In communities in need:
1. Accelerated SME (small and medium sized business) employment and revenue growth.
2. Greater economic empowerment for women.
COMMUNITIES IN NEED. We operate in areas where entrepreneurs 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 communities in need 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 Skillanthropists (volunteer business experts) and U.S. Host Companies, Bpeace has created a successful mentor program that reaches out to local entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses. We stimulate business growth by rolling up our sleeves and offering guidance, support and technical advice geared to foster employment and expansion.
We operate like a pro bono consulting firm. Either by long-distance mentoring or by in-country visits, our Skillanthropists 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.
Bpeace is a connected organization fueled by a powerful network.
--HQ staff in New York and local staff in Afghanistan, Central America and London.
--More than 300 Skillanthropists from 29 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.
--Major corporate support, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cooper & Dunham LLP, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Pimco Foundation, Ascena Retail Group, Dressbarn, Kirk Palmer Associates, The Estée Lauder Companies, The Vitamin Shoppe, UNFCU and Wiley.
--Partners and ollaborators include SPARK, and ANDE, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
--We are rated 5-stars on GreatNonProfits.
EFFECTIVENESS: We have a proven record of impact: SMEs that participate in our programs post an average 22% job growth and 22% revenue growth
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 Skillanthropist network vibrant and ensure a sufficient number of business volunteers to deliver pro bono consulting and resources, we maintain a minimum ratio of 5:1 Skillanthropists to Fast Runner businesses.
SKILLANTHROPIST 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 $3 in in-kind professional services by our business volunteers.
EFFICIENT. A minimum of 80% of our expenses are program-related.
We have a proven model of strengthening and accelerating the growth of businesses in communities in need. We annually measure job growth among the current businesses in our portfolio and aim for an average of 10% increase. Our model works.