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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Our mission is to empower foster care youth to maximize their potential by providing essential academic support and guidance.

Results: We have a 100% high school graduation among many other impactful accomplishments.

Target demographics: Youth in foster care

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our students succeed in school, leading to success in life!

Geographic areas served: Palm Beach County

Programs: Academic guidance and support services with individualized program planning and one-on-one educational mentoring.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is truly dedicated to improving the lives and the opportunities of foster children so that they can become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. They have displayed a great deal of commitment in guiding and motivating others. Throughout our time as volunteers, Debbie, Donna and the entire staff of Best Foot Forward are always enthusiastic, always with a cheerful and upbeat attitude, and they have an infectious passion for making an everlasting impact in our community. They are a true inspiration and my family and I feel extremely fortunate and happy to be a part of the BFF family.

Randi Augensicht I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment you walk in the door of Best Foot Forward , you feel like you are home ! Everyone is very welcoming and appreciative that you are volunteering your time ! The projects I’ve worked on are varied , but it’s a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference in a child’s life ; whether it is gift wrapping their birthday present or putting together gift bags for a party . The organization is well thought out and run by beautiful women who are mothers and truly want to make a difference !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to be one of a kind in Palm Beach County, providing foster care kids with the educational support they need to succeed in school and beyond. With over 200 students in their program, they are truly transforming lives for generations to come. What a wonderful, hard-working group of volunteers and staff to be associated with; it's an honor being affiliated with Best Foot Forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is a one of a kind organization, whose mission is to provide educational support and services to foster care children in Palm Beach County. Simply put, they give kids who are in foster care an opportunity, and fighting chance to succeed in school, and to become successful in life. I've been volunteering for BFF for two years now, and I'm still astounded at what they are able to do, what "their" kids are able to accomplish, and the amazing success stories that continue to come out of their program. What amazing work they do, and they do it with so much heart -- it's an awesome privilege to be able to be involved with Best Foot Forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good people doing wonderful things for children in need. Great organization that I'm proud to be a supporter of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never fail to be impressed with the genuine caring and support given to foster care kids by this organization. I've done some volunteer work for them and from the top down, everyone is kind, caring and grateful for any assistance. Their ultimate goal is to help kids with significant life challenges keep up with school work so that they can graduate and continue on to college. They are dedicated and hard working people with great hearts. I have nothing but respect for the group and their mission and look forward to volunteering with them for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Best Foot Forward volunteer community for over 5 years. My children participate in their activities as well. Truly magical what Debbie ; Donna and their caring staff have done to nurture and literally raise the bar for hundreds of very special children in our community. Amazing organization..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF goes above and beyond every day to make sure our foster care youth have every opportunity to succeed with their education! These women are so dedicated and put their heart and soul into every child that comes their way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing things every day. The children they support truly have their futures changed for the better by making education a priority. I love being a part of this organization- it is such a fun, positive place to be!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is an amazing organization. They go above and beyond. I’ve seen first hand how hard this organization works to ensure their kids succeed! Whether it’s tutoring, school supplies, daily essentials, or hands on coaching- their on-going efforts have changed (and continue to change) so many young peoples’ lives. It’s such a privilege to watch them at work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing co-founders who are making a difference with local foster care youths

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand over the past 8+ years of the wonderful work that BFF does to change the lives of foster kids in our community through education. They are truly amazing!!! The future of foster kids is bright because of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is an awesome nonprofit to volunteer for. They go to any lengths for these kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is the BEST!!! I am truly honored to be part of this amazing group and the beyond awesome work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To try and write a short review of Best Foot Forward is beyond impossible. This foundation has changed the lives of so many foster children and given them not only incredible amounts of love but guidance and hope for a promising future. From elementary to high school and beyond, BFF is there every step of the way to assure they all keep their chins up, and always take the "best foot forward"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is the real deal! I have followed them from the beginning. The founders are so dedicated to their mission of helping youth in foster care through education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is difficult to put in a few words what Best Foot Forward is doing in our local area. They are changing lives everyday. They say they work with children in foster care as it relates to their educational needs. I say it's not only their educational needs but their everything needs. Rarely do you find a charity that far exceeds expectations. I can speak first hand as a volunteer not only are they changing the lives of there kids but mine as well.

Seyril S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization with a remarkable track record. All of the highschool students graduate and several have gone on to college. BFF treats all of the kids like family . Volunteer time is optimized.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. It is well run by two extraordinary women who inspire my enthusiasm to volunteer whenever they need me. I know other volunteers feel the same way. The children who are mentored by BFF are alway front and center in all that we do. The results are awesome and speak to the success of this exceptional nonprofit.

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Jenn Seremetis J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is the most impactful organization I've ever encountered. They deliver life changing services to foster youth, with truly tangible, measurable results.

Best Foot Forward has a crystal clear mission, a systematic, deliberate process and every dollar raised is spent in a responsible, thoughtful way. I am so proud to serve on the Best Foot Forward board and be such a small part of a group with such a big heart.

- Jenn Jager

Board Member

Rating: 5

The is a phenomenal organization that does amazing work with foster children in Palm Beach County. The results speak for themselves, 100% of the children that Best Foot Forward has worked with have graduated from high school. They are currently working with over 200 children in support of their academic needs. They provide a consistency that most of these children have never experienced to support their educational and emotional needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is the most amazing organization that I have ever been a part of. I have been on the Board since its inception and have seen Donna and Debbie grow this organization into an incredibly loving organization that supports foster children through all of their educational needs. They help tutor these young people for their academics, but also teach them life skills often starting with such basics as looking someone in the eye when you talk, to skills such as organization, speaking to a group, and completing applications. The success that the organization has had (100% high school graduation rate) for all of the young people they support is nothing short of miraculous. This type of success is not experienced with even the best demographic group, much less children who have often not been given love and support from parents.

The stories of success directly from some of the kids who have gone on to college which they did not even dream to aspire to can tell the tale correctly. They are so grateful for the fact that Best Foot Forward support them and never gives up on them and allows them to dream of a better future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best foot forward is a foundation that provides opportunities and make dreams come true for kids in the foster care system. As a volunteer, I have seen and lived the impact that Best Foot Forward have on these children. I have seen the Commitment and Love that the Founders give with every step they make. I am proud to be part of this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be able to be part of Best Foot Forward. I have volunteered in different capacities and I have been able to experience the difference they make on the kids they have in their group. This organization provides hope to those that at some point in their lives have felt hopeless, they help these kids to have a chance to a good future.
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

Best foot forward has established a Legacy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit not only does an amazing job for the kids in our community but also builds a sense of community between the volunteers that is amazing. I'm grateful to have joined this organization and all the goodness that it spreads.

Julie Lohr P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can you imagine being a foster child taken from the only home you know because your parent is not capable of parenting anymore? This organization wants these foster children to put their "Best Foot Forward". Thanks to BFF, these children now have direction. BFF provides educational and emotional support to foster children. This nonprofit is the only integrated organization of this kind of Palm Beach County. With over 100 participants in the program, they have a 100% high school graduation success rate. Please join us however you can. It takes a village.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best foot forward is such an amazing organization!! I have been volunteering with them for years. Donna and Debbie are two extremely special woman with the biggest hearts.. The tutors and volunteers are the most loving & dedicated group that truly cares about the success of their students. I am grateful to have been introduced to BFF and to be a part of This wonderful organization.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of people more dedicated to children than the women who work for and volunteer their time at Best Foot Forward. Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase and are loving, selfless, thoughtful, inspiring, kind, giving,devoted and caring women..... and the list goes on. They are truly wonderful and I feel fortunate to have met them several years ago. I love volunteering with BFF and no organization cares more about the well being and success of Foster Care Children then they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing work giving students in foster care a brighter future!

Donor

Rating: 5

BFF is always on my list of charities of which to donate. As educational advocates to our local foster youth, they empower these children to become successful young adults. Best Foot Forward consistently shows real measurable progress in our local foster youth in grade school, middle school, high school and most impressively on in to college.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


So many of kids in the foster care system slip throughout the cracks of the educational system due to the special challenges they face everyday. Best Foot Forward stands in the gap. They are a constant in these children’s ever changing stressful, chaotic life. They are offering them their hand…not a hand out.

I am a part time volunteer and have been nothing but impressed with this organization. BFF provides school supplies, they meet with teachers and counselors, providing tutors, teach organizational skills, provide emotional support and much more. That’s what they give.

The real story is in what they are getting back in return!
The children they are working with are being empowered. They are learning and taking an active role in their futures. They are moving ahead in grades and heading off to college. I am confident that both BFF and these students will make a great impact on our local community and our world.