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(September 17, 2019 by Walton Family Foundation Press Release) Today, the Walton Family Foundation announced funding totaling more than $20 million to support efforts to make the teaching profession more dynamic and sustainable. These grants build on decades of giving dedicated to support, retain and increase the diversity of educators nationwide.
“Access to a great education can be life changing,” said Alice Walton in an open letter published in The New York Times Magazine on September 15. “For decades, the Walton Family Foundation has supported innovative approaches to education. Of the many things we’ve learned over the years, this truth stands out: A great education begins with a great teacher.”
Adds Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year and a ninth-grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School, "Across the country, teachers are working to change the world for and with our young people. It's essential that this work is sustainable and attractive to diverse, talented, passionate educators."
Areas of support include:
Relevant, rigorous, highly-effective teacher training programs
· Bank Street Graduate School of Education: To train teacher candidates in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Residency Program in New York to address the intellectual, linguistic and emotional strengths and needs of students learning English.
· Marian University’s Klipsch Educators College: To train future educators through in-classroom residencies and create a loan forgiveness program with the goal of increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce.
Leadership development for educators
· Boston Collegiate Charter School Foundation: To support the launch of the new Fund for Teaching Excellence, an effort to increase teacher-led innovation.
· Profound Gentlemen: To expand its model to provide increased support, coaching and programming for male educators of color prepared to assume leadership positions in and out of the classroom.
· Teach Plus: To build the capacity and elevate the voices of educators in California, Indiana and Texas.
Innovative strategies and programs to advance educator diversity
· NewSchools Venture Fund: To launch a $3.5 million competitive funding opportunity to diversify the PreK-12 teaching profession. Up to 14 concepts or early-stage organizations with bold ideas will be eligible for $200,000 on average in funding.
· Digital Promise: To expand work with public charter schools and districts to design innovative solutions to the challenge of attracting and retaining a more diverse teacher workforce through convenings, new research and the creation of a Teacher of Color Advisory Council.
“Teach Plus is proud to partner with the Walton Family Foundation to elevate the teaching profession and support diverse and talented teachers to exercise their voice and leadership toward change, in their schools and in their statehouse. When teachers lead, students thrive,” said Roberto J. Rodríguez, Teach Plus President and CEO.
This giving builds on the foundation’s longtime support for teacher pipelines across the country. With more than $180 million in foundation support over the last 25 years, Teach For America has recruited, supported and trained more than 60,000 educators in regions across the country. Half of Teach For America’s educators identify as people of color, making it one of the most diverse sources of public school teachers in the country, and nearly 85% of alumni work in fields that impact students in low-income communities.
The foundation is also the nation’s largest philanthropic school startup funder, supporting the creation of more than 2,350 charter, district and private schools since 1997. The majority of these grants support current and former educators who start schools to meet the unique needs of their community’s children.
Among other efforts to honor and lift teachers' voices, the foundation’s Teachers Inspire series highlights the talented professionals who are inspiring students across the U.S. Hear directly from teachers at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/teachers-inspire.
About the Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. In 2018, the foundation awarded more than $595 million in grants in support of these initiatives. To learn more, visit waltonfamilyfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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(September 18, 2019 by NFWF Press Release) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and The William Penn Foundation announced the sixth-year round of funding for the Delaware River Restoration Fund projects. Thirteen new or continuing water conservation and restoration grants totaling $2.3 million were awarded, drawing $3.2 million in match from grantees and generating a total conservation impact of $5.5 million.
As part of the broader Delaware River Watershed Initiative, the William Penn Foundation provided $6 million in grant funding for NFWF to continue to administer competitively through its Delaware River Restoration Fund in targeted regions throughout the Delaware River watershed for the next three years. These grants also address priorities in the Delaware River Watershed Business Plan. Delaware River Restoration Fund grants are multistate investments to restore habitats and deliver practices that ultimately improve and protect critical sources of drinking water.
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(September 17, 2019 by Technical.ly) It’s a big day for the Delaware startup and small business community: After months of proposals, reviews and pitches, the Delaware Division of Small Business (DDSB) has announced the recipients of the inaugural EDGE Grants for small businesses.
Ten businesses, including an agriculture technology company, a CBD oil extraction company and a casual soul food restaurant, will receive funding from the state in the form of a $3 match per $1 spent by the company — up to $50,000 for non-STEM entrepreneurs and $100,000 for STEM startups. Funds will be matched for various growth necessities, including advertising, marketing analysis, construction or renovation, equipment, web design, lab space and rent.
The $100,000 STEM Class recipients are:
The $50,000 Entrepreneur Class recipients are:
One of the goals expressed by Gov. John Carney, who announced the winners with DDSB Director Damian DeStefano, is to support businesses like eateries, innovative retailers and salons that help attract and retain young talent to the state, in addition to STEM businesses with the potential to become major employers.
“Businesses like brewpubs and restaurants are just as important,” he said.
Applications for the second round of EDGE Grants are currently being accepted, with a deadline of Friday, Oct. 11, at 11:50 p.m. Click here to apply.
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(September 17, 2019 by Delaware Business Times) REACH Riverside has partnered with Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities to bring radical, systemic change to Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood. REACH Riverside is implementing a model that offers a three-pronged approach to change with high-quality mixed-income housing; a cradle-to-college education pipeline; and community wellness programs. According to REACH Riverside, the neighborhood today has 70% of children living in poverty; a median household income of $20,388; 32% of adults working; and 38% of adults without a diploma. The only national restaurant chain that operates in Riverside is Popeye’s Fried Chicken and part of this discussion centers on getting retailers besides dollar stores to open their doors in the neighborhood. But the community is mobilizing around the effort, as this roundtable demonstrates.
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(September 10, 2019 by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) – The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation today announced the six projects receiving approximately $5 million through the second Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures grant competition. Four of the researchers who won support for their projects will study aspects of gene editing that could improve its successful clinical application in patients with sickle cell disease. The other two researchers were awarded grants to investigate new drug-like molecules and potential new drug targets to promote expression of functional hemoglobin. Adult hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that is mutated in sickle cell disease, which disrupts its ability to transport oxygen through the body.
“With the rise of CRISPR gene editing and many other promising developments, this is an exciting time for sickle cell disease research and an opportunity to make important strides toward delivering a cure,” said Betsy Myers, Program Director for Medical Research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We are thrilled to support these clinical researchers as they harness the power of recent progress in the field in efforts to develop new ways to advance gene therapies and restore red blood cell function.”
This announcement coincides with National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which began in 1983 to foster public awareness about the genetic disease that researchers estimate affects between 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. It is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States, and approximately 300,000 people worldwide are born with sickle cell disease each year. Patients with sickle cell disease carry dysfunctional red blood cells that alter regular blood flow, which translates into pain, poor organ oxygenation and organ damage, and a life span of only about 40 years.
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(September 9, 2019 by PR Newswire) The increasing shortage of affordable housing creates a multitude of economic issues including the inability of households and individuals to establish financial stability and plan for the future. As housing costs consume a growing share of income, it forces decisions that make it virtually impossible to build credit and pay off student debt. The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, today announced it will seek solutions to expanding the stock of affordable rental units. The Foundation will award $3.75 million to 30 local housing non-profit organizations to refurbish existing housing stock and create safe, healthy and affordable rental units.
Rental burden, traditionally defined as 30% or more income utilization on rental housing costs, has grown to an average of 40 percent of Americans, according to a study conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2015. According to a 2018 national study of rental affordability by The Pew Charitable Trusts, rent-burdened families face additional layers of financial insecurity including average savings of less than $10 while their non-burdened and homeowning counterparts had $1,000 and $7,000 in liquid savings, respectively. These statistics point to overspending on housing costs, particularly those for renters, as a key indicator and contributor to unhealthy financial circumstances.
"Throughout the communities TD serves from Maine to Florida, issues related to affordability for renters emerged as a more prevalent concern than affordability for homeowners," said Paige Carlson-Heim, Director of the TD Charitable Foundation. "On average renters are 25-45% more strained by housing costs than their homeowning counterparts. To address this growing crisis, the TD Charitable Foundation has chosen to focus on affordable rental housing in this year's Housing for Everyone competition."
The goal of this year's competition is to offer support to non-profits refurbishing existing housing stock for affordable rental units. The grants will fund programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, veterans, the disabled, women and youth.
"We at TD recognize that affordable housing improves the quality of life of residents by leading to better health, adequate jobs, financial stability, security, and population diversity. The effects of affordable housing on residents are profound and capable of transforming communities," said Carlson-Heim.
Applications will only be accepted through the TD Charitable Foundation's online application system and should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on October 25, 2019. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Notification of awards will be made by mid-February 2020.
The online application and additional information about the Housing for Everyone grant competition is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/
Applications for funding must focus on:
Preservation/Rehabilitation/Expansion of viable existing affordable housing properties: This may include the redesign, reconfiguration and or re-use of existing space in affordable housing properties to create increased quality and quantity of affordable housing units that will meet the specific needs of the population which they are intended to serve. Upgrades to systems, structure and efficiency of properties to preserve and prolong their use will be considered.
Special consideration will also be given to those initiatives that focus on energy efficiencies to be realized through foundation funding. Initiatives may also benefit from utilizing underused or abandoned properties.
Applications must meet the following guidelines:
The Housing for Everyone grant competition supports TD's longstanding commitment to community enrichment through TD's corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. The Ready Commitment actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets US $775 million in total by 2030 towards community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow -- helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. Visit: https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $222 million through nearly 21,000 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/
SOURCE TD Charitable Foundation
(September 9, 2019 by Allison Levine, Delaware Community Foundation) High school pals Rocky Li and Evan McCleary were delighted and surprised to learn that they both received a $20,000 John A. Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship from the DCF this year. The Caesar Rodney High School graduates are now roommates and mechanical engineering students at the University of Delaware.
“I didn’t know that Evan had also won the scholarship until they announced it at the high school awards ceremony,” Rocky said. “It was such an incredible night for both of us. I couldn’t believe it at first.”
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(September 9, 2019 by UPS Pressroom) The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced today it has engaged its network of preeminent relief organizations and committed $1 million for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. UPS and The UPS Foundation are working with the non-profit and United Nations relief organizations to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian supplies and support to communities in The Bahamas and the U.S. east coast impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Confirmed as the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, the storm continued to churn over The Bahamas for more than 48 hours, progressing at a mere one mile per hour, and generating massive flooding and destruction. The northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, home to 70,000 people, were the most impacted, with large areas entirely decimated by the wind and water. As the storm ripped up the east coast of the U.S., storm surges, tornadoes and widespread power outages accompanied its path. Search and rescue efforts continue as responders work their way through the affected communities.
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(September 10, 2019 by Bloomberg Philanthropies) In response to alarming levels of e-cigarette use among youth in the United States—including a 78 percent increase among high school students in just one year—Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the creation of a new $160 million initiative to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
Goals of the initiative, “Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes,” include banning all flavored e-cigarettes—and stopping Juul and other e-cigarette companies from marketing their products to children. The three-year program will be led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which will partner with other leading organizations including parent and community groups concerned about the nation’s kids and health.
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