Reflecting on Juneteenth

Today, June 19th, 2020, is Juneteenth. A day of reflection to celebrate and honor formerly enslaved people. Juneteenth is considered the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of of the end of slavery in the United States. This year feels different. The spread of the coronavirus has shone a spotlight on the embedded systemic injustices within our…

Bright Funds Positioned for Growth With Key Promotions and New Hire

Bright Funds, the workplace charitable giving platform, announced today that Rachel Nersesian has been promoted to Vice President of Client Success, Thara Jinadasa has been promoted to Vice President of Nonprofit Services, and David Grubman has joined the firm to lead Partnership Strategy. In her new role as Vice President of Client Success, Rachel Nersesian…

Black Lives Matter

Tragedy and crisis often open fissures to problems that have existed beneath the surface of our awareness. The brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and many more have exposed systemic violence and racial injustice in our country, and have provoked a powerful, global response. Their senseless deaths highlight how fragile…

Maintaining Culture (and distance) with Bright Buddies

Here at Bright Funds, helping people is what we are all about. Core to our DNA, we love to lend a hand, and assist people in finding causes they are passionate about, and do what we can to support their good intentions. Like the rest of the world, the Bright Funds team is isolated in…

Join GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020

One of the most popular charitable giving initiatives in the US is GivingTuesday, which organizes an annual day of giving when millions of people around the world come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. While GivingTuesday is usually celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,…

COVID-19: How to volunteer

Last updated: July 29, 2020 Volunteerism during the time of the coronavirus is a new challenge that nonprofits, volunteers, and employers are rising to meet. Because most in-person volunteering activities have been canceled, we’ve seen an increase in demand and availability of virtual volunteering events. We are also seeing more interest in skills-based volunteering to…

Want to Engage Millennial Employees?

Millennials are now the country’s largest generation, and are projected to comprise 75% of the workforce by 2030. But as a generation known for job hopping, it is important to know how to attract, engage, and retain this growing segment of the workforce. For many millennials, a great workplace means more than competitive compensation and…

How New Tax Laws Could Affect Charitable Giving

Americans enjoy supporting the causes they care about. According to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, contributions from individuals comprised 70% of the $410 billion donated to charity in the U.S.* The evolving tax landscape could impact how individuals approach charitable giving going forward. Below is a summary of…

3 Ways to Maximize Your Philanthropic Impact Before Year-End

With the year-end giving season underway, many are thinking about ways to maximize their impact by December 31st. The holidays are also a time when people typically give more generously to the causes they care about. Wondering what you can do? Here are three proven strategies for making a positive impact this December: Donating: Research shows…

BoxWorks for nonprofits

Want to learn more about promoting your purpose for the greater good? Join our friends from Box for a fun summer event at BoxWorks 2018! BoxWorks 2018 is just over two months away on Aug 29-30 (with pre-event on the 28th) in San Francisco! Save the date and request a full scholarship here. The first…

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.

COVID-19: How to support nonprofits

Last updated: July 29, 2020 The COVID-19 outbreak has had an immediate impact on us all, with longer term repercussions still remaining to be seen. Now more than ever, nonprofits need the continued support of individuals, employers, and communities. Bright Funds partners with companies to provide a secure, global technology platform that supports employee giving,…