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BRAC USA2018 Annual Report

Letter from the President & CEO

Traveling to the countries where we work, I am continually struck by the strength and power of the communities I visit, and the care with which people look out for each other. Take the two women in the photo above. One is a respected community elder who encouraged her friend, Mary, a single mother with a disabled child, as she began a new business. Mary now earns enough money for her family to eat three meals a day.

All over the United States we see similar generosity. When we recognize that one small effort can be transformative for another person, we are compelled to act.

BRAC USA CEO Donella Rapier with the founder and chairperson of BRAC, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

About BRAC

BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings.

These include initiatives in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, and more. BRAC employs nearly 100,000 people in 11 countries, with a total global expenditure of more than $1 billion. Over 75 percent of its budget in Bangladesh is self-financed through its social enterprises.

Learn more at brac.net


Based in New York, BRAC USA is the North American affiliate of BRAC. BRAC USA provides comprehensive support to BRAC around the world by raising awareness about its work to empower the poor in 11 countries and mobilizing resources to underpin programs. BRAC USA works closely with its international counterparts to design and implement cost-effective and evidence-based poverty innovations worldwide. BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Learn more at bracusa.org

Board of Directors

  • James Carlson – Secretary
  • Richard A. Cash, MD, MPH
  • Ann Mei Chang
  • Lincoln C. Chen, M.D. – Chairperson
  • Michael Goroff
  • Ronald Grzywinski
  • Christina Leijonhufvud
  • Crispin Murira
  • Muhammad Musa
  • Raymond C. Offenheiser
  • Jim Torrey
  • Debra Wetherby – Treasurer

in Action

Impact Metrics

100,000 girls empowered and emboldened with life skills and health knowledge to live the lives they choose.

Rigorous testing illustrates that our approach reduces early pregnancy, delays early marriage, and increases income generation.

1 million health services provided to Rohingya refugees.

We are the largest provider of primary health care in the camps, with a particular focus on essential health and nutrition services, including the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases. Through a health network of 24/7 health centers, dozens of community health outlets, and hundreds of health care staff and volunteers, BRAC provides life-saving services to families every day.

50,000 children learning through play worldwide.

Early research shows children ages three to five in Bangladesh improve cognitive and motor development after one year in our Play Labs.

Map U.S.

We reach more than 100 million people in 11 countries with evidence-based approaches that enable people to change their lives.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Liberia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
  • The Philippines
  • Uganda
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan

BRAC has also provided advisory services to governments and others implementing the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach in nine additional countries.

Its work is supported by offices in North America, the UK, and the Netherlands.

Rohingya Humanitarian Response

“[The Rohingya] brought with them their fear, agony, and, worst of all, a loss of hope for their futures. It was painful to see the loss of human dignity.”

Dr. Muhammad Musa
Executive Director, BRAC
UN Pledging Conference, October 2017

A crisis erupts

On August 28, 2017, our staff based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh noticed smoke coming up over the Naf river. Soon after, boats filled with Rohingya refugees began arriving on its shores. In one month’s time, more than 450,000 people fled Myanmar, traumatized and desperate, many with few items to their name. Within one year, nearly one million refugees would be living in Bangladesh.

In the first phase of its response, BRAC provided life-saving emergency services on a massive scale – thousands of latrines, clean water wells, mobile health clinics, clothing, and other forms of critical support for the hundreds of thousands who sought safety in Bangladesh.

Emergency response and life-saving care

As the months wore on, BRAC established permanent health clinics with birthing centers for women and safe spaces for children to learn, play, and draw. BRAC trained Rohingya community members to go door-to-door to educate families about the services available to them and spread life-saving health and safety messages. This was especially important for women and girls who had been victims of violence, many of whom were not leaving their homes. Three months into the crisis, two out of every three refugees were receiving at least one critical service from BRAC.

Every child deserves a bright future

Between the ages three to five, children’s brains undergo significant development that will shape their futures. This is when they learn how to work with others, creatively solve problems, and control their movements and physical activity. Creating safe learning centers for Rohingya children was a significant priority from the outset of the crisis. Within a few short months, BRAC established 200 learning centers. Now, we educate tens of thousands of children every day through a network of more than 1,000 learning centers and child-friendly spaces.

Preparing for monsoon season

From the onset of the crisis, Rohingya families were at risk of landslides and flooding, in large part because the area they inhabit in Bangladesh was deforested with their arrival. With monsoon season impending last spring, we mobilized support from all over the world to relocate families to higher ground; reinforce homes, shelters, and camp infrastructure to prepare for storms; and raised awareness across the settlements about disaster-preparedness.

Building communities

More than a year on, makeshift settlements – made of tarps and bamboo – have been transformed into homes and communities. Concrete roads allow rickshaws to pass more safely, drainage systems and gutters prevent homes from flooding, community gardens are green with produce, and a red-and-yellow school house made of local materials provides a safe and child-centered place to learn.

While the global community decides what long-term settlement will look like for Rohingya refugees , BRAC and others are providing services to families every day so they can begin to take control of their lives.



children enrolled in BRAC schools


students with disabilities


of primary students pass national exams

Learning through play

Community-driven education is at the heart of our approach to ensuring millions of children each year have an opportunity to learn and grow. This year, we extended the Play Lab pilot – our flagship education project in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Uganda – to reach more than 10,000 children with playful early learning opportunities. This investment educates children ages three to five through a play-based curriculum during the most important phase of their brain development.

Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics at the University of Chicago, found that the rate of return for investments in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children is seven to ten percent per year through better outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity, and safety. Findings from our pilot in Bangladesh demonstrate that children make significant gains in cognitive and motor development after just one year of participation in a Play Lab.

As we enter the third year of the project, BRAC is working with the Ministries of Education in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Uganda to incorporate playful learning approaches and curriculum for early childhood development into their national education systems.

The Play Lab model has also been adapted for more than 43,000 Rohingya refugee children, as well as for vulnerable children in host communities in Bangladesh. The new, humanitarian-centered curriculum incorporates Rohingya culture, and has been adapted to support children affected by trauma, conflict, and violence. A recent $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation will enable us to partner with Sesame Workshop, the International Rescue Committee, and New York University to reach more Rohingya children and expand play-based approaches to the Syrian response region in the coming years.

Igniting youth potential

Global youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The International Labor Organization indicates youth unemployment is on the rise and, worse yet, the majority of young people in low-income countries are still living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day. In sub-Saharan Africa, where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25, this paints a worrisome picture for the future.

To ignite youth potential, BRAC focuses on training and empowering young women through its Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program, which combines sexual and reproductive health education with skills training, business management training, and access to financial services.

In Liberia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, we have reached 100,000 young women in the last ten years. Rigorous evidence indicates that the program successfully reduces teen pregnancy and early marriage, decreases rates of forced sex, increases income generation, and counteracts the negative effects of crisis situations on girls’ schooling.

We are working to further expand the ELA program to offer support for both in-school and out-of-school girls, with enhanced job training through apprenticeships or vocational schools, and strong partnerships with international, regional, and local organizations to holistically support the next generation of girl leaders.


girls empowered with life skills, mentorship, microfinance, and livelihoods training


increase in income generating activities


decrease in teenage pregnancy


households completed the Graduation program in Bangladesh


graduated out of ultra-poverty


countries where BRAC supported Graduation programs

Addressing economic exclusion

Graduating out of ultra-poverty

Over the last several decades, there has been a consistent decline in extreme poverty rates. But alarmingly, the number of people living in the worst forms of extreme poverty, known as ultra-poverty, has not declined. Experts project that climate change and forced displacement will cause another 100 million people to fall into extreme poverty by 2030.

To support ultra-poor households to overcome barriers to inclusion and help them access services, BRAC developed a tailored approach to address their complex needs. Known as the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach, it has gained recognition in recent years as one of the most rigorously-tested and effective interventions in international development.

Like the poverty it was developed to address, Graduation is multifaceted – with a set of services tailored specifically to the culture, context, and population it reaches. The program typically runs for about two years, during which a person can transform their life – from entrenched poverty to financial stability and independence. Graduation has multiple components to meet a family’s needs, including nutrition, health, education, skills, savings, small business training, and social inclusion.

To date, BRAC has reached more than 1.9 million households in Bangladesh, supporting them on the pathway out of ultra-poverty. In 2018, we provided advisory services to governments, non-profits, and foundations to support several international Graduation projects, including in Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, the Philippines, and Rwanda.

Transforming the agriculture sector

In much of sub-Saharan Africa, smallholder farmers make up the majority of the agriculture sector. This is especially the case in Liberia, where agriculture accounts for 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. But the majority are subsistence farmers – growing crops to feed their family, making a small profit on whatever is left over, and in some cases, losing much of their harvest to pests or other infestations.

In 2018, BRAC launched a three-year project to train 15,000 Liberian smallholder farmers to increase their income, production, and food consumption, while also connecting supply chains to support the industry’s growth.

Building on previous successes in Liberia, BRAC will organize about 750 groups – one per community, of about 20 farmers each – and through them train households in advanced farming techniques and climate-smart agriculture. Farmers also learn about homestead gardening, so that they can use land around their homes to grow vegetables and supplement their diets. It also brings households together for nutrition forums, with a special focus on new and pregnant mothers, to discuss the nutritional needs of infants and children under five.

The project also strengthens the operations and business strategies of our social enterprises in Liberia: a seed farm, a feed mill, and a poultry hatchery.


farmers trained and equipped globally


increase in income for livestock farmers


increase in income for maize farmers


people received health services


reduction in child mortality in Uganda


districts covered in Bangladesh

Bottom-up health solutions

Community health worker approaches are changing the way families worldwide access health services. Families can receive basic care at home, without the financial or opportunity cost of traveling to a clinic. In Bangladesh, BRAC’s network of community health promoters — volunteers from the community who earn a small income by selling health-related goods and services — numbers close to 50,000 and reaches millions of people. They are women who provide services in maternal and child health, infectious disease prevention, family planning, and nutrition to their own communities.

In 2018, BRAC launched a health program to address intestinal worms, which infect one in two children in Bangladesh. Intestinal worms are preventable but, left untreated, they can cause devastating health issues for children like stunting, anemia, malnutrition, or impaired physical and neurological development. Intestinal worms that spread through the soil are known as Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH), and require community education, medical treatment, and improved sanitation practices to address and prevent.

To improve the nutrition and well-being of children in Bangladesh, BRAC trained 76 community health workers to diagnose and treat STH, inform families about the health issue, and work with schools to facilitate deworming and awareness sessions. BRAC health workers target children and parents in the community and at local schools by leading educational sessions on the importance of deworming and proper sanitation as a method for STH prevention.

BRAC assists schools in biannual mass treatment campaigns. Because many children do not receive deworming medications at school, BRAC also offers additional deworming camps and home-based treatment, with an emphasis on finding children who do not attend school for various reasons. To date, the project has helped treat more than 50,000 children.



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

King Philanthropies

LEGO Foundation

Open Society Foundations


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

NoVo Foundation

Semnani Family Foundation


Acacia Conservation Fund


Google Foundation of Tides Foundation

Guerrant Foundation

Johnson & Johnson

Pierre and Pamela Omidyar

The Shapiro Foundation




Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust

Metabolic Studio


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  • Shegufta Sikder
  • Sheikh Omer-Farooq
  • Sheri Albrecht
  • Shirley Brandman
  • Sien Lee
  • Simon Firestone
  • Sonia Turek
  • Spangler Family Fund
  • Stephen Smith
  • Steve Chen
  • Steven and Anne Cauble
  • Steven Crabtree
  • Steven Phillips
  • Steven R. Vanbever
  • Steven Wish
  • Stuart Haber and Ellen Matathia
  • Subodhkumar Sundaram
  • Sumera Hayat
  • Sunshine Foundation
  • Susan Brooks
  • Susan Colwell
  • Susan Hershenson
  • Susan S. Baxt
  • Susan T. Stewart
  • Sushant Acharya
  • Suzanne Moore
  • Suzy Soo
  • Syed Qadri
  • T. Whittier Warthin
  • Tamar Amsalem
  • Tamer Ibrahim
  • Tanya Lieberman
  • Tasnim Tanveer
  • Tauseef Kidwai
  • Tayyaba Khokhar
  • Teach a Man to Fish Foundation
  • Teva Sienicki and Adrienne Russman
  • The Arches Foundation
  • The Heymann Foundation
  • The Pompetti Fund
  • Thea Duell
  • Thomas Sherman
  • Thu and Ron Armstrong
  • Tim and Loretta Little
  • Timothy and Cynthia Kelley Fund of The Columbus Foundation
  • Tom and Bev Westheimer
  • Trudy and Arthur Golden
  • Tyler Teisberg
  • Van Syckle Family Fund
  • Vanguard Charitable on behalf of Jack and Rosemarie Stein, Advisors to the Morris and Michelle Stein Charitable Fund
  • Victoria Chang
  • Viena Yeung
  • Vincent Kitirattragarn
  • Vinod Aravind
  • Virgil and Pamela Page
  • Vlad Shulman
  • Warren Share
  • Wen-yu Vicky Haines
  • Wendy O’Neill
  • Wendy Peek
  • Wendy Ward
  • Wenyi Huang
  • White Heron Sangha
  • Whitney Dastrup
  • William and Karen Rose
  • William Collins
  • William Gosline
  • William Holman
  • William Mevers
  • Winton Davies
  • Yanina Markova
  • Yihan Lin
  • Yik Long Lee
  • Zachary Powell
  • Zack Schildhorn
  • Zeenat Khan
  • Zoya Mohiuddin


  • Abundant Future Foundation
  • Clark Hill Strasburger
  • Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Mayer Brown LLP

“Building a business centered around our local community has granted us the opportunity to foster sincere connections among one another and among our customers. We take our mission – to connect our coffee drinking community to the coffee growing community – seriously and are eager to provide more support to those abroad who are affected by these purchasing choices.”

Shayna Ferullo and Manuel Ainzuian
Snowy Owl Coffee
Brewster, MA

“Community reminds us that we are all the same, we are all connected, and that none of us are alone. In today’s digital age, it can be easy to feel invisible behind screens. Community helps us combat that and reconnect. I choose to be active simply because I can. I believe that with that privilege comes responsibility. I hope to see people view the world as a global community and stop focusing on national boundaries.”

Alice Millard
Haute Hijab
New York, NY

“Community provides a safe space for us to come together based on our common interests while giving us the freedom to celebrate our differences, learn from and about each other, and be heard.”

Zarme Shahnawaz
New York, NY

“My community keeps me connected to the values I believe in, gives me the courage to stand up for them, and inspires me to do more.”

Noor Shams
New York, NY

“My Community is everything to me. It gives me encouragement, hope, strength, and energy.”

Shaikh Shams
Bangladeshi Community of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

“Since I was a little girl growing up in an urban landscape of Bangladesh, I was inspired to help the less fortunate. After all, no matter what part of the world we are from, we are united as one big community.”

Tasnim Faruque
St. Joseph’s College Asian Awareness Club
Brooklyn, NY

“My socially and progressively minded mother, who dedicated her life to social work and advocacy for seniors, imbued in me a desire to give back to underserved groups in our community.”

Lindsey and Malcolm McLorg
Tam House
San Anselmo, CA


Outgoing Grants by Country

Grants by Country Bangladesh 77% Liberia 12% Uganda 4% T anzania 3% Sierra Leone 2% <1% M y anmar 2% Other

Outgoing Grants by Program

Grants By Program BRAC University 13% Emergency Relief 58% Agriculture 12% Education 9% Capacity Building 7% Health 1% <1%

Statement of Activities

For the fiscal year ended September 30

Revenue & Other Support
Foundations & Corporations226655807963198
Individuals & Family Foundations3936650501046
Contributed Services17960349270
Contract & Other Revenue1049812606448
Interest Income1989817117
Total Revenue & Other Support278515439137079
Program Services: Grants & Contracts221769995107321
Program Services: Program Management41436302426540
Management & General535884469908
Total Expenses276423868463411
Change in Net Assets209157673668

Revenues by Source FY2018

Revenue by Source 81% F oundations & Corporations Inte r est Income <1% 14% Individuals & Family Foundations 4% Contract & Other Revenue Contributed Se r vices <1%

Expense Breakdown FY2018

Breakdown of Expenses 15% P r ogram Se r vices: P r ogram Management 80% P r ogram Se r vices: Grants & Contracts F undraising 3% Management & General 2%

Statement of Financial Position

As of September 30

Cash & Cash Equivalents2104528715951963
Unconditional Promises to Give80912804918767
Accounts Receivable153811174652
Prepaid Expenses & Other Current Assets12258561646
Property & Equipment, Net122508134242
Security Deposits7242271599
Total Assets2960789321312869
Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses601919552694
Deferred Income19256790228
Refundable Advance32028274526038
Grants Payable170309417704436
Deferred Rent112032181023
Total Liabilities2114028613054419
Net Assets
Board Designated Reserve15000001500000
Temporarily Restricted20872082808077
Total Net Assets84676078258450
Total Liabilities & Net Assets2960789321312869

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