Be The Change Volunteers
503 E Nifong #230
Columbia MO 65201
Mission Statement

Empower Communities Through Education Locally

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Grant Venable
Board Chair Mr. James Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Missouri Columbia
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Mission Statement

Empower Communities Through Education Locally

Background Statement Formed in 2007 when friends rebuilt a school used in the Rwanda Genocide. Since that time BTCV has provided education infrastructure, equipment and training both here in the USA and abroad.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from 2016:
  1. Secured funds for Kansas City Ozanam Library
  2. Completed education projects in Peru, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda
  3. Raised $40,000 for Sustainability Endowment Fund
Goals for 2017:
  1. Complete education projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Peru
  2. Increase the number of active volunteers
Needs Statement
  1. Sustainability Endowment Fund (SEF) $4million-currently $327,000 of SEF has been raised
  2. New self-funded traveling volunteers
  3. Legacy or corporate project funding
  4. International flight vouchers or funding
  5. Upgraded office and media equipment
Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Executive Director Grant Venable: When I was a kid it seemed like missionaries were always asking first for money to survive so that they could do the mission they felt called to. It seemed like they constantly lived in fear of not having enough to cover operational needs. I decided I did not want to go that route. Cash for organizational survival is usually the greatest challenge to the quality of the mission. This is true for BTCV. Our point of difference with others is that we give focus to sustainably of operations each year. A key success in this has been the creation of an endowment for operations. Until the endowment reaches it goal we have a sustaining member program and dedicated donors specifically for operations with the understanding that once the endowment is complete all outside funding will be directed to the projects. Overall the ongoing success of the organization and projects is due to the commitment of recurring volunteers. We have people all behind the mission every day. They are our greatest success.
Description El Chino High School is a new high school that allow students to attend school closer to home.
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Education Assistance
Population Served International, ,
Short-Term Success Measurable increases in program enrollment, attendance and graduation rates at projects. Improved reading and general education skills reported. These directly correlate with local job growth and more stable local economies.
Long-Term Success
The long term goal for our students is to graduate the highest possible grade of schooling and enter the workforce or create new jobs because of their education.
Program Success Monitored By We measure programs with annual project reports which are compiled and distributed as our annual report. We conduct program evaluations and spot inspections.
Examples of Program Success Most recently our project partner reported increased graduation and improved reading thanks to the El Chino High School project. The project gave the start to the Kansas City Chapter.
Description The Kansas City Chapter is a sub-group of the national organization Be The Change Volunteers.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Volunteer Training & Placement
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success has been the active involvement of Kansas City Chapter members on projects both abroad and locally in Kansas City.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal of the Kansas City Chapter is to engage people in Kansas City with opportunities to improve education for students world-wide.
Program Success Monitored By
The program is successful as long as participants:
  1. Meet quarterly 
  2. Identify and plan to participate on programs 
  3. Take action and participate in programs
Examples of Program Success Marc Scott of Kansas City, Mo with Alan Rohlfing of Liberty, Mo together started the equipping process of the Ozanam Library. They ran the program evaluation and are over logistics for the books.
Description The Gayaza Community School in Gayaza Uganda is a primary through high school campus.  In 2016 BTCV refurbished the school's vocational classrooms and installed temporary classrooms for the primary school.  Over the next 8 years BTCV will complete new classrooms and teacher housing units. 
Program Budget $200,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Africa, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short - term success in part has been completed by the construction of temporary classrooms.  This reduced the schools monthly overhead by over $700 USD as those classes were meeting in rented space.  
Long-Term Success
Other success measures:
  1. Completion of new classrooms
  2. Student graduation increase
  3. Teacher housing completed
  4. Teacher retention improved  
Program Success Monitored By BTCV leadership conducts annual reporting and site visits to monitor the programs success. 
Examples of Program Success
  • Increased monthly budget by over $700USD for Gayaza School
  • Increased enrollment in the vocational program because of improved infrastructure.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Grant Venable
Term Start Jan 2012
Experience Public relations, team leader, site evaluator, registered EMT, international project management.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Cook
Company Affiliation University of Missouri Columbia
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Mrs. Erin Burri ReMax
Mr. James Cook University of Missouri Columbia
Dr. Crystal Cook University of Missouri Columbia
Ms. Shari Hamilton Community Volunteer
Dr. John Heidrich Ventana Animal Clinic
Dr. Brian Van Vechten VRCC
Mr. Doug Willett Professional Environmental Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 7%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 7%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $290,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$284,149$267,917$206,526
Administration Expense$1,483$1,470$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.081.241.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%99%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$649,249$341,796$109,597
Current Assets$407,441$99,988$37,573
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$649,249$341,796$109,597
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Be The Change Volunteers
Address 503 E Nifong #230
Columbia, MO 65201
Primary Phone (573) 823-4120
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Grant Venable
Board Chair Mr. James Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Missouri Columbia
Year of Incorporation 2008