The BNI-Misner Foundation, a non-profit program created by BNI(R) (the world's largest professional business networking organization) in 1998 to support charitable causes, has reached a milestone in its history. Co-founders of the Foundation Elisabeth and Ivan Misner state, "We are thrilled to announce that as of May, 2010 the BNI-Misner Foundation has contributed over $1 million to charities around the world since its inception in 1998!"
The BNI Foundation, as it is widely known, has a focus on children's educational programs, but allows donor-directed contributions as well. Examples of directed donations include over $100,000 to the 9/11 relief effort, $72,000 to tsunami relief and over $25,000 for Haiti earthquake relief, as well as donations for Hurricane Katrina relief. Children's educational programs which have been supported include building preschools in India; building preschools, a library, and putting tin roofs on schools in Indonesia; buying school uniforms for students in Kenya; and stocking a library in South Africa with books.
BNI has always had a commitment to being a socially responsible corporation which feels it is extremely important to give back to and support the communities in which it operates, as well as the world as a whole. Contributions to the BNI Foundation have come from BNI members, Directors, and chapters around the world. The Foundation has an ongoing program where donors can contribute monthly. These donors are called Monthly Heroes ($50 per month) or Monthly Super Heroes ($100 per month). Individuals can be designated as Givers Gain Grant Sponsors ($1000 donation) or Master Givers Gain Grant Sponsors ($2000 donation).
To continue the charitable work of the Foundation, BNI announces each year that October is BNI Foundation Awareness Month. During October, various promotions and contributions to charities are made. The last week of October, 2010 will once again play host to the "Each 1 Give ($)1 to Teach 1" initiative where BNI members are asked to consider donating $1 or more to the Foundation. With over 131,000 members, each member's minimum $1 donation would make it possible to contribute over $131,000 to children's educational programs internationally. BNI members and non-members alike are invited to donate online at the BNI Foundation website during the week of October 25th.
The BNI Foundation's motto is "Improving tomorrow's business through education today." For more information or to learn how you can support the charitable work being done through the BNI-Misner Charitable Foundation, please go to www.BNIFoundation.org (http://www.BNIFoundation.org).
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BNI (www.bni.com) is the world's largest business networking organization, with more than 5,600 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. BNI's Founder & Chairman, Dr. Ivan Misner, is a New York Times bestselling author and his newest book, Networking Like a Pro, can be viewed at www.IvanMisner.com. He is also the Senior Partner for the Referral Institute (www.referralinstitute.com), a referral training company with operations around the world.
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