Child Trends’ Top 10 of 2016

December 2016

TOP 10 of 2016! Our Communications Guide on reaching and engaging with Hispanic families makes the list!

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Building a Foundation From Social Work

December 2016

In this Chronicle of Philanthropy video, Gabriela Smith, founder and president of the Crimsonbridge Foundation, discusses building a foundation from social work.

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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.

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Reaching and Engaging with Hispanic Communities

September 2016

A research-based communications guide for nonprofits, funders and policy makers

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Foundation Hires Local Program Specialist as New Program Officer

July 2016

The Crimsonbridge Foundation is pleased to announce that it has hired Caitlin Furey, a nonprofit program specialist, as its new program officer.

Ms. Furey comes to the Foundation from Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, where she spent four years working on programs that offer positive youth development for girls in elementary and middle school. As the organization’s program manager, Furey worked directly with dozens of schools throughout the county, to sustain existing programs, establish new programs, and ensure the inclusion of girls of all backgrounds. Furey’s experience also included the coordination of hundreds of volunteer team coaches at the organization’s various program sites. In addition, Furey herself served as a coach, leading and mentoring a team of 30 girls at a Title I elementary school–a highlight of her time with Girls on the Run.

Passionate about youth development and education, Furey credits a summer internship at Carpenter’s Shelter, an organization in Alexandria, Virginia that works with homeless adults and children, with sparking her passion for nonprofit work. “I saw the impact of the work and believe in the ability of nonprofit organizations to transform lives and strengthen communities,” said Furey.

As a program officer for the Crimsonbridge Foundation, Furey will help develop the foundation’s grantmaking programs in education, leadership development, and capacity building. “Caitlin’s knowledge of the region, understanding of Catholic schools, and experience building relationships between nonprofits, schools, and communities are a great fit for the foundation,” said Danielle M. Reyes, executive director of the Crimsonbridge Foundation.

A newcomer to philanthropy, Furey believes her experiences working with direct service nonprofits will help inform and guide the Foundation’s work. “I value the Foundation’s focus on education and am honored to join a team that works every day to affect real social change.”

Originally from Alexandria, VA, Furey attended high school at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame.

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Georgetown University: New Fund Supports Nonprofit Community Leaders

July 2016

A total of eight nonprofit leaders from the Greater Washington Region received scholarships to the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program in 2016, made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Crimsonbridge Foundation. According to Founder and President Gabriela Smith, “as we seek to build social sector capacity, we believe it is important to increase access to top professional development opportunities and cultivate the talented and dedicated leadership at the heart of this work.”

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Encouraging Ideas and Inspiring Educators: The Ideas in Education Festival 2016 at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning

Mercedes Lemp, Director of Programs at the Crimsonbridge Foundation April 2016

With standards and testing dictating K-12 curriculums, it doesn’t always seem that educators are encouraged to think out of the box in finding ways to help students learn. This is not the case at the Ideas in Education Festival, sponsored by The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). The Festival brings together educators from traditional public and charter, parochial, and independent schools who rarely have the opportunity to collaborate. It asks educators to share their best “out-of-the-box” ideas, methods, tools, and innovations. The festival also focuses on how to get those ideas into the hands of more teachers and school leaders, while also informing the thinking of policy makers and those interested in funding innovations in education.

In addition to hearing from incredibly insightful high-school students, presenters included innovators in the field such as Vanessa Rodriguez, an awardee of the prestigious Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and the founder of the Teaching Brain Project, which conducts studies utilizing cutting edge two-person neuroscience technologies.

While the underlying theme of the festival was understanding how the brain works and the impact that should have on teaching, a related message prevalent throughout the day was the need for educators to know themselves and to really know their students–meeting them where they are, academically and emotionally. Presenter Eric Westendorf, Founder and CEO of LearnZillion, noted how recent research is reinforcing that learning is about the connections being made in the brain. Knowing this, it makes sense that classrooms be centered on the students rather than teacher-centric. Participants stressed the value of innovating as no one solution is effective in all settings.

The Festival also hosts a grant competition to encourage idea development and implementation. Collaboration Grants are designed for school teachers and leaders to work together to incubate, grow, and share an idea that benefits their students, schools, or professional community. Up to five $1000 grants will be awarded to participants, through support from the Crimsonbridge Foundation.

Only in its second year, this day-long festival had tremendous energy and provided an inspirational platform for educators and leaders who believe in the power of sharing, are passionate about transforming and advancing education, and are willing to work outside the box. #Ideasfest16

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Georgetown University Announces the Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund

March 2016

The Crimsonbridge Foundation and Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the McCourt School of Public Policy are launching a new scholarship program aimed at developing the leadership of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington Region.

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Local Foundation Invests in Adults Learning English in the Greater Washington Area

January 2016

The Crimsonbridge Foundation and its affiliate, the Crimsonbridge Group, have awarded $30,000 in grants to three English language programs serving low-income immigrants in the Greater Washington Region. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County in Maryland, Beacon for Adult Literacy in Virginia, and the Washington English Center in Washington, DC each received $10,000 to support Adult English Language programs that combined serve nearly 3,500 adults annually.

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Venture Philanthropy Partners Publishes Profile on Crimsonbridge Founder and President, Gabriela Smith

December 2015

In this Venture Philanthropy Partners profile, Gabriela Smith discusses how her life experiences influenced her interest in youth development and what led her to invest in VPP.

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