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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

Marsh & McLennan Agency 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, Marsh & McLennan Agency 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

OC Golf Classic Raises Money for CHOC Children’s

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock January 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On December 7th, the Barney & Barney Foundation hosted its 4th Annual Orange County Golf Classic at Dove Canyon Country Club. Golfers from across Southern California came out to support and raise money for CHOC Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and were in turn treated to a beautiful day on the course, stylish new Travis Mathew threads, lunch catered by In N Out and plenty of fun provided by our generous corporate sponsors. Click here to view photos from the event.

The proceeds from golf registrations, silent auction and sponsorships will be used to expand the level of care and service for NICU babies and their families through the implementation of new technologies. CHOC operates one of the nation’s most highly regarded NICUs and provides tertiary and quaternary care to premature infants and babies born with a variety of serious conditions requiring specialized care.

Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded over $1.7 million in charitable grants, $245,000 of which has been raised specifically for CHOC. Click here for the press release.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, players and volunteers for helping to make this fundraising effort a success and supporting the mission of the Barney & Barney Foundation.

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Topics: Community Outreach

The Impact of Community Involvement in the Workplace

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock December 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Since the inception of the Barney & Barney Foundation in 2009, our associates have been actively involved in the growth and success of the foundation. Each year, associates nominate nonprofits in their community to become grant recipients at our annual “Rock the Foundation” concert event. Fundraising for this event is widely supported by the associates through both ticket sales and volunteerism leading up to and during the event. As a natural outgrowth of this associate involvement and in recognition of the value of volunteer hours, in 2014 the foundation launched a sister initiative—the Community Challenge.

What we learned is this: If you challenge an associate, be ready for a landslide of activity. From June 2014 to February 2015, Barney & Barney associates collectively volunteered over 4,400 hours at more than 100 non-profit organizations. Based on the current estimated value of volunteer time used by the government, this is the equivalent of over $100,000 in additional funds for those organizations.1

The impact to the foundation and the nonprofits in our community was apparent but we wanted to hear from our associates. What impact did the Community Challenge have on the associates, specifically related to employee recruitment and retention, the firm’s reputation, and increased community involvement?

Here is what they had to say:

  1. Recruitment

The survey responses suggested that community involvement helps us to recruit talent. Of the sixty-two respondents hired after July 2014, when the Community Challenge was launched, 45% said that community involvement was important in their decision to work at Barney & Barney and 60% discussed Marsh & McLennan Agency's community involvement in their interviews.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Human Resources

6 Things You Can Look Forward to at the OC Golf Classic

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Calling all golfers! Join us on the green Monday, December 7 for our annual golf tournament benefitting CHOC Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Learn more and register here

Here are six things you can look forward to at the #OCGolf2015:

1. Golf Like a Pro

Dove Canyon Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus signature course designed with the “Masters’ touch,” set between the beautiful mountains and canyons of Orange County. Golfers can take a swing at the exclusive par-71 course, all while raising money for CHOC Children’s NICU.

2. Tee Off in Style

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Topics: Community Outreach

The Barney & Barney Foundation Hosts 4th Annual Bay Area Golf Tournament

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock November 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

On November 2nd, golfers from across the Bay Area met at Oakhurst Country Club for the Barney & Barney Foundation's 4th Annual Golf Tournament. In spite of the intermittent rain showers, it proved to be our best one yet, as we shattered previous fundraising records and had the highest attendance to date. Joined by our generous corporate sponsors, participants had a great time out on the green. Click here to view photos from the event.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit our 2015 grant recipients: Barrio Logan College Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Partnerships With Industry, Special Olympics of Southern California, Women Helping Women/Men 2 Work, Urban Releaf and Youth Homes. The Foundation honored these inspiring organizations at our 6th Annual Rock the Foundation benefit concert in October, where we awarded a total of $200,000 in grants. Click here for the press release. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded over $1.7 million in charitable grants.

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Topics: Community Outreach

The Barney & Barney Foundation Sets New Grant Record at 2015 Rock the Foundation Concert

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock October 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, attendees, donors and volunteers for making this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert our best one yet! Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded over $1.7 million in charitable grants.

On October 1st, the Foundation honored seven California non-profits and awarded a total of $200,000 in grants—the greatest amount in the organization’s history. Click here for the press release.

Barrio Logan College Institute received the largest grant of the evening— $50,000 —which will help  support their mission. This San Diego-based organization aims to break the cycle of poverty by preparing underserved and first generation students for college success. Fellow 2015 grant recipients included Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Partnerships With Industry, Special Olympics of Southern California, Women Helping Women/Men 2 Work, Urban Releaf and Youth Homes, who were each awarded $25,000 to continue their important work. Check out pictures from the inspiring evening here.

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Topics: Community Outreach

7 Reasons Rock the Foundation is the Place to Be on October 1st

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock September 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Are you up for an amazing night out and the opportunity to give back to some incredible non-profit organizations? Then the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 2015 Rock the Foundation benefit concert is the place for you! Returning to the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 1st, this year’s concert is sure to be another memorable, can’t-miss event. And the best part?  That very evening, the Foundation will award grants to seven deserving non-profits from San Diego, Orange County and the Bay Area. Learn more and buy your tickets here.

Here are seven reasons why you’ll want to join the fun at #RTF2015:

1. Ideal venue

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Topics: Community Outreach

Marsh & McLennan Agency Associates Give Back: 2015 Rock the Foundation Grant Recipient Volunteer Events

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock September 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency associates recently volunteered with three of our 2015 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Women Helping Women/Men 2 Work in Orange County, Partnerships with Industry in San Diego and Urban Releaf in Oakland. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with each of these outstanding organizations, chip in, and witness the impact that these organizations make on our communities. These remarkable non-profits are three of seven deserving organizations receiving grants at this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert.

Here’s a recap of our volunteer efforts:

Dressed for Success in Orange County

Located in Santa Ana, Women Helping Women/Men 2 Work (WHW) provides unemployed and underemployed individuals the skills and resources needed to secure a job. During MMA's volunteer event, associates got the opportunity to team up with WHW clients and serve as their personal shoppers to pick out interview outfits. Once each client made their choice and  dressed in their new professional attire, the clients and associates participated in mock interviews, offering the job seekers a chance to practice their interview skills.  

Following these activities, Principal Chuck Rosenberger, Barney & Barney Foundation Executive Director Arlene Lieberman and MMA associates held a Q&A session. Clients asked detailed questions and associates shared their experiences about the interview process and tips for success after being hired.

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Topics: Community Outreach

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