Boys Haven – Givers Gain® Grant Recipient

Boys’ Haven is a general residential operation in Beaumont, Texas that serves boys ages 5 to 17 and provides a port for stormy times in the boys’ lives. Many of these boys come from single parent homes and are in need of a more structured environment. Some are referred by Juvenile Probation Departments and the Department of Family and Protective Services. The program is based on the principles of discipline and hard work, a program where natural consequences occur and privileges are earned. Boys Haven has been in operation for more than 70 years.

 

 

The organization will use the $1000 Givers Gain® Grant to enroll its residents in the Equine Therapy Summer Program provided by Stable Spirit. The therapy is designed for those who have suffered some form of abuse or neglect in their lives. The boys learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses and discussing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and patterns. The BNI Foundation is proud to support Boy’s Haven and the fine work they do.

Video Contest

Video Contest Winners Announced

To highlight the incredible impact adults can have on the lives of children, we asked our supporters to submit video “testimonials” describing an adult who significantly influenced their life. We received many inspiring one minute videos sharing stories of mentors, coaches, teachers and other leaders who inspired and even changed the trajectory of lives between kindergarten and high school graduation.

The first place winning video is above. Josh Perry of FusionForge Consultants describes a volunteer named Ray who brought knowledge, passion and excitement to a Junior Achievement economics course he taught at Josh’s high school. “As a result of the time spent with Ray, I went on to donate time back to my local high school,” says Josh, “For four years as a volunteer with a local youth ministry active in the school and for another two years as a substitute teacher.”  Josh’s prize for winning the contest is a day with BNI Foundation co-founders,  Ivan and Beth Misner, in Austin, TX.

Second place went to Lonnie Young of Young & Company. In the video (view HERE) Lonnie remembers the man who turned him on to math, which led to him becoming an accountant. Lonnie’s Prize was a $75 Amazon gift card.

Our third place winner (view HERE) was Robyn Smith. Robin recounts how her mailman inspired her entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Robin recieved a $50 Amazon gift card as a prize for sharing her story.

Congratulations to our winners, and  thank you to all of the entrants for participating. Their videos illustrate how even small gestures and actions by adults can make a big difference in  children’s lives.

Back to School Supply Drive

The ABC’s of Back to School Giving

This summer’s Business Voices® Back to School Supply Drive is in full swing. Now is the time to review our toolkit for supply drive project ideas and how-to’s. The toolkit is a great source of information you will need to plan and execute a successful drive to bring much needed support to local schools. There are a number of different approaches you can use and details for each one are in the Business Voices® toolkit.

The Back to School Supply Drive is an easy way to impact students’ learning experiences. You can make school a better place for students and teachers just by providing school supplies.  Our June blog post illustrated how most teachers must pay out of their own pockets for necessary supplies that are not provided by the schools. This is an important time of year for teachers to collect the supplies they will need throughout the school year. Help the children in your community to feel empowered by having the items they need to focus and learn.

The toolkit should have all of the information you need, but if you have any questions about projects or starting a Business Voices® team, contact us at info@bnifoundation.org.

Givers Gain® Grants Awarded

Givers Gain® Grants Awarded

The BNI Foundation awards the Givers Gain® Grants to schools and educational organizations twice a year in May and December. Ten awards of $1000 each are typically awarded. The grants are used to enhance classroom learning with the goal of benefiting as many classrooms, teachers and students as possible. Here are the winners for May.

Boys Haven of America, Inc. – Beaumont, Texas – Project Funded: Equine Therapy Summer Program

The grant funds will be used to provide Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning sessions for residents of Boys’ Haven who have all experienced some form of abuse or neglect in their lives. The boys learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses and discussing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and patterns.

Project 16:49 – Janesville, Wisconsin – Project Funded: Building Self-Sufficiency in At-Risk Youth

This grant will be used to purchase ARISE evidence-based life skills curriculum for teens. The curriculum helps students with a number of topics including anger management, domestic violence and sexual abuse, self-esteem, time management, career networking, finances, health and hygiene, school drop-out prevention, nutrition and exercise, and safety.

Humble I.S.D. Education Foundation – Humble, Texas – Project Funded: From MOSAIC Masterpieces to Beyond

The grant money will be used to purchase two cash registers, a bar code label maker and supporting materials. Our program supports students age 18 to 22 with special education as they transition from school life to adult life. The registers will be used at our MOSAIC store and at shows and events where the students sell items and crafts they make themselves.

Clara J. Peck Elementary – Greensboro, North Carolina – Project Funded: Resource Center

We are establishing a resource room where students and their families can study, get help from teachers, work on assignments and receive help from volunteers and school workers. The grant funds will go toward computers, printers, furniture, reference books and supplies for the resource center.

Congratulations to all of the Givers Gain® Grant recipients. We wish you success in your endeavors.

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.

Jeff Stay Board of Directors

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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