Bridges USA
477 N 5TH ST
Memphis TN 38105-1869
Contact Information
Address 477 N 5TH ST
Memphis, TN 38105 1869
Telephone 901 260-3760
Fax 901 320-1004
E-mail mwhitby@bridgesusa.org
Mission Statement BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.
Web and Social Media
Video
Bridge Builders
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Ham
Board Chair Mr. Dan Hatzenbuehler
Board Chair Company Affiliation E. Ritter & Company
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
NameYear
Youth Services1995
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,997,679.00
Projected Expenses $2,895,656.00
Statements
Mission BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.
Background
In 1922, women from Calvary Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral established the Church Mission of Help, based on an outreach mission begun at Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City in 1913. The focus was on "wayward and delinquent women and girls over 16 who found themselves in difficulty." The mission was expanded to include boys and to provide vocational counseling in 1948, and in 1962, the agency was incorporated as an independent non-profit organization known as Youth Service in Memphis. The Rev. Donald E. Mowery was hired as Executive Director in 1963 and served until 1994 when he retired. 
In 1988, a community volunteer, Rebecca Webb Wilson, brought a program called Bridge Builders® to Youth Service. Her idea was to bring together high school students from diverse backgrounds for summer conferences and year-long activities that would build leadership skills while simultaneously forging ties between future leaders of the community. The program began with 40 students from Northside and Briarcrest High Schools. Today, the Bridge Builders® Program involves more than 6,000 youth representing every public, private and parochial high school in Memphis and Shelby County.
In 1995, The Rev. James R. Boyd was chosen to lead the organization into the 21st century, and in 1996, to more accurately reflect the work the agency was doing, the name was changed to BRIDGES. Cynthia Ham was named President and CEO of the organization in 2012 and continues that leadership today.
Impact
BRIDGES serves youth in the Greater Memphis area through the Bridge Builders program. This past year, Bridge Builders inspired and trained more than 6,000 young leaders hailing from 53 zip codes and 141 different schools. Each middle and high school youth experienced the Bridge Builders unique curriculum which fosters diversity appreciation, leadership skill development and civic engagement. Of those youth, 1,202 youth participated in year-round comprehensive program including a week-long summer leadership conference and trainings and events throughout the academic year. 25 youth worked 6-9 hours per week to improve the Greater Memphis community in a youth-led social change internship. An additional 1,200 youth received adventure-based learning experiences on our indoor rock wall and ropes course provided by our expert staff.
 
 
Bridge Builders youth impact the Memphis community. Through a partnership with Teach for America, youth leaders work with teachers to improve classroom culture and classroom learning environments. Though partnerships with several elder care facilities, youth leaders mentor elderly Memphians on the use of cell phones and laptops in order to improve residents’ communication with their families. Through a partnership with TVA, Clean Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful, and the University of Memphis, youth leaders clean up McKellar Lake and other affected waterways across the Mid-South. Through a partnership with Memphis Police Department, youth leaders build relationships of trust with officers and discuss youth violence in Memphis. In the past year alone, BRIDGES leveraged over 10,000 hours of volunteerism in the Memphis community. Volunteers include program participants, corporate partners Kroger and ServiceMaster, and students from Rhodes College, University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.
 
BRIDGES youth are inspired and enthusiastic change makers for life. Youth who are engaged in community leadership in their adolescence are more likely to be engaged civically as adults. Through Bridge Builders, youth explore Memphis, develop cross-cultural relationships, build networks with local organizations, and gain understanding of the challenges the community faces. Through this process Bridge Builders develop a sense of ownership and purpose related to the Greater Memphis community. In turn, they are more likely to live in Memphis as adults and contribute to their communities.
 
The leadership of BRIDGES has committed to the long-term sustainability of the organization through an ambitious endowment campaign, which reached its $20 million goal in late 2016. Endowment revenue will support program operations and growth in future years.
 
Over the next three to five years, BRIDGES will achieve the following goals:
 
1. Expand the Bridge Builders® program incrementally while maintaining program quality. In the short term (one to three years), BRIDGES will continue to increase diversity among program participants.
 
2. Implement scalable yet sustainable business plan to support program growth and maintain the BRIDGES Center as a key asset for Greater Memphis.
 
3. Deepen our internal capacity and position BRIDGES nationally in the field of youth-led social change.
Needs

Bridge Builders® addresses the following key needs facing youth in the Memphis community:

1. Lack of leadership skills and authentic leadership opportunities for youth

2. Low rate of cultural competency among Memphis youth due to racially and socio-economically segregated school environments

3. Lack of meaningful civic engagement opportunities for youth

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
TN - Shelby County
Local
BRIDGES serves youth in the Memphis and Mid-South area.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dan Hatzenbuehler
Company Affiliation E. Ritter & Company
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Email dan.hatzenbuehler@eritter.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Quinn Thompson
Company Affiliation International Paper
Term Aug 2014 to Aug 2017
Email Quinn.Thompson@ipaper.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Brandon Arrindell Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
Nancy Averwater
Kim Cherry First Horizon National Corporation
Bill Derwin
Tony Dudek
Neil Gibson FedEx Services
Cynthia Ham
Dan Hatzenbuehler
Sam King
Luther Mercer Tennessee Charter School Center
Robin Orgel Community Activist
Ross Peter St. George's Independent Schools
Danish Siddiqui Community Volunteer
Quinn Thompson
Richard White
Tom Williams
Webb Wilson
Kevin Woods
Amy Wright Macro Solutions
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 9
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Executive
Human Resources / Personnel
Investment
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Bartholomeo Bartholomeo Memphis Catholic High School
Betsy Blumenfeld St. Benedict at Auburndale
Analyse Capodiferro St. Benedict at Auburndale
Addie Haverkost Lausanne Collegiate School
Morghan Hill Middle College High School
Miracle Ingram Desoto Central High School
Jada Okhiria Freedom Preparatory Academy
Rachel Patterson Lausanne Collegiate School
Jada Powell Freedom Preparatory Academy
Rebecca Price Lausanne Collegiate School
Joseph Reese Middle College High School
Rossana Sandoval White Station High School
Taylor Suggs Central High School
Xinyi Tan White Station High School
Martel Thomas Central High School
Jaylon Waters City University School of Liberal Arts
Bridget Weldon St. Agnes Academy
Devante' Willis Bellevue Middle School
Executive Director
Executive Director Cynthia Ham
Email cham@bridgesusa.org
Experience Cynthia Ham took the helm as president and CEO of BRIDGES in February, 2012, following 15 years as principal and chief public relations officer of archer>malmo, the largest marketing and communications agency in Tennessee. She was executive director of the Memphis in May International Festival from 1987 – 1996, where she launched the popular Beale Street Music Festival in the format it is today. She also served as the first marketing director of both the Beale Street Historic District and Mud Island River Park and as second general manager of Mud Island. Ham was advertising and promotions manager of Opryland theme park in Nashville before returning to her home town to open Mud Island in 1982. Ham is deeply committed to Memphis and created Memphis 101, a crash course in the history, people, politics and culture of Memphis, curriculum that was adopted by the New Memphis Institute. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Ham received the Outstanding Journalism Alumni Award in 1999, the Memphis Heritage Kay Newman Award for Preservation in 2002 and the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award in 2013. She and her husband, Jeff Sanford, received in 2011 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Downtown Memphis Commission. She serves on the board of the Beale Street Caravan, an internationally syndicated radio program broadcast from Memphis. She has also served on numerous other civic boards throughout her career.
Staff
Full Time Staff 25
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 250
Contractors 1
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member2015
United Way Member Agency2015
Programs
Description
The Bridge Builders model spans grades 6 through 12 and has three levels of programming, from short-term foundational trainings to year-round comprehensive programming to an intensive internship experience, in order to meet the unique interests and levels of commitment among a diverse group of youth. We are being very intentional about reducing barriers to entry and meeting youth where they are.
  • Bridge Builders CONNECT program involves a series of hands-on workshops focused on community-building, diversity appreciation and leadership and civic engagement.
  • Bridge Builders COLLABORATE consists of a year-long program experience, including the Bridge Builders foundational training modules, a week-long summer conference, and ongoing community actions, trainings, and electives throughout the school year.
  • Bridge Builders CHANGE is the most intensive level of programming that allows a smaller group to engage as after-school interns who commit to approximately 6-8 hours per week to research, design, implement and evaluate a youth-led civic action initiative(s).
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $3,214,910.00
Short Term Success The Bridge Builders program currently serves approximately 6,000 middle school and high school students annually.
Long Term Success Bridge Builders provides experiential and community-based learning to maximize and individualize the learning process to turn young people in to leaders. To date, BRIDGES has reached more than 10,000 youth through the Bridge Builders program. BRIDGES has nurtured and grown our vision to demonstrate that youth have the power and ability to create positive social change and make Memphis better. In a city that is still largely racially segregated, young people play a crucial role in overcoming the barriers that keep us apart. When youth have a high level of awareness of issues and problems, they are more likely to be engaged in taking positive action, deepening their commitment to their community.
Examples of Program Success 96% of Bridge Builders graduates have the skills and character to lead. 92% of participants are more culturally competent. 96% of Bridge Builders graduates develop lasting friendships that cross racial, social and economic divides.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,997,679.00
Projected Expenses $2,895,656.00
Endowment Value $15,329,017.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,554,440$1,788,419$1,727,616
Government Contributions$224,654$1,267,327$2,127,062
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$224,654$1,267,327$2,127,062
Individual Contributions------
$221,072$0$0
$587,231$581,711$413,858
Investment Income, Net of Losses$541$237$729
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$56,337$0
Other($368,860)$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,421,149$3,277,075$4,211,456
Administration Expense$177,596$338,824$423,454
Fundraising Expense$429,671$516,222$462,455
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.900.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%79%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%17%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,165,153$7,868,541$8,316,951
Current Assets$689,155$481,415$615,642
Long-Term Liabilities$77,457$85,233$96,364
Current Liabilities$352,940$295,530$334,147
Total Net Assets$7,734,756$7,487,778$7,886,440
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.951.631.84
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
The leadership of BRIDGES has committed to the long-term sustainability of the organization through an ambitious endowment campaign, which reached its $20 million goal in late 2016. Endowment revenue will support program operations and growth in future years.
Goal $10,000,000.00
Dates 2009 to
Amount Raised To Date 10000000
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
State of Tennessee Solicitation Form 2018View
Address 477 N 5TH ST
Memphis, TN 38105 1869
Primary Phone 901 260-3760
Contact Email mwhitby@bridgesusa.org
CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Ham
Board Chair Mr. Dan Hatzenbuehler
Board Chair Company Affiliation E. Ritter & Company

 

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