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Business Council For Peace, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.bpeace.org

Mission Statement

We believe the path to peace is lined with jobs. Bpeace is the nonprofit network of business volunteers who work with entrepreneurs in conflict-affected communities to scale their businesses, create significant employment for all and expand the economic power of women. More jobs mean less violence.®

Main Programs

  1. Afghanistan Fast Runner Entrepreneurs
  2. El Salvador Fast Runner Entrepreneurs
  3. Guatemala Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

Bpeace only works in communities with a history of internal strife and where jobs can prevent the recurrence of violence. In 2015, we are operating in Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Our headquarters are in the U.S.

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ruling year

2006

CEO

Ms. Elizabeth Crowell

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Keywords

SGB, SME, economic development, women's empowerment, entrepreneurs, Afghanistan, Rwanda, El Salvador, skills-based volunteering

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EIN

20-1602122

Also Known As

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Exchanges (Q23)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

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?

Impact statement

Bpeace believes that creating jobs, creates peace.
 
Bpeace is a non-profit network of business people who volunteer their time and skills to assist brave entrepreneurs in countries with a history of violence and poverty:  Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.  

We have a special interest in women entrepreneurs because their economic advancement is critical to creating and
maintaining peace.

Every year we conduct an annual census to determine how many jobs the entrepreneurs in our portfolio have created. Every job has a multiplier effect across employees, families, vendors and communities.
 
Fast Runner entrepreneurs who have been in the Bpeace program for more than a year, average 23% job growth and 34% revenue growth. This is significantly better than the GDP growth in their countries. 41% of our Fast Runners grew full-time jobs by more than 20%. 55% grew full-time jobs by more than 10%. 71% of Fast Runners maintained or grew full-time jobs. 55% grew full-time employment for women.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Afghanistan Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

Afghanistan Fast Runner entrepreneurs program, identifies small business owners already in business, with more than 10 employees. 
 
For two-three years, Bpeace provides the Fast Runners with pro-bono
consulting so they can expand their businesses and create jobs for their communities.

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Population Served

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Program 2

El Salvador Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

El Salvador Fast Runner entrepreneurs program, identifies small business owners already in business, with more than 10 employees.  For 18-24 months, Bpeace provides the Fast Runners with pro-bono consulting so they can expand their businesses and create jobs for their communities.

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Adults

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Program 3

Guatemala Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

Guatemala Fast Runner entrepreneurs program, identifies small business owners already in business, with more than 10 employees. For 18-24 months, Bpeace provides the Fast Runners with pro-bono consulting so they can expand their businesses and create jobs for their
communities.

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Population Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In the wake of conflict, help fast running entrepreneurs run quicker and bolder and create one million jobs across 1,000 communities.

    We assist entrepreneurs who share a common vision with us—that employment for women and men is the bridge to education, poverty reduction, improved health, and ultimately less violence; and that jobs for women are vital to women's advancement and to elevating their peaceful influence on society.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    CONFLICT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES. We operate in areas where people have limited access to business tools and experts, and where we can help prevent the recurrence of violent conflict by improving economic opportunity.

    FAST RUNNERS. Bpeace is a driven organization and works with driven entrepreneurs. We select motivated business owners with the business acumen to grow quickly and sustainably. We call these people Fast Runners.

    FOCUS ON JOBS. Sustainable employment is the best vehicle of hope in conflict-affected countries and reduces the likelihood of violent conflict within or between communities.

    WOMEN. Women's advancement is critical to creating and maintaining peace. Bpeace focuses on entrepreneurs for whom women's advancement is central.

    MIDDLE MARKET. Bpeace selects entrepreneurs capable of delivering scalable outcomes in their communities, well beyond the level of micro-finance, but typically under the radar of international investors. These businesses are often referred to as SMEs, the Missing Middle or small and growing businesses (SGBs).

    OUTCOMES. We measure ourselves by the outcomes Bpeace entrepreneurs create (jobs, financial improvement, opportunity).

    DELIVERY OF SERVICES. With volunteer experts and U.S. Host Companies, Bpeace has created a successful mentor program that reaches out to entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses in areas of conflict. We stimulate business growth by rolling up our sleeves and offering guidance, support and technical advice geared to foster employment and expansion.

    Through a four-month competitive process every year, we select only entrepreneurs with momentum, not startups. We call them Fast Runners because they are in the best position to create jobs for others in their community.

    We operate like a pro bono consulting firm. Either by long-distance mentoring or by in-country visits, our volunteer experts share functional expertise in HR, finance and marketing; and industry-specific technical advice for industries ranging from food processing to technology. The Bpeace consulting toolbox also includes local staff with private-sector consulting experience, and Bpeace-arranged visits to U.S. Host Companies.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Bpeace is a connected organization fueled by a powerful network.
    --HQ staff in New York and local staff in Afghanistan and Central America.
    --Nearly business volunteers from 22 U.S. states; Canada; the U.K.; Germany; Afghanistan; UAE; and New Zealand.
    --More than 200 U.S. Host Companies that invite our visiting entrepreneurs to apprentice on-the-job at their place of business for five to seven days.
    --The support of the Office of Citizen Exchanges of the U.S. Department of State.
    --Major corporate support, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Citi Foundation, Cooper & Dunham LLP, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Pimco Foundation, Ascena Retail Group, Dressbarn, Irving Place Capital, Kirk Palmer Associates, The Estée Lauder Companies, The Vitamin Shoppe, UNFCU and Wiley.
    --Collaborators include Clinton Global Initiative; ANDE, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
    --We are rated 5-stars on GreatNonProfits; The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) selected Bpeace as a top program of the Business Task Force.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    EFFECTIVENESS: After a year in our program, Fast Runner businesses in our portfolio evidence an average of 23% job growth and 34% revenue growth. This is significantly better than the GDP growth in their countries.

    WOMEN'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Through exhaustive identification and selection, we maintain a minimum of 55% women-owned or led businesses in our portfolio.

    CAPACITY TO DELIVER SERVICES: To keep our member/volunteer network vibrant and ensure a sufficient number of volunteers to deliver pro bono consulting and resources, we maintain a minimum ratio of 5:1 business volunteers to Fast Runner businesses.

    VOLUNTEER SATISFACTION. Membership/volunteer retention is 90% when measured annually; maintain a 5-star rating on GreatNonProfits.

    DONOR LEVERAGE. For every $1 donated, we are able to secure $2 in in-kind professional services by our business volunteers.

    EFFICIENT. A minimum of 80% of our expenses are program-related.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have a proven model of strengthening and accelerating the growth of businesses in conflict-affected communities. We annually measure job growth among the current businesses in our portfolio and aim for an average of 10% increase. Our model works.

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

Bpeace only works in communities with a history of internal strife and where jobs can prevent the recurrence of violence. In 2015, we are operating in Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Our headquarters are in the U.S.

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Funding Needs

Annual budget of $1.2 million to deliver services to entrepreneurs, especially women business owners,  in Afghanistan, Rwanda and El Salvador.   Measured outcomes:  stronger, sustainable businesses creating new jobs for families and communities.

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Financials

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BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR PEACE INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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CEO

Ms. Elizabeth Crowell

BIO

Elizabeth Crowell is a highly successful entrepreneur and angel investor whose purpose and passion is to help entrepreneurs start and grow their ventures. She has 20 years of experience building businesses, organizations and boards through leadership and creative problem-solving. She was named Bpeace's CEO in early 2015.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Kate Buggeln

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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