Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Bridges To Understanding

  • Seattle, WA
  • www.bridges2understanding.org

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower and unite youth worldwide, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and build global citizenship through the art of storytelling and the use of digital technology.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Bridges to Understanding works with middle and high school students and teachers internationally. Our partner sites include but are not limited to: USA, South Africa, Guatemala, Peru, and India.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms Joyce McClure

Keywords

Self-reported

digital storytelling, cultural understanding, digital photography, professional development, global citizenship, global education, international education, media, digital technology

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2011, 2010 and 2009.
Register now

Also Known As

BRIDGES

EIN

72-1552876

 Number

1131495016

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Bridges to Understanding provides students and teachers the tools to create digital stories and communicate with youth globally.  The process of creating digital stories about local issues increases students' engagement in their classroom work and in their local community.  Students who communicate online and watch stories created by youth in other global communities increase their awareness of the issues affecting their global peers.  Watching a story created by peers makes the global issues become real and encourages youth to take action on a global and local level. As one Bridges student said, "They got to explain their culture and we didn't just learn it from a book." Bridges provides teachers with the tools and resources to enhance the global learning in their classroom and increase project-based learning.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Bridges sites are located throughout the world. We are currrently working with children in India, Peru, Guatemala, South Africa and in the US.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Bridges to Understanding works with middle and high school students and teachers internationally. Our partner sites include but are not limited to: USA, South Africa, Guatemala, Peru, and India.

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

BRIDGES TO UNDERSTANDING
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2011, 2010 and 2009
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Bridges To Understanding

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2011, 2010 and 2009
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Ms Joyce McClure

BIO

Joyce brings to Bridges more than 30 years of experience in management
and marketing with major corporations and advertising and public
relations agencies in New York City , Boston , Los Angeles and Seattle
. As a volunteer consultant, Joyce led Bridges’ media outreach during
our partnership with Seeds of Compassion in April 2008. She then led
Bridges’ staff and board in our first long-range strategic planning
process before joining the Bridges team as Managing Director in
November 2008. She assumed the position of Executive Director in
January 2009. Prior to Bridges, Joyce was Senior Vice President/Chief
Operating Officer on the Microsoft account at their public relations
agency-of-record. A lifelong world traveler, Joyce lived in Iran as a
child, an experience that parallels Bridges’ mission. An award-winning
photographer, her photography of recent journeys can be viewed at
www.joycemcclure.com and www.flickr.com/photos/joycemcclure/collections.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Matthew Ragin

Microsoft Corporation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?