There are many ways you can help advance Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ life-saving programs and services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Bridge Over Troubled Waters accepts philanthropic gifts through donor-advised funds, IRA charitable rollovers, stock or securities. Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our EIN is 04-2472126.

All checks should be payable to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and mailed to Bridge Over Troubled Waters Attn: Development Department, 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111

If you have any questions or seek more information, please contact:
Melissa Cording, Director of Development
617-423-9575 extension 228

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Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

A donor advised fund — or DAF — is a charitable account with a sponsoring organization that allows donors to recommend grants/gifts to qualified public charities.  For more information about setting up a donor advised fund, please contact your financial advisor.

If you currently have a donor advised fund, please consider recommending a gift to Bridge Over Troubled Waters. If your fund is with Fidelity CharitableGreater Kansas City CFSchwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, you can make a recommendation directly below.


Stocks or Securities

Donating stock or securities to Bridge Over Troubled Waters is an easy way to give, with additional benefits:

  • The market value of a gift of stock and securities is tax-deductible, just like any other charitable contribution.

  • Giving stock or securities has an additional tax advantage over a cash gift: donors avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation of the asset.

Always consult with your tax advisor for specific tax information when giving securities, as certain limitations may apply.  If you should have any questions about making a stock donation to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, please contact Melissa Cording, Director of Development, at

For a paper form, please click here. To make a donation, you or your broker can transfer DTC-eligible securities to:

Fidelity Investments
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA  02210

DTC Number: 0226   National Financial/Fidelity
Account Number:  676-174354
For the benefit of: Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.
Tax ID:  04-2472126

NOTE: Electronic transfers of stock/securities to Bridge Over Troubled Waters are made without identifying the donor. When you decide to make a gift, please notify Melissa Cording, Director of Development, at 617-423-9575 extension 228 or with the name of the stock and number of shares being donated, as well as the expected date of transfer, so we can identify and credit your gift.


Bequests: the gift of a lifetime

A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of deferred giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit Bridge Over Troubled Waters for years to come. Remembering Bridge in your will (also referred to as a bequest) is a wonderful way for you to make a lasting gift to support homeless youth. No other planned gift is as simple to implement or as easy to change should you ever need the assets during your lifetime.


  • Easy to arrange

  • Flexible

  • Control of your assets

  • Tax benefits


IRA Charitable Rollover

For individuals age 70 ½ or older, an IRA Charitable Rollover is a tax-wise way to give to Bridge.


  • A charitable gift transferred from your IRA directly to Bridge will not be taxed and can qualify for the required minimum distribution (RMD), maximizing benefits to both you and Bridge.

  • IRA gifts may be used to satisfy multi-year donor pledges.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be age 70 ½ or older.

  • Donate any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA.

  • Transfer funds directly to Bridge Over Troubled Waters from a traditional or rollover IRA.

To initiate the gift of an IRA Charitable Rollover, contact your IRA administrator. For a sample transfer request form you can customize and share with your IRA administrator or financial advisor, please click here.

If you have any questions about IRA charitable rollovers, please contact Melissa Cording, Director of Development.