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Brackett Foundation dba The Brackett Refugee Education Fund

  • Hamilton, NY
  • http://brackettfund.org/

Mission Statement

Believing that the ultimate hope of peace for mankind lies in education, and knowing that many refugees and displaced persons are in a situation in which education is terribly difficult, the Brackett Refugee Education Fund is committed to assisting refugees or displaced persons of any race, nationality or creed, to acquire education. Many refugees have a strong desire to serve their people. We try to help them discover a world beyond the narrow ethnic confines of a refugee camp, and to equip them with the tools and skills to help them serve their people.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program in Thailand
  2. Educational Projects in Thailand and Myanmar
  3. Scholarships and Projects in India for Chin Refugees
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with refugees on the borders of Burma in Thailand and India. In Thailand we work in Kanchanaburi, Sangklaburi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Salid, Mae Sot, and Phitsanulok. In India we work in Aizawl, Champai, Lunglei, Lawngtlai, and Zokhawthar.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Prof. Thomas Brackett

Co Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Prof. Elizabeth Brackett

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Refugees, Burma,Thailand, India, Scholarships

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EIN

16-1523586

 Number

7272438745

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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This year we have 29 students graduating from university, 7 of them are nurses who have finished their studies and are aleady starting work in hospitals. Another graduate is working for an NGO in Burma. 
We have integrated 5 volunteers into our organization to form a cooperative working group. 

We hosted five persons who visited our work this year.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Program in Thailand

We support one hundred six individual awards in 2008 for college and university study, fifty individual awards for high school or vocational studies, as well as unusual health needs of these scholarship students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$114,358.00

Program 2

Educational Projects in Thailand and Myanmar

We support boarding houses for hill-tribe children to attend established schools in Thailand, aid for teachers' salaries, mosquito nets, and school supplies for schools in the IDP area of Myanmar and in Thailand along the Thai Myanmar border

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$75,300.00

Program 3

Scholarships and Projects in India for Chin Refugees

We support twenty-four individual awards for university study, and grants through groups who provide screening and selection of students in elementary and higher level programs as follows: thirty-five students in Classes XI and XII, sixty students in high school, and two hundred-three children in elementary school.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$36,174.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with refugees on the borders of Burma in Thailand and India. In Thailand we work in Kanchanaburi, Sangklaburi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Salid, Mae Sot, and Phitsanulok. In India we work in Aizawl, Champai, Lunglei, Lawngtlai, and Zokhawthar.

Funding Needs

BREF starts its fund drive in September. We need to raise $150,000 before the end of 2009.

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BRACKETT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Brackett Foundation dba The Brackett Refugee Education Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Prof. Thomas Brackett

Co Principal Officer

Prof. Elizabeth Brackett

BIO

Thomas Brackett, the organization's founder and president, is a Professor Emeritus at Colgate University, having taught there for thirty-seven years. He received his BS. at the University of Maine at Orono, and his PhD. at the University of California at Berkeley. At Colgate he started the Academic Computing Center and the Department of Computer Science.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"BREF is a small, all volunteer, highly efficient organization which can assure its donors that all donated money will go into the hands of a refugee. Only 2.5% of BREF's expenses are for overhead."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Prof. Thomas E. Brackett

Emeritus at Colgate University

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