Much of our world is in a state of disconnect. Inequality and polarization around fundamental values are splitting our societies and favoring division over inclusion. This split in our society is mirrored by the disconnect in our bodies, where we carry personal, social and historical stress and trauma. As we spend more time alone and in front of a computer, and less time physically active, our bodies hold and reflect this disconnect.
In response, Open Floor International offers a movement practice that brings awareness and connection to our bodies, thereby strengthening our community, honoring inclusion, and building shared values. With over 250 movement leaders from over 30 countries, Open Floor graduates offer training programs and educational resources that empower people from a wide variety of professions to integrate mindful movement across disciplines, including health care, education, and the arts.
The Board of Directors and the General Circle of the Working Members ask you to join OFI in ensuring that this work is sustainable and that anyone who wants to participate, can.
We invite you to join us at any level for any of the following programs. Every gift is a generous gift.
The goal of this campaign is to raise investment capital of $300,000 to build capacity to increase earned revenue so that the trainings become self-sustaining. The investment will pay for part-time executive and marketing directors, and increased hours for operations and production staff. There will also be strategic investments in information technology and online content. Once this investment is realized, future fundraising will focus on OFI philanthropic activities such as scholarships and grants.
OFI provides scholarships to increase the diversity of OFI students and teachers. The scholarships may be used for any of the foundational or advanced trainings. To qualify for the scholarship, prospective students demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to their interest in mindful movement for personal healing, professional growth, and community building. Priority is given to applicants who belong to racial, religious, cultural, sexual identity, geographic, and ability groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of mindful movement and conscious dance.
Open Floor International is developing a Fund for grants to help bring Open Floor to communities that need and request it. The grants will be used based on an expressed need in the community, and the availability of an OFI trained teacher with skills that meet the community need. Although the process for awarding the grant funds is in development, the Fund is open to contributions. The goal is to have this fund making awards once the two other Funds are up and running.
Would you like to support Open Floor International in any of the above areas, and get some visibility for your business? If so, see our Sponsorship Brochure, here.
Find out more about how we make our Training Programs accessible with our scholarship fund.
Your donation will connect, heal, and grow movers around the world.