About Us

What is BNI®?

BNI is the world’s leading business referral organization supporting over 300,000 Member businesses in over 75 countries worldwide. The mission of BNI is to help BNI Members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. BNI Members are actively supported by regional, national, and global BNI staff that provide the training, structure, and technology needed to help them grow their businesses and exceed their goals (www.bni.com).

What is the BNI Foundation?

The BNI® Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children receive a better education. Why children, why education? Because while children are only 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future. Founded in 1998 by Elisabeth and Dr. Ivan Misner, the BNI Foundation leads a global movement of businesspeople who fund educational programs and volunteer time to prepare children for a promising future. There are three main ways in which we support children. Givers Gain®Grants, which are generally for $1,000 or the local equivalent, are funded through donations received. The Misner Endowment Fund ensures financial support for the BNI Foundation for years to come. And last, but not least, we have our Business Voices® program.

What is Business Voices™?

Business Voices projects focus on how BNI Members, Directors, and Chapters can use their time, talent, knowledge, and experience to help children in the communities in which they live and work. Through Business Voices, children can learn business and networking skills vital to their success as adults. Business Voices Teams can be initiated by any BNI member in any chapter around the world.

What is Future Leaders Week?

Future Leaders Week is a key initiative of the Business Voices program and offers a simple way for BNI professionals to offer young people career orientation advice within their local community. Each year during the third week of October, we invite BNI Chapters to hold their weekly Meeting in a local school, showcasing the way BNI teams work together. After the Meeting, Members remain in the school to talk about their chosen professions and answer questions. Our goal is to provide career orientation advice to students ages 15- 18 years old as they prepare for their future careers.