#Community: our commitment to participate, engage, listen and learn with the communities we support.

#Community: our approach to philanthropy and community partnership.

The work of the Crimsonbridge Foundation is built on and informed by relationships with trusted community partners, including individuals and institutions across nonprofit, private, and public sectors. It is also derived from the knowledge that funding alone is not enough to create lasting change and that we must go beyond traditional grantmaking to achieve shared goals of positive social impact.

#Community is the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s commitment to participate, engage, listen and learn with the communities we support. It is a team driven social philanthropy initiative to take relationships beyond grant proposals and engage directly with partners to better understand challenges, identify solutions, leverage new resources, celebrate success, and build community. It’s our approach to philanthropy and community partnership.

To learn more about where we’ve been and what our community partners are up to, follow us on Twitter at @CrimsonbridgeDC, #Community, or read more under NEWS.


The Family Place Gift Giveaway

December 2018

Each year during the holiday season, the Family Place organizes a gift giveaway for their students, many of whom are recent immigrants to the United States. The gifts are generously donated by local businesses, churches, and foundation partners. Our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, volunteered to join the wonderful Family Place staff to help students pick out the perfect gifts for their children. It was a cheery way to spend a December morning!

Committee for Montgomery’s Annual Legislative Breakfast

December 2018

At the invitation of community partner, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, joined MCAEL’s Executive Director, Kathy Stevens, and Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Monica Casañas, as well as representatives from the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Identity, Linkages for Learning, College Tracks, and Nonprofit Montgomery for an opportunity to listen and learn at “Be in The Room Where It Happens,” the Committee for Montgomery’s Annual Legislative Breakfast. One resonating message from Senator Chris Van Hollen’s keynote address – the importance of inclusivity in our community!

The Promise of Latino Youth Forum

November 2018

Identity, Inc kicked off their 20th Anniversary year with the release of a report by University of Maryland researchers on how Latino youth living in Montgomery County, MD are faring and concrete ways in which to support their successful transition to adulthood.  Our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, encouraged Crimsonbridge grantees serving Montgomery County to join her at this community learning opportunity.  Congratulations to Identity on 20 years of empowering Latino youth and their families!

Girls on the Run of Montgomery County Fall 5K

November 2018

More than 2,000 girls gathered with their families and coaches for the Fall 5K Celebration on a chilly Sunday morning in Bethesda. As volunteers, our Executive Director, Danielle M. Reyes, served as a course marshal, while Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, oversaw the volunteer booth. Both cheered the girls on as they completed the goal they have been working towards over the ten-week season. It was a morning filled with positivity, encouragement, and empowerment for young girls in our community!

DC SCORES’ Westside Poetry Slam

November 2018

At DC SCORES’ Westside Poetry Slam, students from more than 15 elementary schools gathered for an energized evening of poetry, dancing, and good sportsmanship at Roosevelt High School. Many bilingual poet-athletes took the stage, performing poems in English and Spanish! Our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, loved hearing all of the poems, which ranged widely in topic and sentiment – from favorite school lunch (funny!), to choosing love over hate (moving and inspiring!).

Collegiate Directions Professional Development Series

October 2018

Collegiate Directions, a community partner that helps students succeed in college, hosted Dr. Tiffany Jones from the Education Trust to discuss A PROMISE FULFILLED: A Framework for Equitable Free College Programs. More and more states are pursuing Free College, yet Dr. Jones notes these programs do not always help those who need it most. Our Program Officer, Reyna Sharp, was grateful to attend and learn along with staff about the key elements of equitable Free College programs.

Generation Hope’s Pancake Battle

October 2018

At Generation Hope’s Pancake Battle, celebrity chefs competed for the honor of best pancake while supporters cheered on (and enjoyed the judging process) with all proceeds going to help D.C. area teen parents become college graduates and help their children enter kindergarten at higher levels of school readiness. As volunteers, our Executive Director, Danielle M. Reyes and board member, Adrianna Smith, had the opportunity to help out while connecting with staff, participants, and their children.

Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Community Conversation on Adult Education

September 2018

As part of their Community Conversation series, The Catalogue for Philanthropy hosted a panel on adult literacy in the 21st century. Panelists included leaders from the Washington English Center, the Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, and Byte Back. Our Program Officer, Reyna Sharp, attended and participated in the discussion about challenges organizations face, trends in adult education, and shared goals for the future.

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Camp CEO

September 2018

Each fall, Camp CEO brings together more than 20 women executives and 40 high school girl scouts from the Greater Washington region for an action-packed weekend of fun and inspiration at Camp Potomac Woods. Our Executive Director, Danielle M. Reyes loved spending the weekend with these women and girls… and had fun learning how to use a sling shot and a tomahawk too!

Leadership Greater Washington Rising Leaders Graduation

July 2018

The Rising Leaders Class of 2018 graduated after months of interactive professional development workshops, with topics ranging from managing up to presenting with confidence. Our Executive Director and Program Officer, Danielle Reyes and Caitlin Furey, were thrilled to connect with the 9 Rising Leaders who received scholarships from the Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund. Each of these Rising Leaders serve the DC community at local nonprofits.

Prince George’s Community College Culinary Arts Center Grand Opening

April 2018

Members of the community gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Prince George’s Community College state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center. Our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, was excited to tour the new building, and learn more about the classes that PGCC will offer in the space. Course offerings will include an option for adults to learn English while developing the skills necessary for a career in the culinary arts.

Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Panel on Women and Girls

March 2018

Catalogue for Philanthropy brought together four phenomenal nonprofit leaders to discuss the state of women and girls in the DC region. Danielle Reyes, our Executive Director, and Caitlin Furey, our Program Officer, attended to listen, learn, and meet other nonprofit professionals with diverse perspectives. Thank you to Catalogue for Philanthropy for playing the role of convener and host!

Crimsonbridge Volunteers at the Serving Our Children’s Winter Carnival

January 2018

Serving Our Children welcomed hundreds of families to their Winter Carnival at THEARC in Ward 8. Staff assisted parents with the application process for the Opportunity Scholarship Program, as children enjoyed the carnival games. Our program officer, Caitlin Furey, volunteered at the community event, and spent the afternoon working at the prize table, where children selected which book they would take home after a fun day at the carnival!

Celebrating the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Anniversary

September 2017

We were happy to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership!

University of Notre Dame’s Latino Enrollment Institute – NEWS

July 2017

In preparation of co-sponsoring the first Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) in Washington, DC with the Archdiocese of Washington next spring, program officer, Caitlin Furey, spent three days in South Bend, IN attending the summer LEI. In addition to a tremendous amount of learning and idea sharing, it was an opportunity to connect with school administrators, education staff, and others who are working to make enrollment to Catholic schools more accessible for Hispanic students across the country.

Celebrating Heritage and Leadership

May 2017

In recognition of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a commemorative month that pays tribute to and celebrates the culture, contributions, and sacrifices of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States – the DC office of the Gates Foundation co-hosted a special event with the Metro DC Chapter of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) that featured a panel of three Asian American women leading private foundations in the Greater Washington region.

Girls on the Run 5K

May 2017

In Montgomery County, each fall and spring, 2,500 girls from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds come together to achieve the goal they have been working towards all season, completing a 5K! Our program officer, Caitlin Furey, volunteers as a coach with Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, and she was thrilled to watch the 25 girls from her team cross the finish line. Hundreds of volunteers, coaches, and sponsors make the 5K possible each season.

Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Open House

March 2017

Georgetown University hosted an informational open house for its Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. Nonprofit leaders gathered to learn more about the program, and networked with fellow perspective participants. Caitlin Furey, our program officer, had the opportunity to attend the open house, and she was pleased to see several leaders from Crimsonbridge partner organizations in attendance.

La Cocina VA Graduation

March 2017

Celebrating success is never more important than when honoring the hard work and achievement of new graduates. Our program officer, Caitlin Furey, was proud to represent the Crimsonbridge Foundation at the La Cocina VA Graduation ceremony. Seven students celebrated their completion of the bilingual culinary training program with family, friends, and La Cocina VA staff.

City Blossoms Bilingual Cookbook Launch

March 2017

If you’ve been looking for a beautiful bilingual cookbook that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, City Blossoms, which develops urban green spaces for children and youth to learn, plant, and enjoy, has released a cookbook with 32 bilingual recipes entitled, Garden Gastronomy – Gastronomía del Jardin. Our executive director, Danielle M. Reyes, attended the book release party at Petworth Citizen where she was able to congratulate the organization’s co-founder, Rebecca Lemos and sample a delicious appetizer from one of the book’s recipes!

Brain Science Collaborative

February 2017

During this year-long professional development series, Teach for America DC Region teachers gain important, effective classroom strategies from the field of Mind, Brain and Education Science, to allow them to maximize their effectiveness and their students to achieve their highest potential. Caitlin Furey, our program officer, attended one of the highly interactive and engaging sessions, in which teachers learned about the connection between brain plasticity and student learning.

Archbishop Carroll High School Career Conversations

January 2017

Selecting a college major and career path can be difficult. To help address this, Archbishop Carroll, one of the first racially integrated high schools in the area, hosts a Career Conversations Day for students. Our executive director, Danielle M. Reyes, served as a panelist for this event, which engages dozens of professionals, from alumni and community partners such as Leadership Greater Washington, to share information and field students’ questions about future jobs and careers.

Latino Student Fund Holiday Gala

December 2016

The Embassy of Spain graciously hosted a holiday event in honor of the Latino Student Fund, bringing together staff, board members, community partners, and others, providing a welcome opportunity for program officer, Caitlin Furey, and board member, Adriana Smith to meet and connect with the organization’s staff.

Partner Spotlight with the Latin American Youth Center

November 2016

The LAYC launches its new, bilingual website! Through our Bridges Program, we seek to partner with nonprofits to help build their communications capacity to more effectively reach out to and engage with Hispanic parents and children.

Sharing Effective Communications Strategies with Educators in Washington State

October 2016

This month, Reaching and Engaging with Hispanic Communities: A Research-Informed Communication Guide for Nonprofits, Policymakers, and Funders, a publication produced by Child Trends Hispanic Institute and The Crimsonbridge Foundation, was presented at the Washington State Charter Schools Association Annual Conference. The annual conference is the association’s largest convening of the year, bringing together more than 300 national, regional and local experts engaged in the state’s growing charter school sector.

Latin American Youth Center’s Breakfast of Heroes

October 2016

The LAYC serves more than 4,000 youth annually. Attending its Breakfast for Heroes is an opportunity for staff and others to hear about the great work of this organization, celebrate its successes, and learn more about its ongoing need for support.