Business Voices™

Business VoicesTM  


Using Cause Networking to Improve Education

BNI has a long, proud legacy of reaching in and helping out where schools have needed extra funding for specific projects not provided for by school districts with their work through the BNI Foundation. Recent news events have moved co-founders, Beth and Ivan Misner, to create the Business Voices movement as an initiative of the BNI Foundation to be able to provide even more to the schools which have the greatest needs with the help of BNI members and concerned, engaged and motivated corporations, service clubs and community groups.

The BNI Foundation is bringing its Business Voices initiative to your community

“Our BNI members want to help, they have a Givers Gain heart, and they have resources to share, but they just need to know what the needs actually are,” Beth Misner, BNI Foundation cofounder shares.


“I believe we can all do more to find out what the needs are in our schools and speak out, sharing the needs with our business community so that we can work together to change the critical situation in our schools today,” Beth asserts. “It may seem like our educational challenges are insurmountable, like a huge mountain. We know it is there, but it’s so huge, what can anyone really DO about it?” she asks.

BNI Foundation’s Business Voices initiative gives you a shovel, points to a spot on the mountain, and says to you: “There – Dig right there.” We believe that if enough of us pick up shovels and begin to dig where we can this mountain will be leveled!


“Education is the great equalizer,” Ivan has said this for years. “I do not see the problem with education today mainly as a racial problem, or a social problem. It really is a socio-economic problem. When there is the level of hopelessness within, with seemingly no chance of reaching that golden ring, and apathy without, with not enough people caring or willing to stand up in order to mobilize resources to bring that ring within the grasp of our underserved children, then we continue to have a problem that is perpetuated generation after generation.”

BNI cares and we know you do, too! Business Voices uses Cause Networking to address the needs of our schools. Our movement can create a conduit for powerful collaboration to happen within the business community to move the needed resources into our schools. The question is, will you help us do this?

You may not be able to make a world of difference, but you CAN make a difference in the world!

Support Our Partners

Kids are Heroes Logo

Make a Difference Today!


Become a Business VOICES Hero or Super Hero to kids now!

Your support can really help others that need it.

The Business Voices initiative is designed to be organic – viral – adaptable.

Examples of a Business Voices campaign in your community—You choose which one works for you or create your own!

Business Community 5-5-5 Focus:

  • Corporations or collaborative business communities (BNI Regions, service clubs or other community groups) identify the 5 most underfunded schools in their area and work together to identify and fulfill their top 5 needs.
  • 5 BNI Chapters within a BNI Region become Super Heroes and support 5 Givers Gain® Grants to the 5 most underfunded schools to fulfill 5 needs.
  • Corporations or collaborative business communities invite 5 educational non-profits to visit their offices or chapter meetings over the course of 5 weeks to learn what their top 5 needs are and how they can help.

School Focus:

  • Corporations or collaborative business communities adopt a school and support programs for which there is limited funding on a per-student multiplier (such as $5 per student/$25 per student/$50 per student).
  • Corporations or collaborative business communities send 5 volunteers into a school via Boys and Girls Club or comparable program to donate 5 hours per month as mentors or tutors.


Share your comments and ideas below: