Record-Breaking Day for The Bridge
Thank you to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Their generous gift 3:1 matching gift, timed to coincide with Give to the Max Day, made for a banner day of support for The Bridge for Youth.
“With the support of the Hilton Foundation, we raised over $50,000 on Give to the Max Day,” said Annie Nelson, Director of External Relations at The Bridge. “This was a record-breaking day for us and for the children we provide service to.”
The record-breaking donation occurred despite a 5-hour shut down from the Give to the Max and Razoo systems.
“We appreciate the support from so many of our steady supporters and from new donors, too, ” said Nelson.
It was no coincidence that the Hilton gift was announced in November. Since 2007, the month has been known as National Homelessness Awareness month, when Congress passed a resolution to bring greater awareness to the problem of homelessness. In the U.S. an estimated 1.6 million children are homeless each year, and the majority of these children are 15 and 16.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has a long history supporting initiatives that confront American and international youth. With the start of the new millenia, the foundation has backed efforts that address foster care and homelessness.
Conrad Hilton III, grandson of Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, has Minnesota roots. In a visit to The Bridge last month he commented about the many challenges can adversely affect a youth’s transition to adulthood.
” We support the idea that investing in youth today leads to better outcomes tomorrow,” he said. “For over 50 years, we have supported the work of Catholic Sisters worldwide and their efficient use of a dollar and their selfless devotion to shelter and care for each individual child.”
“Likewise, it is our pleasure to support The Bridge’s efforts in Minneapolis in looking after and providing shelter to its children,” he added.