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Introduction to Cofounder Charles Betterton

Charles Betterton, MSCED -- Charles has been helping individuals, organizations, and communities discover and manifest more of their ultimate destiny for forty years by fostering development, empowerment, and transformation. He has leadership experience in disaster relief, government, community development, community economic development, business and nonprofit organizations and a Master’s in Community Economic Development (CED) from Southern New Hampshire University.

Charles served over 12 years with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), three years as Executive Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Kankakee, Illinois, ten years as Executive Director of nonprofit organizations involved in personal, spiritual, organizational and community development and over ten years creating, leading and managing cause-oriented companies.


Charles' HUD career included: six years as Director of Disaster Field Offices in Mississippi, Virginia, Missouri, and Ohio; two years as Special Assistant to the Director of the Housing Management Division in the Detroit Area Office; two years as Chief Property Officer for the Chicago Area Office; and two years as Supervisory Housing Management Specialist in the Chicago Area Office. During his HUD career, he earned numerous Special Achievement Awards and he received the highest cash award ever paid a HUD employee for a modification he suggested for a computerized property management information system that saved an estimated 300 million dollars.

Charles has  about 8 years of experience with HUD Public Housing programs including serving in management and leadership capacities with HUD, as management staff of the East St. Louis, IL PHA as a consultant to the Muncie, IN PHA and as a consultant and volunteer for the Kankakee, IL PHA Resident Organization.  He served as 1 of 2 Supervisory Housing Management Specialists in the Chicago Area Office managing a staff responsible for providing technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation for half of the PHA's. For several months while in that position, he served on a task force as Director of Maintenance Operations for the East St. Louis PHA. Later, after he resigned from HUD, Charles accepted a position as a community organizer for the Kankakee (IL) PHA Resident's Organization.

Charles wrote a $250,000 Drug Elimination Grant for the Muncie, Indiana PHA to establish a Success Center Partnership to provide expanded access to development training resources including self-employment training for PHA residents. Through that grant, he served as a consultant to the PHA as a paid project manager for a year and served as a volunteer for about another year.  

The Success Center Partnership that featured Les Brown was recognized and received awards from HUD and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Latter that year, the Executive Director of the Muncie PHA and Charles gave a presentation on how other PHA's could establish a similar community mobilization and resident empowerment program at the annual NAHRO Convention in Washington, DC.  

In 1998, Charles was accepted as one of 230 HUD Community Builders out of about 8,500 applicants. Because he would have had to renege on commitments he had made to several community organizations, Ihe declined the position that would have been worth about $250,000 over 2 years.

Charles has lived for 25 years in intentional communities with a focus on Spirit, Service, Stewardship and Sustainable Living including Stelle, Illinois ( home to the Center for Sustainable Community ( and he lived at Rainbow Farm, the Emissaries of Divine Light Center near Muncie, Indiana

Charles has founded/cofounded dozens of non-profit organizations involved in personal, organizational and community empowerment including CENTER SPACE (the Center for Spiritual, Personal And Community Enlightenment) and the Ultimate Destiny University for Successful Living. He has also cofounded “cause-oriented” companies based on the 4 Ps of Purpose, People, Planet and Profitability including Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. He has developed and delivered many seminars and workshops and authored or co-authored dozens of books including the 14 titles in the Ultimate Destiny Success System Library.


Charles has produced major events for up to 1,800 participants (in a county of less than 100,000 residents) featuring world- class trainers such as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen, Bonnie St. John, Brian Tracy, Chin-Ning Chu and others. He is a member of the World Business Academy, Social Venture Network, Heart Math, Institute of Noetic Science, and others.


Charles is helping manage the non-profit Ultimate Water for Humanity to provide greater access to structured water to some of the one billion residents of SpaceShip Earth who don’t have access to clean water. His other present projects include Solving Our Personal, Community and Global Success Puzzles, a campaign to Expand the Circle of Success as described at


The strategy is to establish a national and then international network of CAN DO! Community Resource Centers ( The Resource Centers will provide access to training on Successful Living Skills for the 21st Century ( Charles can be reached at Additional sites include:,,  and

More detailed information on Charles' accomplishments including newspaper articles, letters of commendation from President Jimmy Carter, HUD Secretary Moon Landrieu, HUD Regional Administrator Don Morrow, Chambers of Commerce, United Ways, etc. are available at www.charlesbetterton.comClick Here for his more detailed resume.


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"Mr. Betterton's project for the 1990-1992 Community Economic Development Master's 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