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Deepening Ties in Guatemala

will    Will Townsend (left) with Maria Isabel Letona (seated) and Abel Letona (right) of The Mrktng Corp

Telling friends and people I meet that I have family in Guatemala often prompts an inquisitive expression.

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Grateful for GLG, one of our unsung heroes

Looking back on this year, I feel very grateful. Grateful for the Bpeace volunteers and donors who recognize the value of our work, grateful for my colleagues and committed staff in the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan, and grateful for the Board's dedication to growing the Bpeace impact.

As Chief Program Officer, I see what it takes for our programs to be successful. That's why I'm also grateful for GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) and its Social Impact practice.

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Tough Philanthropy Requires Choice, Not Chance

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It’s that time of year when we are deluged with worthy causes seeking our financial support. So how do we decide? As you assess your options for philanthropy this year, I suggest applying three criteria: 1) Personal Engagement; 2) Measurable Impact; and 3) Organizational Efficiency.

Personal Engagement

For more than 25 years, I've sat on many non-profit Boards, made my share of significant donations, and even volunteered my professional time. In these roles, I've helped tackle issues in education, economic development, health and the environment. I've learned the hard way, that the key to being a satisfied donor of my time and money, is having a passion for the issue. Do you have first hand experience or meaningful connection to the issue at hand?  Do you have a daughter encountering gender bias of the type an organization is trying to change?  Have your overseas travels or time spent in America’s inner cities opened your eyes to poverty and lack of educational and economic opportunity?

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A Love for Technology Plants Seeds of Opportunity in Difficult Terrain

jamshid top pic            Jamshid, center, with his fellow Afghan Fast Runners at the U.S. Department of State in 2012.

Jamshid Sultanzada, founder and CEO of PomTech ICT Solutions in Herat, Afghanistan, developed a love for technology at an early age. He credits a local computer class that taught typing, Windows and Word as “changing my life.”

Jamshid has become not only a serial IT entrepreneur repeatedly tested by a struggling economy, but also a changer of many other lives, educating countless Afghans on where the possibilities of technology and the Internet can take them.

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Using Your Experience to Serve Others Is Inspiring All Around: Yvette Franco

belleza cover   Yvette Franco (left) with Carmen Reyes (right), founder of Belleza Total in Guatemala

Seizing an opportunity to share your skills, talents and knowledge with those who can benefit from them is a rewarding and precious experience. Yvette Franco, a Bpeace volunteer who traveled to Guatemala to meet with and mentor local entrepreneurs, can attest to all the above. On a personal mission to build peace in a conflict-affected area, Yvette was delighted to work on a project she knew could help more people, particularly women, understand and employ entrepreneurship to create jobs. A former marketing executive with the well-known beauty company Mary Kay, Yvette’s specific skills and experience were immediately put to effective use.

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Virtual Mentoring: For Janice Chaka, it’s as real as being there

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 Volunteering within a busy schedule: It can be done

Before Janice Chaka dealt hands in British casinos, before she moved from her native England to Mexico, and before she launched JC Global Services (an HR consulting company), she was finding ways to give back through various charity and volunteer organizations.

Now that Janice travels nine months of the year for work, her schedule doesn't leave a lot of time to lend a hand. So on January 1, 2014, she applied to three different charity organizations as a volunteer, determined to find a cause that could make use of her HR and consulting skills—and also fit into her busy life. A day later, she received a personal response from Lauren Hass at Bpeace and, as she puts it, "I was on board before the onboarding call!"

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Bpeace 2015 Gala

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On a May evening at Capitale in downtown Manhattan, more than 225 dedicated Bpeace operatives and friends convened for the Secret Agent for Bpeace Gala.  From the first pour of a Bpeace-tini, the evening revealed an agenda of fun and inspiration that opened with a cocktail hour silent auction. Using state-of-the-art mobile bidding software, guests made offers on such items as a stay in Deer Valley, a new Stuart Weitzman shoe wardrobe and tickets to and a backstage tour of Broadway’s award-winning show Kinky Boots.

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         Blog contributor and Bpeace Board Chair Mark Fleming leading a growth workshop for business owners in El Salvador. It’s that time of year when we are deluged with Read More
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                Jamshid, center, with his fellow Afghan Fast Runners at the U.S. Department of State in 2012. Jamshid Sultanzada, founder and CEO of PomTech ICT Solutions Read More
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       Yvette Franco (left) with Carmen Reyes (right), founder of Belleza Total in Guatemala Seizing an opportunity to share your skills, talents and knowledge with those who can benefit from Read More
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