Golfing for Kids and Other Upcoming Projects

Golfing and raising money for children’s charities — what could be better on a sunny afternoon? On September 18 the Triad BNI chapters did just that.

The recent Winston Lake golf tournament was a successful fundraiser for local kids’ memberships to the Salvation Army’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America. This program helps kids in need receive the mentoring and great learning activities to grow through after school programs. BNI has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of America in the past, but this is a first for the version of the club run by the Salvation Army.

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New Classrooms, New Books for Oak Creek Academy

by Brian Watkins

Oak Creek Academy of Killeen, TX is home to a wider variety of students than some schools, notably in having programs for children with Autism and Aspberger’s to learn at their own pace. The school educates students of all ages and all abilities. Director Tracy Fogle Hanson is passionate about guiding youth to become productive adults.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Becky Isbell about some recent projects that made this school bigger and better than ever.

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Socks for Kids at Austin Independent School District

by Brian Watkins

Business Voices rings strong in Texas. The Austin Independent School District recently received a donation that brought immediate comfort for students so they can better focus on learning.

Students of the school district, ranging from elementary school all the way through high school, did not consistently have socks to wear each day when coming to class. After a connection made with Nicole Connely of AISD, local BNI chapters could examine the schools’ situations more closely.

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Rebuilding Hope in Ormoc City

By Brian Watkins

San Jose Elementary ClassBack in November 2013 BNI directors from around the world traveled to Long Beach for what would be a particularly memorable International Directors Conference. Somewhere off the coast of the Philippines at that same time, Typhoon Yolanda began gaining force. That oceanic storm would prove to be among the most powerful the world had ever seen.

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Aiding Schools One Robotics Class at a Time

By Brian Watkins

The robotics students at Flat Rock Elementary recently got a big boost to their equipment. On June 4, BNI Directors, Antonio McCoy and Glen Coleman, presented Principal Draugn with a $625 check for new parts that will allow kids a wider variety of robotics projects. The funds were raised by local BNI chapter members.

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Helping Schools One “T” at a Time with Business Voices

get_involvedOver the years, the BNI Foundation has done amazing things to support children’s educational organizations – schools, community projects and other educational organizations. Since starting our charitable focus over 17 years ago, the BNI Foundation has contributed over $3 million to non-profit, charitable organizations like Junior Achievement (Young Enterprise), Boys and Girls Clubs, Claremont Educational Foundation, Flat Rock Elementary, Super Stars Literacy, Tareto Maa – Kenya, Little Rock Orphanage and School – Kenya, and Building Blocks – India, among many, many others.

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Givers Gain Grants Update

With the launch of the BNI Foundation’s Business Voices movement in August, 2014, more excitement, energy and support has been building within BNI than ever before for the great work we have been doing over the past 18 years in children’s education. As a result of the enthusiastic reaction, we plan to begin supporting Business Voices with our Givers Gain Grants program.

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What Happens When Business Voices Meets Kids Are Heroes?

Gabe and MaryMargaretThe BNI Foundation is excited to announce a collaborative effort between the BNI Foundation and Kids Are Heroes®. Beth Misner, co-founder of the BNI Foundation, was introduced by BNI Director Consultant, Michael Barbieri, to Gabe O’Neill, proud dad of MaryMargaret O’Neill (founder of KAH), in Atlanta, Georgia, during International Networking Week in February, 2015. Their shared mission of educating and empowering children told them it was kismet that brought them together. They made plans almost immediately forge a strong partnership.

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Help Us Feed Inner City Kids!

Feed the Need UgandaAfter returning from an impactful trip to Zimbabwe, former BNI Select Business Source Chapter member Steve Sargent introduced his chapter to an opportunity they never expected. Steve used his presentation time, not to present on his business, but to present an opportunity for the chapter to literally save lives by giving two hours of volunteer time. Sargent found that in keeping with BNI’s Givers Gain® philosophy, chapter members were eager to help.

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