Crimsonbridge to Participate in IDB’s 2017 Improving Lives Grant Committee

March 2017

The IDB kicks off its 2017 application process for the Improving Lives Grant Tuesday, March 28th. This year, it will identify 10 of the most inspiring and creative initiatives that primarily address the challenges of the Latino and Caribbean communities located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The Improving Lives Grant competition consists of a comprehensive approach that combines financial assistance of up to $25,000 and pro-bono volunteerism to assist the top 10 nonprofit organizations implementing the winning initiatives.

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Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy

February 2017

The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School announces the launch of its Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy in 2017! The Academy is the next frontier in teacher and school leadership professional development.

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Grants Management Expert, Steven Muñoz, Joins Crimsonbridge

February 2017

The Crimsonbridge Foundation is pleased to announce that it has engaged Steven Muñoz, a grants management specialist, as its new senior grants management advisor.

A former national board member of the Grants Managers Network, Muñoz brings 15 years of professional and leadership experience in the nonprofit and government sectors including grants management work at the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and The Philip L. Graham Fund. As a member of the Foundation’s grants management team, Muñoz will help guide and develop the foundation’s internal grantmaking controls and develop governing policies utilizing best practices in grants management.

“The work of a grants manager requires significant attention to detail and compliance knowledge. Steven’s ability to communicate with grantees and staff will play an important role in the overall success of the foundation.” said Danielle M. Reyes, executive director of the Crimsonbridge Foundation.

A member of Leadership Greater Washington, Steven has lived in the Metropolitan DC area since 1993 and has a long history of nonprofit and public service in philanthropy and the Arts. He believes his diverse experience working with private foundations, local government agencies, and nonprofit board service will help inform and guide the Foundation’s grants management work.

“It is an honor to join a creative foundation that is finding ways to innovate in philanthropy.” said Muñoz. “My goal will be to support the foundation’s grantmaking so that it can continue to address social needs and maximize its impact in the community.”

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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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