Meena Shrinivasan, Chief Digital Officer, BNI India, elaborates on the work of the BNI Foundation and how it has helped build communities across the globe
In today’s interconnected world, the significance of community support for educational empowerment cannot be overstated. Non-profit organisations play a crucial role in fostering positive change and creating opportunities for those in need. One such remarkable organisation is the BNI® Foundation. Since its inception 25 years ago, the BNI® Foundation has made a significant impact by leveraging the power of business networking to serve children in need and has given over $3,500,000 USD to schools and organizations with the greatest needs. The mission of BNI® Foundation is to lead a global movement of businesspeople who fund educational programs and volunteer time to prepare children for a promising future. We will explore the inspiring work of the BNI® Foundation and how it has been instrumental in building strong communities worldwide.
1. The Essence of BNI Foundation:The BNI® Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Business Networking International (BNI) in 1998. BNI, a renowned global networking organization, recognised the need to give back to communities and contribute to their development. The foundation’s core belief is that building strong communities starts with investing in education, supporting children, and youth, and promoting ethical business practices.
2. Supporting Education Initiatives: Education is a vital pillar for the growth and progress of any society. The BNI® Foundation acknowledges this and focuses on educational programs that empower young individuals. Through its flagship program, Givers Gain® Grants, the Foundation provides financial support to schools and educational organizations. These grants enable the implementation of innovative projects and initiatives that enhance the learning experience and create a positive impact on students’ lives.
3. Business Voices™: Business Voices™ is an inspiring program initiated by the BNI® Foundation. It aims to connect businesses with local schools and educational institutions, encouraging corporate social responsibility and community engagement. By fostering partnerships between business leaders and educators, Business Voices™ helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world. Through mentoring, volunteering, and resource sharing, this program empowers students. Last year over 8000 young children were positively impacted by the special Business Voices™ Future Leader’s week program conducted in over 12 cities including in Goa and which plays key role in the spreading the work of the BNI® Foundation.