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#Community is the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s commitment to participate, engage, listen, and learn with the communities we support. It is a team driven initiative designed to develop relationships with community partners that go beyond grant proposals. Through #community we engage directly with grantee community partners to better understand challenges, identify solutions, leverage new resources, celebrate success, and build community. It is our approach to philanthropy and community partnership.
LGW Session Helps Leaders Navigate the Hybrid Workplace
November 9, 2021
Crimsonbridge President and CEO Danielle M. Reyes agrees with LGW that as organizations navigate the future of the workplace, one thing is clear: the hybrid workplace is here to stay. In a recent session they noted, “For most this hybrid model is a new animal, one that demands an intentional and strategic effort to articulate and align expectations, needs, and wants among leaders, managers, employees, and teams. In short, hybrid success requires a strong partnership between employees and employers.” As a leader committed to learning from and with other regional leaders, she joined leaders from all sectors to hear bestselling author Mary Abbajay provide essential strategies to ensure that everyone in an organization is working together to create a shared vision of hybrid success.
Catholic Foundations Explore Themes for Advancing the Common Good
November 9, 2021
The Alliance of Catholic Foundations hosted an engaging two-day conference exploring ideas from Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’ writings on fraternity and social friendship. Panelists from nonprofits and foundations led participants through discussions of immigration, advocacy, racism, and food insecurity. Common themes included the importance of focusing on the wellbeing of the whole person, listening to each other’s stories, and building bridges with love! The conference offered Senior Program Officer Caitlin Furey Mayo an opportunity to learn about Catholic foundations from around the country that are working to advance the common good and build a more equitable society.
Congratulations to the 2021 Seal of Excelencia and Examples of Excelencia Winners
October 29, 2021
Community partner, Excelencia in Education hosted the Virtual Meeting Place for Latino Student Success in Higher Education this October and recognized nominees and awardees of the 2021 Examples of Excelencia and Seal of Excelencia. Programs, initiatives, and nonprofits were lifted up as examples of innovations helping Hispanic and Latino students succeed nationwide. College presidents (135 winners of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Seal of Excelencia) convened and shared how they’re making sure Latino students are thriving and earning degrees. Their institutions enroll and graduate over 30% of all Latino students in college. While tuning into the live broadcast, program officer Robyn Ellis noticed that scholars, program staff, elected officials, and college leaders are leading this work in a variety of ways - telling untold students’ stories, redesigning curriculum to address failures in gatekeeper courses, and removing financial barriers, among other things! Crimsonbridge partnered with Excelencia in 2019 to create national fact sheets on Latino college completion and is a member of the Latino Student Success Funders Group, a national working group of philanthropic partners facilitated by Excelencia in Education.
Improving Career and Engagement Outcomes of First-generation Graduates
October 28, 2021
This virtual panel session brought together a variety of perspectives in higher education to discuss the latest Fact Sheets from the Center for First-generation Student Success and the Crimsonbridge Foundation on the career and engagement outcomes of first-generation college graduates. Tying together a philanthropic, institutional development, and practitioner perspective, the session featured a dynamic discussion as the panelists discussed improving first-generation student outcomes utilizing external and internal resources. As a panelist, President and CEO, Danielle M. Reyes encouraged colleges and universities to work with foundations of all sizes and to consider new points of entry, beyond scholarships, for partnering with philanthropy, including support for research, program and resource development, and the implementation of technology and communication tools. Visit our publications page to download the free 2021 Fact Sheets and read recommendations from the accompanying Issue Brief.
The Virtual National Conference for Grantmakers in Education
October 12-22, 2021
Crimsonbridge is a member of Grantmakers for Education (GFE) and staff tuned into their 25th anniversary national conference this October. GFE engaged small and large funders in various dynamic virtual sessions around the future of learning and justice. Presenters shared opportunities for funders to invest in civic participation, community leaders, and simplifying processes for grantee partners. Peer funders, nonprofit and school leaders, and national influencers all echoed a call to listen more to grantee partners’ work and take opportunities to center the people most impacted by injustices. Presenters ranged from community college presidents to teacher leaders to students and more. The sessions connected funders with many examples of how schools, programs, and partner collaborations serve students in more equitable ways and transform what success in education looks like today. College Success program officer Robyn Ellis attended the conference and plans to participate in future conversations as a new member of the GFE Postsecondary Impact group.
New Futures Scholars Shine
September 30, 2021
Community partner New Futures put their scholars center stage at the culmination of their month-long Power On campaign in September. Scholars shared their college journeys and their experiences as the first in their family to attend college and earn a degree. Raising over $250,000 in a matter of minutes, New Futures shared gratitude for the support of their community of scholars and alumni who are leading and making a big impact in the world. The hope their stories inspire for their families and college peers was an event highlight for program officer Robyn Ellis. New Futures offers flexible scholarships, a tight-knit advisor family, and connections to career pathways for scholars interested in early childhood education, electrical engineering, law, and more. Crimsonbridge’s College Success work with funders and local nonprofits like New Futures remains core to our strategy for addressing college completion for students underrepresented in higher education.
July, an engaged community of over 100 Cristo Rey staff and university partners gathered for the Cristo Rey Network‘s Annual College Summit. Cristo Rey shared updates on college initiatives, trends, and ways in which alumni advisors, college counselors, and college campus staff from 65 partnering universities support Cristo Rey alumni. The Network expanded services to more than 20,000 graduates through GradForce, a Crimsonbridge College Success grant project. The event offered Program Officer Robyn Attebury Ellis an opportunity to hear about college enrollment, retention, persistence, and completion data that is informing the Network’s strategies.
Making Every Vote and Voice Matter
September 30, 2021
Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership hosted a discussion with national voting rights’ leaders in September to reflect on how efforts to make every vote and voice matter are building capacity to protect our democracy. As the first discussion in the Center’s 25th Anniversary Speaker Series, panelists shared the need to build a bench of civic leaders and how engaging communities has meant cultivating relationships over time and training voters to engage people they know. Program officer Robyn Ellis heard a common thread that a lack of civic participation is often rooted in disconnection and a reliance on centering a singular White narrative instead of telling the stories of every person, especially people who are missing at the polls. The Center also invited everyone to join the next event in this series on November 4th. LeaderBridge is an initiative of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and partners with Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership – Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program to expand leadership opportunities for local nonprofit leaders and help develop a more inclusive nonprofit sector.