Everything we do, we do for long-term development and educational approaches investing in people and economic growth to contribute back to our shared community

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We host multiple events every year, either Annual Youth Summit, Community & Volunteer Project, or conferences. Please check the specificity dates and the type of events on our event page

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Our team is made up of passionate and committed individuals who care about our community and provide the highest level of quality services

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Who We Are: Our Mission


The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 that provides educational and vocational support to the Burmese community in greater Indianapolis. The BACI also support community members regionally, nationally, and globally through new initiatives, collaborative and strategic partnerships, and advocacy.

With a Vision of Education for all, a stronger community... Learn More

Help Us Reach our Goal

At BACI, we maintain a high standard of accountability and transparency with the use of grants and gifts our donors entrust to us. We are always trying to keep our overhead rate low. In the past year, we used 95 percent of our total operating expenses towards programs that directly benefit students and community.

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Latest News Releases

The Community Leader Award is given to an outstanding leader that provides services and assistance to the Asian/Pacific Islander Community in Indianapolis April 23, 2017 Indianapolis, Ind. – Elaisa Vahnie, executive director of the Burmese American Community Institute, will be honored Sunday by the Asian Student Union of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis at its annual Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner. Vahnie, a leader in the Myanmar community, is one of three recipients receiving an award recognizing a community leader, a faculty/staff member … read more

March 24, 2017 — A group of students from Grinnell College, Iowa successfully completed a Service Project with the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) today. A week long service project hosted at BACI encompassed helping area high school students linguistically and academically with college preparedness and for their future success, empowering new Americans with security in their rights and liberties through Citizenship instruction and naturalization assistance, and assisting newcomers to be self-sufficient allowing them to give back to their communities and to … read more