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BRAC

Rating: 4.91 stars   22 reviews 5,671

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, Health, International, Economic Development

Address:

110 William Street 29th floor New York NY 10038 USA

Mission:

Our vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable women and men to realize their potential.

Results:

BRAC has: * made more than $6 billion in microfinance loans to 7 million women and their families, * educated more than 6 million children, * created more than 10 million employment opportunities, * provided health education and services to 100 million people through women health promoters, and * provided safe spaces, training and microfinance to thousands of adolescent girls

Target demographics:

BRAC targets people, mostly women and children, whose lives are dominated by multiple forms of deprivation.

Geographic areas served:

Asia, Africa and the Carribbean

Programs:

BRAC reaches more than 138 million people worldwide through its micro-loans, education and health services, human rights and legal services, and self-employment opportunities. BRAC's 125,000 staff members work in 11 countries across the world - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, with affiliate offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the many decades I've been giving to charities, I've learned a lot through both positive and negative experiences. Consequently, I've become pretty good at ferreting out the better charities to give to. Every year I insist on speaking with the highest ranking executive of every charity I donate to, then I vet the information I receive over the net for veracity. I've been extremely pleased with BRAC and have doubled my annual donation and doubled that again. Susan Davis, is a big reason for those increases. As a business person, it is very important for me to know that a value priced executive is in charge. Susan provides that level of confidence, and is a very positive reflection of the entire BRAC team. TF

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

BRAC is, objectively, unparalleled in terms of its ability to achieve things on scale

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

BRAC is a fantastic organization! It is doing excellent work in and making significant contributions to the field of adolescent girls--we are closely watching its achievements to replicate learning into our context.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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BRAC is passionate about its commitment to poverty eradication and social change. A success story of economic well being and social change particularly in Bangladesh

 
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1 person found this review helpful

BRAC is an incredible organization doing amazing work in the developing world. I worked with them from 2013-2015 and have continued to stay connected--the BRAC family makes you never want to leave! Their approach is unique within development--for its focus on frugal innovation, achieving scale and unrelenting search for impact.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I had the opportunity to intern at BRAC USA this summer and it has been a wonderful experience. It is enthralling to see how many people BRAC has been able to reach out to and make a difference in their lives. BRAC has been able to come with innovative solutions to eradicate ultra poverty, empower women and adolescents, provide education and healthcare and so much more. More importantly, these solutions are scale-able, sustainable and effective.
Additionally, BRAC USA is a tight-knit community with friendly, extremely talented people with an inspiring and charismatic leader to match.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am currently interning with BRAC USA and just as many others have echoed, BRAC has a clear vision of what key problems they plan to address in the world. BRAC is innovative and collaborative. They seem to have found a problem in society with a solution that has spread like wildfire in hopes of eradicating ultra poverty as well as empowering women and girls, providing education and so much more.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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Dear susan
thanks very much for sharing this information with me.I would like to comment BRAC for this wonderful work done.I went to Bangladesh to understudy the brac TUP/SUP program in September 2010 and i got to know the good work brac has done to bring people out of ultra poverty.

The Innovation for poverty action and the Presbyterian Agricultural service-Northern Ghana is implementing this program called Graduating from ultra poverty (GUP). we are currently conducting baseline survey on the clients selected to participate in the program.
finally i will want to commend brac for this great achievements and hope that many countries including Ghana could benefit from this health program.
Thanks

Mahama Alhassan
PAS-Ghana
program Coordinator

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing their experiences on the tup/stup and that has enhanced the implementation of the Ghana GUP Program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

plead with BRAC to extend its partnership to my country Ghana.There are committed organizations who could support them to achieve greater results in poverty reduction by enhancing income and food security

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I worked as a summer intern in summer of 09' for MANOSHI- MNCH maternal and neonatal health project in urban slums of Dhaka.My ‘light-bulb’ moment in public health came inside a small hut in a crowded Bangladeshi slum as I watched a group of women-all undereducated slum dwellers- help a woman give birth to a healthy baby girl. All they used for what I once thought as a complicated surgical procedure was a sterile scalpel, piece of thread, some gauze, a plastic sheet and incessant religious chants. This moment brought into stark reality the positive impact this community-based approach have and will continue to have in reducing high maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Bangladesh. During my in-depth interviews, regional meetings and personal encounters with Bangladeshi health workers and slum inhabitants, I learned how community-based health can pave a path not only to upgrade living standards but also to safeguard human rights and gender equality. BRAC has done a highly commendable job in reaching and serving these underpriviledged women and thier families and creating a healthier generation amidst extraordinary levels of poverty. At MANOSHI what is saw was women's empowerment I have read in books and policy reports, put into action. I wish BRAC-Bangladesh and its staff more and more strength to carry out thier wonderful work in eliminating poverty, safeguarding human rights and empowering women and younger generations in Bangladesh!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

testimonials, interviews, meeting and randomly talking to people who benefit from the project. I have seen from my own eyes and heard from my own ears :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Would intitiate more communication links between project's beneficiaries and the administration. If funding is available, it will be beneficial to provide ambulances/transporation methods for patients at risk.

 
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Role: Former Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I became a volunteer through BRAC USA after four years of experience in Investment Banking and Private Equity investing. This experience in providing financial, strategic and management support to middle market and entrepreneurial businesses helped lay the ground work for my interest in the support and development of social enterprises, particularly in the developing world. BRAC represents a pioneer in the field and stands as the world’s’ most successful and diversified social enterprise development organization as demonstrated by the range of program support enterprises and commercial projects it has established over the last 30 years. Each enterprise is aimed at providing its beneficiaries with high quality inputs and market access at fair prices. Additionally, any profit that is generated through commercial ventures such as BRAC Dairy and Aarong retail stores is reinvested into the organization to support programs in education, health, social development and disaster relief. Over a three month period I volunteered to work in Bangladesh. As a volunteer I visited many of BRAC’s social enterprises and met with the talented and dedicated management teams to gain a better understanding of the operations, future initiatives and track record of social development. I feel very fortunate to have been provided this opportunity by BRAC as it was a unique experience to learn more about BRAC’s pioneering social business model. It is a model that demonstrates the efficiency, growth and scale of high performing social enterprises and helps define the true potential of corporate social impact. As BRAC’s Managing Director of Enterprises and former commercial banking executive, Mr. Rumee Ali told me on my first day, the commercial world has a lot to learn about the true meaning of “corporate responsibility,” an often used but vaguely defined and applied buzzword that I gained more appreciation and admiration for with each day at BRAC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bangladesh and Uganda, two of the major areas where the organization operates. Most importantly I spent time visiting with the beneficiaries of BRAC's education, microfinance, health and other development programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of countries where the organization operates. As of today the organization operates a number of countries in Africa and South Asia, but the success of the organization should be applied to even more countries with citizens in need.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to visit the programs and meet the beneficiaries in person. Specifically, I traveled to Bangladesh and Uganda.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most dedicated and selfless individuals I haver ever met. Everyone was also extremely hospitable and very helpful to ensure my experience was nothing short of amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could invest in a program that would ultimately become self-sustainable and scalable to reach millions of people in need. That is what BRAC does best.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend visiting the programs and volunteering my skills to support the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

to manage its growth. It is an organization that was started to help Bangladesh recover from the war of independence and now aims to help fight poverty around the world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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