International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Business Council For Peace, Inc.

More Jobs Mean Less Violence.

aka Bpeace

Water Mill, NY

Mission

The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) is the nonprofit coalition of Skillanthropists. Our mission is to lift international communities in need by advising local entrepreneurs on how to scale their businesses to create significant employment for all and expand the economic power of women.

We believe: More jobs mean less violence. ®

Ruling Year

2006

CEO

Ms. Toni Maloney

Main Address

PO Box 276

Water Mill, NY 11976 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

20-1602122

 Number

4284073550

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Exchanges (Q23)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Jobs reduce poverty and desperation

Together, we create growth and more jobs. The outcome is increased community capacity and stability--and a reduction in the poverty and desperation that so often seed violence.

Our programs

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

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Afghanistan Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

El Salvador Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

Guatemala Fast Runner Entrepreneurs

Syrian Stars Rising

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of jobs created and maintained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Annually, Bpeace surveys the current and former entrepreneurs in our program to determine how our efforts have increased employment and revenue into local communities.

SME Revenue Growth

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Annually, Bpeace surveys the current and former entrepreneurs in our program to determine how our efforts have increased employment and revenue into local communities.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

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Financials

Business Council For Peace, Inc.

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Operations

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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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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