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Boston Network for International Development (BNID)

 101 Huntington Avenue, Suite 2205
 Boston, MA 02199
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[email protected]
Adam Korn
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EIN 26-2842331

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA BNID
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

BNID's purpose is to serve as a point of connection for groups and individuals in the Boston area who are concerned with issues of international development and global justice.

Mission Statement

BNID's purpose is to serve as a point of connection for groups and individuals in the Boston area who are concerned with issues of international development and global justice.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $22,500.00
Projected Expense $17,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Events in Boston

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Mission Statement

BNID's purpose is to serve as a point of connection for groups and individuals in the Boston area who are concerned with issues of international development and global justice.

Background Statement

BNID was founded in 2004 and reestablished in 2010 by our Director, Adam Korn with the purpose of serving as a resource and point of connection for the Boston area international development community. Few metropolitan regions are as favorably placed to address the challenges of global poverty as the Boston area, with its wealth of institutions focused on various facets of international development. Through connecting with each other locally, individuals and organizations of all types – profit and nonprofit, academic and nonacademic, informational and activist – can have a greater impact globally.

Impact Statement

To connect the community of Greater Boston to the challenges of international development by creating opportunities for dialog and action. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Increase student engagement and preparation for action on international development issues.
  • Facilitate the sharing of ideas among international development professionals and academics with the aim of enhancing development interventions.
  • Serve as a catalyst for Boston residents to take direct action on international development issues

Needs Statement

Funding to put on capacity and community building events - $1,000.00 per event
Funding for a comprehensive review of the stream of our website statistics and data - $1,000.00
The ability to organize and fund a day-long retreat for our board and key partners - $1,500.00
Funding to update our organizational directory platform to make it easier for users to find information - $1,750.00
Large scale event to bring together 20 Boston-based international development organizations - $5,000.00

CEO Statement

Our team at the Boston Network for International Development (BNID) has been hard at work this summer to make significant improvements and upgrades to our website. These changes include:
  • A greatly expanded organizational database that now includes over 250 organizations whose work is related to international development and based in the Boston area.
  • A redesign of our posting pages which will make it significantly easier for our users to add jobs, events and new organizations to our website.
  • The creation of all new promotional material that we plan to distribute to our partner schools and organizations in fall 2016.
Furthermore, we have been increasing our efforts to promote original content on our Blog ( 

Thank you for your interested in BNID, if you ever have any questions or are looking for ways you can partner please feel free to contact us at [email protected].


Adam Korn
Boston Network for International Development

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Your assistance will allow BNID to enhance its reach in the Boston area. Specifically, this grant will help us assist over two hundred organizations find new volunteers for their events, help fill internship and full-time positions, and continue to do the work that they do to make this world a better place.

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Development
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Alliances & Advocacy

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Events in Boston

Between August 2015 and July 2016 we held four events.
  • BNID's International Development Networking Night (149 People Registered)
  • BNID Networking Night with the British Consulate (121 People Registered)
  • BNID Networking Night and Career Panel (130 People Registered)
  • International Affairs Happy Hour (280 People Registered)
In addition, we brought on the following organizations as co-sponsors for these events: Boston International, Acumen Boston, Mercy Corps, Next Mile Project, Hostelling International, Impact Hub Boston, World Boston, United Nations Association of Greater Boston, British Consulate of New England, and the Heller School at Brandeis University. 

What makes our programs different than many of the other peer organizations in the area that hold events as that all of our events are free. Our target audience is undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals. We would like to encourage our peer organizations to work with us in future events.
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Development
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) US& International Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  In the last year, BNID has welcomed two new paid sponsors to help supplement our work these sponsorships have ranged from $750 - $2,500 and are a great way to help organizations or academic departments promote their worthwhile causes. Our current sponsors include:
  • The Boston University Pardee School for Global Studies
  • The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
  • American University, School of International Service
  • World Education
Program Long-Term Success 

Since the new website was built the number of events, internship/job openings and organizations that have been added to our website has risen dramatically. We directly attribute this to the current ease to post all types of content. Furthermore, another way we measure our impact has been the traffic that is now coming to our website. In July 2014, we had over 33,000 page views with over 11,000 unique visitors. This represents about a 50% in growth for both page views and unique visitors year over year.

Program Success Monitored By  re the We are able to track the success of our organization by both the growth in the number of daily users of our website, the subscribers who receive our weekly newsletter and the growth in the number of individuals who are attending our events. 
Examples of Program Success 

At our event in July 2016, we had 280 people register for this event and the event completely sold out over a week before it was supposed to take place. To an organization that has a yearly operating budget of $20,000 to establish a networking that garners so much interest is a great example of our progress. In addition, it strongly demonstrates that there is a significant need and interest for our organization to continue holding future events.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In spring 2013, the BNID Advisory Board was reestablished. The purpose of this Advisory Board is to help grow and support the organization. The members of the advisory board represent some of the leading individuals in the academic and nonprofit arenas in the Boston area and have been instrumental in helping us establish a presence at some of the major academic departments and organizations throughout the area. Amber Oberc, the US Managing Director for the Tanzanian Children’s Fund, became the BNID Board Chair in January 2016.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Adam Korn
CEO Term Start Dec 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Adam Korn is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Suffolk University Law School in the class of 2017. Adam received his Master of Arts from the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University in 2012 in International Affairs. Furthermore, Adam received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Political Science from Boston University where he became interested in the fields of law and development. Adam has served as the Director of BNID since 2012 and his responsibilities include managing the day-to-day activities of the organization including overseeing all staff and projects.
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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Vladimir Grenkov Director of Technology Vladimir Grenkov is BNID’s Director of Technology. He graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and Boston University with an Master of Arts in 2010, both in Economics. A voracious programmer since the age of 10, he combines his economic acumen and coding to tackle problems in business operations, tech administration and marketing. Vlad co-founded Pixel Machinery, a technical consultancy, programming, and design shop. He also teaches Principles of Economics and International Economics courses at Fisher College.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association The Next Mile Project

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mrs. Amber Oberc
Board Chair Company Affiliation US Managing Director for the Tanzanian Children’s Fund
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Professor Jenny Aker Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University Voting
Professor Joseph Assan Assistant Professor of International Political Economy of Sustainable Development in the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, at Brandeis University Voting
Hillary Chisholm Development Associate at Partners In Health Voting
Brian Concannon Director of the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Voting
Luwam Dirar Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University Voting
Raina Fox Partnerships Director at Millennium Campus Network Voting
Justin Kang Executive Director of City Awake Voting
Vicky Kelberer Pardee School of Global Studies MA Candidate and Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Boston University Voting
Abigail Kelble Managing Director Millennium Campus Network Voting
Sonia Kikeri MBA Board Fellow from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University Voting
Simone LaPrey Student at Brandeis University NonVoting
Cully Lundgren Director of Development with Mercy Corps Voting
James MacNeil Vice President of World Education's Asia Division Voting
Amber Oberc US Managing Director Tanzanian Children's Fund Voting
Shivam Senjalia Curriculum Advisor for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston Voting
Jon Shaffer Community Engagement Coordinator at Partners In Health Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): African
Gender Female: 6
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $22,500.00
Projected Expense $17,000.00
Form 990s --
Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $22,951 $27,622 $24,750
Total Expenses $20,951 $26,622 $18,800

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$22,751 $26,985 $24,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $200 $637 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- $750
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $20,951 $26,622 $18,300
Administration Expense -- -- $0
Fundraising Expense -- -- $500
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.04 1.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets nan% nan% nan%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have created a system that allows our organization to keep costs low while at the same time allows us to invest as much as possible into our online platform and hosting events.

Foundation Comments

Boston Network for International Development (BNID) became fiscally sponsored by the Millennium Campus Network Inc. in 2016, as noted in the above posted fiscal sponsor letter (attached to the IRS Letter of Determination). Prior to that, BNID was part of Boston University and utilized the nonprofit status of Trustees of Boston University. As such, the financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per BNID. There are no assets and liabilities listed for the BNID as the assets and liabilities were calculated at the level of the prior parent organization, Boston University.
Please note, BNID's fiscal year 2015 budget is posted on this profile's Documents tab for your reference.



The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, we hope that 1,100 new members will join the site. This growth would represent 25% growth year-over-year and we believe will be possible with the establishment of new relationships with academic institutions. Over the last year, the website has been streamlined to the point that it has become very easy to join the website, and we hope to development new partnerships with academic institutions to have them encourage their students to join our email list. 

In 2017, we also hope that we will be able to organize four free events with at least 75 people in attendance

In June 2016, we had our most successful month where over 11,000 unique users visited our website. We believe that with the potential of our upgrades and updates we can reach 14,000 unique by the end of 2017.

Finally, BNID is always looking for ways to financially sustain the website. In 2016, BNID found two new sponsors our program (American University and World Education). We hope that by December 31, 2017, we find an additional three organizations / academic departments to pay $1,000 or more individually to advertise or be featured on the website. These partnerships are critically important for the growth of BNID because we believe if academic institutions pay to be sponsors of BNID they will be likely to encourage their students to use our resources.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In Summer 2016, the Ansara Family Fund generously supported BNID and through their funding, we have been able to expand our website and hope to reach out to new members. Now that BNID has a state-of-the-art platform we feel that it is in our interest to help refine our work and specifically put forth plans to help improve our users experience on our site.

The following is a list of upgrades to the website that are a result of the recent support of the Ansara Family Fund.

· A greatly expanded organizational database that now includes over 250 organizations that are related to international development and based in the Boston area. This is by far the largest organizational directory of its kind.

· A redesign of our posting pages which will make it significantly easier for our users to add jobs, events, and new organizations to our website. 

· The expansion in the number of free networking and educational events we can hold. In July 2016, BNID held our largest event ever (a networking night) and sold over 280 tickets. 

One of the most effective ways we can judge our progress as an organization is by recognizing the growth in our website traffic. In June 2016, BNID had 11,374 unique visitors with 33,614 page views.  We believe that have a strong online presence will allow us to bring our robust online community to offline events. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The strongest asset we have is our core team. Our Director, Adam Korn, co-founded the organization in 2010 and still runs the organization. Our Director of Technology, Vlad Grenkov, has been with the organization since 2013. Furthermore, our Board Chair, Amber Oberc, has been on the Board since 2014. These core individuals have allowed BNID to expand at a steady pace by not losing any institutional memory through a rapid turn-over of staff. 
In addition, one of our other core assets is our website, which we have coded from scratch and have put in thousands of hours of work over the last five years. Due to our core teams familiarity of our platform we are constantly working to improve our user's experience by asking for feedback and responding to this feedback.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We keep an exceptionally close eye on the number of individuals who are signing up for our weekly newsletter both month-over-month and year-over-year to evaluate the effectiveness of our online platform. We have had consistent growth for nearly three years and believe that through regular surveying of our members we can monitor the effectiveness of our work. We conduct the following surveys (via SurveyMonkey):
1. Every time someone posts an event or job/internship they are automatically sent a survey a month after the post. 
2. Every summer we send out a survey to all of our members and leave this survey open for three to four weeks.  
We also would like to implement the following additional surveys. 
1. Surveying individuals who attend our events. 
2. Sending out a survey after members have been receiving the BNID weekly newsletter for one year. We currently send out a welcome email after members have been receiving the newsletter for a month and therefore we know that MailChimp has the capacity to automatically send out a survey like this.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

In 2017, it is our goal to bring our online platform offline. Over the last few years, we have seen significant interest from our members for more local international development community events. While we have planned ad-hoc events over the last three years, we believe that 2017 we have reached a point in our organization that we want to direct more attention to events to bring the Boston international development community together.

It will require more staff time and resources to ensure we can keep all events free. If you are a student or young professional, and an organization is charging $20 to attend a networking, this is a significant barrier to entry.  We want to encourage as many people to attend our events as possible to foster needed conversation.