Burundi Friends International

Empowering Communities. Eliminating Poverty.

SAN DIEGO, CA   |  www.bufri.org

Mission

BFI unites and educates youth, women, and men, creates economic empowerment, and builds self-sustaining communities in Burundi, East Africa.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Julie Marner

Country Director

Odette Habonimana

Main address

4321 Eastgate Mall Rd.

SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 USA

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EIN

26-2545273

NTEE code info

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Women Empowered Project: Gitega Expansion II

The Women Empowered (WE) project is in thanks to a partnership with Project Concern International (PCI), A Global Communities Partner. The WE project provides a way for rural Burundian women to overcome roadblocks to economic growth. Project facilitators assemble beneficiaries in small saving and loan groups, provide financial literacy training, and enhance women’s decision-making skills to solve community issues. The project will include business entrepreneurship tools that show women how to create income-generating activities, enabling them to effectively reach economic resilience and integrate into the business sector. To accelerate economic resilience and enable women to get fully involved in their business, the project will also incorporate a positive masculinity approach to empower men in the beneficiary communities to get involved in household and reproductive tasks in order for women to gain more time to follow up businesses.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Country Leader Odette Habonimana, Top Ten Finalist, Women Building Peace Award 2020

U.S. Institute of Peace

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are adding modules in business and positive masculinity training to participants in our savings groups methodology.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback guides our ongoing evaluation of our mission. We have also shifted leadership from US staff to in-country staff.

  • 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Burundi Friends International

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Clarke

The Kate Stanton Inn

Term: 2017 - 2021

Valerie Quick

Quickfix Photo Organizing & Scanning

Melissa Flores

Copia Wealth Management and Insurance

Krista Freitag

E3 Advisors

Nicholas Kawuka

Procopio

Barbara Kelly

Retired/Teacher

Rene Keres

Psychologist

Patricia Kidwingira

UNICEF

Thierry Yungenge

Mary Pietanza

Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery

Association for Inclusive Peace

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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