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Friends of the Bridge

Board of Directors
Didi Brush
Phil Dodd
Barbara Floersch
Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Ken Jones
Michael Levine
John Nelson
Tania Solano

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1641
Montpelier, VT 05601

Email Address friendsofthebridge18@gmail.com  

Tax Status Friends of The Bridge is recognized as a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and as a non-profit organization by the Vermont Secretary of State

Although The Bridge is free to readers, it takes money to produce it. In addition to free-lancers and staff, the ongoing costs of printing, postage, distribution, and professional services add up quickly. Office space is donated, volunteers contribute time, and the operation is strictly no-frills.

While advertising revenue covers most expenses, it doesn’t stretch quite far enough to make ends meet. Because of that, fundraising to close the gap between income and expenses is essential.  

The Bridge is a state of Vermont nonprofit, but does not hold federal tax-exempt status. Following the lead of other community newspapers in Vermont, in 2018 The Bridge board created a separate nonprofit entity, Friends of The Bridge, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with its own board of directors.

To close the gap between advertising revenue and operating costs, Friends of The Bridge solicits donations, hosts fundraising events, and submits grant applications. It expends funds on projects that support operations of the newspaper and that will increase the sustainability of The Bridge for years to come. The cash contributions, in-kind donations, grants, and volunteer hours provided by the community make The Bridge possible.

Friends of The Bridge board members are deeply appreciative of the engaged community members and businesses who provide funding and work with us to sustain and invigorate our community newspaper. Read the Friends of the Bridge policies here.

Learn more about how The Bridge builds and connects our community

                 The Bridge 2022 Fundraising Case Statement