Director of Development
Crystal Timmons-Bryant has worked in nonprofit organizations for over 15 years, building and maintaining grassroots relationships with funders, social service partners, community, faith leaders, elected officials and others throughout the state. Over the last seven years, as a nonprofit consultant, she helped to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans by focusing on improving community outcomes in the areas of education, income, and health.
Crystal started her nonprofit career with the Food Bank of Delaware as the Milford Branch Manager. Her role evolved when she took over the Summer Food Service and After School at Risk Food Service Program through the Department of Education. She and her team served meals to over 2,000,000 at-risk youth in one summer throughout Delaware. Crystal also secured a grant that led her to work with Feeding America as a train-the-trainer and helped to open several school pantries in at-risk communities in other states as well as securing funding to pilot school base mobile pantries in all three counties which led to securing the funding to open more. During that time, Crystal also secured a grant to purchase a mobile food truck that provided mobile pantries in the at-risk communities. She worked with local businesses and community members to secure funding for a capital campaign for the Milford Expansion that would provide a culinary school and training program in Sussex County.
During her time at The Food Bank of Delaware, Crystal, a single mother, completed her Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration on Asian, African American, and Hispanic cultures. Crystal knew the importance of wrap-around services for people needing a hand up and knew she wanted to be able to help raise awareness and money to provide the services for those in need.
Crystal started working with United Way of Delaware as their Community Relations Manager and was responsible for fundraising, community engagement activities and advancing UWD’s relationships with stakeholders throughout Sussex County. During this time, Crystal used her skills in grant writing and secured a USDA grant that provided her the first $300,000.00 to build a Poultry Farm in Sussex County. She took pride in her farm and placed as a top grower several times before selling in 2018.
For the past five years, Crystal has served as a consultant for Sussex County Health Coalition where she helped drive the mission to engage the entire community in collaborative family-focused effort to improve the health of children, youth and families in Sussex County by working in proximity with public, private and nonprofits. Crystal’s love of the community and desire to provide EVERYONE who works and lives in this community a place of hope. La Esperanza became near and dear to her after her friend Matt Haley introduced her to the Carmelite Sisters of Charity–Sister Maria Mairlot, Sister Rosa Alvarez, and Sister Ascencion Banegas, Crystal started volunteering and later became the Interim Executive Director in 2015 & 2016 where she worked closely with the board to hire and train the leadership and grow programs. For the past two years, Crystal acted as a part time operations consultant. In addition, Crystal has volunteered her services to many smaller nonprofits in Sussex County helping them with startup questions, board governing and grant writing.