Operational Overview

The Foundation operates with a three-pronged approach to address the needs in targeted areas:

1. Assessment

The Foundation remains as a grant-making organization that seeks to affect positive change from the ground up. In the initial part of its process, the Foundation conducts a scoping analysis to get an idea of the lay of the land and what organizations are already doing work in the region. It then conducts a needs assessment test to see exactly what areas need the most attention to create an impactful social transformation. The Foundation uses very skilled consultants specialized in charitable work in the areas of interest.

2. Request for Proposal

In the second part of the process, the Foundation issues requests for proposals (RFPs) which are carefully crafted to ensure a positive outcome in the areas of interest. The RFPs look for local grassroots organizations that are the closest to the issues and have the most knowledge of the people, therefore know best how to solve the issues afflicting the affected communities. Further, the RFPs look for excellent management and financial controls so that grants will likely be handled properly and efficiently.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation

In the final step, after the grants have been distributed, the Foundation continues to follow up with the grantees to ensure that proceeds are being used properly and that there is an effective, measurable impact. The monitoring and evaluation phase allows the Foundation to see what impact it had made and which areas need more work. Further, this phase allows the Foundation to hear the voices of those most affected and make changes based on their input.

Utilizing this approach, the Foundation is most effectively able to address problems in multiple areas and empower various local grassroots organizations to tackle the problems in a way that is indigenous and organic. Finally, the Foundation keeps a very close eye on the impact and works constantly to improve itself and its work.

Tariq Hussain, Esq. Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.

Tariq Hussain, Esq. is the managing partner at Bervann Capital. In 2011, Tariq left a well-paying job at a law firm in Manhattan with dreams of doing bigger things. That same year, Tariq co-founded a nonprofit organization from scratch addressing poverty relief, food insecurity and other areas in New Jersey. The SMILE Organization was launched from Tariq’s house with a budget of under $10,000. In just seven years, SMILE Organization has become one of the largest social services organizations in New Jersey with an annual budget of $1 million. Tariq is also an attorney by profession and co-founder of Hussain & Khan LLP in 2012. Tariq practiced in the areas of corporate and nonprofit law in addition to civil rights law. His search for bigger things also led him to establish multiple successful businesses in the real estate sector. In 2018, Tariq committed to the Vision and Mission of Bervann Foundation which is the culmination of his own passion, ideas, expertise and experiences.
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Tariq Hussain, Esq. Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.

Tariq Hussain, Esq. is the managing partner at Bervann Capital. In 2011, Tariq left a well-paying job at a law firm in Manhattan with dreams of doing bigger things. That same year, Tariq co-founded a nonprofit organization from scratch addressing poverty relief, food insecurity and other areas in New Jersey. The SMILE Organization was launched from Tariq’s house with a budget of under $10,000. In just seven years, SMILE Organization has become one of the largest social services organizations in New Jersey with an annual budget of $1 million. Tariq is also an attorney by profession and co-founder of Hussain & Khan LLP in 2012. Tariq practiced in the areas of corporate and nonprofit law in addition to civil rights law. His search for bigger things also led him to establish multiple successful businesses in the real estate sector. In 2018, Tariq committed to the Vision and Mission of Bervann Foundation which is the culmination of his own passion, ideas, expertise and experiences.

Sannia Qazi, Chief Consultant.

Sannia is the owner and principal consultant of Qazi Qonsulting. With over 8 years of experience, Sannia has been employed by some of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Most recently, she worked as a strategy associate at Open Society Foundations (OSF), which was founded by George Soros. During her time at OSF, Sannia was a lead officer for the OSF Women’s Rights Program. Her duties included refining theories of change, refining the results framework and establishing protocol for monitoring and evaluating grantees. Sannia also designed organizational survey for a $67 million fund to study the extent to which the reserve funds enable dynamic and responsive grantmaking. Sannia has a Masters in International Development, and a Bachelors in Management Science and Information Systems. She is also an executive coach, supporting ambitious professionals in the realization of their goals. Sannia’s main focus on measuring programs’ impact, portfolio strategy, monitoring and evaluation has spanned across philanthropy and international NGO. Sannia recently founded a nonprofit consulting firm, from the same desire that drives you: to leave a positive impact on the world. Qazi Qonsulting works exclusively with non-profits, philanthropies, and social impact projects. Its mission is to help maximize impact through improving strategies, optimizing processes, and measuring results.
Sannia has a great passion for sincerity in the work being done for the people and places a strong commitment on community-based narratives. Her tremendous experience and fundamental know-how in the industry, coupled with a genuine personality and proven leadership ability are critical to the Foundation’s operations.
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Val Nzhie, Board Member and Director of Development.

Val Nzhie is the Vice-President, Capital Raising and Investors Relations at Bervann Capital. Val is a citizen of Cameroon, residing in New York; currently on assignment to launch the company’s office in Greenwich, Connecticut. At 19 years old, after his father passed away, Val had to work to pay for College; the driven young man signed a partnership with a local movie theatre and launched the FMM “Friday Movie Mass”, a weekly rendezvous where thousands of college students in Yaoundé would gather to watch a package of 3 movies at a unique price. Local businesses and social organizations would then use that platform to communicate with the youth. At 21 years old, Val signed another partnership with a local music company, and ran a national tour in the cities of Bamenda, Bafoussam, Douala and Yaoundé promoting artists, while encouraging them to use their celebrity status to raise awareness on social issues. At 25 years old, Val co-founded an educational marketing company that assisted thousands of local students from Cameroon to study in reputable colleges and universities in Europe and North America, with the #DaringGoal to return home, help build and develop Africa. At 30 years old, Val partnered with a US firm and moved to New York to launch a Connect company that facilitates young professionals’ integration in the challenging New York City through access to housing, new technology and getting plugged within a community; in 6 years, the company has assisted over 9,000 young professionals from all over the US + Oversea countries. As a natural outcome, Val serves as Chairman of the MYP – Manhattan Young Professionals. In 2013, Val founded a NYC Real Estate Investment firm serving as liaison platform between private Investors and Property owners; a successful venture that led him to land the most recent position of Vice-President, Capital Raising and Investors Relations at Bervann Capital. He recently joined the Organizing Committee of the US Investments & Partnerships Forum 2018, a Private International event set to attract thousands of Executives from 100 countries, to discuss tangible business collaborations. Feeling beyond blessed at 36 years old, Val is dedicating his free time, his professional platform and available resources to work towards #Giving Back to bring opportunities to under privileged areas in Africa and around the world. His devotion and commitment to Bervann Foundation’s Vision and Mission are Limitless.

Val Nzhie, Board Member and Director of Development.

Val Nzhie is the Vice-President, Capital Raising and Investors Relations at Bervann Capital. Val is a citizen of Cameroon, residing in New York; currently on assignment to launch the company’s office in Greenwich, Connecticut. At 19 years old, after his father passed away, Val had to work to pay for College; the driven young man signed a partnership with a local movie theatre and launched the FMM “Friday Movie Mass”, a weekly rendezvous where thousands of college students in Yaoundé would gather to watch a package of 3 movies at a unique price. Local businesses and social organizations would then use that platform to communicate with the youth. At 21 years old, Val signed another partnership with a local music company, and ran a national tour in the cities of Bamenda, Bafoussam, Douala and Yaoundé promoting artists, while encouraging them to use their celebrity status to raise awareness on social issues. At 25 years old, Val co-founded an educational marketing company that assisted thousands of local students from Cameroon to study in reputable colleges and universities in Europe and North America, with the #DaringGoal to return home, help build and develop Africa. At 30 years old, Val partnered with a US firm and moved to New York to launch a Connect company that facilitates young professionals’ integration in the challenging New York City through access to housing, new technology and getting plugged within a community; in 6 years, the company has assisted over 9,000 young professionals from all over the US + Oversea countries. As a natural outcome, Val serves as Chairman of the MYP – Manhattan Young Professionals. In 2013, Val founded a NYC Real Estate Investment firm serving as liaison platform between private Investors and Property owners; a successful venture that led him to land the most recent position of Vice-President, Capital Raising and Investors Relations at Bervann Capital. He recently joined the Organizing Committee of the US Investments & Partnerships Forum 2018, a Private International event set to attract thousands of Executives from 100 countries, to discuss tangible business collaborations. Feeling beyond blessed at 36 years old, Val is dedicating his free time, his professional platform and available resources to work towards #Giving Back to bring opportunities to under privileged areas in Africa and around the world. His devotion and commitment to Bervann Foundation’s Vision and Mission are Limitless.

Blair Hamilton, Consultant

Blair is a native Floridian from Sarasota, 3 hours north of Miami. She graduated from Portland State University in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. Blair has been living in New York for the past 12 years. While in College, Blair volunteered with an organization that develops affordable housing and supportive programs for some of Portland Oregon’s most vulnerable residents. She worked on diversifying funds for the Community Builders Program by building an earned income venture. With over 10 years of experience as an Urban Planner in New York, coupled with a strong organizational and administrative background, Blair dedicates her blank availability to work with the Foundation in all planning related aspects and give the highest level of attention to every project she is involved in. She also assists grant applicants and prospective donors through the inquiring process.
Blair Hamilton, Consultant

Blair Hamilton, Consultant

Blair is a native Floridian from Sarasota, 3 hours north of Miami. She graduated from Portland State University in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. Blair has been living in New York for the past 12 years. While in College, Blair volunteered with an organization that develops affordable housing and supportive programs for some of Portland Oregon’s most vulnerable residents. She worked on diversifying funds for the Community Builders Program by building an earned income venture. With over 10 years of experience as an Urban Planner in New York, coupled with a strong organizational and administrative background, Blair dedicates her blank availability to work with the Foundation in all planning related aspects and give the highest level of attention to every project she is involved in. She also assists grant applicants and prospective donors through the inquiring process.

Joel Dominique Nkoa Eloundou, Board Member and Director of Operations.

Joel Dominique Nkoa Eloundou is a tech executive in Montreal, Canada. Joel is a Canadian who was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa. In 2003, after his high school diploma in Yaounde, Cameroon, Joel left Africa to study Engineering in Canada, where he graduated in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Information Technology. With 15 years under his belt in North America, Joel has worked for small, medium and large Canadian corporations in technology and telecommunications; Joel also serves as Consultant at Bervann Sports Management, a US sports management company that supports US and international athletes in the areas of Brand and Philanthropy management, current and post-career financial and business planning. But Joel never forgot where he came from, he’s very active within the African and international community in Montreal, and has always shown a strong interest in taking up new challenges to create a positive social impact on society.
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Joel Dominique Nkoa Eloundou, Board Member and Director of Operations.

Joel Dominique Nkoa Eloundou is a tech executive in Montreal, Canada. Joel is a Canadian who was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa. In 2003, after his high school diploma in Yaounde, Cameroon, Joel left Africa to study Engineering in Canada, where he graduated in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Information Technology. With 15 years under his belt in North America, Joel has worked for small, medium and large Canadian corporations in technology and telecommunications; Joel also serves as Consultant at Bervann Sports Management, a US sports management company that supports US and international athletes in the areas of Brand and Philanthropy management, current and post-career financial and business planning. But Joel never forgot where he came from, he’s very active within the African and international community in Montreal, and has always shown a strong interest in taking up new challenges to create a positive social impact on society.

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Shahroz Ahmad, Youth Ambassador.

Shahroz is a law student at Rutgers Law School, entering his final year. He worked at Warner Bros. Records, directly assisting the director of business and legal affairs. Shahroz also serves as a Consultant for music and entertainment affairs at Bervann Entertainment, a global music agency which aims to bridge the gap between US and international artists. Sharoz is also an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. As an up and coming artist, he gained recognition after legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex shared his single “Won’t Change” Featuring Joe Budden. He released his debut album “No Rose Without Thorns” in 2017 which is available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and most major retailers. Shahroz has recently been featured on The New New York official Apple Music playlist which showcases emerging hip-hop artists in the New York area. He has worked with charitable organizations such as Islamic Relief and SMILE Organization. With those organizations, he performed and developed creative projects to raise funds for causes such as building water wells along the horn of Africa and providing resources for local food pantries. With his dedication to giving back, Shahroz serves as Youth ambassador in helping to raise awareness for many of the foundation’s important causes within the youth community.

Shahroz Ahmad, Youth Ambassador.

Shahroz is a law student at Rutgers Law School, entering his final year. He worked at Warner Bros. Records, directly assisting the director of business and legal affairs. Shahroz also serves as a Consultant for music and entertainment affairs at Bervann Entertainment, a global music agency which aims to bridge the gap between US and international artists. Sharoz is also an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. As an up and coming artist, he gained recognition after legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex shared his single “Won’t Change” Featuring Joe Budden. He released his debut album “No Rose Without Thorns” in 2017 which is available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and most major retailers. Shahroz has recently been featured on The New New York official Apple Music playlist which showcases emerging hip-hop artists in the New York area. He has worked with charitable organizations such as Islamic Relief and SMILE Organization. With those organizations, he performed and developed creative projects to raise funds for causes such as building water wells along the horn of Africa and providing resources for local food pantries. With his dedication to giving back, Shahroz serves as Youth ambassador in helping to raise awareness for many of the foundation’s important causes within the youth community.

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