The How vs. Bridge Myths

Posted on Nov 23 2022 by Aaron Heldt

The How vs. Bridge Myths

How did The Bridge get started?

The Bridge is a locally-grown, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that started as an idea around a kitchen table and has thrived on the support of the community since 2010. Read more about our story here.

How can you do this for FREE?

Finances should never be a barrier for students to gain access to our life-changing holistic programs. Our team works hard at raising funds each year to cover our sizable operating budget. This keeps our programs free for families like yours.

How are you funded?

We are supported by the community. This includes proceeds from The Bridge Thrift Store, grants from foundations, donations from businesses and other entities, and the support of individuals like you.

How are donations used?

92 cents of every dollar raised directly supports our students. This exceeds the Better Business Bureau's charitable standard by a significant margin. Simply stated, the support we receive is invested in the lives of the students we serve.


Bridge Myth

The Bridge is supported by your tax dollars. - FALSE

We receive no ongoing program funding from any government entity.

Our programs are fully funded by sales at The Bridge Thrift Store. - FALSE

While our plan for long-term sustainability revolves around thrift store expansion, the store currently only covers 30% of the total cost of our free programs each year.

The Bridge is fully funded by big business and the wealthy. - FALSE

While we do receive grants and gifts from businesses, foundations and generous donors, we rely on support at ALL levels to keep our doors open.

A local church finances The Bridge's free programs. -FALSE

While we do receive some support from the local church community, this accounts for less than 2% of our annual budget.

My modest donation won't make a difference. - FALSE

We are built on the support of the entire community. As such, $5 is just as important as $50,000. We believe every dollar represents a direct investment in the lives of the students we serve.

How can I help?

  • Donate whatever amount you are able.
  • Donate as frequently as you are able.
  • Check on your company's giving policies.
  • Ask friends and family to help out.
  • Tell your church or club about us.

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Can't donate? Volunteer at the thrift store!