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Nourish Bangladesh

Northfield, MN   |  https://nourishbangladesh.org
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Nourish Bangladesh

EIN: 86-1838333


Mission

The primary mission of our Nourish Bangladesh is to (a) research and vet nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups that help economically disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh, and (b) fundraise and disburse donations to these vetted NGOs and volunteers.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Muhammad Faress Bhuiyan

Vice President

Laura Kiernan

Main address

811 College Street

Northfield, MN 55057 USA

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EIN

86-1838333

Subject area info

Voluntarism

Nonprofits

Philanthropy

Population served info

Age groups

Homeless people

Low-income people

Extremely poor people

Working poor

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The basic problem that Nourish Bangladesh (NB) aims to address and help alleviate is widespread poverty in Bangladesh. We find the high incidence of extreme poverty in Bangladesh unacceptable and wish to play a part in eradicating it. NB also recognizes that potential donors are: (i) often not well informed about the poverty situation & needs in Bangladesh, (ii) unable to effectively research the numerous nonprofits operating on the ground, (iii) unable to trust organizations operating in Bangladesh due to reports of widespread corruption, and (iv) not able to follow through with making sure that their donations are used properly. All of the issues listed above lowers donation amounts which are often not used in the most efficient and transparent manner. NB addresses these problems head on by keeping our donors aware and doing the research, vetting, and following through to ensure the most efficient and proper use of our donor funds.

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?

General Fund "Portfolio"

The General Fund "Portfolio" uses your donations to provide dry food and cash transfers to the economically disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh. Implementation of our projects are conducted by a list of nonprofit organizations and grassroots volunteers that have been thoroughly vetted by Nourish Bangladesh. Through our implementing partners we have now provided relief in 27 districts in Bangladesh. Our beneficiaries include poor households, day laborers, individuals with disabilities, covid patients, flood victims, Rohingya refugees, sex workers, the transgender community, women led households, school children, and the indigenous community. Thanks to our supporters and implementing partners, we are proud to have funded more than half a million meals within 10 months of our existence!

What is the Portfolio?

The Portfolio is a list of nonprofit organizations and grassroots volunteer groups that have been vetted by Nourish Bangladesh. Local grassroots volunteers that spontaneously come together during disasters to fundraise and help those in need, are usually convened and led by a team leader working as an independent unit and sometimes working as contractors for established nonprofits. Most successful volunteer groups in Bangladesh, also more likely to be vetted by us, have a history of helping out during disasters - coming together during disasters and disbanding afterwards. The volunteers are a diverse mix of youth and adults from different occupations. They tend to have very little overhead costs compared to established NGOs although it is usually not zero. We have so far vetted the following nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups:

Non-Profit Organizations: BRAC, JAAGO, BDesh Foundation, Thrive, Bidyanondo, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Action Against Hunger, Al Zahoor Welfare Foundation, Health and Development Aid.
Grassroots Volunteers led by: Mithun Das, Azdani N Bari, A J Salim, Muhtasim A Zisan

Why invest in the Portfolio instead of the best NGO and/or Volunteer Group?

Our research suggests that there is no such thing as the best NGO or volunteer group. Trust that we have a healthy appetite for generating quantitative scales that reduces multidimensional measures into a single rank ordered scale. But we strongly believe that such an attempt would be misguided. Every rank reducing algorithm has certain assumptions about reducibility which we are quite certain does not apply here. In simple terms, we believe that all nonprofits and volunteers have their strengths and weaknesses. Based on our preliminary research, we have reached the conclusion that given our objective of fighting hunger amidst the COVID19 pandemic, bigger nonprofits tend to be low risk, low pay-off options while the smaller nonprofits and grassroot volunteer groups tend to be higher risk, higher pay-off options. Thus, after vetting each organization, we split your donations between the different nonprofits and grassroots volunteer groups.

What is the timeline for vetting and disbursing funds?

We generally disburse our funds from the portfolio every 1 to 2 months. So far we have vetted 9 NGOs and 4 volunteer groups. We may disburse your donations gradually over a period of several months to alleviate the problem of what practitioners in the field call “donor fatigue.”

How will the funds be spent?

We use these funds to fight hunger in the economically disadvantaged communities amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. We send the money to nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups that do food relief and in some cases cash relief.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

General Fund "Portfolio"

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Refugees and displaced people, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

General Fund "Portfolio"

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

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

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

General Fund "Portfolio"

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Approximate numbers of households reached with our cash support and dry food distribution programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our two primary goals are (i) to help the most needy Bangladeshi communities in the most efficient and transparent way possible, and (ii) to keep donors informed while making it easier for them to confidently donate to helping a diverse group of extreme poor in Bangladesh. Additionally, we want to encourage volunteerism by inviting anybody interested to join us and helping them unlock their potential in making a difference.

Nourish Bangladesh has many strategies that are aimed at effectively fundraising, using our funds efficiently to fight extreme poverty, and strengthening our platform as an organization so that we are able continue fighting poverty from a position of strength. Here are some of the most important strategies we have adopted:

To fundraise effectively, we:

(a) make donors aware of the situation on the ground using social media and reaching out personally
(b) respect our donors perspectives & situation, and not being "pushy"
(c) make it easy for donors to donate by providing expanding our payment platforms
(d) hold events (such as "Trivia night" or "DJ Event") to fundraise from donors belonging to a certain community.
(e) make available media content that captures the good work that is happening on the ground and the need that is rampant.

To use our funds efficiently in fighting extreme poverty, we:

(a) vet our implementing partners rigorously by making them fill out forms and interviewing them. We do both with their explicit consent of making it available to donors or anyone interested. Our vetting process is very detailed when it comes to how the funds will be used and how they will make sure the entire process remains very transparent. We hold a high bar for making sure only the best organizations are vetted by us.
(b) fund more than a dozen implementing partners and in this way we hedge the risks associated with any particular organization failing to deliver on their promises.
(c) make it clear that funding for our vetted implementing partners are dependent on them completing the earlier projects we funded properly. This provides our implementing partner the proper incentives to complete the projects properly and efficiently.
(d) are focusing mostly on feeding projects instead of spreading ourselves thin over multiple projects.


To strengthen our platform as an organization, we:

(a) hold long open democratic discussions with some 3 dozen advisors (which comprises the full Nourish Bangladesh team besides the four board members) to make disbursement decisions in terms of funding our vetted implementing partners. This ensures all views are considered and most important issues are addressed when making these very important decisions.
(b) are working on putting together a core group of recurring donors who can keep us financially solvent in the long run.
(c) are constantly innovating, trying our new ideas, and incorporating lessons learned.

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Financials

Nourish Bangladesh
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Nourish Bangladesh

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

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

Documents
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President

Muhammad Faress Bhuiyan

Faress Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American development economist specializing in economic development, labor, and happiness economics. After completing his PhD from Northwestern University (IL, USA), Prof. Bhuiyan joined Carleton College (MN, USA) where he is an associate professor of economics. His published work spans a wide breadth of topics including economic status, quality of life, microcredit, survey methodology, labor supply, and human suffering. Prof. Bhuiyan is the founder and president of Nourish Bangladesh, a multinational volunteer-driven non-profit that rigorously vets and fundraises for NGOs and grassroot groups who fight hunger in Bangladesh. He is married to his best friend Rhea and is the proud father of two boys, Wali and Rafael.

Vice President

Laura Kiernan

Nourish Bangladesh

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/03/2023
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Board chair

Muhammad Bhuiyan

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Jesse Steed

Nourish Bangladesh

Laura Kiernan

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Ethan Ellis

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/3/2023

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Disability

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