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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools

Mission: TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL FORUMS TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON THE TOPIC OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN BUSINESS. MEMBERSHIP-500; PUBLICATIONS-PERSPECTIVES, MEETING GROUND.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Safe energy project

grants for disaster relief and health programs

hosted conferences, created new curriculum

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

The World Business Academy is an organization that I support on a number of levels from its expertise around renewable energy sources to its incredible staff and supporters. I have worked with a number of organizations in the past as both a consultant and a staff member but I have never had an experience like the one I have with the Academy. The level of expertise and education is beyond my expectations. They are finding the solutions that work and the way to motivate and inspire others to join them in taking responsibility for the whole. I support their work 100%

Christy42

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The World Business Academy is a highly effective organization in bringing more renewable reliable energy to California and stopping dangerous and polluting energy generation projects. They know how to work in the legal and political systems. Demonstrations and education are great but when a judge rules in your favor it has immediate results. They are also good at researching important and sometimes very obscure data needed to make the case.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm impressed with World Business Academy's ability to gather people concerned about localized power under one roof: elected officials, business leaders and environmentalists. This ability to bridge disparate groups is a wonderful asset. With committed focus, the World Business Academy has a plan to move us to 100% renewable energy. I'm in!

Donor

Rating: 5

The work of the World Business Academy is essential to a sustainable future. They educate business leaders and individuals like myself about the importance of developing green, clean energy alternatives and they actually know how to DO IT! Their SBR3 campaign, Santa Barbara Reliable Resilient Renewable is testimony to their dedication to powering the future in a safe, clean, sustainable way. I am proud to be a supporter of World Business Academy and benefit from my association with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The World Business Academy has been extremely helpful in connecting us with community partners and has helped us further achieve our mission to provide more low income families with the benefits of solar energy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The World Business Academy's plan to create a green microgrid of electricity for the Santa Barbara area is exactly what every town and city and village in the world should be doing: taking the beautiful gift of sunlight and using it to create electricity where we live in a way that is clean, renewable and sustainable. As the Academy implements this plan, it can show other towns how to do it also and the result will be a massive global reduction in climate-changing greenhouse gases. It is simple, pragmatic, concrete, cost -effective over the long run and the responsible thing to do. The Academy's leadership in this is remarkable and very exciting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization! I've been actively involved for a little over a year now and I have only great things to say. The people that run this non-profit are genuine and you can tell they care about our future through their actions. It's refreshing to see an organization that walks its talk.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love starting my day in the positive mode with the OPTIMIST DAILY!

Daniel105

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to find out about World Business Academy in April 2014. I've been a supporter ever since! I'm blown away by the amazing staff of inspired folks working so hard to make positive change in the world.

I work with LOTS of non-profits, but the Academy has the biggest vision out of all groups I support. They are truly leading the charge and paving the way for a better future -- in Santa Barbara, California, and for all of us.

Donor

Rating: 5

My Wife and I are diligent benifactors to many very worth while causes . We spend our time energy and dollars wisely . We support great causes. Amoung our favorites is The World Business Accadmey . I know they make a real difference in the world. We are very proud of their efforts to keep Business socially conscious and involved in our world.

4 Rona R.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a parent and grandparent I am deeply concerned about the world my family will live in 10, 20, and 30 years from now. The work that the World Business Academy is doing gives me hope.
We need the money and expertise of business leaders (along with groups of activists) to make the changes that will save our planet. Rinaldo Brutoco, Matt Renner, and the other staff and fellows, are deeply dedicated to do what they can to address the drastic shifts that are occurring from climate change.
When I listen to the radio show they offer, I always learn so much and realize that it's extremely challenging to get reliable information and insight from the main-stream media.
Rinaldo puts his heart and soul into the WBA, and I feel that it's up to us to let folks know about the unique work that's being doing. Tell others about their mission—to inspire business to assume responsibility for the whole of society. It's up to us to do what we can to support their vital work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has gone above and beyond for the future of clean, renewable energy for California and the planet. Their dedicated team, passionate efforts, and community engagement are remarkable.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When one wants to make a difference, it's important to align with like-minded souls. That's easy to do at the World Business Academy, because it only attracts the most committed, heart-centered and filled-with-integrity (and humor, thank God) people. Every time I attend a meeting, I leave renewed and inspired. And I love the inter-generational nature of the group, bound by a shared interest of serving the whole. It's rapidly becoming one of my favorite social gatherings as well. Thank you to Rinaldo Brutoco and his stellar team, led by a young and talented Executive Director, Matt Renner. Rinaldo and his wife. Lalla, have tirelessly and selflessly served not only Santa Barbara, but by extension, the entire planet for over 20 years. They have been the true backbone of it all. I am very proud to call myself an Academy Emissary, and hope I do justice to this position.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The climate is changing - we feel it everyday. Changes need to be made in our personal lives and in the lives of businesses who use natural resources and sometimes abuse them. If factories and power plants and new sources of power can all be required to act in a responsible manner and find the advantage in operating in a clean and healthy manner, the necessary changes will come faster. There has to be a clear benefit to all parties to get some momentum going. My impression of the World Business Academy is that this org is educating both businesses and the public about where the dangers lay, what viable realistic measures can be taken, and what needs to change so that our society will have a chance to survive.
I like it that this org bases it's message for change on scientific facts and thorough investigations into the options available in new power and water sources as well as working to close current menaces like the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that is sitting on several fault lines and contributing to higher cancer rates in the area around the plant.. The World Business Academy understands the urgency of the problems in California and the world and is the first org I know of that is acting on all fronts at once - through legislation, referendums, education, and public forums. The meetings give me some hope for the future of our planet. I am inspired to help and make changes in my own life. Tana

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the Academy since 2011 and a Board member since 2014. What has both intrigued and impressed me have been the rigor with which the Academy conducts the research that contributes to making its White Papers, projects and "on the ground" initiatives so effective.

An example of this is evidenced with the work the Academy engaged in to hold Southern California Edison accountable for the extreme danger and extraordinary price tag of their faulty nuclear reactors in San Diego County - specifically San Onofre. As the only business group representing ratepayers in the oversight hearings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Academy's contribution was unique and powerful. The Academy gained intervenor status with the CPUC in order to successfully help make the case against restarting the dangerous steam generators and running them at reduced power, as Edison was proposing. Additionally, the Academy argued to reject Edison's minuscule $94 million proposed settlement and successfully secured for rate payers a $1.4 billion dollar settlement.

Building on the success at San Onofre is the continuing Academy Safe Energy Project. The Project’s goals are straightforward and achievable: to permanently close California’s remaining nuclear power plant and replace all energy derived from nuclear and fossil fuels with a 100% fossil-fuel free energy system within ten years, creating a replicable model for the planet. Bold, Audacious and Achievable!

Truly, the Academy lives the credo that "The Future of Business is Making the Future Its Business!"

2 Nansie C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The undeniable truth around climate concerns should have every single person on this planet pushing to change the direction we have been heading. One organization, founded on the idea that all businesses (and individuals) have a moral, environmental and social responsibility of putting the well-being of the planet senior to profit and irresponsible practices, is the World Business Academy. One of the major ongoing projects is the “Safe Energy Project;” that has a focus on ridding the state of California of nuclear energy and replacing with 100% renewable resources. I invite everyone interested in the above to join this group and support “an idea whose time has come,” and create a massive shift in the thinking and future of this amazing planet we are here to protect and enjoy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about the World Business Academy in December 2013 when this "think tank" of 28 years approached the public to gain a broad base of supporters in order to accomplish their most recent and very important goals: "Close the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and get California off fossil fuels within ten years."
I was so taken by the high level of ethical and intellectual pursuits of the various members of this academy (90 +- Fellows) and their illustrious careers. Every time I heard a name mentioned or an event the WBA's founder, Rinaldo Bruteco, was involved in I did due-diligence and each time discovered this is an organization which 'walks the talk' and is here to make a positive difference for the greater good.
I have a family charitable foundation and work with 50-60 NGOs for the past eight years though my experience with non-profits began decades ago. I couldn't be more impressed than I am with WBA.
Cheryl Tomchin
Tomchin Family Foundation

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only does this “THINK TANK” do the thinking to find solutions to economic, political, social and environmental problems nationally and globally, it also “TAKES ACTION” to assure that these solutions are implemented. This is why I became an Associate of the World Business Academy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an exceptional organization with a global focus to shift the business paradigm to one of giving back rather than 'taking', all the while, remaining profitable. More specifically, it has some projects in the works that are critical to the well-being of all of humanity and the world we live in. For example, the Safe Energy Project...to close California's remaining nuclear power plants and replace them with renewable energy, to name but one. The people affiliated with this organization are true leaders. worth checking out!

1 InspiredAction

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about World Business Academy as one of the member organizations coming together as part of the Emerging Business Alliance. Then saw Rinaldo Brutoco's name as an underwriter for the Move to Amend documentary. Then, when I read the research being published by the Academy and started listening to their podcast, I had my mind completely blown.

The academy has empowered me as an environmentalist, as an activist, as an entrepreneur, and as a leader to be more effective and well-informed to support the transition to renewable energy infrastructure and resource abundance through global collaboration.