CITIZEN BRIDGES INTERNATIONAL HAS CLOSED
To all friends and supporters of Citizen Bridges International (formerly Heartland International),
For more than two decades CBI has served as a catalyst for change in emerging democracies around the world. As a grant-driven nonprofit organization, fluctuations in our funding cycles have been inevitable but somehow we managed to survive the downturns and forge ahead. Unfortunately, due to a constrained funding climate and increased competition for limited grants, this time is different. Without a secure source of financial support for our programs and operating expenses in the future the Board of Directors has decided to wind down the organization. This was not an easy decision, but in economically precarious times, it was a necessity.
We are deeply grateful to all of you who have been involved in our programs over the past 24 years as participants, presenters, site visit hosts, homestay hosts, donors, volunteers, interns, First Tuesday faithful and colleagues. You have all played an essential role in furthering our mission and promoting cross-cultural understanding.
Though CBI as an organization is winding down, please carry on! The world will always need people like you who go forth with open minds and hearts seeking to create connections and break down barriers. Thank you, again, for your past support, and for helping to make the world a better place. Best wishes to you all.
Julie Stagliano Phyllis Handelman
Former President Board Chair
P.S. Please reach out to Julie and Julia through LinkedIn or their personal emails at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to stay in touch.