Hurricane Harvey Update

Since Hurricane Harvey touched ground on August 28, many people across the country and around the world have rallied to donate or establish a physical presence to help those in need.  Organizations such as All Hands Volunteers and Save the Children have used their presence to provide aid to those affected with emergency supplies, food,…

5 Ways to Make Volunteering Work for You

Volunteering at a soup kitchen isn’t for everyone. And that’s Ok. Channeling your individual energy into maximum impact is about choosing something that motivates you.

Here are 5 ways to give your time for good:

Bright Minds: Data-Driven vs. Emotional Philanthropy

In last week’s Bright Minds, we focused our discussion over a 2015 New York Times piece on how to intelligently yet emotionally impact others’ lives. The article was prompted by the movement of ‘Effective Altruism’ – which uses data to determine how people can ensure that their money has the greatest impact possible.

Bright Minds: Aligning Action & Values

u should spend a significant percentage of time actually trying to gain understanding, a tiny percentage documenting that understanding, and the vast majority of your time creating alignment. In short, worry about what you do as an organization, not what you say.” This is an excerpt from Jim Collins 2000 piece, ‘Aligning Action and Values,’ which was the topic of discussion in last week’s Bright Minds.

Northern California Wildfires

Reaching across the water and into the city, the haze from the Northern California fires made its presence known.  Damaging and burning at least 70,000+ acres overnight, various fires burned across eight counties:  Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte.  Thousands have had to evacuate their homes, abandon their businesses, and seek shelter…

BoxWorks in the Bay

One of the great things about being in the Bay Area is that you are exposed to so much culture and change, both personally and professionally.  Meeting and working with nonprofits has afforded Bright Funds the opportunity to get to know many organizations and learn how they promote their purpose for the greater good of…

Webinar: How to Make Volunteering Work for All Your Employees

Join us and VolunteerMatch on June 13, at 2pm ET/11am PT, for our free volunteer webinar As we outlined in a previous blog post, volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. That’s why it is crucial for Program Managers to engage employees through unique volunteer opportunities. Our valued partner VolunteerMatch, the experts in all things volunteering,…

Connecting the Dots- Big Business, Research Institutes, and Nonprofits

The average American consume 1,996 pounds of food annually,FOOTNOTE: Footnote and roughly 40% of that food ends up in landfills.FOOTNOTE: Footnote While this is a horrifying statistic, the amount of edible food that goes from our plates to the the local dump is relatively insignificant compared to the amount of edible food that American farmers leave in the field each season.

Mother’s Day Giving Guide

Every Mother’s Day, we fret over what unique gift to get the maternal figure in our lives. And if you’re like me, you end up getting something that is nice, but not necessary. So why not consider a heartwarming gift that empowers a mother to help other women?

Podcast: How Bright Funds is Solving for Workplace Giving

Companies and individuals alike are continually seeking ways to make giving easier, more engaging, and effective. And while progress has been made, many are still seeking better solutions. Bright Funds’ CEO Ty Walrod joined The Good Journey Podcast this week to discuss how Bright Funds is solving for this challenge. You can listen to the…

Bright Minds: Unconscious Bias

Week number two and another thought-provoking Bright Minds. This week’s meeting centered around the concept of unconscious bias and its impact on decision-making, business innovation, and philanthropy. What’s unconscious bias you ask? Well let me tell you. Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control….

Triple Bottom Line Fruit

Every two weeks, Bright Funds receives a cardboard box, filled with apples, oranges, pears, occasional vegetables, and, when lucky, mangoes, watermelons, and avocados. To be frank the fruit is…odd. Tennis ball-sized grapefruits, crooked carrots, scarred mandarins, and giant apples are staples. All of these foods are sourced and delivered by a company known for sourcing…