Bricks To Bread International

Changing lives with a brick and a loaf

Minneapolis, MN   |
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Bricks To Bread International

EIN: 81-3143615


Bricks to Bread’s mission is to facilitate (through education, collaboration, donations, and volunteerism) a sustainable source of income for a deserving woman, in a community where there exist unbroken cycles of poverty and gender inequality, through the creation and launch of a microenterprise bakery–at the heart of which is an outdoor brick oven. In doing so, we alleviate poverty, empower future global leaders, and contribute to a more peaceful cooperative world.

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Principal Officer

Nancy Alvarado

Main address

3870 Yosemite Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55416 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth



Single parents

People of Latin American descent

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NTEE code info

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

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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?

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Program helps women launch their own brick-oven bakery enterprises. These women are primarily single heads of households of all ages who possess natural gifts in the kitchen and aspirations of establishing a sustainable source of income. We serve our entrepreneurs with individual business development guidance and professional training, invitation to an annual leadership conference, and ongoing mentoring and networking opportunities for a minimum of three years.

What makes Bricks to Bread unique is our long-term commitment to our entrepreneurs’ success. We find that when Bricks to Bread is a reliable resource throughout a woman’s journey, we increase her likelihood of success. In turn, as she achieves financial stability, she becomes a role model for other women and girls and promotes entrepreneurship and the nutritional benefits of home-baked bread in neighboring areas affected by extreme poverty and gender inequality.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Single parents
Extremely poor people

Where we work

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 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve do not always have the right technology to respond to our requests for feedback


Bricks To Bread International
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.08 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Bricks To Bread International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Bricks To Bread International’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $52,964
As % of expenses 36.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $49,080
As % of expenses 33.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $225,982
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 8.3%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 91.5%
Other revenue 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $143,566
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 32.6%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 6.0%
All other expenses 61.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $147,450
One month of savings $11,964
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $159,414

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 20.2
Months of cash and investments 20.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $241,585
Investments $0
Receivables $20,400
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $19,423
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 61.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.9%
Unrestricted net assets $61,582
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $196,217
Total net assets $257,799

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

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Principal Officer

Nancy Alvarado

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
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Board chair

Nancy Alvarado

Ana Grace Alvarado

University of California-Merced

Josie Kietzmann

University of St. Thomas

Sara Kietzmann

Bakken Museum

Joyce Lizzi

The National Food Lab

Lesley Blanco


Laura Perez Mena

Forest Bakery (Costa RIca)

Josefina Rojas Mena

Self-Employed (Costa Rica)

Elena Valenciano Marin

National Institute for Women (Costa Rica)

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? Yes
  • 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 5/22/2024

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/22/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.