Introduction to Charles Betterton's Interest in Lifelong Learning of Successful Living Skills

Charles Betterton has a Master's in Community Economic Development (CED) from Southern New Hampshire University and he is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

The field of Community Economic Development focuses on the three areas of self-help, empowerment and capacity building. Charles has been developing award winning projects in these three areas for almost four decades. He has helped individuals, organizations and communities discover and manifest more of their ultimate destiny by fostering personal, organizational and community development, empowerment, successful living, transformation and capacity building.

Charles has over thirty (40) years of administrative and turn-around management experience in government, community development, community economic development, business and nonprofit organizations including twelve (12) years with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also served for three (3) years as Executive Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Kankakee, Illinois, ten (10) years as Executive Director of nonprofit organizations involved in personal, spiritual, organizational and community development and over five (5) years creating, leading and managing cause-oriented companies.

Charles has developed and delivered dozens of seminars and workshops including: Personal And Professional Success Techniques; Motivision; 21 Steps to Successful Living; TULIPS, The Ultimate Life Inpowerment Planning System; 10 Steps in Co-creative Visioning and Strategic Planning, Seven Ascension Attitudes; Empowerment 101, Enlightenment 101, etc.

Charles has provided training and consulting services to companies, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, churches and communities. He has produced major events for personal, professional and community development for up to 1,800 people featuring world class trainers such as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen, Bonnie St. John, Brian Tracy and others. He has been written up in hundreds of newspaper articles, made numerous radio and television appearances and has had many articles published in magazines. (

Charles has founded or co-founded dozens of non-profit organizations and companies involved in personal, organizational and community development and empowerment including CENTER SPACE (Center for Spiritual, Personal And Community Empowerment/Enlightenment) and Ultimate Destiny University. These organizations have over 200 web sites that provide products and services that help individuals, organizations and communities realize more of their potential, discover their purpose in life and know how to manifest their ultimate destiny.

Charles is a member of the World Business Academy, Social Venture Network, Heart Math, Institute Of Noetic Sciences, The Love Center, Spirit In Business, International New Thought Alliance, and Association for Global New Thought. Charles can be reached at 760-212-9931 *

Recent Message to Michael Whiting, Executive Director, United Way of Yavapai County, AZ

Dear Michael:

Congratulations on the success of the planning and input session yesterday! I was very impressed with how much substantive work was accomplished in such a short time. You, Deborah, Lori and the panel all did a great job and I was grateful to be able to participate.

During our small group session on "Dynamic Community Involvement", I shared my interest and work in community economic development, including my present focus on helping establish a national network of Community Economic Development Resource Centers through our non-profit Ultimate Destiny University for Successful Living based here in Sedona and San Diego. As I shared with the others in our small group, I would be happy to contribute in any possible way to help the United Way with your mission of promoting life long learning.

As I mentioned when I spoke briefly with you, I have worked with United Way agencies in several states. When I asked the United Way of Kankakee County in 1990 if they would be willing to provide a grant of $5,000 to help sponsor the Community Unity Celebration I produced with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Les Brown (the motivational trainer), the Executive Director called me the next day and asked if they could be featured as a Cosponsor if they provided $15,000. Of course I said YES!

To further introduce my background experience, particularly related to working with United Way's and facilitating "lifelong learning of successful living skills", I invite you to read this letter of introduction from Susie Brown. . She served then as President of the United Way of Oneida County, NY when she asked me to facilitate county-wide visioning and strategic planning for the Partnership for Human Development.

Susie and I had worked together previously when she accepted my invitation to serve on the board of the Kankakee County Community Development Corporation I had initiated. With Susie's leadership and the support of the United Way, our project to transform an abandoned 22,000 square foot National Guard Armory building into a Community Economic Development Resource Center received a Governor's Home Town Award, received over a million dollars in grants and donations and has served tens of thousands of community residents with educational, recreational, civic and cultural enrichment programs.

My credentials that may be most relevant to the United Way focus on lifelong learning include: about 40 years of (mostly) award-winning turn-around management and leadership positions in disaster relief, community development, and economic development with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in several states and Washington, D.C.; a Master's in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University; certification as an Economic Development Finance Specialist (by the National Development Council); and over 20 years of experience developing and producing community empowerment and development training programs featuring world-class trainers, authors and other experts for up to 1,800 participants (

"Mr. Betterton's project for the 1990-1992 Community Economic Development Masters program at Southern New Hampshire University was to promulgate CED principles and practices. The fact that he turned down a HUD Community Builder Fellowship worth $250,000 in 1998 (when he was earning less than $25,000 a year) to continue the non-profit community empowerment work he and his team had underway at the time demonstrates his commitment to what he and his classmates defined as the foundation of CED: self-help, empowerment and capacity building." ---

Dr. Michael Swack, Professor, the Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire and
founding Dean, School of Community Economic Development, Southern New Hampshire University

I look forward to continuing to participate in your strategic planning process including attending the session in the Verde Valley later this month. If I may ever be of any possible assistance to you, the United Way or any of your funded agencies, it would be an honor to do so.

Thank you again for your leadership of the United Way of Yavapai County.


Charles Betterton..

Phone: 928-284-2671 

Co-creating programs, products and organizations that help individuals, organizations and communities realize more of their potential and manifest more of their ultimate destiny for 40 years.