The beginnings of Care4Kenya go back to the Summer of 2013. In my Sales Manager Moment during one a BNI meeting, I asked for an introduction to a hairdresser. My then-Chapter President, Kimber Lee, referred me to Judy Kasue. I had a 1-2-1 with Judy who was not a BNI member at that time. I was so impressed with Judy and her family as I learned about their humanitarian work in Kenya. When I mentioned that my teenage son, Dustin, was struggling with depression, Judy said, “Dustin should come to Kenya with us.” When our families met in the summer of 2012, Dustin learned that 40% of Kenyans (approx. 16 million Kenyans) don’t have access to clean water. For the first time in years, Dustin caught a vision of how he was needed and that he could make a difference.
The BNI Foundation co-founders, Beth and Ivan Misner, released a statement yesterday pertaining to the establishment of an emergency relief fund for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The Misners will match the first $10,000 donated to the BNI Foundation and directed to Philippines Typhoon Relief. Please note in the Comments Field that your donation is for Philippines Typhoon Relief.
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.
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!
We are making plans to hold the Second Annual Chocolates and Cha-Cha party for the BNI Foundation on February 8, 2014 to close out International Networking Week. This year there were two locations holding the Chocolates and Cha-Cha party, headquarters and Central Texas. Next year we hope that we can make this fun party a worldwide event!
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.”
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!
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:
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.