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for connected, transformative, inclusive leadership

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   Investing in Nonprofit Leaders and Leadership Programs

Strong nonprofit leaders and organizations play a critical role in creating positive and lasting change in our region. LeaderBridge uses a three-pronged strategy based on equity, access, and impact. We partner with leadership program providers to integrate equity and inclusion practices. We increase outreach and connect nonprofit leaders of color and of diverse backgrounds to professional development opportunities. We work with programs and leaders to develop an engaged network that supports and responds to the needs of nonprofit leaders. Learn more at!

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LeaderBridge engages and connects nonprofit leaders in the Greater Washington region to leadership development programs that address their needs and interests. Through workshops, coaching, and programs, leaders develop skills including nonprofit management, strategic and financial planning, communications, public speaking, and more, to support their leadership and their organizations.


LeaderBridge serves rising, founding, and established leaders from locally serving nonprofits. Partial scholarships are available for all programs. To apply to LeadeBridge affiliated programs, please visit our leadership program partners' websites for information on program details, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.

The Crimsonbridge Foundation's LeaderBridge team partners with program providers committed to equity, inclusion, and the advancement of nonprofit leaders serving the Greater Washington region. Together we work to increase access, outreach, and marketing of leadership development opportunities. Program partners have included: Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership's Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program, Leadership Greater Washington’s Rising Leaders program, Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders program, Inspire Leadership School's Public Narrative training, Catalogue for Philanthropy's Executive Director Cohort and BIPOC Professional Development Cohort, and Positive Intelligence (PQ) Mental Fitness with Bob Wittig. While programs differ in length, format, and focus, all are dedicated to strengthening the leadership and management capacity of the region’s nonprofit sector and nurturing the skills needed to succeed long-term.

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Partner Organizations



A consistent request from leaders is for more opportunities to connect with others in the sector. The LeaderBridge Network is an evolving effort, comprised of more than 100 LeaderBridge alumni who represent the diverse leadership landscape of the Greater Washington region. By building the LeaderBridge Network together, we seek to showcase, share news, celebrate success, support, and connect nonprofit leaders in the region.


Through Network listening sessions, gatherings, and activities LeaderBridge alumni have the chance to connect and navigate challenges with peer leaders and remain a part of the LeaderBridge Network after completing their program.

Partner Organizations
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LeaderBridge Scholarships

LeaderBridge scholarships work with employer contributions to invest in the talent, employee growth, and professional development of the nonprofit sector. Employer contributions are encouraged and a minimum $100 contribution toward program tuition is required for all LeaderBridge scholarship recipients.

Prospective applicants must apply directly to the leadership program of interest. We encourage applicants to use the links provided below to learn more about program details such as, application deadlines, scholarships available, meeting dates, topics, etc. 


Scholarships eligibility for financial support differs by program and is detailed on the respective program websites. Scholarship funding is limited and not guaranteed. Please direct all questions about programs and scholarship options directly to leadership program partner organizations:

Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership 

Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate

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Leadership Greater Washington

Rising Leaders program

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Leadership Montgomery

 Emerging Leaders program


Since 2016, more than 130 local nonprofit leaders have advanced their professional skills with support from LeaderBridge and the Crimsonbridge Foundation. Leaders report they were able to immediately implement their learning to advance their organizations and community – cultivating board members, implementing staff training, improving finance and development structures, revising communications systems, enhancing evaluation processes, and more!


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of participating leaders continue to work in the nonprofit sector



"If we are to support significant representation of women in public office, it will take an entire engaged and resourced ecosystem to build the strong infrastructure and national movement that underpins a robust, diverse leadership pipeline. With only 1.6% of all philanthropist resources going towards causes that support women and girls expressly, it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. But with champions and investors [like the Crimsonbridge Foundation] in our corner, we can unlock the true power and influence of every woman’s voice, including our own."

Jarinete Santos, Political Pipeline Director, She Should Run 

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