Bridging

Mission Statement

Bridging empowers people to thrive in their homes by providing quality furniture and household goods for those pursuing housing stability.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments 2020 Impact In 2020, Bridging furnished our 100,000th home! In 2020, we furnished 3,059 households. Of these 1,544 had children 17 and under and 66% had been homeless in the past 12 months. We served 7,817 total family members, of which 3,710 were children 17 and under. Each family received a basic home essential package of donated goods at Bridging. This package has a thrift-store value of $1,800 and includes; beds and linens, upholstered furniture, dressers, kitchen and dining essentials, lamps, small appliances – all critical items that make a “house a home”. In May 2020, after a brief 6-week closure due to the pandemic, we re-opened and had to re-think the way we serve clients. We knew that safety and dignity had to be paramount, and the solution that came out of that was virtual shopping! Clients can now safely pick out all their furniture and household goods over the iPad, through a video call. Virtual shopping not only addresses the safety of our services during the pandemic, but has also allowed clients to access our services, who may have had barriers to shopping in person. This is a silver lining that will continue! In a typical year, Bridging saves nearly 11 million pounds of good-quality, reusable furniture and housewares from the landfill. If we cannot accept an item, we have many partners in the community who we will refer potential donors to.
Current Goals 2021 Goals: Furnish more than 4,000 households; empowering them to thrive and experience housing stability. Save at least 10 million pounds of good quality, reusable furniture and housewares from the landfill.
Community or Constituency Served Bridging clients are referred by more than 200 social service agencies, the majority in the Twin Citied 7 county metro. The top five reasons that clients are referred to Bridging are: • Persistent Low income • Domestic Violence • Mental health • Foreclosure/Loss of Home • Disability More than 60% of the families that benefit from Bridging are transitioning out of homelessness. Between 80-90% of households served have total annual incomes under $20,000, approximately 80% are BIPOC community members, and more than half have children. The majority of families served are from the Twin Cities 7 County metro, but there are some partnerships with agencies in Greater MN.
Geographic Area Served The majority of families served are from the Twin Cities 7 County metro, but there are some partnerships with agencies in Greater MN.

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Furnish Homes with Hope:
$9,125,161
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
$8,681,952
94.2%
Management
$245,166
2.7%
Fundraising
$284,964
3.1%
Unrestricted Net Assets
End of Year:
Beginning of Year:
Difference:
2019
$6,840,596
$6,891,870
($51,274)
2018
$6,891,870
$6,337,645
$554,225
2017
$6,337,645
$5,517,246
$820,399

Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 04/06/2021

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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Address:
201 W 87th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420
Phone: 952-888-1105
Website: bridging.org/

General Information

Alternative Name: Bridging, Bridging Inc.
EIN: 41-1725396
Principal Staff: Mark Wilkening
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 33
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 4500
Ruling Year: 1992

Board

Board Chair: Janet Pool
Number of Board Members: 12
Board Meetings with Quorum: 7
Average Member Attendance: 11.4

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