Renée Higdon

Grants Associate

A native Marylander, Renée’s background is eclectic, having worked as a photographer and teacher before completing her bilingual degree in Humanities from the University of Navarre in Spain in 2018. Her experience collaborating as a photographer with Creamos, a social entrepreneurship program that offers dignified income-generating opportunities for young women and mothers in the Guatemala City garbage dump community, inspired her to continue her work in the non-profit sector. Living abroad for five years provided her with the opportunity to gain a global perspective, meeting people from around the world and gaining insight into the manifold needs of their home communities. She hopes her work can be a vehicle for the betterment of the world through the generosity of donors and the good, honest work of so many charities.

What inspires me to do what I do
I am motivated to be apart of an amazing and hard working team at CAF America. Our work facilitates so much good around the world by making it easier to connect U.S. donors to deserving charities. I love being able to use Spanish to eliminate language barriers and reach charities that are doing important work in their villages and communities.

Nicknames
Nay Nay, Renéenay, Ren, Naybug. Most people just call me Renée.

Book that moved me
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Likes
Flowers, nature, animals, photography, travel, baking, movies, deep conversations on philosophy and the meaning of life, cozy time reading by a fire.

Slogans for life
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” Henry Drummond

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I am adventurous at heart. One such adventure got me caught in a storm while Paddle Boarding in Hawaii and I had to be rescued by boat before I drifted out into open Ocean.

Thing that really baffles me
People who voluntarily have snakes or tarantulas as pets. Seriously, why?

Favorite meal
Sausage Gravy and Homemade Biscuits, well, let’s be honest, any Breakfast item.

Random fact about me
I was in musicals all throughout High School, my senior year I starred as the rapping Grandmother from the Wedding Singer.

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