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Business Council For Peace, Inc. (Bpeace)

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Causes: International, International Exchange, International Relief

Mission: Bpeace is an award-winning nonprofit that provides impactful business advice to companies in conflict-affected communities, where women are underemployed and where we believe more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence. More jobs mean less violence.®

Results: In 2019 we are operating in El Salvador, Guatemala and Lebanon. In 2018, Bpeace provided $2 million in pro bono consulting services to 77 businesses that in turn generated $183 million in revenue, provided over 5,000 jobs and supported more than 20,000 family members. More than 60% of these businesses are women-owned or led. Bpeace has operated since 2002, and we’ve consistently maintained a stellar reputation among our donors and partners, both corporate and nonprofit. We have a talented and motivated staff, an engaged Board of Directors and 350+ Skillanthropists from 14 countries.

Target demographics: High potential entrepreneurs increase employment and stabilty in their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Business owners in El Salvador, Guatemala and Lebanon who aim to increase jobs and increase economic opportunity in their communities.

Geographic areas served: El Salvador, Guatemala, Lebanon.

Programs: Bpeace “Skillanthropists” volunteer their skills and knowledge, both on-site and remotely, to help businesses in these countries grow, create jobs, become more profitable and secure a future for their workers and communities.

Community Stories

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 MBCast6883

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace is a beacon of light in the darkness for business owners and entrepreneurs, for women, and for the communities they support.The strategic thinking and brain power behind the organization is massive and the money goes where it needs to to do the most good. The results are clear and immediate: more jobs means less violence.I am proud to stand with Bpeace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been thinking about engaging with a nonprofit for a few years. All it took was one dinner meeting where I learned about Bpeace and the value that Bpeace delivers to help people in conflict-torn regions build peace through prosperity for me to realize this was the place where I might be able to make a difference. I sometimes think I don't have a talent to lend to others. With Bpeace I see that my business skills can make a real difference!

Vicki S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Bpeace means doing something to create meaningful change in countries around the world. Bpeace enables professionals to give of their times and talents to build businesses, which in turn impacts communities. The opportunity I've had to meet and work alongside inventive and driven entrepreneurs in countries impacted by violence and war have given me so much more than I had imagined. Bpeace is with its skillanthropists every step of the way - coaching and facilitating discussions. The experience working with Bpeace is unparalleled. I can't recommend this organization more. I truly believe it holds the keys to improving our world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with Bpeace over the past year has been a wonderful experience. The dedicated team of experts all lending their skills and talents to further a world where everyone has an opportunity to work and grow inspires me daily. This scrappy group of high-powered business people are changing the world, one small business at a time. It's exciting to be a part of this organization! - Victoria Summers

dchaakra

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My purpose is to learn and use my knowledge and experience to help businesses with innovation, strategy, operations, finance and leadership. Bpeace provides me an opportunity to achieve my purpose through vision, community and commitment to help businesses grow and innovate. I have enjoyed working with businesses and other skillanthropists and it has constantly helped me to learn and contribute.

Johnna H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic org that creates jobs and changes lives of many families. The leaders are truly inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of BPeace for many years. I'm amazed at the talented staff and volunteers, and how they have helped businesses thrive in the countries they server. Seeing the Fastrunners create jobs and change the course of lives in their countries is inspiring.

1 Tim T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace makes a difference not only in lives of the people it helps but in the lives of the people who volunteer for Bpeace. Some of the most rewarding work in my life has been in helping Bpeace fast runners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with entrepreneurs in Guatemala is a most rewarding experience. Eager to grow their businesses and their employee base, Guatemalans are most appreciative of all the new ideas and help they can get. Best of all, they act on these ideas and grow their businesses. It doesn't get any more rewarding than seeing the impact you can have on a company and a people so anxious to better their situation. Bpeace and its programs are a big WOW!

2 Louis Dries

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace continues providing expert support to small business in Guatemala and El Salvador. Many small to medium sized enterprises have received solid advice from a team of mentors with a vast spectrum of expertise . This has allowed companies to survive and even grow in the very challenging 2020 environment. Keep doing what you are doing !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last week I completed my 2nd assignment for Bpeace, this time in El Salvador. I really appreciate being able to apply 50 years of Logistics experience to improve process efficiency and make recommendations for growth projects at the America Logistics Group, a leading Freight forwarder/Customs Broker and 3PL provider in Central America. Great people to work with: they open their doors to share their daily challenges and willing to listen to suggestions.

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2 Rocco_Capobianco

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Bpeace for giving me the opportunity to help make this world a little better. My experience mentoring a wonderful woman from Syria has changed lives, including mine. I have learned and experienced so much that would not have otherwise been available to me.

I must also mention that it is because of the strong Bpeace management team, under the leadership of Toni, that all these beautiful transformations are taking place. Thank you all so much for being a force for good in this world - we need you now more than ever.

1 athenak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Bpeace has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I started volunteering in 2005 and have worked on a huge range of projects since then. I've met amazing people from around the world and around the U.S. who have enriched my life immeasurably. Bpeace makes volunteering so easy and fun. When I join a team to work on a project, I always feel like I'm making a real contribution.

The photo below is when I made my first trip with Bpeace to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2005. I had the opportunity to meet Afghan business women in their homes and in their places of businesses. The women I met on that trip welcomed me with so much grace and hospitality. The whole experience changed the way I think about Afghan women. I was deeply impressed by how strong, resilient and committed they are to their own future and the future of their country.

The work Bpeace does builds bridges between cultures and people while creating jobs and more economic opportunity for the communities we work in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

At a time when there is so much need in the world, it is fulfilling to be able to make a difference through volunteering with Bpeace. The Bpeace leadership and staff are tuned into each of their volunteers and make an extraordinary effort to match each volunteer with projects that suit them and give them a sense of accomplishment. Since joining in 2005, I have been involved in countless projects. I’ve taught marketing and strategy skills to Afghan businesswomen and presented branding and logo designs to Rwandan entrepreneurs. I’ve been on the Executive Council, providing input and ideas to the Board and I’ve hosted fundraisers that have inspired friends to join me in contributing resources and skills to the positive impact Bpeace makes. I am currently mentoring a young Syrian woman refugee as she pursues her dream to become an expert in resolving the issues that refugees face around the world. Bpeace has given me a way to use my skills to give back and has provided me with a community of amazing, talented people to work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Bpeace for many years and each year I am blown away by the skills shared by our volunteer skillanthropists, who freely offer their expertise to help our fast runners grow their businesses, create jobs, and learn how to be more successful entrepreneurs. At this difficult time, Bpeace is growing by leaps and bounds, with new ideas, new connectivity and expanded outreach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Bpeace for many years, during which time my own life has been enriched substantially by the work of this organization. The passion and dedication of the members and fast runners who have participated in our programs never fails to amaze me. Mentoring our fast runners has been as exciting and illuminating for me as for our mentees. I have met and continue to connect with women from Afghanistan, Lebanon and Guatemala. We have helped expand businesses in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Guatemala, El Salvador and Lebanon. We have mentored Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who will go on to create businesses in a part of the world where women do not usually do so. Bpeace is comprised of an extraordinary group of caring women and men who choose to change the world by volunteering their time and skills to support entrepreneurs who grow businesses and create new jobs.

2 Anne.Cramer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my fourth year volunteering with BPeace and it is one of the most fulfilling things in my life. Building economic stability to ensure lasting peace makes so much sense.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just got back from my fifth trip as a BPeace traveling mentor, and my passion for this organization only continues to grow. I get so much personally out of volunteering (I also serve on the executive council), and I know our Fast Runner constituents get life-changing advice that truly moves their businesses forward. I couldn't be happier with my BPeace experience.

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3 MBCast6883

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace is a beacon of light in the darkness for business owners and entrepreneurs, for women, and for the communities they support.

The strategic thinking and brain power behind the organization is massive and the money goes where it needs to to do the most good. The results are clear and immediate: more jobs means less violence.

I am proud to stand with Bpeace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BPeace does global good. The professionals that are sent abroad to help our Fast Runners are leaders in their fields and the results are astonishing. My favorite thing about BPeace is the basic mission of more jobs leading to less violence AND that women are often the entrepreneurs that we help. I am a proud BPeace member for over 10 years and I endorse this charity enthusiastically.

1 MikeBentoDC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the midst of a particularly challenging year, Bpeace has been a beacon of purpose and belonging. I feel like I've taken more than I've given - that the community of Skillanthropists has been an uplifting and inspiring force in my life. Like everyone, Bpeace has pivoted its work, but has been unwavering in its mission. That makes Bpeace a truly great non-profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The entire culture of Bpeace is designed to make volunteering one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. There's great clarity about mission and purpose, a lean organization that keeps typical non-profit bureaucracy from creeping in, and a set of highly skilled and passionate volunteers (Skillanthropists) who are committed to making a real difference. "Skill-based" volunteering has become a buzz word, but its the foundation of Bpeace. I feel elevated by Bpeace - surrounded by people I admire doing work that makes a tangible difference in struggling communities.

1 Imre S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always a pleasure to work with Fast Runners at BPeace. The thirst for knowledge and passion for growing a business and improving their business and country is contagious. Looking forward to my next assignment.

1 srprince

Board Member

Rating: 5

The incredible work BPeace has been doing to advance the economic viability of small businesses and women around the world is a shining example of the type of entrepreneurial goodwill needed in the world today.

It is an honor and thrill to be a Skillanthropist partner, I can’t wait until my next assignment!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found BPeace while searching for a way to donate my skills in marketing/strategy and my love for humanity. I was instantly aligned to their mission of expanding economic power for women and local entrepreneurs. They believe that: More jobs mean less violence® Thus far I have used my skills to develop a Branding workshop and use it to mentor small business owners in Afghanistan. I've also had the opportunity counsel a small media company in El Salvador that is looking to take their business to the next level. My experiences with BPeace have been rewarding professionally but even more so personally as in my own small way I am an ambassador for my country, culture and profession.

This is a wonderful organization with dedicated staff and great opportunities to grow as a human being.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could not be more proud of what this great group of people accomplish. It's very rewarding to see everyone giving their all to make real and substantive change: From the small business owners trying to make it in often distressed regions, to the Skillanthropists sharing their expertise and knowledge, to the Bpeace leadership keeping it all running at full speed!

For me personally, Bpeace gives me a way to share my skills in meaningful ways. My interactions with the small business owners have been inspiring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that pairs volunteer mentors with business owners in conflict-affected countries to drive real business improvements and growth! The Bpeace professionals that I have worked with to design improvements to their offerings for mentors have been top-notch. And capturing success stories over the last year from many mentors has given me a great "behind-the-scenes" view of the good results Bpeace achieves.

Aamna F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a Bpeace Skillanthropist since 2008 and have been on the Executive Council since 2009. Bpeace is an incredible organization that continues to
provide entrepreneurs in conflict-affected and economically challenged communities tools and resources to grow their businesses and create significant employment for all — with a particular focus on expanding the economic power of women. I am so proud to be a part of this organization and continue to be amazed at the impact Bpeace continues to have in El Salvador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Afghanistan, Lebanon and beyond!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace successfully help one of my friend's business and I was impressed with all the expertise they provided to position her business for growth and sustainability.I am a business consultant and her story inspired me to become a Bpeace skillantropist. I am honored to be part of Bpeace now!

Magellan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The rewards of volunteering my skills and sharing my knowledge are so much deeper than I could have ever imagined. From the first time I was introduced to Bpeace 10 years ago until today, this organization continues to amaze me with their business model, core values and elasticity in exploring non-traditional avenues to reach our goals of creating jobs.

Bpeace is a smart, lean organization that makes it so easy for Skillanthropists to have a big impact in a short window of time, while providing entrepreneurs with invaluable knowledge that will help them scale.

I love that I can choose opportunities based on my availability at that moment, and that I know exactly how much time is expected of me. Through Bpeace's thorough vetting process, I know that my time and knowledge will be valued and that the Fast Runners that I work with will flourish and succeed beyond our expectations.

I am energized every time I'm working in the Bpeace space. I've met so many wonderful people from around the world and have gained lifelong friendships.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is extremely rewarding working with Bpeace. Since 2009 I have been involved on projects for Rwanda, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala and BpeaceHQ. These projects range from country expansion to interviewing entrepreneurs to virtually mentoring a Fast Runner on tourism in Afghanistan.

The Bpeace team is professional, sharp, lean and very organized. The strength of the organization is its membership, which is assuredly top-notch professionals who readily share their knowledge, skills and networks.

I am in constant awe at the impact that Bpeace has on everyone it touches. The Fast Runners and their families. The Members and their networks. The Host Companies and their employees.

The impact is simply amazing. The Bpeace model is truly a multiplier effect on all levels!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Bpeace from the beginning as an active volunteer and board member. Bpeace has provided to me the opportunity to use my professional skills outside of my typical business network—to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, create more jobs, and ultimately move their communities toward stability. Bpeace is synonymous with integrity. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of my involvement with Bpeace, I am no longer a spectator, I take an active role in promoting peace in the world--not just talk, but real results through contributing business expertise to entrepreneurs who operate small and medium sized businesses in conflicted countries. We help them grow their businesses to increase employment because jobs bring hope for the future. Through Bpeace, I have had the opportunity to go to Afghanistan to work with entrepreneurs on communication skills--an essential skill in doing business anywhere in the world. However, in Bpeace fashion, we offer our expertise through the cultural lens of our associates, in other words, we tailor our interactions based on their specific needs and experience.

1 Liz W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the board of this organization for several years. The passion of our 'skillanthropist' volunteers and dedication of our 'fast-runner' entrepreneuers never cease to amaze me. Visit www. bpeace.org to learn how you can be a part of this group of business professionals who pay it forward and get even more in return!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have become a board member this year but have been a volunteer for 10 years. Bpeace continues to punch above its weight in terms of making an impact and doing so with a very limited budget. The women (and men) we work with in Rwanda, Afghanistan, El Salvador and now Guatemala not only get excellent business consulting from the volunteers they also get a chance to spend time in companies in the US learning best practices and making business relationships. I'm proud to be part of this organization and truly believe more jobs means less violence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a best in class non-profit organization with committed, highly skilled volunteers, an uber talented board, small but mighty staff and a powerhouse leader. I’m proud to be part of this phenomenol group and would highly recommend them to others. The work they do around the world is impressive and much needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for an opportunity to leverage skills I've built over my career to help others build their business, and BPeace offered me this chance! I had the pleasure of working as a remote skillanthropist mentoring a college student as part of the Lebanon team, and had a great time getting to know a wonderful student looking to leverage her computer science skills to build a program for local kids in her area to learn the craft. I would definitely participate in a program like this in the future, and hopefully will have the opportunity as a traveling skillanthropist in the near future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Bpeace member and volunteer for more than 10 years. I've volunteered in a variety of ways- from Spanish to English language translation to overseeing research projects. The organization does a phenomenal job of creating win-win scenarios by pairing seasoned professionals with business acumen with pro bono clients who use this expertise to grow their businesses and their payroll, providing more opportunities in their communities. My most rewarding and memorable Bpeace experiences have been interacting with business owners around the world who juggle not only the typical challenges of running a small business, but larger more complex challenges like local security issues. Their motivation to overcome these challenges and to be responsible business owners within their communities has been more inspiring that I could have imagined when I signed up to volunteer all those years ago.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Every time I have been a skillanthropist at Bpeace it has been a professionally enriching and positive experience. Lending my expertise as a retired strategy consultant has contributed to fast runner company growth and job creation. Bpeace works and always measures its results in terms of more jobs and growth.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have made several trips to Guatamala and El Salvador with Bpeace to mentor FastRunners and/or run workshop training sessions. Every visit I come back refreshed and positive about Bpeace's impact on the lives of these entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and economic opportunities, especially for women and their families. Bpeace's focus on metrics measuring the revenue growth and jobs created, clearly shows the economic impact of the pro-bono consulting and mentoring activities. More Jobs Means Less Violence! Bravo Bpeace, keep up the good work and I can't wait for my next trip to meet and work with another FastRunner and their company.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been working with BPeace just over one year. I am very impressed with the BPeace team, their processes and the Fast Runners they screen and select. I was paired with a Fast Runner team in Guatemala and it was chemistry and effectiveness immediately. Being a Skillanthropist has been a wonderful, enriching, and a learning experience for me. I recommend it highly.

Derek S.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working in Finance, I was looking for a way to give back to the community, gain global exposure, and get exposed to a diverse set of successful business folks to learn from. Bpeace exceeded my expectations in all areas. Toni has truly formed an incredible culture, and Alex has done wonders as Program Manager making strides in El Salvador, Guatemala and Lebanon. What a pleasure it's been being a member of this organization for the last 2 years facilitating workshops, and helping entrepreneurs in these developing economies. Only thing I haven't done yet is travel to meet these entrepreneurs in person, which I hope to do soon! Anyone who considers joining Bpeace will be rewarded with an incredibly fulfilling experience and impressive professional network of other Skillanthropists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered for a number of years because Bpeace is making a difference in supporting entrepreneurs in areas of conflict. Economic empowerment has the capability to end oppression!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My second traveling mentor experience with Bpeace was amazing! Not only do I have the opportunity to give back to aspiring entrepreneurs, but I also make friends for life!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retiree, Bpeace is a perfect fit for me. I can share my knowledge learned throughout my career with entrepreneurs in conflicted countries who strive to build their business and thus hire people who desperately need jobs. "More Jobs Mean Less Violence" is our strategy. While our current focus is in El Salvador and Guatemala, I still advise people in Afghanistan that I worked with 8 years ago. Bpeace is an exceptionally well run organization with experienced leadership, dedicated volunteers and amazing results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retiring from a career in Human Resources I knew that Bpeace was the perfect place for me to give back. It's an inspiring journey not only helping many courageous and determined young men and women entrepreneurs but to also play a meaningful role in reducing violence in their country. I have since been an HR traveling mentor in Guatemala and twice in El Salvador, worked with two women who produce soccer balls in Afghanistan, accompanied many entrepreneurs around the U.S. to visit companies involved in similar work and taught a number of HR classes. I've been so impressed with Bpeace's very small corporate staff yet managing their very large group of professional volunteers who have brought many thousands of jobs into conflicted countries to reduce violence. I highly recommend Bpeace to anyone who wants to make a true difference in the lives of people living in difficult parts of our world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace is a solution's based non profit that helps create stability through job creation. Primarily focused on entrepreneurship with a bias toward women in conflict countries, this organization does volunteer business consulting and has tracked their results from the beginning. I started volunteering in 2009 and have been impressed and astounded by the astute and lean way this organization is run, demonstrating best business practices as they help businesses in other countries do the same.

1 Wynona H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love lending my time and expertise to Bpeace - they are lean, mission-focused, and create an incredible and lasting impact in the economies where they work. The benefits to me are amazing: I get to meet other Skillanthropists in the Bpeace network and grow the value of my own professional network, and it gives me the opportunity to get to know businesses and people doing great work in places I would not otherwise have the chance to interact with locals. And when I donate, I can be confident that my money is being used efficiently.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been involved with such an outstanding organization as BPeace for over 15 years. Many of us have careers we are proud of but it is usually what we do through our volunteer and nonprofit work that reflects more accurately who we are as individuals and how we want to change the world. Witnessing and participating in the wonderful work that BPeace does and the positive changes it brings to the world is truly rewarding. BPeace lives up to its mission 100%.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Bpeace for many years and recently joined the Executive Council. I am so proud to be part of this organization. I can use my business skills to help promising small businesses, often run by women, or at the least who hire women, in violence torn areas. I've been able to witness the impact helping these business can have in raising the quality of life for these communities. Bpeace proves the adage that peace comes from prosperity. I would highly recommend joining Bpeace to any person with a business skill who would like to help make the world better. I promise, you will get more than you give!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Bpeace Member for a number of years, and am constantly impressed with both the mission and the organization behind it. The concept of supporting peace by helping to raise the standard of people who are trying to negotiate life in violence-torn regions is a worthy one. The fact that I can actually use my business skills to help positively impact the world is inspiring. And the Bpeace staff is both efficient and effective at helping to achieve this mission.

In the past I have helped via Skype, but I recently visited Guatemala to help consult with 20 small businesses with their branding issues. It was an enriching experience and I feel as if I got much more than I gave. The Fast Runners Bpeace had selected were passionate, hard-working entrepreneurs with much to offer.

I highly recommend Bpeace for anyone who would like to use their skills to help make a real impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A perfect marriage of business people in need and business people with skills and experience to give. It is run by a purpose driven, no-nonsense, passionate and results-driven team. No better ROI for your time or money. Bpeace changes lives -- including mine.

4 AScalpello

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On the surface what I do on behalf of Bpeace seems so simple. I volunteer as a Skillanthropist and donate my capabilities and experience to business owners and their teams to help them grow their businesses. However it is the knock-on effect where the real impact is made and felt. A growing business creates more jobs. A job lifts an individual and his or her family out of poverty. A community where people are working and in turn contributing to the economy lifts the community and makes it healthier. More jobs in countries like El Salvador and Guatemala means less violence. The impact is real and visible and it is one of the most gratifying things I do. Bpeace makes a difference and working with them, so can you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bpeace for a number of years and with each passing year my passion for what they do only grows. I have had the privilege of working with Bpeace's FastRunners in El Salvador and Guatemala. These are companies that against challenging odds are growing their businesses and creating jobs. Those jobs in turn lift individual lives, families and entire communities. These jobs help cut the oxygen to the violence that pervades these countries.

I often say that I receive more than I could possibly ever give. I have a sense of purpose in working with these individuals and I can see the impact I have. It is exhilarating to work with people who are eager to learn and discover new approaches.

If you have a skill that would be of help to these organizations, whether it is in agile development, supply chain, branding, human resources, marketing, distribution, social media - whatever you do and do well - see if there is an opportunity for you to join our efforts. If you want to travel fine, if not, there are opportunities that do not require travel. Make a difference and have one of the most satisfying experiences imaginable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been impressed by the results that Bpeace has achieved over the last 20+ years since I became aware of the organization. Getting closer in recent years as a volunteer, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work remotely with entrepreneurs in countries in which Bpeace works as well as with Bpeace staff and other Skillanthropist volunteers who are passionate in their efforts to use their skills and knowledge to help improve businesses leading to tangible job growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member, volunteer and donor for nearly 10 years. Bpeace is the real deal. Every day its activities enrich and improve the lives of people in countries where crime, danger and the threat of disruption is very real.

I've seen first hand the passion of Bpeace and its staff and volunteers. Everything they do is thoughtful, impactful and done with integrity and skill.

If I could give 10 stars I would. Bpeace embodies every aspect of a Great Nonprofit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being on the board of Bpeace inspires me everyday. I've seen firsthand the impact on people's lives. It also transforms the lives of those who volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with BPeace in Guatemala City/Antigua. BPeace is an enabler of opportunities for volunteers such as myself and to those businesses that participate in their programs. It was immediately apparent to me, from my visits, that BPeace had built great relationships with everyone. Working with all businesses, really felt like a group session trying to problem solve...what a great feeling!

I learned a lot in Guatemala about business, emerging economies and about myself. Everyone has a different set of challenges and each business is unique. I realized that we don't have all the answers, we just to be willing to figure it out. We all have skills; that is the best donation to help businesses grow which in turn help create jobs and grow communities.
Its a great feeling to be part of something great and I am so happy to have found BPeace. I am eager to work more with them in the future.

1 Nat L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with BPeace has been great and continues to be. My trip to Guatemala was an excellent opportunity to get to know both the country and it's people but also a chance to make a difference in someone else's life. My entrepreneur was vibrant, smart and really wants to make a difference for her customers that she serves. She took care to make sure that I was safe, well fed and made sure that I saw and understood her country. I had the opportunity to meet her parents and sister in addition to working hard at improving her business. Her family made me feel like I was part of their family. It was very rewarding and we continue to have a relationship after the trip. Stephany and Marcela from BPeace made sure that all of the plans were put in place and any needed arrangements were taken care of.
I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who has talents that they can share with others, you will find it to be very rewarding.

1 JoeHowse

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I previously reviewed Bpeace in 2014 and I have continued to have a great experience volunteering with them since then.

Through Bpeace, I have had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador (May 2014) and Guatemala (July 2018) to provide consulting to two different software companies. The work and the people have been great. Bpeace and the client companies are very professionally managed, welcoming, and open to new ideas and opportunities. Bpeace and the clients have a genuine commitment to creating jobs and developing employees' skills.

I have also enjoyed volunteering as an online mentor in Bpeace's new program for female university students in Lebanon.

Bpeace really excels in putting volunteers' specialized skills to good use and in making the right matches between volunteers and clients/mentees. I highly recommend this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Bpeace and their client has been one of the best experiences of my career. In 2013, Bpeace matched me with a Salvadoran company who needed a consultant to train their software engineers in my area of specialization. Like most of the matches Bpeace makes, it was a very specific requirement but Bpeace helped the client and I find each other very quickly. Bpeace supported the client's decision to work with me (a Canadian rather than a U.S. candidate) even though this introduced some complications in funding the project.

During my site visit to El Salvador in 2014, Bpeace's local staff and the client made sure that I had everything I needed for my work and comfort, that I stayed safe, and that I felt welcome. The Bpeace staff were involved in some of my meetings with the client, and were very knowledgeable about the client's project and industry.

I was very privileged to find a hard-working and like-minded group of people in El Salvador. I know we will have a lasting connection, and I hope to participate in more projects like this through Bpeace.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experiences to date with BPeace have been exceptional. They provide a channel to utilize your skills and expertise to help others and, hopefully, make the world a better place. It's a wonderful experience to give back. The Fast Runners I worked with were smart, eager, appreciative and full of potential. I plan to work more with them in the future!

1 Justin Harlow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from my second trip with Bpeace to Guatemala City (third trip overall). I went down to Guatemala to run an innovation popup lab for their current FastRunner cohort and the broader local community.

The trip was beautifully orchestrated by Stephany, the local Bpeace manager and Alex in New York. It really enabled me to focus on working with the FastRunners to solve their challenges without having to worry about the logistical issues that these trips can sometimes face.

I fully support Bpeace's mission of empowering local entrepreneurs in conflict zones and can't speak highly enough of the work they do so well. Toni Maloney, the Founder of Bpeace is also a class act.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with BPeace was priceless. The people and county of Guatemala has gotten into my soul. Meeting all the different entrepreneurs , getting to know them and opening up our vulnerabilities created friends for life. We are all one people, struggling for the same things and experiencing the same triumphs and challenges . The more we travel and more we can equalize the world and become better, richer human beings, which in turn changes the whole world. BPeace organized everything, making me feel useful and welcomed everywhere I went. Stephany makes you feel like you are visiting and old friend. There is no learning curve . Take a chance, jump in and change your life forever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with BPeace in El Salvador was a match made in heaven. I was born and raised in El Salvador, so I have always dreamed of going back to help in a tangible way. BPeace enabled my dream by pairing me up with an energetic up-and-coming entrepreneur that tapped precisely into my expertise (strategy, branding, marketing, particularly for Latin America). Why it worked so well ... 1) BPeace took the time we needed to find the right fit and the best timing for both of us, 2) they provided guidance and structure, but were very open to adapting based on my expertise and background, 3) they allowed me the necessary time to get to know my client and understand the situation virtually, before spending a week with them in El Salvador and, last but not least, 4) I was able to team up with their country manager, as needed, to bring in an objective local and BPeace perspective. Highly recommend it, and even more, if you speak Spanish or Spanglish ...

1 rtmac505

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of assisting a local manufacturing company in El Salvador with establishing much needed sales processes and inventory control, as well as with assisting with manufacturing process mapping and improvement. The company was successful but was leaking profits at various points in their manufacturing and sales processes. They were open to suggestions and eager to implement change. They experienced a reduction in lost revenue within the first few months if implementing the new processes. BPeace and the client were wonderful to work with, and I certainly look forward to additional projects. Thank you Bpeace for selecting great clients and for providing a solid backbone and structure for working with the clients.

2 Francisco R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been Bpeace Fast Runners for the last 18 months and the program has given us the opportunity to take advice from world class experts in fundamental topics related with the growth of our business.

The program has a very efficient method to detect weak points across all areas of the company and prioritize the most urgent ones, then you can work in depth on the topic with an expert that visits de company to do one on one intensive coaching sessions with the company's leaders and design an action plan.

Bpeace has given us a priceless opportunity to reach knowledge that otherwise would be impossible to have.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A lot of people recommended me Bpeace and when we applied i had a lot of skepticism if they would understand our needs as a small emerging Salvadoran company.

I just took a few minutes on knowing the Bpeace team that I knew these following 18months were going to be amazing. The whole team / experts/ board members are so committed to the program that you instantly begin growing as a company after a few sessions.

Bpeace has help us validate many of our decisions and has provided amazing advice on decisions for the future. Since we started with Bpeace we have grown in employees and are more future oriented company than we were a few months ago.

The last month of the program Bpeace organized the most amazing new york business trip were top digital companies like ours open their doors to us and showed us how they work, their processes and advice us on how we could become a better company.

I can't even express how grateful i'm with bpeace and I can't even begin to quantify the amount of knowledge we got in the last months!

Thank you so much everyone!

Javier Guerrero

PVarkony

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life's work has been the empowerment of other women. Although I worked internationally I had no experience in post-conflict countries. My former congressman who was involved in creating the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, invited me to a meeting in Washington, where I met Bpeace founder, Toni Maloney. Six months later I was on the ground in Afghanistan as a Bpeace volunteer. For whatever impact I may have had on the Afghan "Fast Runners" of Bpeace, it could not have been more profound than the impact they and Bpeace have had on me. The organized, structured, no-nonsense approach Bpeace takes to building capacity, creating jobs, and truly empowering women within thier own culture makes Bpeace a stand-out in the NGO commuity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace is a significant part of my identity. Through Bpeace I have had the opportunity to share my professional expertise with entrepreneurs from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Guatemala, and El Salvador. For me, the unexpected consequence of these interactions is the impact they have had on my own professional development. My work with Bpeace is truly a two -way give. I learn from the entrepreneurs and they learn from me. Their unique cultural approach, in my case to verbal communications, has expanded my understanding of communications is this rapidly global world we live in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace has an amazing mission, a great team and an excellent model for helping to grow businesses that will employ more people (particularly women) in conflict areas around the globe, believing (rightfully) that increased employment can decrease conflict as well as enhance the lives of people. Having had the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs in Guatemala for Bpeace i experienced first hand the magic that Bpeace can create in areas of the globe where the have nots far outnumber the haves and people are in dire need of worthy employment to better their lives and build their self esteem.

Thank you Bpeace!

1 ciencisa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just came back from Guatemala, where I worked with two women entrepreneurs to help them improve quality and efficiency for their productions. This is my second time being a traveling mentor with Bpeace. Bpeace is a great organization: First, they have a process to select the "Fast Runners", which is already good and keeps improving. Second, they put fantastic coordinators on the ground, who coordinate the project, coach the entrepreneurs, and help the traveling mentor navigate on the field. The result is a very fulfilling experience for the mentor and real results for the Fast Runners. Then , there is the personal relationships I build. I so L O V E working with these women: they are very motivated, they are really smart and it is great to get to know them by working closely with them. And I learn so much from them: about the local culture, the perils of running a business in a difficult environment, the history of their country. I look forward to my next time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experiences with Bpeace have been only positive. I have enjoyed working both with their highly skilled and efficient staff as well as with the business they identify to work with. Wonderful people all over the world working together to help make areas of conflict better places for the people that live there. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was in El Salvador in February for a Traveling Mentor trip. I delivered a 1-day workshop, provided 2 days of consulting for two businesses, and had three other shorter-term work sessions with 3 other businesses. This was my second trip to El Salvador, and my fifth trip for Bpeace (the other three visits were to Guatemala). As always, I come back from these trips very jazzed. It would be hard to exceed the level of appreciation the Fast Runners overtly and consistently share. They do not have easy access to experts, both locally and certainly not internationally, so working with a traveling mentor is a unique experience for most of them -- one that few other programs offer. They are fully engaged in the work sessions, and they readily accept any assistance a Traveling Mentor has to offer.

As a Traveling Mentor, one gains valuable insights as well. I always learn more about the country's economy, culture, government, communities, and business challenges and opportunities. Though our touch points are not extensive, the Fast Runners are very warm and gracious hosts. You are given the VIP treatment from the start. In addition, our program staff has a very organized and professional approach during the entire process. They prepared me for the trip with lots of data regarding each of the businesses and the Fast Runners; they tracked the action items we developed with each Fast Runner; and they are managing the follow up with rigor.

I strongly recommend the Traveling Mentor experience, and I will certainly volunteer again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Bpeace as a volunteer for almost 4 years, and three of my family members have participated in their efforts as well. Enabling entrepreneurs in countries of conflict to create more jobs, especially for women, increases community capacity and stability -- and eliminates poverty and desperation that so often seeds violence. I have been so impressed with the way in which Bpeace operates efficiently with a laser focus on its mission. All of the entrepreneurs I have met and supported have impressive drive that has enabled them to succeed and truly benefit from the extra support, mentoring, and training Bpeace provides. I look forward to continued involvement in the years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Had a tremendous experience last week working for Bpeace in Guatemala. In what other world would you work with pork rinds in the morning and automotive repair in the afternoon? Everyone was warm and attentive, and the hospitality was incomparable in my experience working with companies around the world. The only reason that I rated the experience a 4 instead of 5 is that I think we could be more effective with a stronger follow-up mechanism. We covered a lot of ground in five days with two companies. A ton of analysis, training and recommendations. It's a huge information overload in a short time frame. Some guidance during the implementation phase would likely pay dividends for the clients involved (in addition to the two planned phone follow-ups). But all-in-all, a rewarding experience that I highly recommend.

1 Stacy81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience working as a traveling mentor for bPeace was! It was tremendously fulfilling to coach and inspire these passionate entrepreneurs on new ways to build their businesses. At the same time, I learned so much from them and truly enjoyed every minute of our collaborations. I am enthusiastic about continuing to work with bPeace and the fastrunners who have become good friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience in doing pro-bono consulting for Bpeace to the country of Guatemala as a traveling mentor was mutually beneficial. Enjoyed meeting like-minded entrepreneurs who craved learning and planning in order to grow their business in the local economy and contribute to their community by creating jobs. This is my second year in volunteering and will certainly return for a third year!

1 Eric102

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

In November, I travelled to Guatemala City, to mentor a small technology integration company, Grupo Set, as they were transitioning from father to son, as a company ownership. It was a great experience and I was so impressed with the way BPeace handled the introductions, travel and the overall experience. I would recommend BPeace for anyone looking to do some Pro Bono work in another country.

1 Elisabeth L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My work with Bpeace has been an inspiration for launching my own consulting business helping people bring their product ideas to life. My trip to El Salvador made me realize how much I like being in this role. What a gift!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Bpeace has been the best volunteering experience of my career. As a traveling mentor I got to work hands on with the people that benefit from Bpeace's work. It was extremely productive and rewarding!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BPeace has been a great resource for my business to grow and chart a clear roadmap. The ideals within BPeace are clear from everyone inside the organization, everyone working with them and the rest of the Fastrunners. The people inside the organization truly love that they do and since what they do is help out organizations. I can without a doubt say they are a group of excellent people who love to help.

2 Renata M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently in the BPeace Program in El Salvador as a Fast Runner, I have a Bakery Tuco&Tico, which has been up and running for 5 years now. During Mark Flemming's visit we had a great meeting where he advised us on changes we could make to be able to grow. A month has gone by and we are begging to see great results based on the suggestions, staring with a huge step of opening a third store by the end of the year 2016! Thanks BPeace we are looking forward for the rest of the talks with the experts that we will receive during our program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Bpeace as a Fast Runner has been extraordinary. I have found people who are passionate and willing to go out of their way to help me and my business grow. I recently met with Angela Scalpello, a wonderful lady from whom I´ve learned a lot and has helped me see my business from a different perspective. I’m very grateful for all the support and can´t wait to implement all the ideas we´ve come up with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to take a moment to express how grateful we are with Bpeace for their continuous support, guidance, inspiration, and education that they have afforded my company and myself.

We are a family run Guatemalan company that manufactures squeeze tubes for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. The introductions to qualified mentors and exchange of ideas have made a real difference in our lives and business. They have helped us determine the kind of company we want to be and the type of influence we want to have on Guatemala.

They recently sent us to Ohio to visit maufacturing plants. This trip was particularly significant for us. We had never expected to be received so warmly and enthusiastically and we came back from it inspired to continue to improve. The knowledge that these companies so generously shared with us, will not only help us grow as a business, but also proved that one can succeed without losing the core values that make up our foundation.

We face our future with optimism and confidence due in no small part to the inspiration they have provided, and we look forward to the next steps on our journey with Bpeace.

Yours gratefully,

Cristian & Walleska Castillo
CASMA, SA
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered BPeace thanks to a colleague and was immediately drawn to their mission and the fact I could use my professional skills to benefit others. Shortly after joining, I volunteered as a traveling mentor in Guatemala to coach 20 small companies in brand strategy.

My week there was a wonderful experience. The fast runners were all amazing entrepreneurs with so much drive and passion. It was highly rewarding to work with them both in a group workshop and through one-on-ones, and be able to have an impact and help them define their brand stories to grow their companies.

The organization and the projects are all very well run and everyone is lovely and so helpful. I highly recommend Bpeace to anyone who is looking to volunteer and help others in a meaningful and sustainable way.

1 Jamie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Bpeace for the last four years and I cannot say enough good things about their work. If you are looking to make an impact, Bpeace is moving the needle on some of the most important issues of our time; the organization provides simple turnkey ways for volunteers to get involved and from a volunteer perspective you are able to see how your time and energy make a difference. I highly recommend this organization and will continue to work with them for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile experience for anyone who wants to help the world by improving the standard of living of developing countries. The Bpeace team, is excellent at arranging and organizing the work and my time meeting 20 companies in 1 week was well structured and very meaningful. Thank you for engaging me and keep us the great work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My weekin Guatemala working with three female Fast Runner entrepreneurs proved to be an extraordinary experience. Immediately seeing some of the impact and value of the work we did together gave me enormous personal satisfaction. I left with the knowledge that the Bpeace mission is very powerful and very much needed around the world. I would volunteer again given the excellent ground support and care provided by the staff in Guatemala.