Spotlight on BNI member Jay Bell, Philanthropist

As Ivan and I travel around to many BNI regions all over the world, we are constantly amazed at how philanthropic our members are. I guess it should come as no surprise that business professionals who are drawn to an organization whose philosophy is Givers Gain® would be givers themselves.

We want to shine the spotlight from time to time on these members and tell you a little bit more about what they are doing that is having an impact on their own communities. Our first spotlight member is Jay Bell, a financial adviser for Northwestern Mutual in Maryland and member of the Baltimore B Chapter of BNI.

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BNI Member Produces and Films Documentary About the BNI Foundation

Imagine our great surprise and excitement when Jonathan Morgan Jenkins of Performance Production Services, a BNI member of the Platinum Coast Chapter in Orange County, CA, approached Ivan and me last year with his intention to do a special project for the BNI Foundation. Jonathan shared with us that he chooses one charity each year for which to do a feature film. Jonathan’s gift for bringing out the best of a company through video production has benefited numerous non-profit organizations. Now it is benefiting BNI’s non-profit!

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Help Us Help Moore, Oklahoma

Our hearts are broken with all those who have lost so much in Moore, OK. We have heard from BNI ED, Chesca Bailey, who says the following: “Thank you for your prayers for all the people in the Moore, Oklahoma area. We have heard of one member losing everything, and a number of others with relatives displaced. Your support is greatly appreciated, as it is truly unbelievable the devastation.”
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Youngest Donor to the BNI Foundation

At the US National BNI Directors’ Conference, the BNI Directors supported our charitable work and donated over $1800 to our charitable work. Ivan and I promised to match the donations which came in at the conference, so that brought our total raised to just over $3600. THEN on Sunday morning, Andrea and Mark Stough of BNI SW FL had a group dance card with Dr. Misner. Their young son, Brendon, gave a cash donation of $50 to the BNI Foundation!

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We LOVE Boston

Please read the following letter from our BNI Boston Executive Director, Patti Salvucci:

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our members who have reached out to us regarding donations to the families and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Any donations totaling $250 may be directed to the One Boston Fund via the BNI Foundation. Chapters collecting $250 or more should write one check and send it to:

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Like Us On Facebook

You’ve probably heard that BNI has a charitable foundation called the BNI Foundation, which has donated almost two million dollars to charitable causes.  However, when it comes to knowing where all that money comes from, where it goes, and what the Foundation really is all about, you might still be scratching your head.

The best way to learn the simple facts about the Foundation and stay in the know about how BNI is helping to make the world a better place is to click “Like” on the Foundation’s Facebook page.

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