Barney & Barney/MMA Partners with Beyond School Walls

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock May 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

In the spring of 2016, our Barney & Barney/Marsh & McLennan Agency's San Diego office began a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS) through Beyond School Walls (BSW). BSW is an innovative one-to-one youth mentoring program that matches colleagues from neighboring companies with students from area schools in the professional workspace. Through BSW, youth can learn the ins and outs of working for a corporation and the educational requirements needed to achieve professional success. And most importantly, the mentoring program builds strong, supportive relationships.

Roughly twenty MMA colleagues (Bigs) were matched with students (Littles), ranging from ages 11 to 13. A BBBS staff member then managed the program on site while Bigs and Littles worked together on curriculum provided by BBBS. They also toured the office and other times just talked with one another about things like friendship, getting along with teachers, life goals, peer pressure, etc.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture

Barney & Barney Foundation Awards Grants to Non-Profits at Orange County Golf Classic

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock December 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Orange County Golf Classic took place on December 5th at Dove Canyon Country Club. Golfers from across Southern California teed off in support of two local non-profit organizations – Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center. In turn, they were treated to a beautiful day on the course, stylish new Travis Mathew apparel, and new and exciting activities provided by our generous corporate sponsors. Click here to see photos from the event.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Bay Area Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Non-Profits

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock November 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On November 7th, golfers teed off at the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Bay Area Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament proved to be our most successful one to date. Not only did we have the highest tournament turnout yet, but we also broke previous fundraising records. Click here to view photos from the event.

The Barney & Barney Foundation holds the tournament each year to raise awareness and provide grants to local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.

This year, the Foundation awarded a total of $70,000 to two inspiring Bay Area non-profit organizations: Junior Achievement of Northern California and Girls Inc. of Alameda County.

Junior Achievement of Northern California helps provide youth with the skills they need to succeed in adulthood. Participants learn about finding a job, starting a business, and managing money. Junior Achievement is dedicated to preparing our youth for their dream career and will use their grant to further fulfill their goal of building a better workforce of tomorrow.

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Topics: Community Outreach

2016 Orange County Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event: Prepping for School with Assistance League of Santa Ana

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Barney & Barney associates got the opportunity to volunteer with Assistance League of Santa Ana, one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients. The Barney & Barney Foundation will award grants to both Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center at the Orange County Golf Classic, taking place on Monday, December 5.

Assistance League of Santa Ana serves over 2750 children, teens, and seniors through multiple programs including dental care, eye care, and Operation School Bell, which supplies underprivileged youth with the appropriate clothing and school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. Operation School Bell aims to help make students indistinguishable from their classmates, build their pride, and reduce the problem of school absences due to inadequate clothing.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Barney & Barney Associates Give Back: 2016 Bay Area Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Last week, Barney & Barney associates volunteered with one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Girls Inc. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with Girls Inc. at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro and participate in one of their research-based programs. Girls Inc., along with Junior Achievement of Northern California will be honored and awarded grants on Monday, November 7 at the 2016 Bay Area Golf Tournament.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Rock the Foundation Awards Grants to San Diego Non-Profits

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock October 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On September 29th, the Barney & Barney Foundation got its groove on and Rocked the Foundation once again. Back for its 7th year, the 2016 Rock the Foundation annual benefit concert proved to be our best one yet! From the cool tunes of headliner Atomic Groove to the fabulous silent auction packages to the interactive GIF photo booth, it was a night to remember. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, attendees, donors, and volunteers for helping to make this event a smashing success.

In addition to all the fun, the Barney & Barney Foundation was fortunate enough to honor four inspiring San Diego non-profit organizations and awarded a total of $110,000 in grants. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.

Women’s Resource Center received the largest grant of the evening— $50,000 —which will help support their mission. This organization is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter, and education to North San Diego County women, children, and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault. Fellow 2016 Grant Recipients included Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, and Social Advocates for Youth who were each awarded $20,000 to continue their important work in the community. Check out pictures from the evening here.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Barney & Barney Associates Give Back: 2016 Rock the Foundation Grant Recipient Volunteer Events

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Over the past couple of months, Barney & Barney associates volunteered with two of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Women’s Resource Center and Social Advocates for Youth, both based in San Diego. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with these inspiring organizations and witness firsthand the incredible mark they make on our community. Both will be honored and awarded grants on Thursday, September 29 at the 2016 Rock the Foundation benefit concert.

Women’s Resource Center is dedicated to providing quality supportive services, counseling, shelter, and education to North San Diego County women, children, and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or assault. During Barney & Barney’s volunteer day, associates were able to walk through Women’s Resource Center’s facility and get a better understanding of how their services impact their clients. Additionally, associates got the chance to help spruce up the shelters, doing everything from painting fences to building furniture. 

Volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center allowed me to see and learn about an incredibly important service within the San Diego community. The staff was extremely appreciative of our time, and it was great meeting new co-workers along the way too. - Katie Pierce, Compensation Consultant

I was moved by how Women’s Resource Center has made a safe and supportive facility for women in need. It was so great to see so many people helping as well, from painting fences to sanding the handrails on the stairs! It was an honor to help “spruce-up” their facility for this wonderful organization. - Andrew DaSilva, Benefit Analyst

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Topics: Community Outreach

Sneak Peak of the RTF 2016 Headliner: Atomic Groove

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock September 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Returning to the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert is sure to be another fun-filled event that you don’t want to miss! This year, the Barney & Barney Foundation will be awarding over $200,000 in grants, part of which will be presented to San Diego non-profits at Rock the Foundation: Boy’s & Girl’s Club of San Dieguito, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Social Advocates for Youth, and Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of our awesome headliner, Atomic Groove. With a repertoire ranging from classic rock to dance jams from the 60’s to today's hits, Atomic Groove is a high-energy band, sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Join us on Thursday, September 29th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as we rock out with an amazing band, enjoy delicious food and drinks and celebrate our 2016 grant recipients. Get your tickets today: http://bidpal.net/rtf2016

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture

Barney & Barney Associates Volunteer Over 6,000 Hours

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock June 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

In April 2015, the Barney & Barney Foundation challenged associates to use their time and talent to make a difference in our local communities by volunteering 5,000 hours cumulatively in thirteen months. Our associates not only took on the challenge, they knocked it out of the park, donating 6,483 hours to their passion projects and favorite organizations. Here are the results by the numbers:

  • Total participants: 187
  • Most hours volunteered by one person: 390
  • Number of volunteers who served over 20 hours: 62

Encouraged to spend time with nonprofits close to their heart, our associates took on roles at over one hundred different organizations. Associates did everything from cleaning up local parks and beaches to teaching children about sustainable gardening and growing food locally. Barney & Barney associates could be found planting trees, serving meals, and tutoring high school students in preparation for college.

To encourage volunteers to go above and beyond, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded grants to associates who volunteered 20 or more hours. The impact on their chosen non-profits was two-fold, the gift of time and treasure. Sixty-three associates qualified for a grant and because of their commitment to the community, the Barney & Barney Foundation donated $20,800 to local nonprofits, an increase of $6,000 over the previous year.

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Topics: Inside B&B, Community Outreach

Giving Back: 6 Steps to Creating a Corporate Community Involvement Program

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock February 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Community involvement programs are gaining momentum at companies of all sizes and for good reason. Employees love giving back, it’s great for fueling morale, and it’s important for the non-profits. It’s a definite win-win-win.

In 2014, the Barney & Barney Foundation introduced The Community Challenge, a fun way to encourage associates to give of their time and talent. From June 2014 to February 2015, Barney & Barney associates collectively volunteered over 4,400 hours at more than 100 non-profit organizations. To get feedback on the value of the program, the Foundation surveyed the company’s employees and was pleased to see the results, particularly related to associate participation. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents confirmed that the program has encouraged them to be more involved in their community.

Here are some of the things we learned in the process of creating the Community Challenge. We hope these six steps will inspire your company and help you implement your own community involvement program.

1. Challenge

Setting a company goal gives employees something to shoot for and allows your company to track measurable metrics.

At the program’s inception, we challenged our associates to reach a cumulative 5,000 hours in nine months, which totaled just over an hour per person, per month. Although we didn’t quite reach our goal, associates demonstrated a drive to volunteer and the Challenge organizers are confident that the company will make that goal when given a full year.

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Topics: Community Outreach

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