How We’re Supported

Bridges relies on funding from a wide variety of sources to provide the employment training, career guidance, job placement services that create a “bridge from school to work” for youth with disabilities and valuable workforce development resources for businesses across the country through our local Bridges offices.

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Core Support: J Willard and Alice Marriott Foundation

Bridges From School to Work was established in 1989 by the family of J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International, to foster the employment of young people with disabilities. The family continues to provide core support through an annual grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. This support is provided with the understanding that it will be leveraged to generate additional support from other sources. Currently, for every $1.00 contributed to Bridges from School to Work by the family, $1.50 is generated from others, including governmental organizations, corporations, non-profits and individuals.

Grants, Contributions and Donations

Bridges’ growth and expansion is sustained by funding received from myriad sources that value and support the program’s mission. Grants and contracts from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, local school systems, workforce investment boards and departments of children youth and families all support Bridges operations. The program is also the recipient of grants and contributions from private foundations, corporations and individuals. We actively seek and secure funding across the country on an ongoing basis, submitting competitive proposals that underscore the strength of the Bridges model and stress the strength of our professional staff, financial management, data management, research and analysis.

Annual Gala

Annually, Richard Marriott and Bridges host a gala to celebrate Bridges’ successes and generate resources to do even more in the future. The gala has become a much-anticipated evening in Washington each year—a fun and inspiring evening that has raised millions over the years to support Bridges’ efforts.