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Impact

Wellbeing matters. It’s a game changer.

Over the past decade, FFI has worked to:

Challenge narratives of deviance and difference that drive us apart and hold problems in place.

Harness people’s drive for wellbeing by shifting practice, culture, structures and policies.

Cultivate environments — family, community, agency, system, workplace — grounded in a set of beliefs about people, communities and institutions that reflect that we are all deeply driven to meet our needs for wellbeing, and that change is only worth it to us, and is only durable, when it doesn’t deeply undermine our wellbeing.

Examples of impact:

Surface new, true narratives that challenge faulty, harmful assumptions.

Example: The Five Domains of Wellbeing framework upends dominant thinking of what people need, and illuminates why this dominant thinking is holding social problems in place, despite trillions of dollars in spending

Example: Blue Shield of California funded research with violence survivors and programs, which uncovered inaccurate beliefs about safety, systems and success, leading to shifts in policy and programs in multiple states.

Seize windows of opportunity, foster unlikely alliances that spark movement instead of launching programs, and relentlessly build on what’s working in pursuit of wellbeing and justice.

Example: SHIFT, a toolkit created to help philanthropy shift from funding short-term fixes to building the capacity of communities and systems to foster wellbeing.

Example: U.S. nonprofits in over a dozen states take significant steps to bring a wellbeing orientation to refugee resettlement, sexual and domestic violence, homelessness, social enterprise and more.

Example: Wellbeing Blueprint, an unlikely alliance of changemakers steering into the COVID crisis and national racial reckoning, and advancing a shared vision for structural change that centers wellbeing.

Example: Boston Opportunity System: Aligning for Sustainable Change through Wellbeing, Boston Medical Center-led equity, jobs and housing initiative.

Forge potent relationships with transformational leaders who have broad influence over resources and people’s behaviors and beliefs.

Example: Missouri’s statewide juvenile justice, child welfare systems and St. Louis Family Courts improving assessment, treatment, decisions and outcomes such as law-abiding rates and education.

Example: Five Massachusetts government agencies reforming their approach to violence and housing instability, including redeploying $350M in anti-violence funding to foster durable wellbeing and equity.

Example: Learning from What Goes Well Institute, building capacity of California residents to address violence and reshape their advocacy efforts

Join us! Let’s work together to create a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing.

FULL FRAME INITIATIVE

The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.

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