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Business Council For Peace, Inc.

  • Water Mill, NY
  • www.bpeace.org

Mission Statement

The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) is the nonprofit network of business volunteers. 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. ®

Main Programs

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

Self-reported

International

In our international regions of focus, we reach out to entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses. We call these SME business owners Fast Runners. We connect them to our volunteer business experts who offer guidance and technical advice geared to foster expansion and employment.

Either by long-distance mentoring or by in-country visits, Bpeace volunteers share their expertise in HR, finance, strategy, marketing and manufacturing; and provide technical advice for industries ranging from food processing to technology to professional services.

Together, we create SME growth and much needed employment. The outcome is increased community capacity and stability—and a reduction in the poverty and desperation that so often seed violence.

We currently operate in Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala and plan on expansion in 2017 and 2018.

Our headquarters are in the U.S.

ruling year

2006

CEO

Self-reported

Ms. Toni Maloney

Keywords

Self-reported

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

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Also Known As

Bpeace

EIN

20-1602122

 Number

4284073550

Contact

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?

Overview

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Strengthening SMEs in communities that need employment is what we do, day in and day out. What truly supersizes our efforts is the expertise of nearly 400 volunteer business experts (pro bono consultants) from 29 states and 13 countries.

Skill-based volunteers from major corporations like Amazon and PwC, as well as sole practitioners are critical to our programs, and in 2016 they delivered $1.5 million in verified in-kind pro bono consulting and other services to SME business owners.

Bpeace has a singular mission. In our regions of focus, we mentor owners of SMEs and connect them to business experts and U.S. Host Companies who offer guidance and technical advice. We take a bespoke approach, mentoring only 60 to 75 carefully selected international businesses a year.

Together, we create SME growth and much needed employment. The outcome is increased community capacity and stability—and a reduction in the poverty and desperation that so often seed violence.

Because we are a boutique organization, we offer tailored services to only two to three cohorts of 20 entrepreneurs annually, and we maintain ongoing connections with them for years after.

We have a bias for creating positive change, and we rigorously monitor and measure it. We recruit Fast Runners with this lens and provide them the ideas and tools to define and create change in their environment. Fast Runners are appreciative, as evidenced by their testimonials on GreatNonprofits where we have consistently earned a 5-star rating.

We have a proven record of impact: SMEs that participate in our programs post an average 31% job growth and 37% revenue growt

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

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(s) Served

Adults

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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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None

Population(s) Served

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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None

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In communities in need:

    1. Accelerated SME growth through business momentum and change.

    2. More sustainable SMEs generating significant new employment.

    3. Greater economic empowerment for women.



  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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 volunteer 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 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 400 business volunteers 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.
    --Collaborators include 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: We have a proven record of impact: SMEs that participate in our programs post an average 31% job growth and 37% 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 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 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In our international regions of focus, we reach out to entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses. We call these SME business owners Fast Runners. We connect them to our volunteer business experts who offer guidance and technical advice geared to foster expansion and employment.

Either by long-distance mentoring or by in-country visits, Bpeace volunteers share their expertise in HR, finance, strategy, marketing and manufacturing; and provide technical advice for industries ranging from food processing to technology to professional services.

Together, we create SME growth and much needed employment. The outcome is increased community capacity and stability—and a reduction in the poverty and desperation that so often seed violence.

We currently operate in Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala and plan on expansion in 2017 and 2018.

Our headquarters are in the U.S.

Social Media

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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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Business Council For Peace, Inc.

Leadership

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CEO

Ms. Toni Maloney

BIO

Since helping found Bpeace in 2002, Toni has created opportunity for more than 1,000 business people to share their skills and lift communities in need. Before downshifting her strategic marketing consulting business--The Maloney Group--to lead Bpeace as CEO, Toni held executive positions at American Express, Ogilvy, and McCann-Erickson.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Mark Fleming

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity