Supporting the professional development of diverse, committed, and talented nonprofit leaders serving the Greater Washington region.

Strong nonprofit leaders and organizations play a critical role in creating positive and lasting change in our region. The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund partners with local organizations offering high quality professional development programs driven by entrepreneurial thinking, academic and hands-on training, networking, and collaboration.


Investing in Diverse Talent

Nearly 90% of executive directors or presidents of nonprofits and foundations are white, which does not reflect the rich diversity of our country. Studies have found that racial and ethnic diversity contribute to organizational success. The Crimsonbridge Foundation is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the nonprofit sector. To this end, we have partnered with organizations offering exceptional leadership development opportunities.

In partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL), Crimsonbridge conducts extensive and strategic outreach, develops relationships, and provides partial and full financial support for senior staff of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to attend the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program. Since the partnership’s inception in 2016, the percentage of participants from diverse backgrounds has increased by 36%.

The Leadership Fund also invests in emerging talent in the nonprofit sector. Through our partnerships with Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Montgomery, young professionals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for and receive financial aid to participate in the highly-rated Rising Leaders and Emerging Leaders programs. These programs equip participants with the tools necessary to succeed professionally and connect them to a vast network of emerging regional leaders from all sectors.

Reference Sources:

BoardSource, “Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading with Intent 2017”

McKinsey & Company, “Why Diversity Matters”


Since 2016, 81 diverse local nonprofit leaders have advanced their professional skills with support from the Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund. Leadership Fund recipients report they were able to immediately implement their learning to advance their organizations and community – cultivating board members, implementing staff trainings, improving finance and development structures, revising communications systems, enhancing evaluation processes, and more.

“This opportunity supports the development of each individual leading nonprofit organizations. But more importantly, it represents robust support for the entire sector, as we – leaders – can shape policy and advocate for a more integrated community of nonprofits…I am certain that spaces like this, where knowledge and ideas are shared, are the best way to create real social and economic transformation.”

Patricia Funegra, Founder and CEO, La Cocina