The Bridging the Gap Awards (BGA) was started in 2012 as a grant that assists smaller sized charitable organizations that exemplify the Perlman Foundation’s mission. The Perlman Foundation recognized that there are a lot of small, grassroots organizations that are making a real difference in their communities and in the lives of young people, but they need help building their capacity.
The Foundation sought to help these organizations by providing funding for whatever they need, whether it’s a website, hiring additional staff, or even assistance in securing their 501(c) 3 statuses. Instead of funding larger organizations, the BGA targets smaller organizations that use innovative methods to positively impact individuals living in low-income communities.
About The Perlman Foundation
The Perlman Foundation is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501 (c) 3 organization established in 2009 by Gregory Perlman, CEO of GHC Housing Partners, to provide support and assistance to lower-income children and families and the charitable organizations that are working to improve their communities. The Foundation seeks to empower those individuals who have shown a desire to better their lives and have a proven history of working to improve their standard of living.
Under the direction of the Executive Director, Shaun-Teka Joyner, the Perlman Foundation empowers individuals and organizations by providing direct grants as well intangible services that positively impact beliefs, attitudes, emotions and confidence. These services include college scholarships, college prep support, youth leadership programs, emergency community grants, home ownership down-payment grants and more.