Future Generations University Center for Community Change promotes innovations in community development while facilitating connections and support among a growing network of global partners to increase and share knowledge and practice that strengthens the capacities of governments and other change agents to empower communities for equitable and sustainable change.
The Future Generations University Center for Community Change envisions a world where communities take the lead in building sustainable, equitable futures.
- Promotes respect for all lives and the conditions for their harmonious co-existence.
- Recognizes the dignity of every human being.
- Gives priority to the interests of women who have a particularly strong interest in the wellbeing of their families, children, and community.
- Emphasizes equity, empowerment, and self-confidence especially among marginalized members of the community.
In the more than two decades since its founding November 22, 1992, Future Generations has pursued its mission to teach and enable a process for equitable community change that integrates environmental conservation with development by supporting community-driven social change across the world. In 2003, Future Generations founded the Future Generations University as an independent entity to provide Master's degrees to community change agents through an innovative blended-learning curriculum. In 2015, to facilitate the further evolution and development of its international country partners and support the successes of its growing number of graduated alumni, Future Generations refined its focus to strengthening its global network of practitioners and created what is now known as the Future Generations University Center for Community Change.
Future Generations operates as two legally separate entities under one organizational mission. In 1992, Future Generations was founded as a charitable non-government organization. It is now complemented by the Future Generations University, founded in 2003 and incorporated in 2006 in the State of West Virginia with authorization to provide a Master's Degree in Applied Community Change and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org, ph: 800-621-7440) .
Both organizations have separate governing boards and budgets, but are led by the same Executive Director and share a common international headquarters in Pendleton County, West Virginia.