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…

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…

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…

Hurricane Irma

As those affected by Hurricane Harvey begin to rebuild, another storm is making its way across the Caribbean and the Southeaster United States.  Hurricane Irma, a classified Category 5 at the time of this posting, has emerged and is poised to cause a lot of damage and loss in its path. American National Red Cross…

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,…

Bright Minds: New Power & Charitable Giving

We all see a shift in the world. There’s increasing political protest, more distrust in government and companies, and startups disrupting traditional institutions and ways of business. But this shift has not occurred without some resistance. This is a good ole fashioned battle of old vs. new power.

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: