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BRAC USA, Inc.

Creating opportunity for people to realize their potential

aka BRAC   |   New York, NY   |  www.bracusa.org

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Mission

The mission of BRAC USA is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. Its interventions aim to achieve large-scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable everyone to realize their potential.

Ruling year info

2007

President & CEO

Donella Rapier

Main address

110 William St. 18th Fl

New York, NY 10038 USA

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EIN

20-8456741

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Can we eradicate poverty within a generation? Evidence from BRAC says yes — if we invest in programs that deliver results and empower the poor to take control of their lives. BRAC runs an array of programs, each created to address one or more of poverty’s many dimensions. These include education, healthcare, microfinance, girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, socially responsible businesses — even a bank, a university, and the world’s largest mobile money platform. Though diverse, these programs are guided by the conviction that people living in poverty have vast untapped potential. BRAC’s goal is to create enabling conditions that allow them to live on their own terms, with the choices, freedom and dignity that others take for granted. “Poverty is not just poverty of money,” notes BRAC Founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. “We also see a poverty of self-esteem, hope, opportunity, and freedom."

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?

Outreach

BRAC USA tells the BRAC story in the United States and beyond through social and traditional media, thought leadership, speaking engagements, events and conferences, and word of mouth. It joins and launches campaigns and advocates for better international development, human rights, and environmental policies. It engages friends of BRAC to act as ambassadors, telling the story of BRAC's success in their own communities to mobilize support. Above all, it strives to welcome new members to the BRAC family.

Population(s) Served
Adults

BRAC USA helps BRAC pilot, scale, and innovate microfinance, health, education, livelihoods development, and other programs by:
a. enabling access to capital and other resources;
b. providing technical assistance and program design support;
c. setting up internal systems and processes for successful implementation and monitoring;
d. and communicating outcomes with investors, donors, and stakeholders.
BRAC USA performs these activities with the support of its Board, staff, external consultants, and a dedicated group of talented volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

To support BRAC's new and ongoing initiatives, BRAC USA delivers catalytic grants to BRAC programs with the resources it raises. BRAC USA supports a strategic agenda based on priorities established by BRAC, BRAC International, BRAC UK, and BRAC USA. Its grant-making program facilitates flexibility, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

BRAC USA helps BRAC pilot, scale, and innovate microfinance, health, education, livelihoods development, and other programs by:
a. enabling access to capital and other resources;
b. providing technical assistance and program design support;
c. setting up internal systems and processes for successful implementation and monitoring;
d. and communicating outcomes with investors, donors, and stakeholders.
BRAC USA performs these activities with the support of its Board, staff, external consultants, and a dedicated group of talented volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

To support BRAC's new and ongoing initiatives, BRAC USA delivers catalytic grants to BRAC programs with the resources it raises. BRAC USA supports a strategic agenda based on priorities established by BRAC, BRAC International, BRAC UK, and BRAC USA. Its grant-making program facilitates flexibility, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2012

Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity 2017

Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity 2020

Awards

#1 NGO in the World 2018

NGO Advisor

#1 NGO in the World 2017

NGO Advisor

#1 NGO in the World 2016

NGO Advisor

#1 NGO in the World 2019

NGO Advisor

#1 NGO in the World 2020

NGO Advisor

#1 NGO in the World 2021

NGO Advisor

#1 in the World 200 SGOs 2022

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of girls empowered with an education and livelihood opportunities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of women who have access to financial services to build their businesses and transform their lives.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health workers mobilized worldwide to reduce maternal and child deaths in their communities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 BRAC USA is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. Its interventions aim to achieve large-scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable everyone to realize their potential.

BRAC believes that poverty is a system and its underlying causes are manifold and interlinked. It has developed support services in the following areas to provide resources for the world's poor to address the underlying causes of those systems:
• Agriculture
• Education
• Financial Inclusion
• Health Care
• Humanitarian Response
• Social Enterprises
• Ultra-Poor Graduation
• Youth Empowerment

Gender equality, respect for the environment and inclusiveness are themes crosscutting all organizational efforts.

BRAC USA collaborates with BRAC UK, BRAC International, and BRAC in Bangladesh to coordinate strategic support for the organization's goals.

In Bangladesh, BRAC's strategic plan for the next five years supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, building on many existing program priorities while also giving greater emphasis to emerging areas such as skills development, urbanization, and climate change.

It is also collaborating with others through advocacy and technical assistance to put on the international agenda its proven Graduation approach for lifting the ultra-poor out of poverty. Through this work, it is contributing to the effort to end extreme poverty by 2030.

BRAC operates a train the trainer model with its field staff and volunteers. BRAC hires staff from the communities in which it works. Internationally, 90 percent of staff are nationals and play an essential role in adapting programs to different cultures and contexts.

Based in New York, BRAC USA is the North American affiliate of BRAC, and provides comprehensive support by raising awareness about its work to empower the poor and mobilizing resources to support programs. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, BRAC USA works closely with international counterparts to design and implement cost-effective and evidence-based poverty innovations worldwide.

BRAC prioritizes sustainable funding sources and is largely self-financed. Currently, about 75 percent of its expenditures in Bangladesh – including microfinance, social enterprises, and social development programs – are funded by surplus funds. Its goal is 90 percent self-financing by 2020.

BRAC keeps its administrative costs low, and relies on a hybrid financial strategy for many of its programs. It uses smarter targeting mechanisms with sophisticated pricing models that include free services for those who need the most, and subsidized and full charge services for those in higher income brackets.

While BRAC USA is just fifteen years old, BRAC will soon enter its fifth decade. As one of the earliest examples of a learning organization, its efforts to quantify success, address failure, and fine-tune programs based on hard evidence reflect both its accomplishments and its missteps.

Over the course of its evolution, BRAC has played a large role in the significant improvement of life for the poorest in Bangladesh and beyond. BRAC helped dramatically reduce under-five mortality, enroll hundreds of thousands in primary school, and is working tirelessly to improve gender equality worldwide. Most notably, the organization played a significant role in helping Bangladesh achieve several of the Millennium Development Goals.

See more on our impact here: https://www.bracusa.org/why-it-works/

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.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We engage external researchers to rigorously evaluate many of our programs

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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BRAC USA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Raymond Offenheiser

Ronald Grzywinski

Shorebank Corporation

Richard A. Cash

Harvard School of Public Health

Lincoln C. Chen

China Medical Board

Donella Rapier

BRAC USA

James Carlson

Mayer Brown, LLC.

James Torrey

Dirk B. Booy

Sarah Cliffe

New York University, Center for International Cooperation

Brigit Helms

Santa Clara University, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Barbara Lucas

Ann J. Miles

Crispin Murira

Copia Global

Jamira Burley

Raymond C. Offenheiser

Notre Dame University, Pulte Institute for Global Development

Joel Lamstein

Veena Jayadeva

Guardian Life

Michael Louis

BIC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.