What is Business Voices?

The BNI Foundation has a long, proud legacy of helping out where schools have needed extra funding for projects not provided for by school districts or state funding. A pivotal factor of our philanthropic work was the creation of the Business Voices initiative to provide even more to the schools which have with the greatest needs.

Our initiative pairs BNI members and concerned, engaged and motivated corporations, service clubs and community groups with schools and educational organizations to help them find the resources they need to have maximum impact on the kids of our communities.

BNI (Business Network Int’l.) is Ground Zero for this initiative, which is rapidly expanding to include many collaborative partners. Within the Business Voices movement, we agree that BNI represents our rally cry: Bureaucracy Not Involved!

Support looks different depending on what the schools or educational organizations identify as their greatest challenges. In some communities, poverty is one of the top challenges. Kids need food to eat or socks and underwear to wear! In other communities it may be bullying, eating disorders, or alcohol use. That is why we recommend listening to what the schools, and even the students, identify as their unique challenges. Wherever there are young people, there are ways they will benefit from having us in their stories.

We call this work cause networking — and who better to lead the way with cause networking than the world’s largest, most successful networking organization?

Why Business Voices?

Inspired by a cry from an inner-city community in Ferguson, MO, Beth Misner responded to one parent’s televised plea for help with the dire situation in that community’s schools by starting the Business Voices movement as an initiative of the BNI Foundation. Business Voices is a global movement focused on creating a conduit between Business and Education to meet children’s educational needs. Business Voices is now being taken to many countries around the world by companies and service organizations.

Entrepreneurs have a unique way of viewing challenges and addressing problems,” Beth Misner explains. “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.

Start a Business Voices Team

Business Voices is Creating a Conduit Between business and Education to Meet Children’s Educational needs.

Form your Team

  • Complete the Business voices Activation Process found here.
  • Select A Community OutReach Champion.
  • Select an Eeducational organization to work with.

Meet With School

  • Schedule a meeting with the educational organization
  • Determine the educational organization’s Five Biggest Needs.

Implement your Project

  • Choose a project to address one or more of the school’s needs.
  • Assign a project team Member participation is voluntary.
  • Develop and implement the project.
  • Share photos,videos and details with the BNI Foundation.

Business Voices is Creating a Conduit Between business and Education to Meet Children’s Educational needs.

Form your Team

  • Complete the Business voices Activation Process found here.
  • Select A Community OutReach Champion.
  • Select an Eeducational organization to work with.

Meet With School

  • Schedule a meeting with the educational organization
  • Determine the educational organization’s Five Biggest Needs.

Implement your Project

  • Choose a project to address one or more of the school’s needs.
  • Assign a project team Member participation is voluntary.
  • Develop and implement the project.
  • Share photos,videos and details with the BNI Foundation.

Start a Business Voices Team

Business Voices is Creating a Conduit Between business and Education to Meet Children’s Educational needs.

Form your Team

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Complete the Business voices Activation Process found here.

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Select A Community OutReach Champion.

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Select an Eeducational organization to work with.

Meet With School

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Schedule a meeting with the educational organization

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Determine the educational organization’s Five Biggest Needs.

Implement your Project

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Choose a project to address one or more of the school’s needs.

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Assign a project team Member participation is voluntary.

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Develop and implement the project.

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Share photos,videos and details with the BNI Foundation.

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Business Voices Activation Process

In order to initiative a Business Voices Team, you will need to activate your team.

The process is simple. Please follow these steps.

    1. Send an inquiry form from the BNI Foundation website or via email to: info@bnifoundation.org
    2. BNI Foundation staff or representative will contact you to discuss your inquiry.
    3. The BNI Foundation staff or representative will contact the Executive Director of your region to inform them of your inquiry.
    4. The Executive Director may have existing Business Voices Teams within the region or may have no experience with Business Voices. If the Executive Director has no experience with Business Voices, the BNI Foundation Staff or representative provides the following:
      1. Overview of Business Voices and the role of the BNI Foundation with focus on being a value-added partner and component to facilitate 3+1
      2. Discussion of the Business Voices and BNI Foundation vision, mission, goals and objectives to help the ED understand who we are, what we are doing, and how it will help them, including their community.
      3. Review of active Business Voices Initiatives in the US
      4. Discussion of the Business Voices Infrastructure requirements, including the chapter Business Voices Community Outreach Champion and Business Voices Team Leader for their region(s) and training requirements.
    5. The Executive Director will review, complete, and return the Business Voices Activation Checklist to the BNI Foundation at info@bnifoundation.org.
    6. The BNI Staff or representative shall send a welcome packet via email and will phone you.
    7. The BNI Staff or representative shall assess what (if any) training you and/or your Business Voices Team will require and shall send the team to the appropriate training:
      • Overview of the BNI Foundation and Business Voices Initiative
      • Business Voices Team Leader Training
      • Business Voices Community Outreach Champaign Training
      • How to plan, execute, and market your Business Voices Initiative (including setting metrics and success measures)
    8. Once the team receives adequate training, the BNI Foundation staff shall officially activate your Business Voices Team.
  1. Send an inquiry form from the BNI Foundation website or via email to: info@bnifoundation.org
  2. BNI Foundation staff or representative will contact you to discuss your inquiry.
  3. The BNI Foundation staff or representative will contact the National Director (ND) of the country to inform them of your inquiry.
  4. The National Director may have existing Business Voices Teams within their country or may have no experience with Business Voices. If the National Director or the country has no experience with Business Voices, the BNI Foundation Staff or representative provides the following:
    1. Discussion of the Business Voices and BNI Foundation vision, mission, goals and objectives to help the ND understand who we are, what we are doing, and how it will help them, including their community
    2. Discussion of Philanthropic Giving in their country, and how their culture views charitable organizations, to ensure we understand how that will play a role in our success
    3. Discussion of the Authorization Agreement, including those items that are frequently problematic within the BNI Foundation – International Affiliate relationship
    4. Review of Events, Projects, and the various charitable projects that the BNI Foundation has done across the U.S. and in select International markets
  5. The National Director will review, complete, and return the Business Voices Activation Checklist to the BNI Foundation at info@bnifoundation.org.
  6. The BNI Staff or representative shall send a welcome packet via email and will schedule a phone call with you.
  7. The BNI Staff or representative shall assess what (if any) training you and/or your Business Voices Team will require and shall send the team to the appropriate training:
    • Overview of the BNI Foundation and Business Voices Initiative
    • Business Voices Team Leader Training
    • Business Voices Community Outreach Champaign Training
    • How to plan, execute, and market your Business Voices Initiative (including setting metrics and success measures)
  8. Once the team receives adequate training, the BNI Foundation staff shall officially activate your Business Voices Team.

If you are interested in starting a Business Voices Initiative,
please contact info@bnifoundation.org

Resources

Business Voices Toolkit

Welcome to the Business Voices® movement. We are a global group of business owners and professionals who believe we can make a real difference in kids’ lives by helping with their educational needs.

You have heard about Business Voices, learned just enough about our movement to know that you want to know more, and now you are asking, “What’s next? How do I help?

We are glad you asked!

We created this Business Voices® Toolkit to help you along the way. Within the pages of our toolkit, you will find real stories of real business people JUST LIKE YOU who have joined our efforts and are seeing kids changing the trajectory of their lives day by day. Who knows? Maybe someday it will be your story that we are sharing with others as this movement continues to grow and bring more people together.