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Bridges to Prosperity, Inc.

aka Bridges to Prosperity   |   Denver, CO   |  www.bridgestoprosperity.org

Mission

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) envisions a world without poverty caused by rural isolation. B2P uses a community-driven approach and intelligent technology to deliver multi-dimensional impact to thousands of communities worldwide by building trail bridges over impassable rivers, which are proven to transform rural economies and can be easily scaled by local governments. Our trail bridge programs are built to unlock opportunity, expand the reach of other development interventions, and ultimately eliminate poverty caused by rural isolation.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Ms. Nivi Sharma

Main address

1031 33rd Street

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

54-2031102

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Public Transportation Systems and Services (W40)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than one in seven rural residents struggle to reach markets, jobs, schools, clinics, and hospitals because of a lack of connectivity. Lack of transportation infrastructure such as bridges is the root cause of poverty for nearly one billion people globally. For last-mile communities - people living in rural isolation - this perpetuates a cycle of extreme poverty. B2P builds pedestrian trail bridges over impassable rivers, providing safe and reliable access to essential resources, services, and opportunities year-round for rurally isolated residents.

Our programs

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

Rwanda Program

Since 2008, the Rwanda Program has constructed a total of 155 trail bridges providing over 610,000 people with safe, reliable access to schools, markets, employment opportunities, government services, and health centers. Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) is currently scaling the Rwandan program, aiming to solve the issue of poverty due to rural isolation nationwide. In April 2019, B2P signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwandan National Government. In partnership with the National Government, B2P will be building over 355 trail bridges, serving over 1.1 million individuals, over the next 5 years.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

The Uganda Program was launched in Fiscal Year 2017 and to-date has built 25 bridges providing over 126,000 people with safe, reliable access to schools, markets, employment opportunities, government services, and health centers. In the Fall of 2021, B2P signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transportation (MOWT) that aims to scale trail bridge infrastructure nationwide over the next several years in a phased approach.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of bridges built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Individuals directly served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of individuals a particular bridge impacts varies extensively by country and region.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world without poverty caused by rural isolation. What began as a direct service bridge-building outfit has evolved into an organization focused on systematically changing how governments prioritize investing in rural infrastructure at scale. Using a community-driven approach and intelligent technology, we are delivering multi-dimensional impact to thousands of communities worldwide. Our trail bridge programs are built to unlock opportunity, expand the reach of other development interventions, and ultimately eliminate poverty caused by rural isolation. Trail bridges are proven to transform rural economies and can be easily scaled by local governments.

- Technical Assistance: B2P strives to play a catalytic role within a last-mile access coalition to enable the delivery of rural transport access at scale. As we intend to build only a small fraction of the total trail bridges that are urgently needed worldwide, we are focusing our efforts on establishing best practices and filling capacity gaps within the entire safe-access system, both from the top down and the bottom up.

- Evidence + Impact: As an evidence-based organization, B2P recognizes the importance of having a strong body of data for decision making. We believe a safe access coalition needs a significant, highly-reputable portfolio of evidence to support last-mile access as a fulcrum for rural development. We are committed to building that body of evidence as a core operational focus for our East African programs.

- Advocacy: B2P is committed to coalescing a group of influencers, implementers, and researchers to drive systemic change within the rural transport sector and prioritize and drive resources to rural communities.

Bridges to Prosperity is the world leader in rural pedestrian trail bridge design. We have refined and standardized our designs and construction process to accommodate isolated environments and locally-sourced materials. B2P partners with local governments and community leaders to develop, enable, and
advocate for national infrastructure programs that acknowledge the needs of rural populations and the potential for safe access to be transformative for households, communities, and countries.

The organization has a track-record of success: with more than 440 bridges supported or constructed in our two decades of existence, we have provided safe access for over 1.5 million people across 20 different countries, successfully partnering with local and national governments and communities on each of its projects. Our trail bridge projects have been shown to create invaluable impact on the opportunities isolated residents have to thrive. Third-party researchers found that on average, communities with a B2P trail bridge saw a 30% increase in overall household income, a 75% increase in farm profits, and a 60% increase in women entering the labor market, as well as a 32% increase in health facility visits, a 45% increase in vaccination rates, a 200% increase in attendance for girls, and 60% increase in literacy for women. With an innovative funding model that involves substantial government partnership and in-kind donation, institutional funding, and aid partnerships, Bridges to Prosperity has ensured and enabled the construction of trail bridges in districts and governments around the world.

Bridges to Prosperity has constructed more than 440 bridges around the world that serve over 1.5 million people. Looking forward, B2P is looking to scale rural connectivity globally by 1) working with governments to scope the extent of rural isolation and footbridge need in their country, 2) advising governments on how to build a plan for implementation of a rural connectivity program, and 3) providing technical assistance to manage, track, and fulfill on the delivery of that plan.

Financials

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Operations

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Bridges to Prosperity, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jonathan Nash

Kenneth Frantz

Janice Tuchman

Carole Bionda

Ben Brahinsky

Sridhar Prasad

Susan Dorsey

Anne Maria Makhulo

Jon Dale

Eric Mwangi

Ibraheem Sanusi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes