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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.

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LeaderBridge connects and provides support for nonprofit leaders of color and of diverse backgrounds to participate in leadership development programs in the Greater Washington region. Through these programs, leaders learn about nonprofit management, strategic and financial planning, communications, public speaking, presentation skills, and more, from experienced faculty and gain skills and tools to support their leadership.


LeaderBridge serves rising and established leaders from locally serving nonprofits. Partial scholarships are available for all programs. To apply, interested leaders should go directly to the leadership program provider websites for information on program details, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.

LeaderBridge works with leadership program providers in the Greater Washington Region that offer leadership development opportunities to local nonprofit professionals, ranging from emerging leaders to executives. The Crimsonbridge Foundation partners with these organizations to help improve outreach and marketing to applicants from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Current community partners include: Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate, Leadership Greater Washington’s Rising Leaders program, and Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders program. While these programs differ in length, format, and focus, they have one thing in common: all programs are dedicated to strengthening the leadership and management capacity of the region’s nonprofit professionals and nurturing the skills they need to excel long-term.

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The network is comprised of LeaderBridge alumni who represent the diverse leadership landscape of the Greater Washington region. Crimsonbridge aims to showcase the strengths, contributions, and experiences of LeaderBridge leaders.


Alumni have the chance to connect and navigate challenges with peer leaders and remain a part of the LeaderBridge network after completing their program. The network provides members a reservoir of peer leaders who can act as a resource and sounding board to discuss challenges, opportunities, and issues they face as leaders.

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


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"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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