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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Mission: Designed Future is a nonprofit organization that promotes human progress through self-awareness and personal growth. We empower individuals to utilize the power of the mind, body, and spirit as a pathway into a better way of life.

Target demographics: We on complex social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty, trauma, domestic abuse, financial stressors, loss of employment, and addiction.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 386 individuals

Geographic areas served: The Metro Grand Rapids, MI area

Programs: Designed Future Nonprofit Program, THRIVE! (for the general public) and Designed Excellence (our Employee Engagement Program)

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The team at Designed Future works tirelessly to deliver high impact programs that change lives. As a board member and a former participant, I've seen the results in others and experienced them myself. I'm grateful to be able to pay it forward, serving as a board member for the past 4 years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Designed Future’s programs have taught me that my experience of struggle does not come from the outside world. Rather, it stems from my beliefs about myself and how I relate to myself and the world around me. The power to live a successful and meaningful life lies within me. Designed Future’s programs provide the tools to access that power within. These tools transform lives, no matter how difficult the struggle or how hopeless it may seem.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in a Designed Future program in 2012. The course leader is a master of transformation taking you from creating what you want in life to a higher level of performance. She provides coaching to attendees based on what works - awareness, discipline and focused action to achieving your stated goals. I recommend this organization's generous spirit-filled training and professional expertise to anyone seeking to achieve a rich and rewarding life. They will help you break through whatever keeps you from your goal. -Marianne Dodd


Rating: 5

Julie is one of the most determined, caring, and inspiring individuals I have ever met! Her passion for Designed Future is changing lives one at the time. I truly enjoyed working with Julie, she gave me just the right amount of freedom and guidance. She continues to be a friend and a mentor to me. -Salka Armstrong

Client Served

Rating: 5

Julie Dankovich and Designed Future provide a life-changing opportunity to Businesses, Non-Profits and Individuals with a Basic Goal; A Better Life. Their programs strengthen not only basic skills and essential goals but intrinsically improve life! I encourage everyone to participate, support and become an advocate for Designed Future and Julie's "Lifework". -Tom Brown

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about this nonprofit. I'm a single mom struggling financially. I went to one of their programs and it literally changed my life. For the first time in a long time I felt hope. They helped me create goals and they helped me achieve those goals. I realize all the negative talk I had been doing in my head. I went from having no job, no car, and no hope to making enough money to afford what I need AND want. I can't say enough great things about what they did for me.