Marla’s Story

Uniting People, Passion and Resources

Marla Bradshaw

Community Volunteer

Marla Bradshaw recognized the increasing need in her community and knew that meeting that need would require a greater level of resources.

As Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, along with her husband Steve Bradshaw, Marla helped to increase membership in the society’s new Step-Up Program.

“We are proud of that achievement and hope we were able to provide more support for our partner agencies,” she said.

The Step-Up Program requires a minimum person pledge of $5,000 in the first year, with a commitment to “step-up” personal giving to $7,500 the second year and $10,000 by the third year. Step-Up participants receive full Tocqueville Society recognition and benefits in the $10,000 to $14,999 category during the first two years of participation.

“Many people are willing to consider membership in the Tocqueville Society but that first gift can often be a challenge,” she said. “Providing a bridging opportunity can encourage them to get involved.”

In addition to her tireless work in fundraising, Marla is a longtime participant of the annual Day of Caring.

“Providing support is important but sometimes you just need to roll up your sleeves to help.”

Marla has a history of community service and presently she serves on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, a United Way partner agency.

“We’ve always felt good supporting the United Way – we know agencies’ funding requests have been thoroughly reviewed and our support is being put to good use.”