Who We Are and Mission Statement
The Foundation For the Challenged is a social enterprise non-profit engaged in direct service programs and social change philanthropy. Currently FFC provides affordable housing and innovative programs that bring about social change.
We envision a day when all people with disabilities are neighbors and friends.
- Choice: We believe all people have a right to options that improve their quality of life.
- Participation: We believe that people with disabilities have a right to participate fully in society.
- Innovation: We believe in creative engagement that solves the root cause of social problems.
- Transformation: We believe that transformative change can occur as a result of our efforts.
Foundation For the Challenged (FFC) was incorporated in February 2002, but began serving the community in 1979 through its predecessor and parent organization, Alternative Residences, Inc. (ARI). ARI’s experience managing group homes for people with developmental disabilities led its founders to see the need for a separate non-profit group designed for the purpose of improving quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and advancing positive social change. Foundation For the Challenged was born as a social enterprise non-profit: engaged in the housing industry but serving people with development disabilities through charitable programs. Over the years FFC has grown to own 88 homes in eleven states.
Foundation For the Challenged is still a social enterprise non-profit, but the success of the housing venture enabled the organization to expand into social change philanthropy as well by funding several other innovative programs for people with disabilities over the last five to seven years. These include Fishing Has No Boundaries in 2005, the Community Living Fund program in 2006 and the Challenge Match program in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, FFC incubated a statewide Group Purchasing Organization with The Arc of Ohio.
Today, Foundation For the Challenged continues to provide housing but also focuses on initiating innovative programming that improves quality of life for people with developmental disabilities in the hope of changing public perception and bringing about lasting social change.