Master networkers know that genuinely helping people is a huge part of networking because building social capital is key, and master networkers know the importance of giving.
This is exactly why I founded my international networking organization, BNI, on the philosophy that Givers Gain–meaning, if I help you build your business and accomplish your goals, you’ll naturally want to do the same for me. Sometimes, however, situations occur that call on all of us to help–situations that are bigger than business, bigger than building social capital and bigger than networking.
One of these situations occured at 2:14 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 when a 7.0 earthquake struck in Haiti. On behalf of my entire organization, I would like to express our sincere sorrow to the people of Haiti who have been afflicted by this disaster. As a result, BNI’s nonprofit charitable foundation has opened up the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund and the BNI Foundation will match the first $10,000 USD donated to the relief effort. This means that every dollar you give is worth $2 for the cause.
All monies donated through the BNI-Misner Foundation will go directly to the Red Cross, which has mobilized many resources, doctors and nurses to the devastated area. Donations to the Haiti Relief Fund can be made to the BNI Foundation via the foundation’s secure credit card donation site by CLICKING HERE and writing “Haiti Relief Fund” in the comment field of the online donation form.
I applaud anybody and everybody who would like to join BNI and myself in contributing to the effort to aid the survivors of this tragedy. Even if you cannot donate, simply passing this information along to all those in your network is a great way to contribute your help!
(Please Note–Donations are tax-free contributions for residents of the United States. If you are a non-U.S. resident, you can check with your CPA or accountant for guidelines.)