BNI FOUNDATION SILENT AUCTION

Beautiful Beach With Blue OceanOne of the most exciting events at the BNI US Conference this year for the BNI Foundation is the BNI Foundation Silent Auction! This is silent auction features some fantastic experiences:

 

Become a Sonoma Valley Winemaker!

Blending Seminar

Winery Tours & Tastings

3 Night Stay & Airfare for 2 (Within the US)

 

Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience

For those Chicago Cubs Fans!

Tickets for 2 to a home game

3 Night Stay & Airfare for 2 (Within the US)

 

Tuscan Culinary Escape

Ready to go to Rome? We are!

Private Cooking Lessons

Winery and Olive Oil Press Tour & Tasting

2 Night Stay in Rome (for 2)

5 Night stay in Tuscany (for 2)

**Airfare is not included in this package**

 

Misner Galveston Island Condo Getaway

Palisades Palms Beach Club Tower

6 Night, 7 Day Stay Right on the Water!

Ocean View

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, access to all amenities

**Airfare is not included in this package**

 

If you are looking for a way to go on vacation while supporting the BNI Foundation, this is it! If you are unable to come to the BNI US National Convention and wish to bid on a package, email volunteer@bnifoundation.org  for an absentee ballot.

 

The auction items will be available for view and pre-bidding from May 18th – May 20th at our BNI Foundation table. The Silent Auction will continue through the BNI Awards Dinner and end at 9:00 PM EST. All winners will be announced after dinner!

 

We cannot wait to see you there!

 

Regards,

 

Erica Gifford

Volunteer Coordinator

The BNI Foundation

BNI Foundation US Conference Walk and Talk May 2017

IMG_9699 3A few years back, Beth Misner, Co-Foundation of the BNI Foundation, initiated a fun event. Beth decided to start walking on Saturday morning of the BNI Convention. In the beginning, she invited a few special people to walk with her and to conduct 1:1 conversations. This idea grew into a larger event, with many BNI leaders, members, and GST staff participating. It has not just become a BNI Foundation tradition, but a fun event at BNI Conventions, both locally and globally. Some walk, some run. This is your perfect opportunity for a casual dance card or 1:1 with Graham Weihmiller, Beth Misner or Stephanie Starr.

 

The Walk and Talk (or Run) will take place on Saturday, May 20th at 6:15AM. Please register online here.  We are happy to take registrations on-site, but this year, we are adding a fun t-shirt to our first 50 registered walkers and runners as a THANK YOU!

 

Register Today, as t-shirts are going fast.  Show your BNI Foundation support and pride!
We cannot wait to see you there!

 

Regards,

 

Erica Gifford

Volunteer Coordinator

The BNI Foundation

Learn about the BNI Foundation and it’s programs at the BNI US Convention

Every year, the BNI Foundation is lucky enough to be a guest at BNI US Conference. BNI and the BNI Foundation have a unique relationship – we are two separate entities, but exist simultaneously, sharing resources and embodying the concept of Givers Gain®.

 

This year, from May 17-20, Stephanie Starr, the BNI Foundation Executive Director, will be joined by her “Dream Team” of Volunteers from around the US to help to educate and inform BNI leaders how the BNI Foundation can help Members Make More Money while cause networking. The BNI Staff and volunteers, including some BNI Executive Directors, will be on hand to help BNI Executive Directors and Director Consultants learn how to implement service projects in their area to increase their bottom line, improve member retention and growth, and spread the word about BNI in their area.

 

Here are four main ways you can learn about the BNI Foundation and its programs at the BNI US Convention:

 

1.Our Booth – Learn more about the BNI Foundation and its programs! Opens at 8 AM on May 18th and closes at 4pm on May 20th.

2.Our Walk and Talk – We are hosting a Fun Walk and Talk (or Run) on Saturday morning, bright and early at 6:15! Register here and be sure to get a premiere spot and t-shirt.

3.Our Auction – Have you always wanted to become a Sonoma Wine Maker or attend a baseball game at Wrigley Field on the rooftop or vacation on the beach in Galveston? If so, come bid at our silent auction on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the BNI Foundation Table. We will announce all winners during the Gala.

4.Our Round Tables – The BNI Foundation is hosting an information round table on Saturday, May 20th. Stop by our table to sit down with Stephanie Starr and other Executive Directors, Director Consultants and Regional Administrators who are working with the BNI Foundation to see how to implement it in your region.

 

Feel free to drop us a note at info@bnifoundation.org before the show to set up a One to One.

 

We cannot wait to see you there!

 

Regards,

 

Erica Gifford

Volunteer Coordinator

The BNI Foundation

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The Time is Here…Full Speed Ahead

Four months ago, the BNI Foundation was very happy to bring Stephanie Starr, Executive Director, onto our wonderful team. BNI Foundation Board Chair, Jeff Stay, and Co-Founder and President, Beth Misner have been closely working with Stephanie to share the culture of Givers Gain, our vision and mission (which she, in turn, helped us codify), and our future dreams for just how many kids we can impact with our initiatives.

It was Beth’s intention from the beginning to take off the foundation president’s hat within the next six months, after a time of working closely together with Stephanie to lay the best groundwork possible for our agency.

That time is here! Stephanie is now completely handling the operations of the BNI Foundation, interacting with our Board of Directors, and leading our other staff and volunteers. Beth will be stepping fully into her role as Co-Founder and will remain on the Board of Directors as board secretary. Expect to see both of them embracing their complementary roles over the next few months, and join us in congratulating them both on this milestone.

New to the BNI Foundation team are Beth Omecene Epperson, Director of Marketing & Communications with Middle Man Marketing, and Grace Sanchez Hagen, Development Consultant with the Grace Group.

We invite you to learn more about our Business Voices Teams by exploring our website, joining us at Facebook on the BNI Foundation page, or signing up for one of our Launchpad Zoom Web Calls on the 4th Monday of the month.
The young people in our world are only 20% of our total population, but they are 100% of our future! How will you join us to be a positive contributor to their story?

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Kids Need Us to Be in Their Stories

We were recently interviewing a school principal to learn more about how our local Austin Business Voices Team could help with the students’ and the school’s needs when she shared something that really jumped right out at me. She said, “While we have a lot of physical needs here, such as technology components, and science lab upgrades, what we need most are mentors for some of our most challenged youth.” She went on to share that for the population of students who come from challenging home environments, having interaction with successful business people like our BNI members could make a world of difference.

This is the heart of our Business Voices movement. We realize that where there are young people, there are needs that we can help with. I heard from a BNI director in another country, where education is managed differently than here in the US, who said that they don’t need to do school supply drives for their schools. Their governments provide thoroughly for the needs of the schools. And yet, I can’t help but think about the challenges of navigating through the teen-aged years, the emotional needs all developing young adults have, and how much caring and concerned members of their own communities could help them in any number of creative ways.

And so we have our call to action: who’s story are you in? What young person is going to look back on their life and remember YOU as the caring business owner he or she had interaction with that influenced their path in a positive way?

We invite you to learn more about our Business Voices Teams by exploring our website, joining us at Facebook on the BNI Foundation page, or signing up for one of our Launchpad Zoom Web Calls on the 4th Monday of the month.

The young people in our world are only 20% of our total population, but they are 100% of our future! How will you join us to be a positive contributor to their story?

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Who Inspires You?

By Beth Misner, BNI Foundation President: Most of us can identify someone in our lives who has inspired us to do something more than we thought was possible to accomplish. There have been many people who have inspired me personally. My husband, Ivan, BNI Founder and my Co-Founder in the BNI Foundation, inspires me every day, and I know he has inspired a fair number of you, too. His heart beats to Givers Gain – it truly does inform his life and his teaching.

And Sir Richard Branson is someone who has inspired both me and my husband. His thoughts on Business being a part of solutions needed around the globe to the various challenges we face today inspired us on many levels, most of all within the BNI Foundation. He inspired us to reach deeper in the communities all around us to do more than simply find deserving teachers to whom to send our Givers Gain® Grants.

I have kept Sir Richard updated as YOU have embraced our Business Voices initiative – creating a conduit between Business and Education for children’s education. I shared just a few of the many amazing stories with him, all of which come as a result of his vision for Business getting our hands on challenges like the ones faced in Education. Those of you who are part of a Business Voices Team are inspiring us all.

It is overwhelming to have a concept and to watch people gather around it and move with me into the unknown – to watch Business Voices unfold in real time. It is amazing to me to think about how many children are going to have different, more positive experiences because you hear this call to reach into their lives and help where it is needed.

So, although addressed to me, I extend Sir Richard’s praise on where we are today with our movement to you, because you truly deserve the majority of the gratitude. You are the ones out there in the world constructing the conduit I could only envision. To you we say:

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Jeff Stay elected Chairman of BNI Foundation Board of Directors

Miami, FL – The BNI Foundation announced that Jeff Stay will serve as the organization’s new board chair. The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, is composed of a vast network of companies that pair donors with member-referred charities. With the support of its global and local communities, BNI has been providing educational resources to children for more than 18 years.

Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation has stayed true to its Givers Gain® mantra. This philosophy holds the belief that a positive impact can be made to the international business climate through providing quality education to kids around the globe. With the help of the Business Voices initiative, BNI collects donations to build schools and awards mini-grants to hundreds of teachers in the 72 countries where BNI operates.

“Jeff Stay has played an integral role in the growth and success of the BNI Foundation,” said Beth Misner, co-founder and board secretary of 18-year-old foundation. “We’re excited about the energy and leadership he will bring to our growing organization.”

Jeff Stay is Executive Director and Founding Member of BNI Miami-Dade. Under Stay’s leadership, BNI-Miami Dade received the honor of being named the # 1 region in the United States based on its record growth, performance and member participation. Furthermore, Stay carries experience from serving as a past board member for both the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and Family Resource Center of South Florida.

A great local example of the good South Florida BNI members have done for the community is the Fill My Ride campaign where four local teachers were invited to a local Office Max for a shopping spree to help them defray the cost of supplies for their classrooms. BNI Miami Dade along with Stay and Misner paid for all their shopping, which amounted to approximately $2000 in supplies.

And at a recent Tuesday Network Nights event, local BNI members were invited to FILL OUR RIDE and they did. Stay’s large Toyota Sequoia was filled to the brim. It took 5 teenage boys 5 trips to get everything out of the car. Our best guess puts the donation of school supplies from members at about $3000. Additional monies were also raised to purchase gift cards and scientific equipment for local classrooms. In total, $6,500 in contributions and school supplies were raised.

“We couldn’t be happier with the generosity and hard work of our BNI members,” said Stay. “Helping kids get good educations continues to be the top priority of the BNI Foundation.”

Stay received his Master’s Degree in Law Firm Management from George Washington University. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, he has proven himself to be successful entrepreneur and engaged member of the South Florida community. The BNI Foundation is very excited to have Jeff Stay as our Founding Board Chair.

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Business Has A Voice in Education

BNI Foundation Co-Founder and President, Beth Misner, had a chance meeting at a local, Austin restaurant with a family from Houston. Michael was here to attend a rally to ask our state government not to cut funding for programs that help medically fragile children with their needs, including learning and keeping up with their counterparts as they undergo necessary medical care.

You’ll love meeting Charlotte, Michael’s young daughter, as Beth interviewed her daddy about their efforts. Remember, Business Voices is an initiative of the BNI Foundation. Our Business Voices teams say: “Bureaucracy Not Involved.” How can we help education and kids? That’s our #1 question.

We are improving tomorrow’s business through education today. Our mission is to create a conduit between Business and Education for children’s educational needs. Charlotte is just one of the reasons why we do this!

Please leave a comment below if you want to join Beth in the BNI Foundation and help us help kids with our unique and powerful movement.

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Business Voices – Powered by BNI

Austin, TX by Beth Misner:  Not long ago, I was incredibly fortunate to have three minutes to share the mission of Business Voices with a media and marketing expert, Joel Roberts. Joel is a former, prime-time, KABC radio talk show host in the #1 radio market in the world – Los Angeles. Today he is President of his own media and communications consulting firm based in LA and New York. His clients range from major publishers and best-selling authors to Fortune 500 corporations such as Lockheed-Martin, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Wal-Mart and Target. He also coaches many prominent politicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs like Kinkos founder, Paul Orfalae, and celebrities, including rock star Kenny Loggins.

And for just a few minutes, I was blessed that he was MY impromptu coach while I explained what I am bringing into the world through my vision for Business Voices. As I gave Joel my 60-second presentation about Business Voices, I could see him growing more excited. I told him that I can see entrepreneurs have a unique way of viewing challenges and addressing problems, and when business owners find out more about what the needs of local schools and educational organizations are, they are able to provide creative and effective solutions that are not wrapped in a lot of red tape.

Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 4.21.56 PMAt this point, he nearly leapt up off his chair. “BNI, BNI,” he said, “You say it stands for Business Network International, but with your Business Voices initiative, you could also say it stands for Bureaucracy Not Involved!

He nailed it . . . his perception of why this movement is catching hold so easily and quickly was insightful and exciting. That’s exactly it — We as business owners are not held back by the bureaucracy that is creating such paralyzing difficulties for educators to teach well, impeding their access to the resources they need to keep kids engaged and interested, and causing many other challenges they face.

I was first struck by this realization after having a long conversation with Richard Branson about his B Team concept. If you follow my social media, you will have no doubt seen the photo of Ivan and Richard that I pulled out of an iPhone video I made of the two of them talking about the B Team and how business could make huge, positive differences in the world. He is exactly right!

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 11.03.36 PMAnd where better to start unleashing this vision for creating a conduit between Business and Education than within BNI, an organization filled with entrepreneurs who live by a Givers Gain philosophy and are able to embrace a movement whose rallying cry is Bureaucracy Not Involved?

The support of the business community is like a giant pair scissors that slashes right through the red tape that keeps teachers tied up. As a global citizen, I personally am tired of watching our teachers and schools struggle to operate in such a highly dysfunctional system.

Business Voices is an idea whose time has come — Bureaucracy Not Involved — and we need you to help us get on top of this huge area of concern. Will you help us?

Learn more about our movement.

Stephanie Star newest BNI board member

BNI Foundation Welcomes Starr Director to the Team

Charlotte, NC – January 10, 2017: “The BNI Foundation is poised for a watershed year due to  the support of our newest team member,” says Board Chair, Jeff Stay of Miami, FL.

With a focus on children and education, the BNI Foundation received it’s non-profit status earlier this year.  “We are thrilled to announce that Stephanie Starr has joined our Charlotte, NC-based team as our Executive Director,” Stay continues.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS degree in Psychology and Hunter College School of Social Work with a MSW. She obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate in August 2016 and has been a LCSW, licensed clinical social worker since April 1997.

“Stephanie’s 14+ years of leadership and management experience in both for-profit and non-profit agencies will benefit the BNI Foundation’s operations,” according to Stay.

Starr’s former roles included directing complex strategic business initiatives in the areas of process improvement, organizational transformation, organizational restructuring, and human capital management. Some of her accomplishments in her last position at a non-profit agency include increasing the agency budget by 67%, increasing annual campaign gifts by 41%, implementing a comprehensive and integrated client and donor software system, rebranding the agency (including logo), updating the agency website, developing a donor stewardship and legacy program, and revamping and overhauling all workflows and operations.

“We are very excited to bring Stephanie into the BNI Foundation to help us achieve our ambitious organizational goals,” maintains Stay.

Stephanie has lived in Charlotte for almost 21 years with her husband, Steve and their three children. “I am very excited to use my skills and expertise to benefit a non-profit with such a great focus and opportunities as the BNI Foundation,” Starr shares.

With BNI Foundation affiliates in five countries, Starr now has the opportunity to expand her horizons beyond the confines of Charlotte.

To learn more about the BNI Foundation, go to www.BNIFoundation.org.

 

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