Support access to higher education. Donate to Bridges Project!
Since 1997, Bridges Project for Education has assisted more than 3000 students of all ages and their families in Taos County and Northern New Mexico in accessing postsecondary education.
If you are making a gift in honor or in memory of someone special and are not prompted to leave a message/note when donating via PayPal, please send us an email and let us know who you are honoring.
Why Support Bridges?
Bridges works to create systems change by helping equalize access to postsecondary education, so that more first generation to college, low‐income, minority and nontraditional students will be able to overcome access barriers that otherwise may prevent them from enrolling in colleges and completing their course of study. These student demographic groups, underrepresented in higher education, benefit from individualized support through the college admissions and financial aid process. Comprehensive admissions and financial aid counseling is the heart of Bridges’ work because it addresses the unique needs of our student population and rural Taos County communities.
We have witnessed that as members of a family learn how to navigate the admissions process the experience becomes a part of their vocabulary. An increasing number of clients come to Bridges because another family member has been helped, and the effect has rippled through our tight-knit, family-focused communities. Sisters follow brothers; parents are inspired by their children; husbands follow wives; and friends refer friends. Empowered by their own experience, and possessing the language and tools to assist others, many Bridges clients have become educational advocates themselves. As they are able to help others in their family, negative cycles begin to break down. Change can then take place gradually over the course of generations.
Our belief is that the benefits of higher education for students, their families, their communities and beyond to encompass our society at large are broad, deep and numerous. A college education can impact an improved quality of life for the individual and their family – more career choices, better health, longer life expectancy and greater income – their community – increased civic engagement, community service and social mobility, along with stronger interpersonal relationships – and our nation – a democratic and informed citizenry educated in the skills and understanding required to create and sustain a 21st century America based on the indisputable right for all people to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” While higher education is not the right choice for every person, Bridges is an advocate for access to higher education for anyone who feels it’s the best choice for them.
WAYS TO SUPPORT BRIDGES
There are many ways to show your appreciation and support for Bridges Project for Education. Your gifts help students of all ages in Taos County and Northern New Mexico access higher education, especially those among the first in their families to seek vocational certifications and college degrees.
Bridges is a small is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit supporting big dreams. Gifts of any size are appreciated and all contributions are tax-deductible. Additionally, your company might offer matching grants for donations you make!
Disclaimer: Information provided by Bridges is not intended as tax advice. Please consult with your tax advisor to help determine the best philanthropic options for you.
The easiest way to support Bridges is to give a gift on-line. All transactions are securely processed via PayPal. You can choose to make a one-time gift or to make a recurring gift on a monthly. Simply choose the monthly gift preference.
Donate by Check
To make a donation by check or money order, please make payable to “Bridges Project” and mail to the address below:
Bridges Project for Education
Post Office Box 308
Taos, New Mexico
Shop to Support
Make your purchases via AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0. 5% of the eligible Amazon purchases that you make to Bridges!
Employee Matching Funds
We know there are not a lot of corporate matching programs in Taos, but don’t forget to check and see if your current or former employer has a matching gift program. This can often double your charitable giving to Bridges! Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program. Some employers provide a matching one to one donation to the nonprofit of your choosing.
Make a Charitable IRA Contribution
If you are over the age of 70 ½ you can benefit from making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to Bridges. Talk to your financial advisor for more information.
Make Bridges a Beneficiary
Make Bridges the beneficiary of your will through a bequest. Talk to your financial advisor about contributing to Bridges as a part of your life’s legacy.
Host or Attend a Special Event
Gather friends and coworkers for an event to support Bridges. Contact us. We can help with ideas!
Agency Endowment Fund
Agency endowment funds offer nonprofits a predictable, stable source of income for their mission. They also offer donors a permanent alternative to annual giving. So many ways to give through Bridges’ Agency endowment fund at Taos Community Foundation– Stocks, IRAs, Transfers; Planned Gifts; Specific Dollar Amounts/Personal Property; Specific Real Estate; Percentage of an Estate; and other gift options. Find out more at Taos Community Foundation.
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Support access to higher education – Donate to Bridges!
If you are making a gift in honor or in memory of someone special, and are not prompted to leave a
message/note , please be sure and send us an email to let us know who you are honoring.