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October 2017 Updates from the BNI Foundation

By: Emely Ferrer
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This month, the BNI Foundation is excited to share four quick updates with you!

BNI Foundation Welcomes Four New Board Members

The BNI Foundation has added four new members, bringing the total to nine.

Kevin Barber oversees over 1,200 members in South-West Germany’s 39 chapters, the first of which he started himself in 2005. Kevin is also the BNI Foundation’s Global Special Envoy and is responsible for the Foundation’s operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Shelli Howlett is one of the few female BNI regional directors running multiple large regions. Her geographic area includes Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Texas where there are 2,700 members in 105 chapters.

David Kauffman acts as managing director and senior director consultant for the BNI Delaware Valley Region that encompass 5 states and 125 chapters. David has years of experience serving boards of charitable organizations and also founded and operates the Adaptive Aquatic program for the Haverford, PA YMCA.

Jeremy Walsh is the worldwide director of support, training and documentation for BNI Connect. Jeremy and his team set up BNI Connect’s self-help forums, which see 52,000 visits a month from members searching its comprehensive library of hundreds of training materials.

Lead by chairman Jeff Stay, the BNI Foundation’s board of directors is set to do great work this year.  Take a look at our entire board here.


BNI Foundation - Charitable Giving Survey

BNI has a long tradition of reaching out to help schools and students. That charitable drive has become stronger and more focused with the help of the BNI Foundation and its Business Voices initiative. The Foundation is asking you to take part in its Charitable Giving Survey so they can fine-tune their program. Take a few minutes to tell them about your philanthropic activities.


Grants for Teachers

Our latest blog post is a great starting point for teachers searching for much needed funds for their classroom. In it we link to just of few of the many grants teachers can apply for to receive money for everything from school supplies to field trips. Then we give a few pointers on the grant writing process. Give it a look here and share it with the teachers in your life.


Givers Gain® Grant Cycle is Now Open

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.

Read our eligibility requirements and guidelines here.