For many not-for-profits, developing new and innovative ideas can be overwhelming. In August 2010, two local not-for-profits in Montgomery, Alabama found a way to overcome that obstacle. Bridge Builders® Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama worked together to create the now famous Dragon Boat Race and Festival that has become Montgomery’s annual end of summer event.
With the help of Central Alabama Community Foundation and sponsoring organizations, this festival has become the city’s premier event. With more than 10,000 in attendance every year and numerous volunteers, this festival is a great example of the synergy that can thrive between two not-for-profits and their boards of directors.
The Warren Averett Montgomery team “Let’s Get Fiscal” had a great time participating in the Festival again this year. By displaying the Firm’s values of sharing our success, strong team mindset and passion to win, Let’s Get Fiscal ended the day in the championship finals for their division. The Festival has become a 501(c)(3) itself and provides a platform for various activities including rowing clubs, team building and outreach and visibility opportunities for Bridge Builders and Rebuilding Together. Across the life of the event, the Festival has netted over $200,000 for its two beneficiaries.
Bridge Builders® Alabama is a two-year program that works with students from public, private, parochial, and home schools. Their mission is to develop among high school students a group of future leaders who will lay aside individual, social, economic, and cultural differences and work for the benefit of all. Their purpose is to help ordinary youth find their voice, experience their power and build positive relationships to do the extraordinary. Rebuilding Together Central Alabama provides free repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners and for not-for-profit and community facilities. Our programs address basic living, life event and quality of life needs of homeowners and the people served by the facilities with which we work. The work they do creates safer environments and makes it possible for people to live independently for a longer time in their own homes.