To serve as a supporting organization for Bridges, its mission and all affiliate organizations by developing sources of revenue, through gifts, charitable donations, investments, fund raising events and related activities as well as providing community relations for the Bridges family of services and the families we serve.
Bridges Foundation has been in existence on paper for 12 years helping the organization to:
In April of 2014, the Foundation began its outreach for community support. Carey Gleason, Bridges Foundation’s Executive Director, leads the effort to educate others and inspire their support. She put together a strong Foundation Board and in 2015 launched the Foundation’s first annual fundraiser, a signature event name Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney.
There are several ways to give to Bridges Foundation
Ms. Cindy Dropeski
President, Intercoastal Insurance
Mrs. Christine Myers (Chris)
Vice-President, Florida Bank Of Commerce
Mr. Mike Durante
Audit Partner, Berman,Hopkins,Wright & Laham
Mr. Mark Malek
Managing Partner, Widerman & Malek, Pl
Mr. David Cooke
President, Bridges BTC, Inc.
Mrs. Lindsey Deaton
Community Relations, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Mrs. Bobbie Dyer
President, Dyer Mortgage Group
Ms. Carey Gleason
Executive Director, Bridges Foundation
Mr. Les Hatter
Bengel’s Burgers Of Central Florida/5 Guys
Mr. Mike McBride
President, McBride Marketing Group
Dr. Joni Francis Oglesby
VP Support Services, Florida Institute Of Technology
Chairperson, Bridges Board
Shareholder, Gary Robinson
CFP, President, Flammio Financial Group/Amerirpise
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and laid the foundation for significant social change by calling upon Americans to:
With passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the goal of people with developmental disabilities leading productive, self-directed lives seemed within reach. National initiatives began to address the full spectrum of services needed for people with disabilities to live secure, fulfilling lives.
Passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, further championed this goal with programs of early intervention, special education and services to transition high schoolers into adulthood.
Today’s economic environment threatening advances made during the past 25 years. Taxpayer funded programs for people with disabilities are now always under pressure and at risk:
But we’ve come too far to turn back now.
If you want to become a Bridges Foundation member, volunteer or donate to help Bridges Foundation spread the word and raise money, please call 321-690-3464, ext. 18.
To donate to Bridges, please click the link below to donate via a secure connection through Paypal.
For planned giving to Bridges, here is some information you might find helpful.
Planned giving, bequests, deferred giving, legacy gifts. They are all terms to describe the mode of donating through estate-planning vehicles such as trusts and wills. Please consider our planned giving program as a way to leave a legacy of supporting our individuals with disabilities.
Estate planning tools such as bequests, IRA asset allocation, Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA), and Charitable Remainder Trusts offer significant tax incentives to donors. For example a bequest is 100% deductible from a donor’s estate and can reduce potential estate taxes. A CGA offers the donor a tax deduction and can potentially sidestep capital gains taxes. Certain planned giving vehicles also enable the donor to ensure that his or her heirs will be financially provided for, alongside supporting a charitable cause.
Whether a donor is publicly memorialized by a bequest or remains anonymous is something that can be pre-decided by the non-profit and the donor. The donor can also specify how he or she wishes the funds to be used–i.e. by supporting specific programs organized by the non-profit, creating a scholarship, or establishing an endowment. Also, certain planned giving tools allow broad flexibility to the donor to make changes to the planned giving arrangement.
Since most planned giving can be structured to take effect after the life of the donor, the donor would not have to accommodate any changes in their daily lifestyle.
The flexibility and relative simplicity of establishing a planned gift provides an innovative tool non-profits can pass on to their loyal members.
Planned giving provides donors and non-profit organizations a unique connection that can honor the wishes and life of the donor and also provide vital sustenance to the organization and cause. If your non-profit organization is ready to set up a planned giving program, there are a multitude of online resources and how-to books that cover the topic.
However, you may prefer to engage an attorney who is knowledgeable about estate planning and also has a good working knowledge about tax implications for the non-profit as well as for the donor.
Thank you to all that made Bridges 2016 Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney & Social a success!! Our awesome sponsors. The leadership of Andy Anderson, co-chair Colleen Middlebrooks, amazing committee, and host of volunteers. We exceeded goal, had fun and raised important funds to assist disabled veterans in our Brevard community.
Congratulations to the 2016 winner – Florida Bank of Commerce!
Click here for details about the 2017 Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney & Social.