#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.

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Hispanic Enrollment Initiative

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Celebrates Hispanic Enrollment Initiative

September 2019

Crimsonbridge Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes joined parents, school leaders and teachers, and leadership of Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Office to recognize parent volunteers for their support of the Hispanic Enrollment Initiative, led by the office’s first Hispanic Enrollment Outreach Coordinator. Parish and school leaders praised these parents not only for the active part they play in connecting and welcoming new families to area Catholic Schools, but for the many contributions their families make that enrich Catholic school communities.

C3 Cohort

Knowledge Sharing Among C3 Organizations

July 2019

Members of the College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative recently kicked off a second year of partnership toward a shared goal of increasing college success rates. During a day of candid conversation and knowledge sharing around technology, Crimsonbridge Foundation staff appreciated learning more about the complex role that various technology tools play in helping C3 nonprofits to connect with and support students in their journey to and through college. Those same technologies also support organizational efforts to track, manage, and share outcomes within their organizations and with external stakeholders.

New Futures Scholars Award Dinner

New Futures Welcomes New Scholars

July 2019

At its bi-annual Scholar Award Dinner, New Futures welcomed and celebrated 28 young people joining its program as Scholars. Among this inspiring group were 24 pursuing a certificate or associates degree and four second-time Scholars pursuing a bachelor’s degree in IT/Cybersecurity, Construction & Trades, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Public Service, and Education fields. Grants and Communications Officer Beth Hess appreciated the opportunity to learn about the journeys and aspirations of this dedicated group of Scholars following their dreams.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Recognition Ceremony

Celebrating with Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

June 2019

Learners, volunteers, and community partners gathered in Falls Church for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s 57th Annual Recognition Ceremony. Program Officer Caitlin Furey’s favorite part of the night was when adult learners shared stories they had written for the theme, “My Voice Matters.” One learner expressed, “Although I faced many challenges, learning English was beneficial to me. I am now able to express myself and share my experiences on various topics in English. For this reason, I can now declare that my voice matters.”

Catholic Charities Program Fair

Exploring the Catholic Charities Program Fair

June 2019

Program Officer Caitlin Furey joined hundreds of employees from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington for their annual Program Fair, hosted at Catholic University. The Fair was a fun, interactive opportunity to learn more about the diverse array of services available through Catholic Charities’ 59 programs. Staff members from the ESOL program, housing, employment, behavioral health, health care, immigrant support services, and more were eager to share their work and passion for helping others.

Region Prepares for 2020 Census

June 2019

Program Officer Caitlin Furey and Philanthropy Fellow Anne Hundertmark joined representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for a day of learning at, “Interventions that Work: 2020 Census and Hard-to-Reach Communities,” hosted at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. The conference provided workshops that dealt with issues ranging from engaging critical populations to understanding the effects of the census on our communities. Attendees left with strategies and an improved understanding of how nonprofits can serve as a vital instrument in ensuring an accurate and representative census count.

Celebrating Achievements with the Literacy Council of Frederick County

June 2019

Crimsonbridge Philanthropy Fellow Anne Hundertmark joined the Literacy Council of Frederick County for their 6th annual Celebration of Achievements. The celebration honored students who had advanced through key literacy milestones, such as completing an ESL course, and accomplishments that resulted from their improved literacy skills, including career advancement and even passing the US Citizenship Test! Volunteer tutors were also commended for the time and effort they invest into improving the literacy of the Frederick County community.

Palabras Sinceras

May 2019

In “Palabras Sinceras,” high school students took to the stage at GALA Hispanic Theatre to present poetry and short scenes they had written and developed over the course of a year while participating in the Paso Nuevo program. The bilingual production explored themes of love, friendship, family, and migration. Program Officer Caitlin Furey and Grants and Communications Officer Beth Hess were inspired by the performances, which ranged from emotional and moving to comical and imaginative.

A Spelling Bee for Adult Literacy

May 2019

The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) hosted their 6th annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee, featuring six teams, three celebrity judges, and a spirited audience of supporters. Funds raised during the event will support MCAEL’s goal to serve 21,000 adult learners by 2021. Program Officer Caitlin Furey volunteered back stage at the event and was very impressed by the spelling skills on display. Congratulations to the winning team from Bethesda Magazine, who correctly spelled “MAMMONISM” to take home the championship trophy!

Lunch with Nonprofit Leaders

April 2019

Nonprofit leaders and staff from Crimsonbridge and the World Bank enjoyed connecting over lunch at Georgetown University. Crimsonbridge has partnered with Georgetown’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership for several years, providing scholarships for leaders of diverse backgrounds to participate in the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. The World Bank also provides scholarships for leaders working to advance equity. Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes and Program Officer Reyna Sharp enjoyed the opportunity to connect with and learn about the personal and organizational goals of these nonprofit leaders.

Sharing Our Stories

March 2019

At 8 a.m. on a Friday morning, nearly 20 Catholic University students entered the Center for Cultural Engagement, where director Javier Bustamante, a Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund alum, had gathered staff from the Archdiocese of Washington, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Georgetown University, Bread for the World, and Crimsonbridge to share their career path stories over breakfast.  A shared theme among speakers was their commitment to community and service shaped by personal and family experiences.

Connecting at the Naturally Latinos Conference

March 2019

More than 150 environmental stewards gathered at the beautiful Woodend Nature Sanctuary for the Naturally Latinos Conference, hosted by the Audobon Naturalist Society. Attendees heard from environmental leaders and discussed how to engage and empower Latino communities. An inspiring highlight was keynote speaker Ada Monzón, Puerto Rican meteorologist and founder of science museum EcoExploratorio. The Crimsonbridge Foundation was a sponsor and Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes served on the planning committee. Program Officer Reyna Sharp truly enjoyed the vibrant conference.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Review

March 2019

Crimsonbridge staff joined a team of more than 100 volunteer reviewers across the region in support of the 2019-2020 Catalogue for Philanthropy. Program Officers Caitlin Furey and Reyna Sharp and Grants and Communications Officer Beth Hess used their knowledge of area nonprofits to help evaluate small nonprofits for potential inclusion in the upcoming Catalogue.

Nonprofits Gather to Share Strategies for College Success

March 2019

In February, six nonprofits focused on college completion, who are members of the C3 Initiative, gathered for the third time since June to discuss how to ensure students persist and succeed in college. Jennifer Adams, College Success Director at CollegeTracks, kicked off the discussion with an insightful presentation on their approach to student engagement. Program Officer Reyna Sharp facilitated discussion with Caroline Wertz, Senior Program Officer with the Scheidel Foundation. Participants walked away with a refreshed perspective and practical tools to bring back to their teams. We look forward to the next C3 Initiative meeting this summer!

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles – Capacity for the next 100 years

February 2019

The Crimsonbridge Foundation first partnered with Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (CCLA) in 2017 on the redesign of their website. A goal was to include a new extensive Spanish-language microsite prior to the organization’s centennial in 2019. After several years of virtual collaboration and partnership across time zones, Danielle M. Reyes and Caitlin Furey recently had the opportunity to meet CCLA’s leader, Monsignor Gregory Cox, and Alexandria Arnold at the St. Robert’s Center in Santa Monica and discuss the impact that having relevant online Spanish language content has had on the organization. Congratulations to Catholic Charities of Los Angeles on 100 years of service!

FADICA’s 2019 Member Symposium

February 2019

Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) gathered its members and partners in Santa Monica, California for a three-day conference focused on Catholic education, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and Church vitality. As a new member and funder, Danielle M. Reyes and Caitlin Furey attended on behalf of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and had the opportunity to connect and learn with philanthropy professionals from all over the country.  A highlight, the Social Innovation Bazaar, featured short presentations from 6 innovative Catholic-led organizations working on issues including sustainable energy, community organizing, and assistance for asylum seekers.

New Futures Scholar Award Dinner

January 2019

New Futures, a partner of the Crimsonbridge Foundation through the College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative, honored more than 20 college students at their bi-annual Scholar Award Dinner. New Futures Scholars receive scholarships, academic advising, and career coaching. Many are pursuing degrees and rewarding careers in high-growth fields, such as Computer Science, Graphic Design, Nursing, and Hospitality. Several student speakers shared their inspiring stories, and there was not a dry eye in the room! Our Program Officer, Reyna Sharp, was pleased to meet several New Futures Alumni, Scholars, staff, and supporters at this uplifting event.

Catholic Schools Week 2019

January 2019

The Crimsonbridge Foundation was thrilled to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2019 with the Archdiocese of Washington and the students of St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills, MD. The school community kicked off the week-long celebration with a prayer service and performances by the talented student dance team and gospel choir. Our Executive Director, Danielle M. Reyes, and our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, spent an inspiring morning at the school, which included a tour led by two eighth grade students.

Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts

January 2019

More than 30 girls gathered at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA for “Encuentro,” a day-long leadership conference for Latina girls in middle and high school. Three Latina women shared their experiences, in English and Spanish, as first-generation Americans who pursued their dreams and became highly successful in their respective careers. Our Program Officer, Caitlin Furey, enjoyed being a volunteer facilitator for two workshops for the middle school girls: “Budgeting & Saving” and “Financing Your Future.”

Age of Agility Summit

January 2019

“Change happens gradually, and then suddenly.” Such is the case with technology, says Jaime Casap, Google’s Chief Education Evangelist. He was joined by several other engaging speakers at the Age of Agility Summit, hosted by America Succeeds at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a riveting discussion on how education must adapt to an increasingly technology-based economy. Our Program Officer, Reyna Sharp, joined business leaders, educators, nonprofit organizations, and more to explore a new vision for learners, systems, and educators that meets the demands of the 21st-century global economy.

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!

Racial Equity Roundtable

December 2018

This month, the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University held its second Racial Equity Roundtable. Nonprofit leaders explored how to promote and ensure racial equity within their organizations. Program Officer Reyna Sharp participated in the discussion on meaningfully and intentionally assessing an organization’s racial equity efforts.

College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative Hosts Second Convening

November 2019

In partnership with the Scheidel Foundation, Crimsonbridge hosted the second of three convenings of the College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative earlier this month. The C3’s nonprofit members, six local organizations that provide essential support on the journey to and through college for those who are first-generation college students or have financial need, explored best practices in the critical transition to college. Panelists included Program Director of the Georgetown Scholarship Program Melissa Foy and Director of College and Career Transition at Prince George’s Community College Cecelia A. Knox. Crimsonbridge Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes moderated the panel discussion and Program Officer Reyna Sharp facilitated discussion.

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!).

Catalogue for Philanthropy “Inspiration to Action”

October 2018

At the Shakespeare Theatre, The Catalogue for Philanthropy hosted its annual “Inspiration to Action.” This unique event showcases several nonprofit members of the Catalogue through live, illuminating, and entertaining stage performances. Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes and Program Officer Reyna Sharp enjoyed the dynamic performances, as well as the opportunity to meet several nonprofit leaders and representatives.

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.

Racial Equity Roundtable

October 2018

Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) held its first Racial Equity Roundtable this month. Alumni of the CPNL’s graduate programs gathered to explore racial equity in the nonprofit sector. Program Officer Reyna Sharp participated in the discussion about how to support and increase diverse staff at all levels of nonprofit organizations.

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 M. 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 M. 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

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.

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.