Friday, November 11, 2011

FutureSelf to dissolve

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Today, a press release announced the end of local nonprofit FutureSelf. The release says that the 10-year-old enterprise couldn't operate with its current funding, which has been decreasing over the past few years.

The organization's mission, "to inspire positive self-transformation for youth through the arts," hosted numerous workshops, art shows and other programs annually. It estimates it was able to reach out to more than 2,000 young people in the region.

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A few days ago, FutureSelf's board voted to dissolve the organization by year's end, donating all remaining assets to "sister programs in the community."

“This decision was made in order to be responsible and respectful to our donors, our stakeholders, and our youth,” said FutureSelf Executive Director Abby Laine Sienkiewicz. “We’ve come to this tough decision with those folks in mind. Over the past year, many measures were taken to reduce our organizational costs. Our own struggle with funding was exacerbated by the recession and increased cuts in arts funding nationally. It created a ‘perfect storm’ situation for FutureSelf.”

Both Sienkiewicz and FutureSelf board chair Preston Brasch posted thanks to the community through FutureSelf's Facebook page, which you can read here.

FutureSelf was also one the 49 nonprofits due to receive donations through Independent's Give! campaign. It will now withdraw. Donors who have already given to FutureSelf through Give! may request a refund or a transfer to another Give! nonprofit, or may allow FutureSelf to keep the money to aid its dissolution process.

Preference needs to e-mailed to give@csindy.com by Nov. 18.

Read the full release after the jump.

After 10 Beautiful Years, Local Arts Nonprofit Will Dissolve

Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 11, 2011) — After 10 years of providing arts programming for youth in the Pikes Peak region, FutureSelf has decided to dissolve its operations by the end of this year.

In 2001, FutureSelf was created to inspire positive self-transformation for youth through the arts. Since that time, the organization has provided creative workshops and opportunities in advanced programs, entrepreneurship, internships, art shows, and environmental stewardship to more than 2,000 youth in the Pikes Peak region. The organization’s work has opened doors for youth expression and touched many lives in the community.

After a thorough appraisal of the organization’s financial situation, FutureSelf’s Board of Directors, with support from its Executive Director, voted on Tuesday, November 8 to dissolve. The board will remain intact and engaged through the dissolution process.

“This decision was made in order to be responsible and respectful to our donors, our stakeholders, and our youth,” said FutureSelf Executive Director Abby Laine Sienkiewicz. “We’ve come to this tough decision with those folks in mind. Over the past year, many measures were taken to reduce our organizational costs. Our own struggle with funding was exacerbated by the recession and increased cuts in arts funding nationally. It created a ‘perfect storm’ situation for FutureSelf.”

FutureSelf would like to thank the Colorado Springs community for 10 great years of supporting its mission to serve youth through the transformative power of arts programming. We have spoken with some of our partners and know the needs of young people will continue to be met through the commitment of organizations like the Colorado Springs’ Fine Arts Center and Bemis School of Art, Concrete Couch, Imagination Celebration, the Colorado Springs Conservatory and other youth serving arts organizations; we know they will carry the torch for youth expression. Longtime partners such as Urban Peak and Inside/Out Youth Services will continue to provide a safe place for young people to feel welcome and have an outlet to express themselves.

Physical and remaining financial assets of the organization will be donated to sister programs in the community. Ms. Sienkiewicz will remain with the organization through the conclusion of the dissolution process and continues to stay in the Colorado Springs community after.
FAQs

Why was the decision made to dissolve?
The model for funding FutureSelf, a mix of grants and individual donations, had been decreasing for the past few years and is now at a point where the organization cannot sustain itself.

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