The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has provided us with grants for our Afghan, Salvadoran and Guatemalan programs. The USAID SME Development Program provides financial support for our volunteer experts’ expenses when they travel to El Salvador. Among participants from 60 countries, Bpeace represented the U.S. at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.
Major Corporate Support
Citi Foundation provided launch capital for our entry into El Salvador. Cooper & Dunham LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP provide pro bono legal services to Bpeace and our Fast Runners. Pimco Foundation provided financial support for our expansion in El Salvador and our launch in Guatemala. Major corporate donors supporting the 2014 Bpeace Gala include PwC, Ascena Retail Group, DressBarn, Irving Place Capital, Kirk Palmer Associates, The Estée Lauder Companies, The Vitamin Shoppe, UNFCU and Wiley.
We made our One Million Jobs for Peace commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative. We are members of ANDE, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) selected Bpeace as a top program of the Business Task Force. Standard Brands, Haymarket Media, Lucid Design, Mucca Design, Sean Mellyn, Oberon Creative, Oyster Studio, and Pause for Thought design logos and brand materials for the businesses of our Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Afghan Fast Runner entrepreneurs. PwC, Coinstar and Microsoft provide Bpeace with financial support to recognize the role their employees play as Bpeace volunteers. 1st Avenue Machine created the Bpeace purpose video.
Afghanistan: Many of the Afghan women in our Fast Runner program have also benefited from immersion in Thunderbird University’s Project Artemis in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative. When security issues prevent our Traveling Mentors from visiting Afghanistan, Dubai Women's College provides a safe haven where Afghan Fast Runners and U.S. experts can meet up for training and coaching. Three Graces Productions partnered with Bpeace in the creation and distribution of the documentary, "THREAD."
El Salvador: Bpeace collaborates with the Ministry of Economics of El Salvador (FONDEPRO and PROESA) as well as with local organizations that promote business entrepreneurship such as Fusades, Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador and Vital Voices.
Guatemala: Bpeace collaborates with Agexport, Campus Tec and the Ministry of Economics of Guatemala (MINECO).