History

The Bosnian-American Professionals Association was founded in April of 2013 in Salt Lake City. The organization is incorporated as a non profit in the state of Utah. In 2015 BAPA received the 501(c)3 determination letter. The organization is managed by an all volunteer board. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, BAPA relies on contributions from individuals, including board members, corporations, foundations and government entities. BAPA’s primary purpose is to provide networking opportunities for fellow Bosnian-Americans and foster continued professional growth in our community. We are working on accomplishing these goals through community outreach, mentoring programs, and a scholarship fund, while strengthening connections to our homeland. BAPA envisions an organization that will assist Bosnian-Americans in navigating the education system and aid professionals in furthering their career goals at all stages of educational and professional development.

BAPA has decided to follow a new wave of membership models. We track our success by the number of folks we engage, be it participating in an event, sharing and supporting a cause on social media, being part of a committee or leading a chapter and organizing an event. We feel that engagement is most beneficial to our community as a whole. We also feel that by collecting a yearly membership fee, we would be taking away funds from local organizations, whom many of you already support. We strive to offer networking opportunities by working with various partners, both locally and nationally. Our events usually have minimal operational costs, as most of the venues we select are free or have only minimal costs, and are already utilized by the communities they serve. When we work on larger events, we seek out corporate and non-profit sponsorship. We pride ourselves on supporting successful existing BiH projects in North America, and rallying nationwide awareness.