Converse Shoe Drive

We are excited to announce the new fundraiser we are launching now that will run through the end of the BNI National Conference taking place in Denver from March 26-28. We have partnered with Clothes to Kids of Denver for a Converse Shoe Drive. With each donation we will provide a pair of quality sneakers to a Denver child in need. Converse, especially the All Stars, became iconic shoes when they first appeared in the 1920’s. Since then they have come to be known for their durability, longevity and versatility. 

Teaming up with Clothes to Kids is a natural fit. Since 2008, Clothes to Kids of Denver has provided new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families. Clothes to Kids of Denver recognizes that inadequate clothing could be a barrier to success among low-income children and youth.  A new pair of Converse will  help boost confidence and allow for an enhanced school experience.  

We are asking for donations of Converse shoes during the BNI National Conference in all kids sizes. Alternately, we will accept monetary donations which will be used to purchase additional shoes. Please bring your Converse donation to the BNI US Conference or make your monetary donation at our website, https://bnifoundation.maxgiving.com/pay/step_1, and visit Clothes to Kids of Denver’s website to learn more about their work, https://clothestokidsdenver.org.

Networking Week

International Networking Week Fundraising at BNI Oregon & SW Washington

The Oregon & SW Washington BNI chapters used International Networking Week as an opportunity to bring members and local business leaders together to raise hundreds for local youth focused non-profits. The first event, a networking mixer in Vancouver, attracted 70 BNI members and local business professionals. All of the proceeds from the event were donated to Bridge the Gap, a nonprofit that provides resources to children in the foster care system.

Next in Portland, a networking mixer brought in over 100 BNI members and local business professionals. This event raised $500 in support of Young Entrepreneurs Business Week. This statewide, Oregon initiative helps to educate youth in business, leadership and teamwork while encouraging them to explore the business world through hands-on experiences.

“It was great to come together to network with local businesses and give back to the community at the same time! BNI Oregon & SW Washington is proud to support Bridge The Gap and Young Entrepreneurs Week,” said Mary Burleson, BNI Oregon & SW Washington’s Regional Communications Coordinator & Chapter Launch Coordinator. Congratulations to everyone involved for a successful couple of events.

Impromptu Fundraiser

Keifer Sutherland Helps Collect $1,000 for BNI Foundation at Impromptu Fundraiser

Fundraising for the BNI Foundation was a huge success at this year’s BNI US National Conference in Las Vegas. The Foundation has surpassed it’s goal of raising $20,000 in direct donations. At the end of the conference the BNI Foundation had raised $26,000 as well as signed up six new Heroes and five new Super Heroes. Heroes and Super Heroes are supporters who commit to donate $50 a month and $100 a month respectively.

In a chance encounter, actor Keifer Sutherland, who was visiting the Red Rock Casino, was kind enough to offer his support for an impromptu fundraiser at the hotel lounge. Guests were quick to demonstrate their generosity, donating cash, and even poker chips, right on the spot. By evening’s end, Mr. Sutherland had helped raise $1,000 to contribute the Foundation’s goal.

The funds raised will allow the BNI Foundation to double the number of Givers Gain® awarded this year. We would like to thank all of the BNI Foundation’s supporters and donors that are helping us reach our goals. Remember that the BNI Foundation is your Foundation, and its work is only possible when our members drive home the Givers Gain® core value.

 

The Triad’s 2016 Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Last year’s golf tournament was a success, raising thousands of dollars for the Boys and Girls Club. The folks involved in the Business Voices movement are preparing for the second annual golf tournament on September 30, which is a Friday. That gives the team the summer to put things in order for a fantastic day for the community.

This year’s golf tournament will be at the Maple Chase Country Club, and will feature raffles, swag bags full of goodies, and of course various golfing packages for visitors and their friends.

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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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