Meet Our Premier Sponsor: Cresa Washington DC

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is thankful to have Cresa Washington DC as the premier sponsor of our 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy. We have found a longtime friend and an impactful board member in Gene Sachs, who has served the Community Foundation for the past eight years. We thank Gene for his service, and thank Cresa for helping us as we continue working to make greater Washington even greater. 


At Cresa, community service is part of the fabric of who we are as a global firm. It is a core value and a key part of our culture…also an extension of our mantra of “do the right thing.” Cresa Cares, our national charitable initiative, is a win-win proposition for the many important groups we support and also a wonderful way to bring together our staff as we make an impact on the many communities we serve. In addition to Cresa Cares, it has been an honor for me to have served on the boards of Junior Achievement, The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Neediest Kids, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

– Jim Underhill, Cresa Chief Executive Officer



The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has a special meaning to me, my family, and Cresa, and it has been a privilege to have served on their board for eight years. I have also served as CF’s co-chair for the annual Celebration for Philanthropy gala for the past three years, during which time we have raised over $1.5 million to help numerous nonprofits in our community. In addition, Cresa takes great pride in our national charitable foundation, Cresa Cares, which I helped co-found in 2006. Since then, Cresa offices have raised over $600,000 to support 57 organizations that meet our criteria for critical services and cost-effectiveness. This year, as Cresa Cares continues to grow, we are supporting 27 charities with causes ranging from cancer, autism, at-risk children, clean energy, Alzheimer’s, homelessness, and domestic violence.

– Gene Sachs, Cresa DC, Managing Principal
Cresa Cares Chairman



We at Cresa are committed to supporting youth in underserved communities in the DC area, and I have become involved as member of the .300 Club of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. This nonprofit group uses baseball as a vehicle to foster positive character development, encourage academic achievement, and improve the health of disadvantaged youngsters. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to support this cause and see the impact of the Academy’s work in building future leaders in the Greater Capital Region.

– Richard Rhodes, Managing Principal, Cresa Washington DC



I believe that in today’s society, anyone who has the means or opportunity to give back should do so. My philanthropic passions are with the members of our military and their families. When veterans transition back to the private sector after putting their lives on the line for our freedom, they are not always provided with the opportunities and resources they deserve. I helped co-found Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces ( By facilitating career choices for veterans and their families, my team and I strive to do our part in making the world and our community a better place through our work with REC4AF.  We appreciate the support of Cresa and are proud to be part of the firm’s far-reaching community service initiative.

– Chris Crooks, Principal, Cresa DC
Co-Founder, Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces (REC4AF)



Cresa Washington DC is committed to giving back to the community and we’ve focused our efforts to support underserved youth in the District of Columbia. For the last five years, we have aligned our efforts with DC SCORES, which is a nonprofit organization that supports kids in need through a unique program involving soccer, poetry and service learning. Most recently, we have supported the summer Couch to Camp program that offers day camp programs to kids in need at no cost to them or their families. Many of the young students participating in the camps would otherwise be without a safe learning environment to build healthy relationships, gain confidence, and play on a team. Not only do we believe DC SCORES is a terrific cause, but supporting the kids brings us closer as a team.

– Chris Finley, Principal, Cresa Washington DC
Community Outreach Committee Chairman