CAPACITY BUILDING OVERVIEW
We believe that building nonprofit organizations' capacity to implement best practices, stay current with technology and digital communications platforms, and build effective communication strategies to reach and engage the populations they serve, are fundamental for them to advance their work and fulfill their mission.
Crimsonbridge collaborates with nonprofit organizations to develop their capacity to effectively reach, engage with, and serve the community. The primary goal is to enable organizations and schools to develop the most effective communication strategies and tools so that all families can access information about available programs and services. We also develop and share resources and guidance to help organizations develop communications strategies that contribute to lasting and positive systems change.
The Bridges Program is an umbrella initiative to strengthen nonprofit communications capacity and develop tools to more effectively reach and engage with bilingual and Spanish speaking families. The goal of this work is to help families access information about programs and services that support their success and full community participation.
In our first five years, the Bridges Program has grown to include Bridges for Nonprofits, Bridges for Schools, and Bridges for Census.
The Crimsonbridge Foundation fortifies its investments in education, leadership, and capacity building by developing data, research, and fact sheets that inform action, contribute to best practices, and address gaps in information.
We design our publications for nonprofits, advocates, policy makers, and funders working in the field. Our publications can be downloaded free of charge and can be found here:
Research and Publications. Some of our works are produced internally, others are produced in collaboration with community partners.
INCREASING NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS
Opportunities for learning and collaboration are vital for nonprofit success and effectiveness, yet affordable professional development options are limited. To provide organizations with this essential support, Crimsonbridge became an inaugural funder of the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Learning Commons program in 2017. The Learning Commons capacity-building series of trainings and workshops serves the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s extensive network of hundreds of nonprofits in the Greater Washington region. To date, 98% of Learning Commons participants have reported they will be more effective in their roles.
“I always feel energized and directed when I leave a Catalogue of Philanthropy training. I’ve got concrete steps that I can execute well that… will have significant impact.”
PARTICIPANT, CATALOGUE FOR PHILANTHROPY LEARNING COMMONS
Of Bridges for Nonprofit partners created Spanish-language website content or microsites
Organizations and schools developed new bilingual communications materials to reach members of the community
Latino families reached through Bridges for Schools since 2018