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Our Story

In 1995 Bet-z traveled to Costa Rica as a chaperon for a high school Spanish class trip. They had the opportunity to participate in a team building exercise and the students chose white water rafting. Bet-z's raft was comprised of six freshmen girls, a teacher, and the guide who was the only person with rafting experience. The guide stressed the importance of teamwork prior to launching the raft and that teamwork would be vitally important when they reach the most dangerous segment of the river. Throughout the trip the guide would calmly instruct the team by saying "forward please." Meaning everyone needs to paddle forward together through the rapids. As the rapids grew more intense so did his instruction shouting "forward please" a bit louder each time. Then came the most challenging segment of the river and by this time the raft full of inexperienced girls were scared out of their minds and had abandoned the plan, and everything the guide had taught them. It was up to the teacher, guide, and Bet-z to paddle through a section of the river that required a raft full of people to get through successfully. The guides seemingly calm "forward please" quickly turned into a heightened, fervent, quickly cadenced "FORWARD PLEASE, FORWARD PLEASE!" He did however always say please. Obviously the raft flipped and everyone was tossed. Luckily no one was hurt and everyone was successfully plucked from the river to complete the journey. It took everyone paddling together in the same direction to complete the challenge and after their small setback that's exactly what they did. 

Fast forward to 2021 Bet-z and Nikki were pondering names for their non-profit and while Bet-z was telling this story for the 856th time they looked at each other when she said "forward please" and instantly knew they found their name.  

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The Forward Please Project was founded with one simple goal, to make a positive impact in our community. We are passionate about many causes and therefore our efforts are broad in scope. From disadvantaged women and youth, to LGBTQ+ causes, homeless veterans, to foster care, or animal organizations, we try our best to help those in need.

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Fundraising / Donations

Through fundraising our goal is to promote greater opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities, gain the confidence to fulfill their potential and move forward in positive and healthy manor.

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Meet the Team

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Bet-z Boenning

Founder & 
Intergalactic Leader

Nikki Beck

Co-Founder / Creative Technologist & Word Herder

Sheena Mandlman

Director of Little of This, Little of That

Patricia Boenning

Director of Happiness

Thank You

We are deeply humbled and honored by the incredible love and support from our family, friends, and members of our community. They have shown endless support both monetarily and through generous volunteering of their personal time and energy. This love and support fuels the Forward Please Project. 

Much love, 

Bet-z & Nikki 

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How You Can Help


The Forward Please Project is an official 501c3 and donors can deduct contributions under IRC section 170. We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at Forward Please Project, Inc. There are several ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our Non-Profit and help to strengthen our community.

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Make a Donation

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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The Forward Please Project is an official 501c3 and donors can deduct contributions under IRC section 170. 

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Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Forward Please Project, Inc an even better Non-Profit than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

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