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Giving Back

Bridgepoint Education is committed to improving the communities we serve. As an organization, we strive to embody this commitment with numerous sponsorships, partnerships and community service events throughout the year. We also encourage our employees to take a look around their own communities and get involved with service organizations that interest them.

In 2012, Bridgepoint Education was involved in a diverse range of initiatives that impacted our community. Employees came together to clear debris from an area canyon, repaint a local school, feed the hungry during the Heroes Holiday Food Drive and during Bridgepoint's annual United Way campaign, employees donated $93,000 to charities of their own choosing — a donation that was matched by Bridgepoint Education.

Giving back is part of who we are at Bridgepoint Education.

Andrew Clark, CEO Bridgepoint Education

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Junior Achievement

Bridgepoint Education's involvement with Junior Achievement reaches back five years and the relationship continues to grow. Junior Achievement prepares students for economic success through its local in-school and hands-on programs.

Teacher For A Day

As part of Junior Achievement's Teacher for a Day program, Bridgepoint and Ashford employees immersed themselves in classrooms at Valley Elementary School and Pomerado Elementary School to teach students about work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

San Diego County Office of Education

Bridgepoint Education partners with the San Diego County Office of Education to support their mission to provide public education to nearly 500,000 students in 747 schools.

Outdoor Education

Bridgepoint Education donated $25,000 in scholarships to send low-income students to 6th grade camp. The outdoor school provides students with an opportunity to learn about science in a unique hands-on environment.

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Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego is the only facility in the San Diego area dedicated to pediatric healthcare. Bridgepoint Education is proud to support the non-profit hospital in caring for San Diego's sick and injured children.

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Holiday Bowl

As part of Bridgepoint Education's sponsorship of the 2012 Holiday Bowl, Bridgepoint pledged to donate $1 from each game ticket sold to Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego. Bridgepoint's donation to the hospital was $57,103. Rady Children's Hospital was also the beneficiary for the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Golf Invitational, resulting in more than $25,000 in additional donations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

Bridgepoint Education teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the national youth mentoring organization, on Operation Bigs, which matches adult volunteers to children of military parents who are deployed or about to be deployed.

Operation Bigs

In support of the Operation Bigs program, Bridgepoint Education donated 12 sets of tickets to a Lakers game as well as 100 pairs of tickets to a San Diego Chargers game. This allowed the Big Brothers and Big Sisters to engage their "Littles" and pursue the program's goal of establishing friendship.

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Freedom Station

As San Diego is home to the largest military community in the world, we are proud to assist Freedom Station in achieving their mission to help injured and disabled service members make the difficult transition into civilian life.

Operation Valentine

Hundreds of employees spread cheer to local military families by decorating more than 1,500 Valentine's Day cards and cookies as part of Operation Valentine. The gifts were distributed to several military organizations, including Freedom Station, Operation Homefront and the USO.

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Freedom Station

As San Diego is home to the largest military community in the world, we are proud to assist Freedom Station in achieving their mission to help injured and disabled service members make the difficult transition into civilian life.

Operation Career Transition

We hosted a career workshop and career fair designed for service members and veterans. Operation Career Transition provided attendees with tools, resources and workshops to help them market themselves to potential employers.

You have equipped me with the tools I need to succeed in my job search. I know that the knowledge I gained will certainly be beneficial to me in getting that dream job that I desire.
— Operation Career Transition Attendee

Warrior Foundation

Bridgepoint Education has been a frequent supporter of the Warrior Foundation, a grassroots organization devoted to helping military service members who have been injured or disabled.

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Foundation Radiothon

Bridgepoint volunteers answered phones and took donations during the telethon, resulting in more than $250,000 being raised for the Warrior Foundation to send injured warriors home to their families for the holidays.

Warrior Foundation

Bridgepoint Education has been a frequent supporter of the Warrior Foundation, a grassroots organization devoted to helping military service members who have been injured or disabled.

Decoration Day at
Balboa Naval Hospital

In partnership with the Warrior Foundation, employees spent their Thanksgiving weekend decking the halls of the Bob Wilson Naval Hospital with festive holiday decorations. Employees also handed out food and gifts they donated to the injured patients at the hospital.

It was a huge success, lots of fun, and we love working with Bridgepoint! Your people are the best!
— Dian Self, Warrior Foundation
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Spring Heroes Day: Canyon Restoration

Bridgepoint and Ashford employees spent their Saturday restoring the natural beauty of Ruffin Canyon in San Diego. Volunteers planted trees, cleared debris and restored 1,200 feet of the canyon.

Fall Heroes Day: Mary Fay Pendleton School

Donating their time and demonstrating impressive teamwork, over 150 Bridgepoint and Ashford Heroes came together to show their commitment to giving back to the San Diego community. Volunteers helped revitalize Mary Fay Pendleton School, a school located on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton that serves children connected to the military.

Working with the United We Paint Coalition, Bridgepoint Education provided all of the paint, ladders, supplies and volunteers to complete the job.

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Heroes Volunteer Fair

The desire to give back to the community is a top priority for our employees, demonstrated by the fact that hundreds of employees turned out for the annual Heroes Volunteer Fair to meet with various organizations and learn about new opportunities to make a difference in San Diego.


Steve Quis earned the honor of Bridgepoint Hero of the Year by logging 229 volunteer hours during the year. Steve's volunteer efforts have focused on helping out with children's sports organizations. He has coached and participated in fundraisers for the Rancho Bernardo Little League and has been an active supporter of Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner Cheer.

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Betsy Vanausdeln, who was also Hero of the Year in 2011, demonstrated her dedication to giving back by logging a total of 398 volunteer hours during the year. Most of her volunteer time was spent as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America, conducting cookie drives, holding meetings and participating in the Gold Award Journey weekend. She also volunteered with Asbury Methodist Church as a mentor and youth group leader, and has devoted several hours to Ashford Heroes efforts in Iowa.

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Dr. Debora Scheffel is on the Colorado State Board of Education, where she spent much of her volunteer time attending meetings and other events. She also dedicated several hours to the Center for Teaching and Learning. In total, Dr. Scheffel logged 210 volunteer hours during the year.

Dr. Debora Scheffels
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Teacher Appreciation

For the fifth consecutive year, several San Diego County teachers received scholarships to earn their master's degrees at Ashford University and the recipients were honored during the San Diego Padres Teacher Appreciation Night at PETCO Park.

Padres Scholar

In partnership with the San Diego Padres, Ashford University awards master's degree scholarships to local Padres Scholars each year. The Padres Scholar program helps provide college scholarships for financially disadvantaged students. The award is presented on the field at PETCO Park.

Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars

The nationally-recognized Guardian Scholars program, through Promises2Kids, provides financial assistance to former foster youth. Since 2009, Ashford has annually been providing scholarships for this program.

Homefront Heroes

For three years, Ashford has offered the Homefront Heroes scholarship, honoring five San Diego County spouses of military service members for providing a network of support to the men and women who serve our country. Each scholarship helps a military spouse earn an education at Ashford University.

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The Difference We've Made

Our Heroes


Employee Volunteer Hours

worth an estimated $196,110



100% of our

Executive Leadership is active in the Community



Pounds in Food Donations

In-kind contribution of



Total Community Contributions

Grand Total Of Over

$1.9 Million

279 Non Profits Supported

Supporting Causes Our Employees Care About

$313,520 employee donations


$313,520 company match

Total = $627,040 to benefit nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve