BRC is data-driven, results-oriented, and committed to accountability to our clients, our community, and our supporters.
We have been recognized repeatedly for our management excellence and for developing innovative and effective programs. We regularly submit ourselves to rigorous independent evaluation, and have consistently received top rating from CharityWatch.
In 2016, BRC was named a national finalist for the prestigious Drucker Prize, recognizing the most innovative nonprofits, across all sectors, in America.
In 2015, BRC was a winner of the NY Community Trust's Nonprofit Excellence Award. Other recognition includes the Eli Lilly Foundation's Reintegration Award for success in helping the mentally ill homeless achieve stability and independence in housing, and the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award for our effective collaboration with the MTA and NYPD in assisting the unsheltered homeless in the subways on a path to health and stable housing.
BRC is supported primarily through government contracts, which account for more than 75% of agency operating revenues in the last three years. Development and maintenance of these funding streams is subject to various federal, state and city regulations, with a highly structured environment through which funds are sourced through requests for proposals and sustained through predetermined reporting and contract renewal processes, creating a highly effective and transparent process.
BRC utilizes private contributions to fund important program innovations — programs such as our Safe Haven, Landing Road, and Chemical Dependency Crisis Center programs that are changing the way homelessness is addressed in our city and our field. Learn more about our innovation.
We’ve always prioritized accountability to our clients. They are our primary customers; they founded BRC.
It was the men living in the Bowery’s infamous flophouses who came together as the Bowery Residents’ Committee, believing that despite their struggles, they could do better if someone would listen to their hopes and give them another chance to achieve their goals. 45 years later we’re still doing that. We have well-established mechanisms for engaging all of our stakeholders, and especially our clients.
Our donor contributions also help ensure we can grow and support our incredible team and further develop our infrastructure. Our team of more than 750 dedicated professionals is an important part of our success. See staff portraits.
We are highly successful in bringing in private contributions to meet our goals: Since 2005, BRC revenues have approximately doubled overall, while revenues from contributions have increased more than fourfold. BRC’s management and Board adhere to the highest standards of financial planning and oversight to ensure current and long-term fiscal stability, and professional and ethical practice. Fundamentally, we know that to be mission driven and successful, BRC needs to live within its means. Growth must be driven not only by meeting the increasing demands of the population we serve, but also by managing resources so that we can serve our clients adequately, effectively and responsibly, this year and in the future.