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Build Change

Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations.

Disaster Relief, Economic Development


Date Founded: 2004
Number of Staff: 100

Description of Services:
Build Change designs disaster-resistant houses in emerging nations and trains builders, homeowners, engineers and government officials to build them. Build Change uses low-cost, disaster-resistant construction methods that will continue to be used once it leaves the area. We collect and spread best practices and lessons learned from post-disaster housing construction programs; identify needs and develop culturally appropriate training and construction manuals; and work with engineering experts to evaluate, develop and test innovative, low-cost methods for building and strengthening houses using locally available materials and skills.
Founded in 2004, Build Change has implemented post-earthquake programs in Indonesia, China and Haiti. Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, is a civil engineer, an Echoing Green Fellow (2004), Draper Richards Fellow (2006), Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow (2009), Lemelson-MIT Award Winner for Sustainability (2011), Schwab Foundation US Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee (2011), and a Fulbright Fellow to India (2002). In addition, Build Change is a 2008 Tech Awards Laureate and winner of the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Category Cash Prize. Build Change's work has been featured by the New York Times, abcNEWS World News Tonight, Christian Science Monitor, BBC Website, National Public Radio?s All Things Considered, and BusinessWeek.
Accomplishments & Progress:
Since 2004, we have worked with homeowners, builders, engineers, building materials producers and government officials to rebuild and retrofit safe houses in Bhutan, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines, impacting over 230,000 people. Due to Build Change, there are 22,000 people trained in the basics of safe construction and over 10,500 jobs created.

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Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $3,198,768 $3,589,096 $2,382,916
        Program Services Expenses: $3,142,875
(88% of total)
(85% of total)
(87% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $290,463
(8% of total)
(8% of total)
(6% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $158,339
(4% of total)
(7% of total)
(7% of total)
        Total Expenses: $3,591,677 $2,843,612 $1,311,204

Local Partners: Mercy Corps, Cordaid, J/P HRO, Oxfam International, CARE International, CHF International, Swiss Labour Assistance, Save the Children, Architecture for Humanity, UNOPS, USAID. Additional Affiliations: SEAOC Award of Excellence (2013), SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award (2013), Schwab Foundation (2011), Clinton Global Initiative (2010 - current), Ashoka-Lemelson (2009), Draper Richards Foundation (2006), and Echoing Green (2004). Build Change has affiliations with local non-profits, universities, private construction companies, and government institutions around the world.

Elizabeth Hausler Strand
Founder and CEO Phone: 303-953-2563
Development Director:
Hailey MacEachern
Fund & Partnership Development Manager Asia
Phone: 303-953-2563
Volunteer Coordinator:
Trena Moya
Business Manager
Phone: 303-953-2563
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Paul VanderMarck, Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand
Dr. Martin Fisher
Josh Litwin
David Friedman
Sig Anderson

535 16th St., Suite 605
Denver , CO 80202
United States
Phone: 303-953-2563
Web: http://www.buildchange.org

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