more than four decades ago. Tough economic times have made long-term sustainability no longer possible for the organization.

We have had the privilege of supporting more than 25,000 students with educational opportunities and guidance through the dedicated support of our donors, our mentors, and our organizational partners. We thank you for the investments you have made in the future of our American Indian students.

Subject to the approval of the New York Attorney General, the Board has developed a plan to ensure the assets of our organization are used to support FFC’s dedication to American Indian youth. Our plan calls for transfer of our monetary assets to the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF), a tax-exempt public charity that invests and administers charitable gifts and funds. Over a four-year period, SFCF will administer and distribute our assets through three funds:

  1. The Futures for Children Leadership Institute Fund: The Leadership Institute, currently housed at the Santa Fe Indian School, is co-directed by Carnell Chosa and Regis Pecos. Carnell is a former FFC mentee and is devoted to providing leadership and advocacy training to Native American youth across New Mexico.
  2. The Futures for Children Hopi Foundation Fund: This fund will support the Hopi Foundation, which is directed by former FFC mentee Monica Nuvamsa, along with Regis Pecos, and offers leadership training and mentorship to children on the Hopi Reservation.
  3. The Futures for Children Legacy Fund: This fund will be used to offer competitive grants to fund Native American youth leadership programs with an emphasis on grants to communities historically served by FFC.

Given FFC’s incorporation in the state of New York, this plan is pending approval by New York’s Attorney General.

We formally ended our mentorship and youth leadership programs in October, and our office will close to the public as of December 31, 2015.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our staff, we want to thank the many people and communities that have made our work possible over the years. We know that work will continue through the efforts of the many agencies, organizations, and communities that share Futures for Children’s passion for Native youth development.


Alicia Smith
Board Chair