The Crimsonbridge Foundation Philanthropy Fellows Program is a paid fellowship position that offers high school seniors, college students, and graduate students an opportunity to learn about the role of philanthropy and grant-making in the nonprofit sector, while providing administrative and project support to the foundation’s team members. Philanthropy Fellows work with all members of the foundation’s team as active participants in proposal review, site visits and meetings, grants management, and communications and digital content development. In addition, fellows participate as engaged and active participants and representatives of the Philanthropy Fellows Program, attending online and in-person events of foundation and nonprofit grantee partners.
SUMMER 2023 PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS
Paige Collazo is an incoming freshman at the University of Southern California and plans to major in Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. During high school, she was actively involved with the Red Cross as she held two leadership positions, specifically the Youth Advisory Board Representative for her school’s club and the Recognition Lead for the National Capital and Greater Chesapeake’s Region Youth Executive Board. In both of these positions, Paige worked to support and communicate with smaller Red Cross clubs as well as implement diverse recognition initiatives to highlight the accomplishments of youth volunteers within her region. Outside of the Red Cross, Paige enjoys volunteering with CancerKidsFirst and maintains involvement in other extracurricular activities. She looks forward to working with the Crimsonbridge team this summer and taking on new responsibilities regarding projects that fall under their various program areas.
Zahra Abdi is a rising sophomore studying Latin at Boston University. During her high school years, Zahra worked as a media center assistant, tutored students, and volunteered for several local nonprofit organizations including Comfort Cases, an organization that provides children in the foster care system with comfort and personal care items. She has continued her commitment to giving back to her community by volunteering for nonprofits working towards ending food insecurity in the Greater Boston Area.
Zahra is a member of several student associations, including the Undergraduate Classics Association, the Islamic Society of Boston University, and the Somali Student Association. As a returning Crimsonbridge Philanthropy Fellow, Zahra looks forward to continuing to learn more about the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors while enhancing her research, writing, and administrative skills. She will return to Boston University in the fall and is excited to join the university’s College of Arts & Sciences Writing Center as a writing consultant, guiding students through their research papers and helping them transition to college writing and become more confident and independent writers.
“Being a Crimsonbridge Philanthropy Fellow has gifted me with experiences that I know I will use in the coming years. I established relationships with Crimsonbridge staff and others working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and learned things that I was not expecting to learn”
- Paige Collazo, Philanthropy Fellow, 2022