Why should I join?
Business Fights Poverty is the world’s largest community of business and international development professionals. The community will help you engage with the right people, keep your finger on the pulse and get the resources you need to deliver. For more, click here.
Who can join Business Fights Poverty?
Business Fights Poverty is open to all those interested in fighting poverty through business – whether you work (or plan to work) for a company, foundation, NGO, government or university.
How much does it cost to join Business Fights Poverty?
Membership is free. We ask all our members to consider making a life-changing loan through the Business Fights Poverty Kiva Group instead.
How do I join?
Simply click here, and fill in the short form. Your application will be reviewed by the BFP Team within a couple of hours, and no later than 24 hours. Please be sure to tell us something about your work in your application.
How can I invite my colleagues?
Click here to invite your colleagues.
How can I update my profile or add a profile photo?
Click here to edit your profile or add a profile photo. You will also find options to update your email address and password. You can decide whether to display your birthday and age here too.
What happens if I forget my password?
How do I sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo or LinkedIn?
To make sign in as simple as possible, if you have an existing account on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo or LinkedIn, you can link this to your Business Fights Poverty account. You will be given step-by-step instructions, and once completed, you will be able to sign in by clicking the relevant social network icon (top right hand box on the home page).
How can I add or comment on a blog?
Click here to view all featured blogs or click here to add a new blog. Our editorial team will feature the best blogs. If you are interested in having a story included as a Top Story on the home page, please get in touch to discuss the idea. To comment on an existing blog, you will find a comment box at the bottom of every blog. To add or comment on a blog, you will need to be signed in.
Do you have any guidance on writing a blog?
Click here to view some guidance on writing a blog on Business Fights Poverty.
How can I add a discussion or comment on an existing discussion?
Click here to view all discussions, or click here to add a new discussion. To comment on an existing discussion, you will find a comment box at the bottom of every discussion. To add or comment on a discussion, you will need to be signed in.
How do I become a "Star Member"?
By way of a small thank you, we award stars to all Business Fights Poverty Members who post a blog or discussion that is featured*, or who have their comment on someone else's published. Click here to post a blog or click here to post a discussion. Stars will be published on your current profile picture. Don't have a profile picture? Click here. We also feature the most recently active Star Members (with profile photos) on the home page and Community page.
How do you select "Members of the Week"?
We're always looking out for members to feature. Help us by taking two-minutes to update your profile, or by nominating someone for Business Fights Poverty Member of the Week. We focus on members who actively post or comment on blogs and discussions. Read previous Member of the Week interviews here.
How can I add an event?
Click here to view all events, or click here to add an event. Please use one of these images as your event image profile (unless Business Fights Poverty is an event partner - see below). The Business Fights Poverty Community Manager must approve all events.
I see that some events are featured or advertised on the home page and weekly newsletter? How can I have my event promoted in this way?
We are always interested in exploring event partnership opportunities with a select number of events per year. Email us to find out how a partnership with Business Fights Poverty can help raise the profile and reach of your event! As an event partner, we can promote the event in advance. This can include profiling a blog by you as a Top Story on the home page and in the newsletter (this must be an opinion article about the themes of the event rather than an straight event ad) and through our social media channels, including Twitter (@FightPoverty). During the event we can host any planned livestream and participate in live-Tweeting. After the event we can profile a blog by you with any output reports, video, audio and photos. There is no cost, but in return we ask to be listed as a partner at the event and in your communications.
How can I check my inbox?
Click here to check your inbox. If you have any messages, the number of messages will be displayed next to the inbox link on top left of the home page.
How can I send a message to someone?
First you will need to invite the individual to be a friend. You will find the “Add as Friend” link on their profile page, underneath their profile photo. Once your invitation has been accepted, you will see a “Send a Message” link on their profile page, underneath their profile photo.
How can I change my privacy settings?
Click here to edit your privacy settings. You can edit who can view your profile page and friends, your events and your blogs. You can also decide on who can comment on your blogs, and whether you want to approve comments before they are posted. You can also decide what shows up in the Member Updates list on the home page. Note that the Members Updates will never include messages you send, pages or profiles you view, friendships you decline or remove, invitations you decline or items you delete.
How can I control the emails I receive?
Click here to control the emails you receive. You can determine when and how often you receive an email. You can also opt out of receiving emails all together.
What happens if someone is sending me spam or inappropriate messages?
We take this matter very seriously. As set out in our values, we do not permit spam. We consider messages as spam where they are both (a) unsolicited (the recipient has not granted permission for the message to be sent) and (b) sent out in bulk (the message is sent as part of a larger collection of messages, all having substantively the same content). We also do not permit advertising by members, and we do not accept membership from those who, in our view, are joining to promote non-relevant services, such as "get-rich-quick" schemes or "payday loans". We also do not permit religious preaching. If you have any concerns about the conduct of another Member, please contact us. We may remove material posted on the site that we feel is not related to the subject of the site. We also reserve the right to exclude members who, in our view, have not followed the networks values set out here.
How is Business Fights Poverty funded?
Business Fights Poverty is free to members. This is made possible through the sponsorship of Knowledge Zones and the commissioning of reports and online and face-to-face events. If you would like to work with Business Fights Poverty, please contact us.
Who created Business Fights Poverty?
Business Fights Poverty was created and is run by Inspiris. Inspiris designs, manages and supports networks and partnerships at the interface of business and international development. Business Fights Poverty and the tree device are trademarks of Inspiris.
We will facilitate the network with the utmost professionalism. We will respect Member’s privacy and will not sell or give out Members’ personal information to third parties (unless required to by law).
How can I leave the network?
Click here to access the Settings Page. At the bottom right of the page, click the “Leave Business Fights Poverty” link.
How can I leave you feedback?
We are always looking for ways to improve Business Fights Poverty. Please click here to send us feedback.
How can I get in touch with Business Fights Poverty?
Click here for a variety of options for getting in touch with us.
How do I ask a question not answered here?
Get in touch to send us any other questions you have.