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…

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.

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?

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.

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…

CHRO Summit: How Do Companies Embrace Millennials’ Passions?

  The millennial workforce has high expectations. One thing that this group has become insistent on is for employers to focus more on corporate philanthropy, especially since the presidential election. So how does a company empower and support employees to do what they feel passionate about while remaining true to their company values? Over 300…

Bright Minds: Millennials In the Workplace Survey

I joined Bright Funds last week and was eager to work for a company trying to better the world, and work with really smart, thoughtful people. Upon receiving the invite to and attending my first ‘Bright Minds,’ my initial thoughts of the team here were confirmed and then some.