Together We Are Stronger

BRAC USA 2020 Annual Report
Letter from the
President & CEO

Dear friends,

If we have learned only one thing in the past year, I hope it is that we are stronger together.

In Korail, Bangladesh’s biggest slum, Ruma is one of 70 community health workers trained by BRAC to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She recently received the COVID-19 vaccine. All 50,000 of the community health workers BRAC employs in Bangladesh are vaccinated — so that they can continue providing care while staying safe.

“I will inform others to get vaccinated, too,” Ruma told us. “I feel a lot safer carrying out my work after receiving it. I am still taking precautions, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel now.”

Ruma’s story reminds us that we are all connected. Our safety and well-being as individuals are closely tied to the well-being of our neighbors and that of communities all over the world.

Tested like never before by this global pandemic, we have drawn strength from our frontline community health workers, as well as our strong family of supporters, partners, program participants, and staff worldwide. We summoned courage from BRAC’s history and the lessons we have learned over almost 50 years of fighting poverty and inequality.

We chose to stand with hope.

Our founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, created BRAC just months after the birth of Bangladesh in the wake of a brutal civil war and a devastating cyclone. He was driven by the conviction that no inequality is inevitable and that inequality, poverty, and injustice are completely changeable.

Continuing his legacy, BRAC remains defined by an unshakeable belief in the power of people. We know that we do not change people’s lives: they do. We act as a catalyst, providing people with access to knowledge, tools, and opportunities to realize their potential.

In a year that has shaken us deeply, the collective commitment of everyone in the BRAC family to never give up fighting for a better world proves that the spirit of our founder, and of BRAC, will outlast any crisis.

Together, we were able to deliver solidarity and hope where it was most needed and offer safety nets to millions of people in freefall.

As the financial and humanitarian crises triggered by COVID-19 continue to evolve, we are seeing dramatic signs of the systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect people living in poverty. It is more important than ever before to give ownership of solutions to people, with the belief that, with the right tools, people can be their own agents of change — be it for surviving the pandemic or the economic and hunger crises it has triggered.

While the pandemic disrupted many of our programs and services, despite lockdowns and setbacks, we resumed our work as soon as possible with renewed urgency to reach millions more people living in situations of poverty, inequality, and injustice, especially women and children.

We know that even more diverse and complex problems are evolving in the wake of the pandemic. We want to deliver programs that reduce the spread of the disease while also helping to build back stronger health systems, safety nets, and local economies. We have rededicated ourselves to addressing the education crisis as well as growing challenges of climate change, gender inequality, and gender-based violence at all levels through BRAC’s signature interventions, including early childhood development, youth empowerment, community-based health care, Ultra-Poor Graduation, and locally-led climate change adaptation.

Despite the tragedies we have faced, in this report, I am very proud to share evidence of the truly remarkable achievements that our incredible staff, partners, and community of supporters made possible this year. I couldn’t be prouder of the ways the BRAC family has applied technology, grit, know-how, and relentless ingenuity to always find a way to overcome barriers — and, like Ruma, find the light.

For nearly 50 years, we ourselves have been powered by the generosity of our dedicated partners and supporters. Thank you for standing with BRAC to advance the cause of people in poverty around the world.

With gratitude,

Donella Rapier

“Our work should always reflect our faith in the
human spirit and our respect for its inherent power.”

Sir Fazle Hazan Abed,
BRAC Founder

BRAC is an international development organization that equips people with the opportunities, skills, and support they need to rise above poverty. The idea behind BRAC is to change systems of inequity. We act as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people to realize their potential.

Lasting positive change demands innovative, large-scale interventions. We pilot, perfect, and scale up interventions — and work in partnership with governments, communities, and others — to reach the most people with the most effective solutions. Born in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC now reaches more than 100 million people in 11 countries through proven programs in education, youth empowerment, health care, agriculture, financial inclusion, humanitarian response, and more.

About BRAC USA
Based in New York City, BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that strengthens BRAC’s impact by raising awareness about its work, mobilizing resources to support its programs, and working closely with its international counterparts to design and implement evidence-based poverty innovations worldwide.

U.S.
Education

Every child deserves joyful, inclusive, and quality learning opportunities — but the poorest and most vulnerable children often cannot access them. BRAC’s early learning and education programs span cradle to career and reach children and youth affected by poverty and humanitarian crises who otherwise could not access quality learning opportunities, empowering the next generation of learners to reach their full potential.

In 2020, COVID-19 brought new challenges for education globally, with hundreds of millions of learners’ schooling disrupted. BRAC addressed these challenges by developing digital and remote learning opportunities through the radio, television, text messaging, phone, and more, enabling children in low connectivity contexts such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Uganda to remain engaged in learning. Our flagship early childhood development model, Play Labs, also continued to engage caregivers and children alike with psychosocial support, playful home-based learning activities, and messages about COVID-19 over the phone.

6

countries where children and youth have access to education

18M

children and family members reached through distance learning helplines and radio programs

13M

children graduated from BRAC schools

Nasra brings playful learning home

Since 2016, BRAC Play Labs have offered quality, affordable play-based early learning for children ages three to five in underserved communities. Play Labs engage caregivers in their children’s education and teach families how to extend playful learning beyond the classroom.

In Tanzania, six-year-old Nasra attended a Play Lab for two years prior to the onset of COVID-19. But amid the pandemic, Nasra and her mother, Hilda, brought playful learning home instead. Through BRAC’s tele-learning hotlines, Nasra and her mother could access on-demand support from teachers and counselors as they navigated learning through play at home. They also received play materials to use at home and learned how to use them through safe, door-to-door home visits.

Nasra and her mother color together in a Play Lab in Tanzania. Photo by Lee Cohen.

Nasra and her mother color together in a Play Lab in Tanzania. Photo by Lee Cohen.

Youth Empowerment

Young people across Africa and Asia hold tremendous potential, but they face disproportionate risks and barriers that can create challenging transitions into adulthood. Adolescent girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to poverty and exploitation and face limited job prospects. BRAC’s youth programs offer social empowerment, economic empowerment, and access to education and training through safe spaces that are mentor-led and community-based to equip young people to reach their full potential.

In 2020, BRAC prioritized diversifying our programming for youth and creating pathways to scale. We tested a redesigned curriculum for our flagship girls empowerment program, Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA), and launched technical assistance partnerships with local organizations and international NGOs in Botswana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. BRAC also translated life skills storybooks from its ELA program in Sierra Leone into audio recordings that were aired on the Ministry of Education’s daily radio shows. In Nepal, we trained young women as electronic technicians to provide them with a vocation to earn income.

9

countries reached with youth programs, including through technical assistance

900

youth participated in ELA clubs by phone amid COVID-19

48%

increase in income-generating activities among ELA participants

“Now I know how to handle things on my own.”

Amanda, participant in one of BRAC’s ELA clubs in Liberia

18-year-old Amanda feels that she has gained independence and confidence since she joined an ELA club in her community.

Financial Inclusion

People living in poverty are disproportionately excluded from financial systems, which limits their ability to weather shocks, actively participate in the economy, invest in businesses, and build stable livelihoods. BRAC’s financial services equip people living in poverty with the tools to invest in themselves, their families, and their communities.

Last year, the economic impacts of COVID-19 hit the most vulnerable families hardest. Amid widespread lockdowns and public health measures, many people living in poverty, who often relied on wages from subsistence farming, day labor, or small businesses, faced sharp drops in income and food security. Drawing on lessons from serving microfinance clients amid the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we worked hand in hand with clients to offer revised repayment schedules and waive interest for borrowers to help them bounce back from the crisis. We also leveraged digital financial services to ensure clients could remotely access the money and financial services they needed without risking the spread of disease.

8.8M

borrowers

85%

of microfinance clients are women

$4.7B

in microfinance loans distributed in 2020

“Before, it was difficult for me and my family to eat three meals per day, but since I started working with BRAC, there’s enough to eat and more to save for the next day.”

BRAC microfinance client in Sierra Leone

Mobile money allowed clients to access critical financial services without risking their health amid the pandemic.

Ultra-Poor Graduation

Amid COVID-19, decades of progress in the fight against poverty have been eroded. Nearly 700 million people around the world experienced extreme poverty prior to the pandemic, living on less than $1.90 per day, and the World Bank estimates that over 150 million more people have since joined them. These people lack resources and opportunities, but they are full of potential. BRAC’s flagship Graduation approach instills hope and provides the knowledge and tools to help people chart a pathway out of poverty.

In June 2020, BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative was selected to receive a significant investment totaling over $60 million to be deployed over the next six years as part of TED’s Audacious Project, creating an opportunity to lift an additional 4.6 million households out of extreme poverty by 2026. Working alongside governments, BRAC will provide technical advisory services to adapt and scale the Graduation approach around the world, helping to reach families affected by extreme poverty and drive systemic change.

2.1M

households graduated out of extreme poverty in Bangladesh

37%

increase in earnings among participants in Bangladesh years after the program ends

7+

years economic benefits are sustained after the program

Aletha is committed to providing a better life for her daughter.

Hope in action: Aletha’s story

After her husband passed away, Aletha was left to support her children on her own. The little money she made selling charcoal provided barely enough for food, leaving nothing to pay for her children to attend school. But Aletha never gave up. Through BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation program, she studied finance and business management, received coaching and mentorship, and gained the skills and confidence to start her own business. Now, a proud owner of a shop in her village, Aletha is earning enough to send her children to school.

Aletha is committed to providing a better life for her daughter.

Agriculture

BRAC partners with vulnerable families to create sustainable ways to adapt to climate change, earn a secure living, link to markets, grow more nutritious and affordable food, and boost their incomes. Especially in rural communities that rely on small-scale agriculture for survival, BRAC trains farmers to increase productivity and profits, reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate shocks, and improve food security in their communities.

In 2020, BRAC’s agriculture project in Liberia began its third year. Despite great disruption posed by the pandemic, the project successfully trained more than 3,800 new farmers — mostly women — and improved mothers’ knowledge of good nutrition to help young children thrive. In South Sudan, BRAC reached 8,400 displaced people affected by floods with emergency food supplies as well as seeds, farming tools, and training to recover their livelihoods. In Sierra Leone, we ran two major projects in 2020 that supported nearly 77,000 farmers.

85K

farmers supported across 6 countries

444K

people accessed agricultural services in Bangladesh

78%

of program participants are women

Families sharing strength to escape poverty

Before the civil war began in Liberia, Justina learned to raise pigs from her mother. As an adult, she and her husband continued pig farming, but after her husband died, Justina found it challenging to make ends meet as a single parent of three.

Just as her mother did, Justina instilled a love for raising animals in her oldest daughter, Justina Jr. When she learned that BRAC was training farmers in her community, she encouraged her daughter to participate. Through BRAC’s program, Justina Jr. received training, a stipend, four pigs, and feed and medication.

Making the most of these resources and her learning, Justina Jr. helped her mother expand their business substantially. They now own 40 pigs, and are investing their earnings to raise ducks and rabbits, providing their family with an additional stream of income and an opportunity to prosper.

Justina Sr. is a proud parent whose family farming business is flourishing after her eldest daughter received training from BRAC.

Justina Sr. is a proud parent whose family farming business is flourishing after her eldest daughter received training from BRAC.

Health Care

In communities where needs for health care are great, but access to services and providers is inadequate, BRAC’s network of more than 50,000 community health workers reaches millions of people with lifesaving, door-to-door care. We train community health workers to serve their localities with basic care and provide information on disease prevention and family planning. Community health workers also screen mothers and children for common illnesses — including malaria, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections, and malnutrition — and deliver either basic treatment or referrals to health facilities for care.

In 2020, BRAC adapted its health programming to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining access to essential health services for vulnerable communities. We partnered with communities to identify locally tailored solutions and deliver lifesaving information and tools to prevent infection, halt the spread of the virus, and equip people to protect themselves. We adapted existing primary health services to save lives while keeping staff and communities safe. We also prioritized efforts to support and train frontline community health workers, strengthen health systems, and bolster long-term resilience.

9.7M

health services delivered to people in Bangladesh

5

countries with active health care programming

2.4M

people received community health services in Uganda

Leila is one of BRAC’s more than 4,000 community health workers striving to prevent COVID-19 and improve the well-being of mothers and young children in Uganda.

Walk a mile in my shoes

Leila, a community health worker in Uganda, went door-to-door during the COVID-19 lockdown selling essential household items in hard-to-reach areas. She carried with her solar lights, diapers, porridge, sanitary towels, and mama kits to prevent infections linked to childbirth in mothers and newborns, which include gloves, baby blankets, soap, cotton, gauze, scissors, and bandages. Leila is one of 4,000 BRAC community health workers across 72 districts in Uganda that continued to provide critical door-to-door care during COVID-19.

Leila says, “Before I went to the field during the coronavirus pandemic, BRAC provided training on financial literacy and basic community health practices. We are always reminded to work under strict practice of COVID-19 safety guidelines, such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance.”

Leila is one of BRAC’s more than 4,000 community health workers striving to prevent COVID-19 and improve the well-being of mothers and young children in Uganda.

Humanitarian Response

Most of 2020 was marked with compounding crises, as the same restrictions that kept us safe from COVID-19 also pushed millions into poverty and extreme hunger. Cyclone Amphan, the strongest cyclonic storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal, hit the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh, while the longest flood season in three decades inundated the northern regions, putting one-third of the country underwater and causing millions of people to lose their homes, livelihoods, and land. In Bangladesh, BRAC continued to support nearly one million Rohingya refugees who fled conflict in Myanmar. In 2020, our programs prioritized promoting COVID-19 awareness and prevention and gender equity. Amid COVID-19, a growing epidemic of gender-based violence and rising rates of child marriage affected Rohingya women and girls as they were increasingly required to stay home due to lockdowns and social distancing. A component of BRAC’s response included training a group of role models to engage men and boys in their communities to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.

50K

families supported with emergency response after flooding

10.6K

families received holistic support in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

1.36M

people reached with COVID-19 awareness messages in Cox’s Bazar

Noor and Aziz bring playful learning to children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis. Image courtesy of Sesame Workshop.

Meet the newest muppets on Sesame Street: Noor and Aziz

Noor and Aziz are six-year-old Rohingya Muppet twins who live in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Together with our partners at Sesame Workshop, BRAC is bringing new playful learning content featuring Noor and Aziz to Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh through our Humanitarian Play Labs. Made possible by The LEGO Foundation, these two new Muppets will be featured in our Play to Learn program in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, International Rescue Committee, and New York University Global TIES for Children.

Noor and Aziz bring playful learning to children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis. Image courtesy of Sesame Workshop.

COVID-19 Update

BRAC is built on the principle of standing with the most vulnerable, particularly in times of crisis. At the onset of the pandemic, we immediately launched a comprehensive, multi-sector response, reaching communities with public health interventions, humanitarian assistance to meet urgent needs, and socioeconomic development programs.

In March 2020, our 100,000 frontline staff and volunteers rapidly mobilized to safely deliver lifesaving messages and prevent infections through mass public communications and door-to-door outreach. We also adapted our existing programs to include mask-wearing, social distancing, and digital and remote interventions. To address sharp drops in income and food security caused by the pandemic, we launched emergency food and cash transfer programs to extend safety nets to people affected.

The impacts of COVID-19 are still hitting hard around the world, and the most vulnerable families are falling deeper into poverty. In the coming year, we are committed to partnering with communities to build back better and ensure no one is left behind.

41

COVID-19 testing kiosks set up in Bangladesh

109M

people reached with lifesaving information about COVID-19

$17M

in emergency cash transfers sent to 700,000 households affected by COVID-19

“The indirect impact of COVID-19 in the Global South will be even greater than the direct impact. The direct impact, as tragic as it is, affects those infected and their families. The indirect impact has economic and social consequences for vastly more people — with jobs lost, families hungry, domestic violence up, more children leaving school, and costs over generations.”

Dr. Muhammad Musa,
Executive Director, BRAC International

As the pandemic spread, BRAC rapidly deployed thousands of frontline staff and volunteers to safely raise awareness about COVID-19 and help prevent infections.

In Appreciation of Lincoln Chen

In 2008, Lincoln Chen assumed the chair of the board of BRAC USA. In this voluntary role, he helped steward and guide the organization’s growth for 12 years, until his decision to step down in November 2020, while continuing to serve as Board Chair Emeritus. BRAC USA is better for his service, leadership, and friendship.

To recognize Dr. Chen’s contributions to BRAC USA — and to BRAC overall — we must emphasize the origins of his relationship with our founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Lincoln and Abed were trusted thought partners, pioneers, and devotees to the idea that a small group of dedicated people could light a spark to empower marginalized people to transform their lives. They believed there was a way to apply principles of science, business, learning, and innovation to eradicate poverty altogether.

Lincoln’s involvement with Abed — and with what would later become BRAC — began in November 1970, when a devastating cyclone struck present-day Bangladesh, killing hundreds of thousands of people and becoming the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded. At that time, Lincoln was a research scientist at the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dhaka. He joined a group of American expatriate doctors at the Laboratory, together with a group of Bengali friends and neighbors, including Abed, to launch a modest relief effort. Those efforts eventually inspired Abed’s founding of BRAC in 1972.

Lincoln remained deeply involved after BRAC was “born,” providing rigorous technical guidance and championing its pilots of new community-based health approaches. At every major juncture of BRAC’s growth, he has played an important role.

Donors

“I fell in love with BRAC when I realized how a single organization provides so many jobs and helps so many people in need. I consider money to be a tool and like to believe I have a kind heart. These two became perfect partners; as an adult they have enabled me to do what I grew up seeing in my father’s generosity towards people in need around him. I would like to see no more economic suffering in my motherland, Bangladesh.”

Rafiq Shah,
BRAC USA supporter

$1,000,000+
Anonymous (2)
Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation
Living Goods
MacKenzie Scott
Rippleworks Foundation
The LEGO Foundation
$500,000+
Anonymous (2)
$100,000+
Acacia Conservation Fund
Anonymous
Asian Development Bank
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Echidna Giving
Erol Foundation
GlobalGiving in partnership with VF Corporation
Google.org
Guerrant Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
Medtronic Foundation
PepsiCo Foundation
Sandy River Charitable Foundation
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Weberg Family Foundation
$50,000+
CDC Foundation
David Coolidge and Sumaiya Balbale
Every Good Thing, LLC
Facebook company
Humanity United
TOMS
World Bank
In-Kind
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mayer Brown LLP
$10,000+
Alec Baxt
Aliya and Mushtak Khatri
Andrew Dsida
Anonymous (6)
Barbara and Edward Shapiro
Bart Burstein and Leslie White
Chiayi Lin
Deborah Cowley and Mark Dexter
Debra Wetherby
Dr. Joan Egrie
Floyd and Charlotte Hale
Fulcrum Foundation
George and Michele Shaw
Gerrish and Gail Milliken
Government of Guinea, National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion
Hilton Prize Coalition
Ingodwe Trust
James Carlson
Jim Spain
Kathryn Kroger
Lynn Stern and Jeremy Lang Family Foundation, Inc.
Lynn Tong and Thomas Pogge
M. Catherine Bacon
Olivia Leitermann
Rafiq Shah
Ralph and Janice James
Sawaris Foundation for Social Development, Egypt
Scott and Laura Malkin
Susan Breyer
Susan Freeman
Thomas and Emily Franeta
$5,000+
Aloka Banerjee
Ann Geddes
Anonymous (2)
Aviva and Noam Lockshin
Brendan McKeough
Brian and Heidi Miller
Brian Armstrong
Brian Hegarty
Cate Muther
Charles Helm
Donella Rapier and Andrew Pickett
Edith and Andy Lin
Emmanuel Crabbé and Kerry Reinertsen Crabbé
Flatten Family Charitable Fund
Florita Sheppard
Glenn F. Leiter Estate
Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Incandescent
Jill Friedlander and Michael Goroff
John Hisle
Joseph DeAngelis
Joseph Myrtetus
Julia Backoff
Khandaker Murshed
Martha and Lincoln Chen
Omar Ali
Quaid J. Saifee
Rachel Karliner and Neil Binder
Robert P. Lorenz and Christine H. Comstock
Roslyn Payne
Saif Shah Mohammed
Sarah M. Hays
Scott Troost
Seema Khan
Steven Vanbever
Susan and Benjamin Baxt
Suzanne Boyer
The Clear View Project
The Gerrish H. Milliken Foundation
Thorman Boyle Foundation
$1,000+
Adam Roberts
Afeef Ahmed
Afreen Sultana
Alex Okun
Alex Turner
Alexander Bennett
Alexandra Coursen
Amir Jusufovic
Amy Pennington
Andrew Bernstein
Andy Samberg
Ann Miles
Anonymous (9)
Anu Manocha
Arafat Hossain
Arthur Applbaum
Asan Ariff
Ashish Doshi
Aspiration Financial
Avi Bhuiyan
Barbara and Kenneth Batko
Barbara Chestovich
Benjamin Knelman
Blake Esselstyn
Bo Warren
Brenda Loh
Brendon Wang
Brett Snyder
Brian Ku
Chad DeChant and David Butler
Christie Collings
Christina Leijonhufvud
Christine Minnehan
Christopher Small
Claire Meany-Beighle
Clifford Foundation, Inc.
Club Zamana at Columbia University
Crispin and Kate Murira
Cynthia Ballard
Dan Johnson
Daniel and Marie-Jo Newlon
David and Nancy Henry
David Frankel
Debra Scott
Diane Moody
Doug Egre
Dr. and Mrs. Post
Dr. Anne Otten and Mr. James Adcock
Dr. Donald Ferrin
Dr. Elizabeth Platt
Dr. Jeffrey and Jill Degen
Dr. Jonathan Morduch
Dr. Richard Cash
Dr. Robert Homer
Dr. Stephen Smith
Edith Bowles
Edward and Sharon Rubin
Edwina and Sage Russell
Elaine Branagh
Elaine Nonneman
Elliot Sanborn
Ellis Miller
Elyse Newman
Emma Tosch
Eric and Stephanie Feldman
Eugene Avey
Farhana Hasan
Farzana McRae
Fayyaz Mujtaba
Francis Lux
Fred and Shirley Forster
Freddy Nava
Gayle Turner
Gregg Brody
Hamayoun Khan
Harold Miller
Howard Kanter
Huck and Emma Dorn
Irina Long
James and Roberta McLaughlin
James J. Colt Foundation
James Kilberg
James Torrey and Diana Bowes
James von Herrmann
Jane Davis
Janet and John Ferguson
Jascha Hoffman
Jason Akram
Jeffrey Mosenkis
Jennifer Widom
Jesper Mathiesen
Joan Blessing
John Dinius
John Durston
John Greene and Tasnim Tanveer
John Hart
John Hopkins
John Saylor
Johnhenri Richardson
Jonnalagadda Sarojini
Joshua Willey
Julia Bent
Kaitlin Hansen
Karen Clark
Ken Girotti
Ken Rawie
Kevin McGrath
Kevin Werner
Kira Gaza
Kyle Demko
Laila Rahim
Laurin Marlow
Lawrence and Patricia Loo
Leesa and Leon Wagner
Leo Blume
Leonidas Nguyen
Leslie and James Eichenberger
Linh Nguyen
Lucille Werlinich
Mae and Robert Gordon
Marc Fielding
Maria Scott
Maria Speck
Marian Grogan
Marjie Persons
Marlene Somsak and Jerry Burger
Mary and Patrick O’Meara
Mary Charbonnet
Mary English
Mary F. Miller
Matthew and Marci Rozen
Maureen McKeough
Maysun Hasan
Megan Epler Wood
Mimi Wang
Mohammad Etminan
Mohammed Jalees
Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Jakes
Mr. Ted Thomas and Dr. Colette Chabbott
Muniba Adil and Mohammed Sattar
Murray Metcalfe
Nancy and John Wortmann
Nancy Coleman and Paul Resch
Nancy Rubin
Nazuma Hassan
Neil Banga
Nina Ashraf
Nizam Meah
Nora Whitehead
Nourish Bangladesh
Omar Ahmed
Patricia Brereton-Miller
Paula March
Philip Barber
Pia and Razia Asem
Rabi Alam
Rachael and Ari Nepon
Rafiq Ahmed
Rakiba and Dipakbin Chowdhury
Rebecca Crowley
Regan Gage
Reihan Salam
Robert and Elke Hagge
Robert Coffland and Ellen Moore
Rosalind Benoit
Roy Beaty
Russell Family Foundation
Saiful Abedin
Sakif Ferdous
Saliha and Noreen Ahmad and Nusrat Omar
Sally Figini
Sally Supplee
Sara Ransford
Sarah Rings
Scott Berning
Searle and Susan Hart Wadley
Seham Al Husaini
Semnani Family Foundation
Shafin Fattah
Shahab Mahtab
Sim Seo
Steven Wish
Stuart Haber and Ellen Matathia
Subodhkumar Sundaram
Susan Shurin
Suzanne Besnia and Victor L. Richey
Syed Hossainy
Syed Karim
T. Whittier Warthin
Tamiz Ahmed
Tanwir Chowdhury
Tanya Lieberman
Temina Madon
Teresita Schaffer
The Sherle and Michael Berger Charitable Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh
Thomas and Janet Rajala Nelson Fund
Thomas Frens
Thomas Sherman
Tim and Loretta Little
Tom and Bev Westheimer
Tom Kaul
Tracy Patts
Viena Yeung
Wendy O’Neill
William Gosline
William Holman
Wolfensohn Family Foundation
Yu Lun Lo
Zack Schildhorn
Zan Larsen
Board of Directors
Raymond C. Offenheiser
(Board Chair)
Lincoln C. Chen, MD
(Board Chair Emeritus)
Dirk B. Booy
Jamira Burley
James Carlson
Richard A. Cash,
MD, MPH
Sarah Cliffe
Ronald Grzywinski
Brigit Helms
Barbara Lucas
Ann J. Miles
Crispin Murira
Donella Rapier
Asif Saleh
James Torrey
Debra Wetherby
Financials
Grants by Country
FY 2020
58% 30% 5% 3% 3% <1% <1%
Grants by Program
FY 2020
50% 24% 13% 9% 4%

Statement of Activities

For the fiscal year ended September 30
 20202019
Revenue & Other Support
Foundations & Corporations18,943,1846,265,797
Individuals & Family Foundations53,212,776 9,499,026
Contract & Other Revenue1,224,145 1,559,904
Contributed Services137,42965,951
Interest Income75,596140,872
Total Revenue & Other Support73,593,13017,531,550
Expenses
Program Services: Grants & Contracts14,918,2999,109,973
Program Services: Program Management4,626,5544,058,075
Fundraising1,599,6821,016,619
Management & General863,751 763,643
Total Expenses22,008,28614,948,310
Surplus (Deficit)51,584,8442,583,240

In FY20, BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative was selected as a 2020 Audacious Project Partner with grant commitments (some conditional) totaling $64.5 million, of which $53 million was recorded during FY20, giving rise to the large surplus in that year. This funding will be on-granted to BRAC International in FY21 for deployment over the next five years.

Revenues by Source
FY 2020
72% 26% <1% <1% 2%
Breakdown of Expenses
FY 2020
89% 7% 4%

Statement of Financial Position

As of September 30
 20202019
Assets
Cash & Cash Equivalents 57,513,71618,513,184
Restricted Cash1,256,324 1,253,062
Unconditional Promises to Give 16,382,0474,377,712
Accounts Receivable525,327412,098
Prepaid Expenses & Other Current Assets132,12582,590
Property & Equipment, Net164,506108,769
Security Deposits73,47273,141
Total Assets76,047,51724,820,556
Liabilities
Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses1,357,5941,218,219
Deferred Income51,02155,037
Refundable Advance-1,854,718
Grants Payable11,882,91010,522,624
Deferred Rent120,301119,111
Total Liabilities13,411,82613,769,709
Net Assets
Board Designated Reserve 1,500,0001,500,000
Undesignated8,155,1617,865,074
With Donor Restrictions52,980,5301,685,773
Total Net Assets62,635,69111,050,847
Total Liabilities & Net Assets76,047,51724,820,556
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Activate your community and help build a more equitable world where everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential. Whether you’re running a race, celebrating a birthday, or hosting an event, fundraising for BRAC is an incredible way to inspire your community.

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Create your free, legal will to support the people and causes you care about most. As you make your plan, you will also have the option to include a gift to BRAC USA, and dedicate a portion of your legacy to empower vulnerable families around the world to rise above poverty.