What an incredible year! More than any other year at the Bet Lev Foundation, 2018 has been a year of firsts:
The inaugural year of the UPLIFT Foundation;
the first year we opened the doors to the Freedom Institute online courses; and the first year for us to co-sponsor and facilitate conferences for youth leaders near and far.
It has also been a first in gathering with new friends from the UPLIFT Circle from around the world, which has ignited our work and our spirits with fresh new ideas and vision for what's possible when we work hand-in-hand.
The following pages are an invitation to dive in with us as we review our year of team-work and taking action, deepening relationships and forming new ones—and, of course, the impact we have made.
Yet, as we look back we also look forward, knowing 2019 will be an even richer year amongst us all, as the UPLIFT ecosystem grows roots and thrives.
With all my love,
Director, Bet Lev Foundation
Knowing our True Nature is the key to personal & global peace
Each person has a unique gift to contribute
Happiness comes from within, not from outside circumstances
Wellbeing is our natural state, we are innately whole & connected
Health, Wellness &
Areas of Giving
"The source of who we are is constant, untouched by all that plays out in the game. It is always complete. That’s freedom. That’s who we really are."
Grayson Hart, professional rugby player and presenter at Uplift co-sponsored Resilient Young Minds Youth Conference
Percent of the over 250 children attending our BASS Schools in Guntur India, located in one of the largest slums, have transitioned from child labor to being full-time students.
Number of countries, U.S. States and provinces,
represented by those attending our first
in-person and via live-video streaming.
Percent of convicted youth offenders in the Books Behind Bars program who report feeling empowered to transform their lives and be of service upon release as a result of the course.
Grant & Programming Distribution
Current Flow: Charitable Foundations
Presently, the Bet Lev Foundation feeds the newly founded UPLIFT Foundation, and both foundations are harmonizing with the UPLIFT Media Team to strategize, create and provide rich, inspiring content across platforms, stemming from our charitable work and wider ecosystem.
Stories of Us
"I learned so much about myself and who I really am in this course. I realized that people can really care about each other. It feels good to be connected and to hear over and over again that I'm well and not broken. It's not a message you hear often."
Grace M, college student, Freedom Institute
College Stress Busters Online Course,
UPLIFT Foundation Creation
“When I walked into that building every Tuesday afternoon, I wasn't locked up. It's like for the next three hours I can live, I can be myself, I can open up, I can be me. The program changed my life."
Books Behind Bars, David Avila, youth formerly incarcerated for armed robbery turned college student and youth leader interviewed on the Katie Couric Show, Bet Lev Foundation
"This program saved my life."
Kimberly Wilson, program alumni & Volunteer Coordinator
Georgia's Healing House is a residential treatment center for women in recovery from substance addiction, and often transitioning from incarceration. The Bet Lev Foundation provides ongoing nonprofit consulting and coaching to the women running the home and residents.
"BASS Schools are the difference between joy and sorrow. Life and no life. The difference between a young child picking chilis all day long or brick making and attending to school. These children are given what every child deserves: an education, a warm nutritious meal daily, loving care from teachers, a chance to dance and play sports-- and even a chance to become a skilled trade apprentice or attend advanced education. There are no words to express our gratitude to the Bet Lev Foundation for bringing this dream alive together with us."
Joseph Anthony Chukka, Chief Coordinator of
BASS School, India,
Bet Lev Foundation
Below are some new and established ways the Foundations can contribute to the emerging UPLIFT ecosystem. Although all of this may change as we come together to explore and get clarity, it gives us a place to begin as our inspired blueprint materializes.
The foundations expand online course offerings from the Freedom Institute; consult with grantees; create educational and community programming, including in-service trainings; and provide media content.
Media targets inform foundation work as we continue to align ourselves, bringing creative inspiration to our online global community and a sense of Home.
The Foundations team up with like-minded philanthropic groups to bring sustainable funding and long-term commitment to free our trusted partners to focus on service.
The Foundations contribute and support Human First in establishing new schools & communities, both on the ground and online, many of which may be found within our existing circle of grantees and peers.
If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy.
If you identify with what's permanent and always there