PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS

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.

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SUMMER 2022 PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS 

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Paige Collazo

PHILANTHROPY FELLOW

Paige Collazo is a rising senior at Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia and will assume the role of Philanthropy Fellow beginning in the summer of 2022. Paige successfully navigated changing high schools just prior to the start of her junior year after her family moved from New York to Virginia. Moving allowed her to hone in on her passions and interests, which include the Red Cross, journalism, and Science National Honor Society. She served as the Youth Advisory Board Representative for her school’s Red Cross chapter this year and will continue for the upcoming year.

 

Paige was also appointed the role of Recognition Lead for the Red Cross Youth Advisory Executive Board for the National Capital and Greater Chesapeake (NCGC) region. Holding these positions allows her to bridge the gap between her local Red Cross chapter and the NCGC region. Paige also involved herself in smaller leadership roles in the Science National Honor Society, which contributed to her appointment as President for the 2022-2023 school year. During her free time, Paige enjoys researching and writing for her fashion blog, traveling with family, and reading. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Crimsonbridge team this summer and applying her experience and skills towards developing new relationships and supporting the work of the Foundation.

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Zahra Abdi

PHILANTHROPY FELLOW

Zahra Abdi is a rising freshman at Boston University where she intends to major in classics and minor in archaeology. Her love for ancient civilizations bloomed after learning about ancient Egypt in her sixth-grade social studies class. She has continued her learning inside and outside the classroom through online courses, books, and documentaries. In high school, she was a member of three honor societies (National, English, and Social Studies) and the theater department’s stage crew.

 

Zahra also 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. As a Crimsonbridge Philanthropy Fellow, Zahra looks forward to learning more about the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors while enhancing her research, writing, and administrative skills.

“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