Our Mission

Building Bridges is a not-for-profit organization committed to constructing schools, orphanages, clean water wells, medical clinics, and bridges in impoverished communities around the world.  Our members plan and fund these projects, and are on hand for the ground breaking and first week of construction.  Through our volunteers and donors, we seek to create a network of individuals who wish to create opportunities for others who have almost nothing.

Our Personal Experience

The organization’s founders sought to create a figurative bridge of manpower, ideas, and resources after witnessing extreme poverty first hand.  The new perspective we gained on service projects early in our lives allowed us to appreciate our own circumstances and dedicate a part of our lives to alleviate the suffering of others that are less fortunate and motivated us to found Building Bridges.  By aiding these impoverished communities, we try to share that same experience with others, and hope to inspire new members to take up our mission.

About Us

Matthew BasileDirector

Matthew Basile is an attorney at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York and focuses his practice on transactions involving different types of commercial real estate assets. Matt received his JD from Fordham University School of Law. Shortly after graduation from The College of the Holy Cross, he created, fund raised and implemented a construction project in the village of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. He has continued to help raise money and awareness for people in that region.

Ted EgnerDirector

Theodore Egner is a manager of acquisitions and development at Lincoln Property Company, and is based out of their Washington, DC office. Ted made the transition into real estate after spending five years in the financial sector with Cantor Fitzgerald and Citigroup in New York. His experiences volunteering in Nicaragua after graduating from The College of the Holy Cross inspired him to move to Costa Rica years later to construct schools in several isolated indigenous villages. Ted received an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.