Question: Please share a brief description of mission, objectives and community served:
Answer: CRB was founded in 2009 to help bridge service gaps experienced by recently arrived refugees. Since then, CRB has consistently implemented high-quality, accessible programs that serve communities in the right way, at the right time. Programs have always centered around three foundational concepts: (1) Families are partners in our work, and we continually seek their input on the services we offer. (2) Programs are always education based, because we believe knowledge is power and the way to a better future. (3) We recognize that dedicated leadership exists within each community, and we partner with these leaders to serve their communities in culturally responsive ways. Equity is a main focus of CRB’s work, and is woven throughout program design, service delivery, and staff experience. We are committed to equitable hiring practices, compensation, and decision-making.
Question: Please provide information regarding the demographics of the people you serve, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, income level, etc.:
Answer: CRB serves immigrant and refugee families from the diverse, multi-ethnic communities of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Angola, El Salvador and Mexico living in King County. Our clients will be growing families with young children (ages 0-5). 100% of our clients are English language learners; their native languages include Spanish, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, French, Lingala, and Kinyarwanda. The communities targeted through this funding are low-income, traditionally underserved, and come from regions where they have had limited access to educational opportunities. They identify as black, African, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African. The contextual barriers facing these newcomer communities are interconnected and varied; these systemic challenges, which often reinforce one another, limit immigrants’ and refugees’ ability to access the resources and knowledge needed to live healthy, safe and productive lives in this country.
Question: Organization Size (number of paid staff and volunteers):
Answer: (All numbers are for the 2021 fiscal year)
Number of Staff: 15
Race/Ethnicity of Staff (percentages)
African/African American: 36%
Other (Iraqi/Afghani): 21%
Number of Program Volunteers: 32
Race/Ethnicity of Volunteers (percentages)
African/African American: 5%
Number of Board Members/Volunteers: 6
Race/Ethnicity of board members (percentages)
Number of Community Members Served: 350 - 400
Race/Ethnicity of Community Served (percentages)
Other (Iraqi/Afghani): 35%
African/African American: 25%
Question: Please provide a summary of your budget for the current fiscal year:
Total budget: $ 980,000
Total income (expected): $ 1,000,000
Total expenses (expected): $945,000
Question: What is the breakdown of your income sources (percentage received from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, earned income, etc.)?
Funding source percentages for: corporate, government, individual donations.
Corporate (Foundations/Organizations): 15%
Individual Donations: 4%
Question: How will you use our $10,000 donation?
CRB’s youth leadership and engagement pipeline will provide community-based, out-of-school programming, for youth to develop cross-cultural community connections. More than ever, it is critical for our diverse youth representing students from all over the world to come together and learn from each other, while simultaneously breaking down stigmas and preconceived notions about today’s youth.
CRB is proposing a two-prong, youth leadership and civic engagement pipeline in South King County, with the goal of activating immigrant and refugee youth in long-term community advocacy, policy and systems change by attending CRB’s youth leadership program where they develop their leadership skills, gain critical background knowledge on civic engagement, and work with other youth to showcase a youth-led culminating event. Post training, the youth will join CRB’s Refugee and Immigrant Youth Advisory Council (RIYAC) to advise Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and government agencies in South King County on the greatest challenges facing their communities and ideas for sustainable solutions to these challenges. This is to create a platform to amplify the voices of youth, who are not usually consulted with, about the decisions that impact their lives as well as their futures. It is our aim that these projects will demonstrate the creativity and vibrancy that youth can bring to their communities, and in turn have a lasting impact on the lives of community members and youth participants today and in their futures.
It is our goal to train an additional 20 refugee and immigrant youth in RIYAC. We began the 2020 RIYAC, currently with a 15-member council. Our current RIYAC members’ home languages include Arabic, Vietnamese, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Kiswhalli, Somali, and Spanish.
New RIYAC youth stipends $ 1,000.00
($150 per student, upon graduation of the training program)
/ CRB will provide a modest stipend to the 20 student graduates.
RIYAC Youth Stipend $ 4,500.00
(a modest stipend to the 15 council members, $600 per youth,
to receive stipend quarterly.)
RIYAC Sub- Committee Project Budgets $ 9,000.00
(3 projects (one per sub- committees), $3,000 per project)
Total Request from the 100 Women Who Care Funds: $ 10,000.00
Total Project Cost: $ 19,970.00