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(Cape Gazette - July 28, 2019) Focus Multisports, known for its festival-style running events, has partnered with local nonprofits to raise more than $500,000 in its five years in business.
The nonprofit hosts races on Delmarva, including Bethany Beach Firecraker Run/Walk, Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Bethany Beach Half Marathon, Justin’s Beach House 5K, Dewey Beach Buddy 5K Walk/Run, Athletes Against Alzheimer’s Run, Surfin’ Snowman Run and Coastal Delaware Running Festival.
Often featuring on-course music, finish-line parties, and trendy swag, the business is the brainchild of social entrepreneurs Ernie Felici and Rick Hundley. “At Focus Multisports, we believe in the power of philanthropy. We believe in the partnership between for-profit businesses and the nonprofit sector. Our alliances strengthen local organizations and provide businesses with a platform to give back. I would say such collaborations are win-win,” said Hundley.
Sometimes, the business partners reach out to nonprofits directly, other times, nonprofits approach Felici and Hundley. “We knew we wanted to bring about positive things in our communities, and the best way to do that was to support the important work of nonprofits, but we also know that we must give sponsors a marketing return for their charitable contributions,” said Felici. “We started Focus Multisports to help great nonprofits to do more of what they do well.”
In April, Focus Multisports presented the 5th Annual Delaware Running Festival, sponsored by Grotto Pizza. Proceeds supported Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks. The festival hosted more than 4,000 runners, thousands of fans, and dozens of volunteers, and was designated a Delaware Championship event by the Road Runners Club of America and a Boston Marathon qualifying race.
“We want to thank our most recent partners for joining us in doing good for so many, and toast them for having a good time doing it,” said Hundley. Sponsors this year were the presenting sponsor Grotto Pizza, The Bellmoor Inn & Spa, Admiral, Oceanus, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Giant Foods, Highway One Companies, TriCycle Run, Gatorade, NKS Distributors, Team Timmons Realtors, Chaps Pit Beef, Clean Delaware, Southern Delaware Tourism, New Eyes Productions, D3 Corp., Arena’s Restaurants, Creative Resource Group, Baja Beach House Grill, The Cultured Pearl, La Vida Hospitality, Kilwins Candies, Race the Nation, DJ Rupe, Provident State Bank, DBC Interactive, Eagle 99.7 FM, Hyatt Place, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Lighthouse Cove Dewey Beach and Hyatt Place Dewey Beach.
Focus Multisports has supported events for Autism Delaware, Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, Sussex Family YMCA swim team, Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, Fort Miles Historical Association, Friends of Holts Landing State Park, Inland Bays Foundation, MERR Institute, Seashore Striders Youth Running Club, Rehoboth Boys & Girls Club, Sussex Academy cross country team and more.
Recently, $25,000 was contributed to the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, over $20,000 to various Sussex County youth sports teams and civic organizations, $23,500 to Justin’s Beach House, $2,000 to Contractors for a Cause, $2,000 to Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and $5,000 to Dewey Beach Lions Club.
The next event is the Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk Sunday, Aug. 4, which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to find a cure. For more information or to register, go to www.focusmultisports.com.
Click here to read full article from the Cape Gazette.
This year the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $55,344 in specific interest grants to 11 nonprofit organizations around the state.
Specific interest grants - created by donors to support issues they are particularly passionate about - focus on arts in Wilmington, long-term care, fulfillment of children’s wishes, and training and treatment of animals. This year’s recipients are: Delaware Shakespeare, $2,500, to support free, high-quality Shakespeare performances to homeless shelters, prisons and community centers through Delaware Shakespeare’s Community Tour, which launched in 2016.
Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Inc., $3,000, to enable the Accessibility Needs Program to serve more disabled individuals in independent living with necessary aids such as ramps, wheelchairs and prosthetic devices. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, $7,500, to enable more of Delaware’s critically ill children to receive wishes, which inspire and give hope to the children and their families.
Preston’s March for Energy, $7,000, to fund three adaptive bikes to children with developmental disabilities in need of fun, outdoor movement. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, $5,000, to provide food, medicine and care for orphaned and oiled native birds, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat after rehabilitation. Faithful Friends Animal Society, $6,400, to support operation costs for the Free Pet Food & Supply crisis prevention program, which reduces pet relinquishment by providing owners with free pet food, supplies and education for preventative care.
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, go to www.delcf.org or call 302-571-8004.
John Haydon has put a face on the power of social media and on the willingness of pharmaceutical companies to support patients to deal with the high cost of their medications.
Haydon, a leading expert on helping nonprofits use digital media to conduct online fundraising (and the original author of Facebook for Dummies), suffers from an extremely rare form of cancer called follicular dendritic cell sarcoma.
His doctor prescribed a daily pill called Tagrisso that is made by AstraZeneca and costs $16,000 per month, but his insurance company refused to cover it despite his doctor’s assertion that it was “the perfect fit to fight my cancer.” Why? Because it was approved by the FDA in 2017 for a different type of cancer.
Haydon’s appeals to the insurance company fell on deaf ears. “I was completely surprised that red tape could cause me to die,” he said.
Then he heard about an AstraZeneca program called AZ&ME that markets itself with the tagline “If you can’t afford your medications, AstraZeneca may be able to help.” Facing a $192,000 bill for a year’s worth of the Tagrisso, Haydon and his doctor submitted paperwork on July 11 to see if AstraZeneca could help with the costs.
With housing costs on the rise, many cities are facing severe affordability challenges, according to “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019,” a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. What are the consequences of these challenges, and how can policymakers respond effectively to them? The report raises issues that impact the whole country, but every city and every neighborhood feels the effects differently.
According to the report, three cities in particular—Austin, Denver, and Dallas—have experienced steep increases in real home prices, as well as the problems that arise as consequences. To analyze these challenges, policymakers can employ data and mapping to identify citywide trends, map neighborhood-level conditions, and spot communities that may need special attention.
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In honor of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wells Fargo announced it has surpassed $100 million in donations to nonprofits serving people with disabilities since 2015.
When Kathy Martinez joined Wells Fargo in 2015 to oversee a renewed effort by the company to support people with disabilities and their families, she knew Wells Fargo’s resources and relationships could significantly improve the lives of millions of Americans.
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Borealis Philanthropy announced the launch of the Spark Justice Fund, a new donor collaborative awarding $1,745,000 to eight organizations to end money bail, advance pretrial justice reform, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration.
The long-term vision of the Fund is to strengthen the capacity of state-based and local grassroots organizations and those who are impacted by the criminal justice system to lead the movement for its transformation. By ending money bail and unjust pretrial detention policies, the work of grantees will ultimately significantly reduce jail populations, decriminalize poverty, and reduce disparities for low-income communities of color, including for women of color and other marginalized populations.
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GEORGETOWN, Del. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined airport and Sussex County representatives on the tarmac at Delaware Coastal Airport to announce two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants awarded to the airport to continue its expansion project. The county-owned Delaware Coastal Airport is an economic driver to the region. Improvements to the airport’s lighting, approaches and continued work to lengthen its runway are just a few projects that will allow the airport keep attracting new business to Sussex County.
The FAA provided Delaware Coastal Airport with two grant awards: $150,000 was provided for general airport operations, and $516,727 was awarded to update the airport’s master plan to extend the current 5,500-foot runway to 6,000 feet. This will allow larger planes to land at Delaware Coastal Airport, an issue currently prohibiting business growth to the area.
“Governors, Senators, Congresswomen - we don’t create jobs. We create a nurturing environment for job creation,” said Senator Carper. “This airport is a key component of that nurturing environment. Between the flight activities and industrial park tenants, the airport is the centerpiece for thousands of good jobs here in Sussex County, Delaware. For nearly a decade, the FAA has recognized the airport’s significance, too, and invested more than $40 million here. The rebranding program and other investments have resulted in expansions and new business to the region, and this next FAA investment will keep the momentum at the airport going. I’m looking forward to seeing the full construction project and runway extension over the finish line.”
"The FAA's and Sussex County's continued development of the Delaware Coastal Airport has yielded infrastructure improvements and has bolstered job growth," said Senator Coons. "This latest grant, in particular, with funding for the runway extension, has real potential to increase current business and attract new companies to Sussex County. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I remain committed to investing in our small and medium-sized airfields such as our Delaware Coastal Airport."
“Investing in transportation infrastructure is one of the fundamental roles of the federal government. Modernizing and improving infrastructure here in Delaware and across the country helps drive our economy forward,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “This investment from the FAA signals another important step in continuing to improve the Delaware Coast Airport as well as our commitment to strengthening our economy. I’m excited to see the airport continue to build on its exciting growth.”
“Thanks to the continued support of the federal government through FAA funding, and for our congressional delegation’s steadfast advocacy, Sussex County is able to take on projects like these that enhance, modernize and help grow business at Delaware Coastal Airport,” said County Council President Michael H. Vincent. “The master plan update, as well as some other improvements including the new taxiway, are critical to ensuring the airport remains a competitive and attractive option for the flying public and business community that depends on this critical transportation and economic linchpin.”
The Delaware Coastal Airport is a general aviation airport that serves Georgetown and Sussex County and is owned by Sussex County Council. A former Navy airfield, it currently serves as a transportation gateway for numerous businesses and corporations around the country. Over the past decade, the FAA has invested nearly $40 million in the airport for various projects, including extending its runway and installing taxiway lighting as part of ongoing improvements to encourage business growth.
Credit Suisse has announced a three-year, $1 million commitment to HERE to HERE in New York City in support of a student-focused youth apprenticeship program.
Awarded through the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, the grant will enable CareerWise New York, a Swiss-style youth apprenticeship program powered by Bronx-based HERE to HERE, to provide paid apprenticeships to ninety-one students from public high schools in the city. Over the three years of their apprenticeships, students will earn more than $30,000 and acquire soft skills in the fields of finance, IT, or business operations. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, they will have the choice to remain with their employer, apply to a postsecondary program, or both, continuing to earn while they learn.
"The Swiss system of apprenticeships could be a game changer in New York and elsewhere in the U.S.," said HERE to HERE founding chair Judy Dimon. "If well-designed, executed, and scaled, an apprenticeship system goes a long way in filling the talent and skill gaps in the rapidly changing labor market while providing invaluable experience to young people."
"Credit Suisse Americas Foundation Commits $1 Million to HERE to HERE to Launch Youth Apprenticeships Through CareerWise New York." Credit Suisse Press Release 07/09/2019.
Philanthropists Trevor Neilson, Aileen Getty, and Rory Kennedy have announced the launch of a fund aimed at catalyzing support for grassroots action to address the climate crisis.
With the goal of funding organizations such as Extinction Rebellion and the student protests inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, the Climate Emergency Fund hopes to raise tens of millions of dollars in support of grassroots non-violent action and will partner with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to provide legal protection for activists. The fund has already awarded £500,000 ($628,000) through its CEF Grant Program, which provides three levels of support — an "activist start-up package," organizational development funding, and operational funding for established organizations.
Neilson, who served as director of public affairs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before co-founding the Global Philanthropy Group and holding company i(x) investments, serves on the fund's board with Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Films, and Sarah Ezzy, who manages the Aileen Getty Foundation. The organization's advisory board includes Getty, the founding donor of the fund; author, environmental activist, and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben; New America fellow David Wallace-Wells, author of Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming; Future Coalition co-founder and executive director Katie Eder; and Climate Mobilization founder and executive director Margaret Klein Salamon.
"The world's philanthropists need to wake up to the reality that a gradualist approach to the climate emergency is doomed to fail," Neilson wrote in a blog post announcing the fund's launch. "The truth is that this is an emergency and philanthropists need to act like that truth is real."
Trevor Neilson. "Introducing the Climate Emergency Fund." Medium Blog Post 07/12/2019.
Matthew Taylor. "US Philanthropists Vow to Raise Millions for Climate Activists." Guardian 07/12/2019.
The Independence Public Media Foundation in Philadelphia has announced inaugural grants totaling $5.3 million in support of efforts to empower communities through media.
Established when Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, a public broadcaster that operated WYBE Channel 35, received $131.5 million in 2017 for relinquishing its broadcast license as part of the Federal Communications Commission's broadcast incentive auction, the IPM Foundation works to strengthen and connect diverse voices and foster greater understanding across the Philadelphia region. The foundation's strategic goals — which reflect an expansive definition of media, including journalism, digital literacy, and creative expression — were developed through a community listening and engagement process involving local leaders, media makers and organizations, and other media funders.
The first round of grants include $1.3 million to the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which will partner with the foundation to support cultural competency training, professional development, entrepreneurship, and creative opportunities for journalists and managers of color at local news outlets; provide flexible funding for research, business assistance, and convenings of media organizations; and fund strategic planning for Resolve Philadelphia, a journalism project built on equity, collaboration, and the elevation of community voices and solutions.
Grants also were awarded to the African American Museum of Philadelphia ($300,000), the Digital Literacy Alliance ($500,000), Doc Society ($307,500), PhillyCAM ($150,000), Scribe Video Center ($1.11 million), SEAMAAC (Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition, $250,000), Taller Puertorriqueño ($100,000), Temple University's Klein College of Media & Communication ($850,000), the Village of Arts and Humanities ($200,000), and WHYY ($250,000). In addition, the foundation announced the creation of an $800,000 fund in partnership with the Bread & Roses Community Fund in support of grassroots media and media making across the region.
"Our work is just beginning," said IPM Foundation president Molly de Aguiar. "We look forward to learning from local leaders and organizations who understand the transformative power of media and media making to improve people's lives."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Independence Public Media Foundation website.
Click here to read full Press Release from Independence Public Media. 07/09/2019.
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