BRIDGE2RWANDA

aka BRIDGE2RWANDA INC   |   Little Rock, AR   |  https://www.bridge2rwanda.org/

Mission

Bridge2Rwanda's mission is to build the next generation of African leaders. The B2R Scholars Program has established itself as one of the most effective university preparation programs to help African students earn international scholarships. The program's long-term goal is to create a fellowship of globally educated, entrepreneurial servant leaders committed to working together in Africa.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder & CEO

J Dale Dawson

Senior Strategic Advisor

Fonda Kempton

Main address

1818 N. Taylor St., Suite B PMB #322

Little Rock, AR 72207 USA

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EIN

26-1205347

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 2011, Bridge2Rwanda has helped 206 African students from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan earn over $50 million in scholarships to 78 of the top universities around the world. For the first 16 months of the program, the Scholars immerse themselves in B2R’s rigorous Leadership Academy located at the B2R Training Center on the campus of the University of Rwanda - College of Business and Economics in Kigali. The Scholars make a full-time commitment to the Leadership Academy without any guarantee they will be awarded a university scholarship. In addition, they sign a written commitment that if they are awarded an international scholarship they will return to work in Africa after their university graduation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program

The B2R Scholars Program has established itself as one of the most effective university preparation programs to help African students earn international scholarships and create opportunities for students to return to careers in Africa upon graduation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The mission of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program is to build a fellowship of globally-educated young leaders in Africa with the capacity to transform their communities and accelerate growth in their country. The program selects the most talented high school graduates, helping them earn scholarships to study abroad and equipping them to launch their careers back in Africa.

The Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program is a rigorous program that identifies and prepares Rwanda's most talented and promising students to compete for international scholarships.
Once they are awarded a scholarship, B2R connects the students to local host families, communities of faith, academic counselors, career advisors and internship opportunities. The goal is not only to prepare B2R Scholars to succeed as international students, but to live with purpose as future leaders of Africa.
B2R creates jobs and opportunities to help the Scholars launch their careers in Africa. B2R is building a network of potential employers in Africa, including local, foreign-owned and multinational businesses, NGO's and governments.

Our core mission begins with the annual Bridge2Rwanda Scholars gap-year class of 30 Rwandans, plus 10-20 others from disadvantaged African countries. In addition, university prep has been offered to Ministry of Defense for U.S. military academies, Carnegie Mellon University graduate candidates and local schools and families pursuing international admission and scholarships.
In the School to Work Transition, Bridge2Rwanda guides these scholars through the process of choosing and pursuing their careers and helping students studying abroad repatriate into jobs and professional opportunities in Africa.
Bridge2Rwanda's leaders have been actively engaged in Rwanda for almost fifteen years. We have a dense network of friends and relationships within the Rwandan government and in the private and social sectors. Bridge2Rwanda has a reputation for getting things done.
Since 2001, Bridge2Rwanda and its leaders have hosted hundreds of visitors and mobilized dozens of expatriates to live and work in Rwanda. They have also helped launch a number of significant foreign-owned businesses and other programs, primarily in education and business development.

Building the Fellowship, Fulfilling the Mission

When they are selected they become Scholars.
When they go abroad, they become Senior Scholars.
When they graduate, they become Alumni.
When they come home, they become Fellows.

For the past seven years, B2R has worked to build a fellowship of globally-educated young leaders in Rwanda and its conflict-torn neighboring countries with the capacity to accelerate growth and transform their communities.

To date, 32 Bridge2Rwanda Fellows (several pictured above) have returned home to launch their careers in Rwanda. As a group, these young leaders represent the critical mass needed to establish the Fellowship and fulfill the mission.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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BRIDGE2RWANDA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dale Dawson

Bridge2Rwanda


Board co-chair

Andrea Redmond

Chris Crane

Glenn Davidson

Judi Dawson

Jay Hein

Dowell Stackpole

Dub Stocker

Millie Ward

Duane Donner

Blayne Sharpe

Marsha Gordon

Yves Iradukunda

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.