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Business Council For Peace, Inc. (Bpeace)

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Causes: International, International Exchange, International Relief

Mission: The Business Council for Peace is the nonprofit coalition of Skillanthropists. We lift communities in need by working with local entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women. More jobs mean less violence.®

Results: Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Afghan entrepreneurs who have been in the Business Council for Peace program for more than a year, average job and revenue growth better than the GDP growth in their countries.

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

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

Geographic areas served: El Salvador, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Lebanon.

Programs: Bpeace Skillanthrophy: Through long-distance mentoring or in-country visits, business volunteers and U.S. Host Companies share their expertise in HR, finance, strategy, marketing and manufacturing, and provide technical advice for industries ranging from food processing to technology, to professional services.

Community Stories

145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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.

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%.

Johnna H.1

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.

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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 Vicki S.2

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

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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.

3 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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athenak

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

My life got bigger and more fulfilling the day I became a volunteer with Bpeace. In 2005 when I joined Bpeace I stepped into a community of smart, organized and committed women and men who are all about empowering women. A new world opened up to me when I took my first trip to Afghanistan to provide marketing and strategy skills to business women there.

Since then I've had the privilege of serving in many roles in the organization. I'm currently a member of the team that is designing and implementing the mentoring program in Lebanon where we are working with Syrian and Lebanese university students. 20 Bpeace mentors are sharing their practical experience and hard-earned wisdom with 18 young women who are learning how to realize their dreams.

My husband and I are co-mentoring a bright young Syrian woman. It is deeply fulfilling to guide and encourage her as she gets clear about her goals and takes steps to achieve them. Speaking with her is a delight and gives us hope for the future of Syria.

Bpeace makes it easy and fun to use my skills to make a difference. The combination of meaningful projects with a super-organized team creates an experience that both stretches me and satisfies my need to make a contribution to others. Thank you Bpeace!

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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.

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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.

1 MikeBentoDC

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tim T.1

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!

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.

1

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 ...