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  • February 21, 2020 11:15 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 20, 2020 by Delaware News) Do you know a nonprofit organization in Delaware that may be interested in grant funding for security enhancements? Organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be eligible to receive funding from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at high risk of a terrorist attack. Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm to be considered for funding. DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program. Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $100,000.

    Eligible applicants must conduct a vulnerability assessment that demonstrates the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack. The grant application must include risks, vulnerabilities, and the proposed project intended to address/mitigate the identified risks and vulnerabilities. Allowable projects should focus on security-related activities and physical security enhancements. Funding can be used for security-related planning, exercises, training, contracted security personnel, and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on property (including buildings and building improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.

    Applying nonprofits must complete the application which includes an Investment Justification (IJ) document, mission statement, risk assessment, and other supporting documentation. Additionally, a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is needed for application. No applications will be accepted by DEMA after March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm. Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by April 15, and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award.

    Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application. To submit completed applications, or request further assistance, email Plan.DEMA@delaware.gov.

    Follow Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

    Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.

    Click here for more information. 

  • February 21, 2020 9:31 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 21, 2020 by Cape Gazette) Welfare Foundation, Longwood Foundation, and the Laffey-McHugh Foundation are members of Philanthropy Delaware.    We’d like to paint a picture, a small glimpse really, of what our world might look like without nonprofits.

    Nobody to help you find shelter after a hurricane or fire destroys your house.

    No one to talk to or to guide you when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening disease.

    No safe haven for kids escaping the streets after school.

    There certainly are many more examples, but, in part, this would be a world without nonprofits. It is unpleasant to think about, but it serves as a grim reminder how much we need nonprofit organizations.

    If you haven’t had to rely on these services, though, you may think nonprofits do great work, but they have nothing to do with you.

    This could not be further from the truth. Nonprofits are around more than when the unthinkable happens. In fact, you’ve probably benefited from many of them in your lifetime.

    • The scout troop program you participated in as a kid - a nonprofit organization.
    • The animal shelter you adopted from - a nonprofit organization.
    • The museum you visited last weekend - a nonprofit organization.
    • The leadership development program you or your friends participated in - a nonprofit organization.

    Nonprofits shape our daily lives without us even realizing it. It is time to give back.

    You don’t have to be rich or a large foundation or corporation to make a difference. Nonprofits need everyday people like you and me to give $5… $15… $50… or $250. Philanthropists come in all shapes and sizes.

    Nonprofits will tell you every dollar counts. Your individual donation may not feel like much, but more people making smaller donations is actually the wave of the future of philanthropy in Delaware, and the future starts now.

    Image result for do more 24 delawareStarting at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, until 6 p.m., Friday, March 6, everyone has the opportunity to be a philanthropist. For those 24 hours, more than 200 nonprofits will be raising money through Do More 24 Delaware, and they need you to get online and donate.

    Your personal budget may be small, but don’t let it keep you from becoming an individual philanthropist. Skip that expensive cup of coffee for a few days. Visit www.DoMore24Delaware.org on March 5-6, and start a culture of philanthropy in your life!

    Chris Grundner, President & CEO of the Welfare Foundation

    Thère du Pont, president of the Longwood Foundation

    Todd Veale, Executive Director of The Laffey-McHugh Foundation


    Click here to learn more about Do More 24 Delaware. 


  • February 20, 2020 8:35 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 19, 2020 by Delaware News) DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s associations are eligible to apply. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 18.

    Community Water Quality Improvement Grants assist in implementing projects or programs to improve water quality on developed lands with specific watershed improvement plans and strategies. Programs and projects selected must demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements, with cost effective and measurable results. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process.

    Funding for projects receiving a grant award in this cycle is expected to range from $25,000 to $75,000. The grant requires a 25 percent cash match, which may be federal, state, or local cash. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle.

    Proposals should be submitted by email to NPS.grants@delaware.gov, subject line: Community Water Quality Improvement Grant. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB. Project guidelines and the application can be found on DNREC’s website on the Environmental Finance webpage.

    For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922.

    Click here for more information

  • February 18, 2020 2:07 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 14, 2020 by PND by Candid) JP Morgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware Member - JPMorgan Chase has announced a five-year, $75 million global initiative aimed at connecting underserved youth to well-paying jobs.

    Part of the firm's $350 million New Skills at Work initiative launched last March, the initiative will support efforts to scale high-quality career pathways; create connections between high school, postsecondary education, and in-demand careers; expand access to work-based learning experiences in industries most likely to fuel future economic growth; engage employers at the state and local level in the design, implementation, evaluation, and modification of integrated high-quality career pathways; and otherwise remove barriers to meaningful career opportunities for historically disadvantaged populations.

    In the United States, the initiative will be launched in Denver, where JPMorgan has already invested $4 million over the last four years in such efforts, and five other cities, with support from two partners: Advance CTE, which will receive a $5 million investment to provide research and resources to participating cities to help them meet the initiative's objectives and translate lessons learned into tools and resources that can be leveraged by a broader set of communities; and Education Strategy Group, which will receive a $6 million investment to support sites with high-quality technical assistance and cross-site learning and convening.

    In its announcement of the initiative, JPMorgan Chase notes that in an era in which well-paying jobs increasingly require a two- or four-year degree or some additional training, only 41 percent of young adults in the U.S. have completed their education beyond high school, while rapid changes in technology, automation, and artificial intelligence continue to drive the disconnect between skills and jobs.

    "Young people who participate in career pathways, including real work experiences and higher education connections, have better overall outcomes in education and the labor marketplace," said Sarah Steinberg, vice president of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. "We look forward to applying our lessons learned across the globe to give young people a better chance at career success."

    Click here to read full article by PND, Candid. 

  • February 18, 2020 2:01 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 14, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) Four Delaware public-housing authorities have been awarded $6.9 million in funding to make much-needed capital improvement, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joseph J. DeFelice announced Feb. 14. 

    The grants are part of $2.7 billion in grants to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funding will allow agencies to make needed capital improvements to their properties.

    The Wilmington Housing Authority received the bulk of the Delaware grants with $4.8 million. The Delaware State Housing Authority received just over $1 million; the Dover Housing Authority got nearly $742,000; and the Newark Housing Authority received $297,310.

    Click here to read full article from the Delaware Business Times. 

  • February 13, 2020 11:04 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 7, 2020 by Allison Levine, Delaware Community Foundation) Delaware Community Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware. The Caesar Rodney Rotary Foundation (CRRF), a fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, has awarded $5,000 to help support two high-quality programs focused on youth at risk in our community. The recipients of CRRF’s 2019 Grants are Urban Promise and Summer Learning Collaborative. 

    UrbanPromise: Equips children and young adults through Christ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, personal growth and servant leadership. – $2,500

    Summer Learning Collaborative: Partners with existing community based institutions to help them optimize the role they can and must play for kids in our highest-need communities through high impact summer programming. – $2,500.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Community Foundation. 
  • February 12, 2020 10:06 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 11, 2020 by Brad Myers, Delaware News Journal) Tatnall’s Lydia Colasante has been named the Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.  The freshman won the girls Division II individual title at the DIAA Cross Country Championships, finishing the course at Killens Pond State Park in Felton in 18:48.9.

    Colasante also won at the White Clay Creek Classic and Delaware Independent School Conference meet, finished second at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational and took fourth at the Joe O’Neill Invitational.

    Colasante, who also has an A average in the classroom, had competed successfully in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, but last fall was her first season of competitive running.

    As part of Gatorade’s Play it Forward program, Colasante will be allowed to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choice.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware News Journal. 

  • February 05, 2020 5:10 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 4, 2020 by Delaware Business Now) Philanthropy Delaware members: M&T Bank, Highmark, WSFS Bank, Capital One, Christiana Care, and DuPont are among companies to collaborate with Intern Delaware to build the workforce future in the state.   Intern Delaware, Inc. has announced its launch. Formed in September 2019 by local business leaders, the organization is focused on connecting interns working in Delaware with the local culture, economy, business leaders, and opportunities.

    In the current environment, more than 70 percent of graduates from local colleges and universities are moving outside of Delaware to start their careers, creating a talent drain in the state, the group noted.

    Intern Delaware will support companies throughout the state in attracting and retaining intellectual capital by providing their interns with a series of experiential marketing events that highlight Delaware and run parallel with their corporate internship programs.

    “In our initial cohort, we are bringing over 350 like-minded individuals together from 21 corporate partners to experience Delaware,” commented Scott Malfitano, co-founder and board chair of Intern Delaware. “These interns will be provided access to signature events, discounts to local merchants, and opportunities to take part in a dynamic summer program designed to open their eyes to all that Delaware has to offer.”

    Intern Delaware has initially collaborated with 21 local companies, along with local colleges and universities. Partner companies include Adesis, Agilent, Big Fish Restaurant Group, Buccini-Pollin Group, Capital One, Chemours, Christiana Care, CompassRed, CSC, DowDuPont, EDiS, Epic Research, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Highmark, Kelly Benefits, M&T Bank, Marlette Funding, The Mill, White Dog Labs, Wohlsen Construction Company, and WSFS Bank.

    “We are thrilled to be part of this organization that is doing so much to build the workforce of the future in Delaware. By differentiating the internship experience, Intern Delaware will have a lasting impact that reframes how interns view Delaware as a place to build their careers,” said Mark Hutton, group vice president at M&T Bank.

    To join as a corporate partner contact caroline.letner@interndelaware.com for an application.

    Click here to learn more

  • February 05, 2020 5:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 31, 2020 by Paige Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare) Highmark is a Philanthropy Delaware member. Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health is focusing much of its work to address the opioid epidemic around one key idea: reducing stigma.

    The insurer recently partnered with Shatterproof, a national group aimed at combatting addiction, to offer its employer clients a slate of virtual education tools on the stigma associated with opioid use disorder. Highmark offers plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.

    Through the platform, employees with Highmark insurance can access five-minute modules that explore a variety of topics related to the opioid crisis, including risk factors, symptoms of addiction, treatment options and success stories from people who are recovering from opioid addiction.

    The modules are designed to be easy to understand and provide an array of supplementary materials for people who want to learn more, including fact sheets and videos.

    Caesar DeLeo, M.D., vice president and executive medical director of strategic initiatives for Highmark, told FierceHealthcare that education initiatives like this are critical in combating stigma.

    “It has everything to do with stigma,” DeLeo said. “This will start a revolution that will help break down the barriers of stigma right in the workplace and that will continue to flow through to homes and communities.”

    The partnership was born out of a 2019 community survey conducted by Highmark to gauge attitudes toward opioid addiction in the insurer's core markets. Many of those surveyed (80%) said that opioid dependence is either mostly or somewhat the fault of the addict.

    In addition, in each of the three markets, between 30% and 49% of survey respondents said they would be uncomfortable to learn that a co-worker had an opioid addiction.

    However, despite the majority holding that view, more than three-quarters of the survey respondents said they believe they should encourage friends or family members to seek treatment if they need it. DeLeo said that highlights the impact of stigma: It prevents diagnoses.

    Highmark’s core markets have also been hit hard by the opioid crisis—the survey found that, across the three states, between 34% and 57% of people said a family member or close friend had suffered from opioid addiction.

    The efforts to combat stigma are just one prong of the insurers’ multifaceted approach to mitigating the opioid crisis. Highmark also provides coverage for non-pharmacological pain treatments, arms providers with evidence-based medication guidelines when opioids are necessary and offers ongoing monitoring for opioid use.

    Highmark also makes naloxone available to prevent fatal overdoses. DeLeo said the insurer has seen notable results in reducing overdoses—opioid overdose rates among Highmark members have declined by 70% and are 50% below the national average.

    Because the insurer’s markets are diverse, including urban areas, suburban areas and heavily rural areas, a major challenge is finding providers who can treat opioid use disorder once it’s been diagnosed, DeLeo said.

    In West Virginia, for example, members have extremely limited options for medication-assisted and other evidence-based treatment options, so Highmark is filling the gaps using telehealth. Highmark is looking to expand access to telepsychiatry and virtual treatment over the course of 2020, DeLeo said.

    Digital health options like telepsychiatry can address stigma, too, DeLeo said, as it may be a way to get someone who’d be embarrassed to go to a therapist in person into treatment.

    “Maybe people don’t want to go and be seen being treated but would be quite comfortable talking on the phone or by Skype,” he said. “We’re very flexible. We’re not intending to be competitors—we want to be complementary and fill in the gaps.”

    Click here to read full article by Fierce Healthcare. 
  • January 29, 2020 1:19 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 28, 2020 by Delaware News) Two Delaware organizations will receive $55,000 in federal grants.  – As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that two Delaware organizations, will receive $55,000 in federal grants. This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2020 and includes two of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports arts participation, and this year will include projects that celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

    “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

    OperaDelaware will receive an Art Works – Opera grant in the amount of $15,000 to support a new production of The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

    “We are humbled to receive this support from the NEA for a new production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, which will serve as the cornerstone of our 75th anniversary festival,” said Brendan Cooke, General Director of OperaDelaware. “This year’s award will help to ensure that this is one of our most thrilling productions to date.”

    The State Education Agency Directors of Education (SEADAE), Delaware will receive an Art Works – Arts Education grant in the amount of $40,000 to support its 2020 national conference, The Arts & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): A Synergistic Pairing, at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library from September 24-26, 2020.

    “SEADAE is thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Delaware to host its’ national conference. Not only is the Brandywine Valley a place of wonder in the fall – a must-see destination for the East Coast – but Delaware has taken a lead nationally, in highlighting the importance of fostering the social and emotional competence of young learners and embracing socially responsible, trauma informed instruction. We anticipate the conference to be an immersive, life-affirming experience and are excited to engage with our collaborators in Delaware to investigate the importance of the intersection between the arts and social emotional learning,” said Dale Schmid, Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education.

    The next funding deadline for applications to the Grants for Arts Projects category is February 13, 2020. Note: Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The next funding deadline for applications to Challenge America is April 9, 2020.

    The full NEA grant descriptions follow:

    Challenge America

    Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Each grant is for a fixed amount of $10,000 and requires a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

    Art Works

    Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

    Click here to read full article

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