Bright Future International (BFI) is a charitable organization helping underprivileged children around the world achieve a better future. We hope to do this by promoting values such as compassion, self-esteem, kindness, hope, and the desire to help others. In order to teach children how to develop these moral and spiritual values, BFI funds arts and educational enrichment programs through partnerships with local and international organizations.
Our goal is to support the basic needs of children, while also working to fulfill high-level emotional needs, including self-actualization. BFI hopes to inspire people to help the world’s children, who truly are our future.
Our mission is to help children develop useful skills, as well as important values such as kindness and empathy, through arts and educational enrichment programs.
We want to give every child an opportunity to become a kind and good-hearted person.
We hope to inspire people to help children, who truly are our future. Our belief is that once people dedicate themselves to helping others, it changes their entire outlook on life as well.
We develop independent programs and offer funding to organizations around the world that are in line with our core values. Our curriculum uses vocational, educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs as a means to teach human values. It is our belief is that children will feel compelled to share these values with the world.
We work with individuals possessing qualities and values that mirror our core values. We believe that the key component to the success of our programs is enlisting educators and social workers who embody our mission - allowing us to effectively instill positive values in the children we work with.
We support programs with objectives that are in line with our overall goals. Based on specific criteria and thorough evaluation, we identify organizations that are working to teach children how to become kind, honest and loving people.
We ensure that programs feature lessons designed to have a lasting, positive impact. We analyze each program and ensure that they incorporate positive life lessons that exemplify and instill our core values in both children. We seek out programs that inspire participants to pass these lessons and values on to their families and communities.
Mr. Anthony Melikhov was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1963 and moved with his family to the United States in 1989 to pursue a better life. In 1992, he founded Sagmel Inc., an over-the-counter pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois.
In 2008, after many years of serving as President of what had become a multi-million dollar company, Mr. Melikhov and his partners made the decision to sell their vested interest to Bayer AG. Mr. Melikhov based his decision on a personal calling and overwhelming feeling to evaluate his path in life, striving for the pursuit of inner happiness and peace. This compelling feeling led him to want to do more for the world around him, thus establishing Bright Future International.
Within its first year, Bright Future formed partnerships with organizations in Russia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and Panama and helped them to expand the scope of their work. Since 2011, Bright Future has been expanding its range of programs to include independently operated programs in the USA and Russia. In 2012, Bright Future began to seek out like minded individuals and organizations, and actively pursue fundraising to reach a wider audience in more cities and countries around the world.