Our Brief History
The B&T Future Hope Foundation was formed in 2010 as a non-profit-making organisation to help eradicate the high level of illiteracy in the Ghanaian Community. Our mission is to create and make available, financial resources to the underprivileged and school dropouts due to financial restrains so they could pursue their dreams of having higher education.
Prior to the maturity of the B&T Future Hope Foundation, EVELYN MILLS, a marketing entrepreneur and philanthropist launched the first Shop, a retail store for the sale of high quality donated clothing, accessories, Farm produce etc., generating a huge amount of revenue towards the Foundation’s educational programs. Proceeds from the Shop and philanthropic supports, allowed the foundation to grow significantly in the last five (5) years.
In 2011, the eligibility criteria for the Foundation’s scholarship program expanded to include all qualified applicants. The foundation enrolled fifteen (15) students - Six (6) males and Nine(9) females - between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty four (24) years into the Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) levels at the cost of Twenty Three Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Five Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 23,825.00) out of twenty three (23) applicants with the expectation to enroll the rest of the applicants later in the 2012 academic year due to our then limited resources.
In 2012, the Foundation hired its first executive director and initiated a long-term strategic plan to improve and expand services, including increase opportunities through its student grant programs. It then created the Student Advocate and Advising Program to address students’ need for information and assistance in navigating the increasingly complicated process of applying for school admission; Financial Aid and its Special Grant Program, which provides special grants to specially selected recipients of the organization’s scholarship.
In 2014 the B&T Future Hope Foundation saw the need to further graduate from the Senior High School (SHS) program to the Tertiary Educational program. The Foundation introduced Interest Free loan Program hence, inculcating Tertiary Institutions into the enrollment to help lead the effort to create Graduates; a nonprofit collaborative project involving leaders from educational institutions, community service providers, businesses, and philanthropic organizations. The group’s goal is to increase the percentage of Ghanaian Community residents who have post-secondary degrees by 15 percent by the year 2024.
Our Vision and Mission
The B&T Future Hope Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, based upon the conviction that an educated citizenry is essential to a healthy democracy. The B&T Future Hope Foundation provides access to education to the Ghanaian community who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals.
The Foundation sees higher education as a catalyst, an agent of change for individuals, families, communities, and nations. We envision a community that recognizes the importance of educational attainment and assures positive educational outcomes are accessible to all regardless of economic circumstance. In our community, doors will not be closed to those lacking financial resources. Junior High School, Senior High School and Post-Secondary education will be available to all with the potential to succeed.
To build this community, B&T Future Hope Foundation will:1. Promote and provide financial support for postsecondary education;
2. Assure that students have the information necessary to make sound financial decisions;
3. Lead a collaborative network of community and educational partners aligned to support student preparation, transition, and persistence to degree completion.
To those who share its vision, the Foundation offers opportunities to participate in its realization through financial and in-kind support and volunteerism. The Foundation contributes to enlightened public policy through advocacy for its vision of educational opportunity without financial barriers.
Our Board of Directors
The volunteer board of directors of The B&T Future Hope Foundation sets organizational policy and priorities, secures adequate resources to support the Foundation’s programs, and provides fiduciary oversight for the foundation.
The Board includes men and women from education, finance, business, public service, communications, public health, law, medicine, and many other facets of community life. The staff of the Foundation, led by the executive director, are professionals with a wealth of education, training, and experience in nonprofit management.
|2||Rebecca Ofosu||Vice President|
|3||James Kojo Dadzie||Secretary|
Staff : Leadership Team
|1||Kingsford Ben Dadzie||Executive Director|
|2||Seni Kwaku Appiatu||Deputy Director|
|3||Benjamin Mills||IT Director|
|4||Benjamin Crabbe||External Relations Director|
|5||Evelyn Mills||Advising Director|
|6||Charity Dadzie||Director of Student Accounts|
Staff : Honorary Life Directors
- Livingstone Mantey
- Emmanuel Adei
- Robert Mensah
- Rita Mantey
The B&T Future Hope Foundation Student Advising Program actively creates partnerships with schools and community groups in order to bring its services directly to students. Typically, the program assists students with complex challenges of applying for School admission and financial aid and making sound financial decisions about higher education.
Student advising staff members work in public high schools and community agencies throughout the Accra metropolitan region and Abroad. These include schools in the urban core, suburbs, and ex-urban areas with significant percentages of low-income or underrepresented students.
In addition, Student Advisors supplement college access services for students on community college campuses and conduct programs for community groups that share The B&T Future Hope Foundation belief in the importance of higher education.
On a broader scale, The B&T Future Hope Foundation is among the founding partners working together in the Accra community, an ambitious initiative to increase the percentage of Graduate in the Accra community.
B&T Future Hope Foundation takes a coordinated, comprehensive approach to the challenge, which requires properly preparing high school students to pursue higher education and supporting them as they persist in their studies and earn their degrees. The collaborators in this effort include service providers, educational institutions, corporations, and philanthropic groups.
What We Do
The B&T Future Hope Foundation is a qualified non-profitable organization, open doors to education through direct assistance programs for students and through active participation in many Ghanaian community.
• The Foundation’s core financial aid programs provide interest-free, loans and outright grants to students. In 2015, the Foundation distributed over GH¢120,000.00 to more than 50 qualified students who are pursuing bachelors, associate, and technical degrees at accredited educational institutions throughout the Ghanaian community and Abroad. Loan repayments are recycled into new loans for additional qualified students. (For more details about The B&T Future Hope Foundation’s interest-free loans and grants, see Student Loans and Grants.)
• The Student Advising Program provides information and guidance to assist more than 100 area students annually in determining what educational opportunities they want to pursue after high school. The program operates through active partnerships with dozens of public and private schools and community service organizations. (For descriptions of Student Advising Program services go to FAQs.)
The Foundation conducts free public workshops by which students and their family members can learn more about financial aid, decipher confusing official notifications of aid eligibility and become familiar with basic principles of financial literacy. (For more information about B&T Future Hope Foundation workshops see Workshops.)
The B&T Future Hope Foundation provides a variety of philanthropic options to about 300 donors each year who choose to support its educational programs. These include donations of cash and securities; planned giving through trusts, gift annuities, and bequests; merchandise donations to the Foundation’s Shop retail stores; and volunteer positions for the Foundation. (To see which donation options might best meet your needs, please explore the Donate section of this website.)
How We Do It
All the B&T Future Hope Foundation programs, including those it operates in partnership with other organizations, are based upon the following principles: Identity and Personal Information
The Foundation will: Treat students fairly and consistently, and not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or membership.
The Foundation will:
Select students on the basis of financial need, academic potential, and character.
Disburse Interest-free loans and grants directly to students.
Provide annual opportunity to apply for renewal in all student funding programs.
Select students on the basis of qualifications without influence from other considerations such as donor input or personal relationships.
The Foundation will:
• Seek open, honest communication with students. Encourage students to practice self-determination and to learn self-advocacy.
• Treat students as unique individuals. Offer advice and guidance to help students succeed but not obligate students to follow such advice.
• Discourage students from unnecessary borrowing.
• Respect student’s choice of school of attendance; however, the Foundation will not fund students attending schools not within the eligibility guidelines or students whose financial aid packages at their school of choice leave them insufficiently funded or in excessive debt.
• Provide students with clear information about repayment and debt management options, both in groups and individually, that will serve them throughout college years and beyond.
The Foundation will:
• Keep information learned from the student in advising conversations separate from award decisions, provided that information does not affect the student’s eligibility for any of the Foundation's program(s) in which the student is participating.
• Discuss a student’s information with student only, unless the student gives permission for a third party to be involved.
• Provide opportunities for a student to regain good standing when the student loses funding due to insufficient academic progress or a failure to meet deadlines.
• Seek to establish and maintain relationships of respect, trust, clear communication, and mutual accountability with students.
Maintain primary relationship with the student, though that relationship may also be initiated or strengthened in concert with nonprofit community