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…

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.

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,…

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:

Bright Funds Q1 Giving Report

The Bright Funds platform has constant activity, from users all over the world. With that usage comes a wealth of data, which is the core our Q1 Giving Report.

Cocktails For A Cause

A few of us attended the Shared Value Summit last week, and we wanted to connect with as many of the great attendees as possible. So we partnered with Oxfam, a valued Bright Funds partner, to host our second Cocktails For A Cause Event.

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:

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.