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(Press Release) - Wilmington, Del. - Nicole Pender was recently voted in as the newest Member of Philanthropy Delaware’s Board of Directors. Nicole Pender is a Philadelphia native who serves as a Sr. Associate on the Community Impact and Investment team at Capital One and oversees Associate Volunteerism, CRA, Community Development Banking funding and Community Impact and Investment grants. After spending nearly 8 years working with grassroots nonprofits in both Philadelphia and Delaware, Federal and Local Government, professional sports and Corporate Social Responsibility, Nicole is well versed in the many facets of philanthropy.
Nicole holds a BA in Mass Communications with a Minor in Marketing from Mansfield University of PA where she was also a Division II student athlete
Philanthropy Delaware’s Board of Directors also includes: Vernita Dorsey, WSFS; Chris Crothers, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Regina Kerr-Alonzo, Borgenicht Foundation; Ashley Cook, Wells Fargo; Sharon Struthers, Struthers Family; Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware; and Amy Walls, Discover Bank.
(August 3, 2020 by Technical.ly Delaware) Gov. John Carney announced the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training Initiative on Monday, thanks to $10 million of the state's CARES Act funding. With unemployment remaining high due to the COVID-19 crisis — and with the federal government’s extra $600-per-week benefit that was keeping many people afloat now gone — Delaware is focusing on workforce development with $10 million of the state’s CARES Act funding.
Gov. John Carney signed Executive Order #43 on Monday, creating the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
It comes by recommendation of the Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee chaired by Lieutenant Gov. Bethany Hall-Long and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock.
Under the order, the Delaware Department of Labor will work with the Delaware Workforce Development Board to create training and certification programs for unemployed and underemployed Delawareans in skills that are currently in demand by Delaware employers, including nurses, medical assistants, home health aides and pharmacy employees.
“All Delawareans have made sacrifices during this COVID-19 crisis. Some have made more than others,” said Carney in a statement. “Delaware workers and their families across our state have lost jobs and income, but still have to pay their bills. We have a responsibility to support our neighbors who have been affected by this crisis. This new workforce development program will help provide workers with the skills they need to get back in the workforce quickly, earn a living, and support their families.”
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(August 3, 2020 by Press Release) DuPont is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. DuPont Partners with Sodexo on Meal Donation Program - Prepared meals address local food insecurity during pandemic -
In late May, DuPont (NYSE: DD) began partnering with food service vendor Sodexo to donate thousands of “to-go” meals to vulnerable communities in Wilmington impacted by COVID-19.
DuPont contracts with Sodexo to operate two employee cafeterias at its sites in Wilmington. However, in mid-March, the cafeterias were temporarily closed due to COVID-19, and Sodexo employees were furloughed. Recognizing the financial burden this would have on the vendor, a small team of DuPont employees designed a creative, multi-faceted solution to keep food service workers employed while helping at-risk communities.
“During these challenging times, it’s so important to create opportunities to help our impacted neighbors in the community we call home,” said Jay Valvo, DuPont vice president of DuPont Facility Services and Real Estate. “I’m very proud of the DuPont and Sodexo teams that partnered on this short-term project that helps ease multiple burdens at once.”
For the first six weeks, DuPont and Sodexo provided “to-go” meals for two local nonprofit organizations — Friendship House and Reach Riverside. Then, as community needs shifted, recipients changed to St. Patrick’s Center and Reach Riverside. The project started in late May when Sodexo employees returned to the DuPont Chestnut Run Plaza site to prepare, pack and deliver breakfast bags each day to Friendship House (and then, to St. Patrick’s Center). The team also began providing daily lunch bags, on alternate weeks, to Reach Riverside’s elderly community. The project, funded by DuPont and expected to continue into early October, will help reduce operating costs for the nonprofit organizations which were impacted financially by the pandemic, while at the same time the need for their services is growing.
“It’s been a big relief to get back to work and do what we’re meant to do, which is feed people,” said Sodex Chef Michael Mao. “It’s even more fulfilling to be able to provide for some of our most vulnerable populations within our local community during these difficult times. A lot of credit to DuPont for starting this admirable initiative.”
“The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income and underserved communities has created enormous burden for families, both locally and around the world,” said Patrick McCrummen, DuPont global community impact leader. “Creating unique partnerships with our suppliers and local non-profits is one way DuPont is helping Wilmington residents cope with the day-to-day struggles during this extraordinary time.”
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(July 30, 2020 Coastal Point) -Energize Delaware announced this week that the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP) funded by the Exelon Merger for Delmarva Power Customers in Delaware is awarding $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of New Castle County. In its application, HFH of New Castle County proposed working with their Central Delaware and Sussex County partner Habitat agencies and their ReStore locations across the state on an innovative program to provide improved efficiency, reliability and energy savings to Delaware income-qualified residents.
The effort will focus on replacing aging refrigerators with new energy-efficient refrigerators, directly benefitting Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent or less of Delaware’s median income.
The $500,000 is the first award from a $4 million grant made possible by the Exelon\Delmarva Power Merger Settlement approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission.
Seeking to ease the energy burden of hardworking, low-income Delawareans and improve their quality of life, representatives said, the three HFH affiliates plan to utilize their network to make outreach to Delmarva Power customers for the purpose of offering a refrigerator replacement program. The statewide collaboration will replace a total of 450 inefficient refrigerators with Energy Star-certified refrigerators. It is anticipated that this will result in a savings of approximately 432,875 kWh over the 18-month grant period, thus providing an average of $127 in yearly savings for qualified low-income Delmarva customers.
“We are grateful for the funding from the Empowerment Grant made possible by the merger of Exelon and Delmarva Power to provide an energy efficient solution to families at this most crucial time in our state,” said Kevin L. Smith, CEO of HFH of New Castle County. “Habitat for Humanity is concerned that all people have an affordable and decent place to live. Affordability includes an affordable mortgage or rent, as well a manageable energy bill.”
“I am very enthusiastic and encouraged that Delaware will have its first comprehensive energy efficient appliance and replacement program,” said Jim Purcell, Empowerment Grant manager. “The program will put Delaware residents in control of their energy costs through efforts to install energy-efficient refrigerators, helping to bring about long-term energy savings to their homes.”
“I’m excited about the potential of this program and its ability to bring savings directly into the homes of customers who will benefit most,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power regional president. “As one of the home’s hardest-working appliances, refrigerators can drive up energy costs and are an important component of energy efficiency in every home. We are committed to helping maintain affordable energy service for all customers and are pleased to see this funding go toward an innovative program that will help more customers take control of their energy usage.”
Additional program details about the EGP, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found at www.empowergrantde.org. A Facebook page (@EmpowerGrantDE) and a Twitter account (@EmpowerGrantDE) are also available for public interaction and information.
(June 23, 2020 Delaware Business Times) GREENWOOD – Discover Bank has received an Outstanding rating on its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) review, a process that assesses banks’ record of helping to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
It is the fifth time in six exam cycles since 2004 that the bank, which is primarily a marketer and originator of credit cards and the operator of the Discover Network credit card interchange, has received an Outstanding rating from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).
“Bank management has been creative in designing and implementing the bank’s CRA program, which includes providing loans and investments through partnerships with various for-profit and nonprofit organizations and financial institutions,” the FDIC said in the report. “The bank has also provided responsive grants and significant technical expertise to address community development needs.”
Discover has only one branch and provides financial services through a nationwide direct bank strategy, using internet, mail, and phone. Loan products include personal credit cards, personal loans, student loans, home equity loans, deposit products, and small business credit cards.
The CRA review was conducted during the fourth quarter of 2019 and covered the 2017, 2018, and 2019 calendar years. Discover met or exceeded its goals in the following areas.
1. New Community Development Loans and Investments, providing $408 million in new qualified community development loans and investments ($117.8 million of that in 2019), exceeding its annual goals.
2. Ratio of Community Development Loans and Qualified Investments to Average Assets, achieving at least a 0.60% ratio in all three years and meeting its annual goals.
3. Community Development Grants, providing 190 community development grants and in-kind contributions totaling $13.6 million ($4.2 million in 2019), exceeding its annual goals.
4. Community Development Services, with the bank exceeding its annual goals each year based on a point system created to track community development services.
5. Consumer Loans in Moderate-Income Census Tracts, extending $7.4 million in consumer credit to its assessment area (2.2 million of that in 2019).
6. CRA-Related Complaints. The bank did not receive any during the evaluation period.
CRA “is a key focus within Discover, and we would not be happy with a Satisfactory,” Discover Bank President Jim Roszkowski said. “That’s how we approach CRA. It’s not just a feel-good rating. A poor rating limits what banks can do.”
Roszkowski described Amy Walls and Matt Parks, the bank’s respective CRA assistant director and director, as the “backbone” of Discover’s program, saying they’re responsible for understanding community needs and creating or participating in programs that will have an impact on such areas as foreclosure prevention, affordable housing, small business and economic development, financial literacy, and affordable consumer loans.
“We feel that we run the best program within the FDIC network, not just because we’re trying to address community need or because we’re trying to check a box to get a rating,” Roszkowski said. “We leverage the public, private, and academic sectors and focus on being innovative in finding and developing the best programs that meet community needs.”
The Outstanding comes on the heels of Roszkowski being honored in February by the New York-based National Development Council (NDC), which directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.
Since Discover doesn’t issue commercial loans on its own, it provides capital to organizations such as NDC. Through that relationship, Discover Bank has:
Marsh said that NDC has “many different banking relationships but in our relationship with Discover, we have actually been able to be creative with our small-business lending products.”
“Matt determined a need in the market to provide [low-cost] capital because, in light of what has happened at DuPont and with the car industry, it’s more important than ever to support small-business creation and expansion,” Marsh said. “Discover agreed to buy our SBA loans fixed at seven-year Treasury and we agreed to cap our fees, which enabled us to provide loans at several hundred basis points below prevailing market rates. And they, along with other partners, provided grants that covered some of our administrative expenses to keep the rates as low as possible.”
The FDIC also praised Discover for:
By Peter Osborne
(July 27, 2020 Philanthropy Delaware Press Release) - $210,426 Awarded from Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund to 11 Nonprofits$3 million awarded to 139 nonprofits since fund launched March 18
In its 13th round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation awarded $210,426 on Friday to 11 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.
Friday’s grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:
In this 13th round of grants, 49 applicants requested $1.7 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund.
The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $3 million to 139 Delaware nonprofits so far. Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund awarded weekly grants March 27-May 22, two rounds of grants in June, and is slated to award monthly grants July-December.
The next application deadline is Aug. 10. For information and to apply, visit delcf.org/community-needs-grants.
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Donations to fund are still needed to respond to community needs, said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.
“As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”
The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1.5 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by Aug. 31.
To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, email@example.com.
About the Fund
The Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.
The fund, a partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Barclays ($700,000), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($300,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), WSFS Bank ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), Capital One ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000) and others.
Nearly 300 individual donors have donated $135,000. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.
The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.
To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.
About the Delaware Community Foundation
The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.
(July 24, 2020 by Philanthropy Delaware Press Release) Philanthropy Delaware’s President and CEO will soon be leading as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation supporting the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Cynthia was the first to lead as Philanthropy Delaware’s full-time President and CEO and championed the robust work in the state’s philanthropic network. In three and half short years, Cynthia marshaled the efforts to broaden, deepen, and transform the organization to promote effective philanthropy. Under her leadership, Philanthropy Delaware underwent a comprehensive rebranding effort, which was formerly known as Delaware Grantmakers Association into the name known today.
During her tenure, Cynthia led Philanthropy Delaware to increase membership, provide enlightening and instructive programming, thought leadership, and resources for our Members. In collaboration with Philanthropy Delaware's Board of Directors, created a robust strategic plan where philanthropy plays a vital role in the endeavor to build a just, vibrant and thriving Delaware for all. She forged alliances with local and state government leadership, provided grant-matching assistance to local organizations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cynthia served as the Director of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which brought together numerous Philanthropy Delaware Members and other investors and individuals to collectively fund the emerging and evolving needs of communities throughout Delaware.
As Cynthia looks forward to this new chapter, she also looks back at the connections built throughout her time in Philanthropy Delaware. “I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the outstanding support of this community and our members,” Cynthia writes. The culmination of her work has led the way for more effective, efficient, and impactful philanthropy in Delaware.
Contact: Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement at (302) 333-8004 via phone or Melissa@PhilanthropyDelaware.org via e-mail.
(July 23, 2020 by Press Release by Delaware News) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD) initiative announced on Tuesday collaborations with several communities throughout Delaware that have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Working with 12 community-based lead organizations, Healthy Communities Delaware is providing more than $720,000 in funding to nine communities across the state to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Delaware’s most vulnerable populations. This funding will help communities address important fundamental needs by creating neighborhood hubs to serve as food pantries and provide prevention care and resources; hiring bilingual resource navigators; and replacing deteriorating buildings with affordable rental units. Projects will engage residents in identifying the needs of their communities, building trust, and directly providing food, education, and care resources.
“We know that health is more than just health care,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Our environments – where we live, work and play – have a huge impact on our health. We believe that all Delawareans should have the opportunity to make healthy choices, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background, and we are excited about the work these communities will be doing to help us ensure all Delaware residents have access to the COVID-19 resources they need.”
“We are seeing the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on vulnerable Delawareans, including low-income households, Black and Hispanic communities, and non-English speakers,” said Rita Landgraf, Director of the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities. “These collaborative efforts will support nine communities working with 12 community-based organizations to navigate such challenges under COVID-19 as food security, resource navigation, housing, job creation and workforce development.”
“As Delaware continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we know that one of the most critical supports that Healthy Communities Delaware can provide is strategic community investment,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation. “We are grateful to the State of Delaware for helping to fund these pragmatic community-based investments.”
Healthy Communities Delaware is collaborating with the following communities. Although only lead organizations are listed, every project is a collaboration among many partners within each community:
New Castle County:
Healthy Communities Delaware involves business, community, and organizational participants, and is managed as a collaboration among DPH, the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities, and the Delaware Community Foundation. HCD works in partnership with communities to address resident priorities around the social determinants of health — conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work and age. Many Delawareans lack the basic resources for health and well-being – safe and healthy homes, a quality education, meaningful employment, a healthy environment, access to healthy foods, financial stability and reliable transportation. Many of these inequities are a result of and perpetuated by structural racism and discrimination, and are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more detailed information on the specific projects being funded, visit healthycommunitiesde.org/collaborating-communities. For more information on Healthy Communities Delaware, visit healthycommunitiesde.org.
Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov,
DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations:
“I have sent letters to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell approving the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to include the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility. As detailed in the term sheets released today by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, borrower eligibility requirements for the new facilities differ from those of Main Street business loans. However, loan terms and our broader objectives are consistent across all Main Street Lending Facilities. Main Street is designed to provide a safety net for small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic and could benefit from additional liquidity to manage through this challenging period. Nonprofit organizations, from colleges and universities to healthcare providers, community groups and veterans' organizations, play a vital role in our society and employ millions of hard working Americans. We are very pleased that the program now includes options to support lending to eligible nonprofits and can help these vital organizations continue their important work.”
(July 13, 2020 by Press Release by the Delaware Community Foundation) Arsht-Cannon Fund is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. The Arsht-Cannon Fund (ACF) at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $582,248 in grants to Delaware’s nonprofit organizations that are reaching out to Latino families with accessible and needed educational programs at this time of crisis.
To address the devastating and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latino families, FY 2020-21 grants ranged from direct relief to meet basic needs of qualified immigrant families in crisis, to support for the development of innovative and sustainable programs by collaborating nonprofit partners. In between, funding has been dedicated to a variety of programs that support learning and, ultimately, integration and empowerment.
“Amid the rising needs of families and the challenges faced by Latino-serving nonprofits, 2020-21 grant funding was prioritized to our nonprofit partners who redesigned their critically needed programs to reach families safely, effectively and with love, excellence and sustainability,” ACF Executive Director Dr. Christine Cannon said.
FY 2020-21 grant awards focused on:
Language Learning and Family Literacy
Pre-K through Career Planning Programs
Arts and Cultural Education
Health Supports for Learning
Community Collaborative Partnerships
About the Arsht-Cannon Fund
The Arsht-Cannon Fund was established in 2004 through the gift of the estate of the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht and S. Samuel Cannon to the Delaware Community Foundation. The endowed fund benefits Delaware’s Hispanic families by partnering and funding nonprofits that provide educational opportunities — improving the lives of all Delawareans.
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