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…

DigitalOcean Case Study

DigitalOcean Case Study Restructuring Employee Referrals to Drive Engagement in Workplace Philanthropy About DigitalOcean DigitalOcean (DO) provides a platform that developers love and engineering teams trust to build, deploy and scale applications in the cloud. With 60% growth YoY, DO is a high-growth startup that serves a passionate community of more than one million users….

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,…

What’s Up With Millennials? By a Millennial

Robert Reich, Professor and former Secretary of Labor, delivered an impassioned address to his final Wealth and Poverty class on the transition from college into the workforce. He asks his students to reflect on their values and experiences to consider a question posed by the poet Mary Oliver:

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.

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:

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…