BE THE CHANGE VOLUNTEERS

Build - Educate - Change

aka BE THE CHANGE VACATIONS   |   Columbia, MO   |  www.bethechangevolunteers.org

Mission

Be The Change Volunteers (BTCV) is a development aid non-profit with a mission to improve education opportunities worldwide. We serve in areas all over the globe from the Americas, Africa, South Pacific to Asia. We build, refurbish, equip and train schools and education centers utilizing donor gifts, international and local volunteers.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Grant Venable

Main address

503 East Nifong Blvd #230

Columbia, MO 65201 USA

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EIN

26-2435157

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem is a lack of education opportunities worldwide.

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?

El Chino High School - Peru

High School for El Chino Village. This school is part of a creative initiative in infrastructure for BTCV and the community. The school serves three villages along the Tahuayo arm of the Amazon River.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This school serves primary, secondary and vocational students. The current project will be the construction of 4 new primary classrooms and 8 teacher apartments.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Refurbishment and enhancement of a total government school campus.
- Roofing
- Desks
- Blackboards
- Paint
- Doors
- Handicap accessible ramps
-Additional infrastructure

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Campus Refurbishment
- Classrooms
- Cafeteria and kitchen

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

New construction early childhood education and primary school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Additional infrastructure and special needs playground for handicapped students.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Refurbishment and additional infrastructure for early childhood education center and daycare.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Addition of new books and computers with library cataloging software.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

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.

1) To improve education opportunities world wide by completing the phases of long-term, education focused, development aid projects annually while collecting annual data of attendance, enrollment and graduation rates for projects in recipient communities.

2) To become financially self-sustaining.

3) To be financially responsible, transparent and accountable to our donors.

1) To improve education opportunities world wide by completing the phases of long-term, education focused, development aid projects annually while collecting annual data of attendance, enrollment and graduation rates for projects in recipient communities.

- This goal is accomplished first by a diligent application and evaluation process. On-site BTCV evaluators have the specific intent of identifying the underlying problems related to education in the applicant community. Evaluators report to the board of directors who review the application and evaluation. Then a vote is taken to ensure organization consensus. Next a long-term phased build or "total campus solution" is established as a guideline to move forward with the recipient community. If final approval is given, projects are promoted through multiple outlets. New volunteers, "Veteran Changers", and donors have the opportunity to commit to projects through hands-on participation and giving. Project phases must be completed within one year of approval in order to move to the next phase of the long-term "total campus solution" plan. Projects that do not complete the funded phase within a one-year time period of funding or do not complete annual reporting of attendance, enrollment and graduation are suspended until commitments are achieved. Projects that fulfill these requirements are awarded the next phase in the long-term plan. This process ensures that our goal of improving education opportunities world wide is achieved.

2) To become financially self-sustaining

- This is accomplished by educating our supporters about what it means to be financially self-sustaining and why that matters for non-profits in the same way it matters in for-profit business. Each year, we raise funds dedicated to this specific purpose. Those specific sustainability funds are invested in an endowment that is managed by third-party market professionals and overseen by a BTCV board-level finance committee. We will always fundraise for projects and work to grow our mission in a way that is healthy. The primary purpose of this goal is to have no need for new donations to be directed to operations or overhead at any level. The secondary purpose of this goal is to fund projects and scholarships.

3) To be financially responsible, transparent and accountable to our donors.

- This is accomplished first and foremost through hands-on project opportunities. We not only accept our donors financial gifts and send tax receipts followed by project updates, we actually encourage our donors to travel to our projects all over the world to see and experience the impact of their generous gifts. Secondly, to reinforce our commitment to financial transparency, we publish our tax returns publically and deliver a comprehensive report to donors. Finally, all budgets are subject to review quarterly by the board, treasurer and finance committee.

BTCV maintains the capability to meet our goals through the strong support and generosity of our volunteers and donors. We are a volunteer and donor driven organization. Volunteers and donors give their time, money and energy to our mission and are responsible for our success.

Board of Directors:
We utilize a 7 member voting board of directors to govern the organization and provide direction to our executive director in steering BTCV.

Advisory Council:
Alongside the voting board of directors sits our Advisory Council made up of past board members (in an effort to retain their wisdom), experts in legal, financial, education, construction, business and other critical areas of expertise. The Advisory Council also functions as an incubator for future board members.

Executive Director (Director of Change)
Our executive director has a diverse background that includes public relations, SME business, international project management and developing world operations experience.

Volunteer Base:
Our volunteer base is comprised of individuals that come from all walks of life and age groups, and from all over the world. Volunteers support our mission through gifts of time, energy and money. Their vast and diverse range of gifts and talents provide a multitude of capabilities for the organization ranging from serving as team members on projects as general labor, community interaction, and building relationships (we call it “hand delivered hope"), providing pro bono legal, accounting, and financial advising services, fundraising, creating opportunities for spreading our message and networking, and providing scholarships and resources for our mission. There are many outlets for volunteers to serve and become "Changers."

Outlets to reach others with our mission are:
Website
Monthly Newsletter
Social Media
Special Events
Speaking Engagements

Project Specific Capabilities:
This varies widely from community to community based on needs, size, location and resources.
Local community activists as leaders
Local community volunteers
Local professional builders
Local skilled trades are typically paid and utilized for ensuring quality of work
Government or Ministry of Education support and certification

Accomplishments:
- Education focused development aid projects in 15 countries all over the world
- Hundreds of volunteers connected to project communities
- More than 6,000 students served by projects
- More than 50 student scholarships funded
- New libraries established
- New science and physics laboratories established and supplied
- New teacher housing constructed
- BTCV students have attended and graduated from college

We have not accomplished to date:
Our ongoing goal of becoming 100% self-sustaining through the BTCV Endowment Fund for Sustainability; Goal = $4MM, currently the fund sits at just over $300K

Financials

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Operations

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

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BE THE CHANGE VOLUNTEERS

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. James Cook

University of Missouri - Columbia

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Dr. Crystal Cook

University of Missouri - Columbia

Term: 2008 -

Brian Van Vechten

Erin Burri

John Heidrich

Doug Willett

Pam Plouhar

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No