Michelle Marinas

Michelle is the Office Manager and Head of Customer Support at Bright Funds. Motivated by helping others, she is passionate about the employee experiences and helping donors give back to causes they care about. She has her Masters in Career Counseling from SJSU and loves to mentor students in higher education. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new foods and traveling with her loved ones.

How New Tax Laws Could Affect Charitable Giving

Americans enjoy supporting the causes they care about. According to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, contributions from individuals comprised 70% of the $410 billion donated to charity in the U.S.* The evolving tax landscape could impact how individuals approach charitable giving going forward. Below is a summary of …

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Philanthropic Impact Before Year-End

With the year-end giving season underway, many are thinking about ways to maximize their impact by December 31st. The holidays are also a time when people typically give more generously to the causes they care about. Wondering what you can do? Here are three proven strategies for making a positive impact this December: Donating: Research shows …

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Hurricane Irma

As those affected by Hurricane Harvey begin to rebuild, another storm is making its way across the Caribbean and the Southeaster United States.  Hurricane Irma, a classified Category 5 at the time of this posting, has emerged and is poised to cause a lot of damage and loss in its path. American National Red Cross …

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New Power & Charitable Giving

We all see a shift in the world. There’s increasing political protest, more distrust in government and companies, and startups disrupting traditional institutions and ways of business. But this shift has not occurred without some resistance. This is a good ole fashioned battle of old vs. new power.

Cocktails For A Cause

A few of us attended the Shared Value Summit last week, and we wanted to connect with as many of the great attendees as possible. So we partnered with Oxfam, a valued Bright Funds partner, to host our second Cocktails For A Cause Event.

Mother’s Day Giving Guide

Every Mother’s Day, we fret over what unique gift to get the maternal figure in our lives. And if you’re like me, you end up getting something that is nice, but not necessary. So why not consider a heartwarming gift that empowers a mother to help other women?