Brinker Family Fund

About the Brinker Family Fund:
  • The Brinker Family Fund was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1997 to help Brinker employees and their families in times of need such as natural disasters, serious illness, death or injury. In times of catastrophic events, all Brinker team members (part-time, full-time, salaried) are eligible to receive assistance.
  • The organization is funded primarily by Brinker team members who donate a percentage of their paychecks to assist team members nationwide during times of need. Currently more than 40 percent of the Brinker work force are participants or donors.
  • Since the program’s inception, more than $15 million  has been donated to aid Brinker team members and their families. Since 2007, the Fund has annually raised approximately $1 million supporting more than 400 BrinkerHeads when they needed it most.
Brinker Family Fund stories:
  • In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast of the country. The Brinker Family Fund distributed thousands of dollars in gift cards to aid Brinker team members and their families in the wake of the destruction. The gift cards allowed our team to buy water, food, gas and other essential perishables to help survive the disaster.
  • Every year the Brinker Family Fund helps hundreds of team members as they experience catastrophic situations. In 2014, a recipient of the assistance based at a Tennessee restaurant said, ”I’ve never worked for a company that cared so much for their team! I had to have cartridge surgery on my right knee, and the BFF has been a huge relief for me. I didn’t have to rush through my healing process, and this has made a huge impact on my family! I feel lucky to work here.”
  • Brinker team members are passionate about supporting one another, and it is normal for restaurant teams to rally behind a fellow team member when tragedy strikes. In the summer of 2014, a restaurant manager in Arkansas requested Brinker Family Fund assistance when one of his team members lost her home in a fire. The team member was awarded gift cards to help replace her lost household items, and she gratefully said, “the Brinker Family Fund has helped my family and I put the pieces back together. We are truly thankful. Just knowing I am giving a part that could help someone’s family, makes me proud to donate to the Brinker Family Fund. Thank you Brinker Family! You ROCK!”

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