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(January 10, 2020) Matthew Stehl, age 46, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020. Matt was a long-time supporter of Philanthropy Delaware since its inception and serving as the current Board Secretary. He is remembered for his engagement and commitment as a leader in the Delaware community. Click here to read obituary (News Journal).
Born in Wilmington, DE, Matt is the son of Ellis and Janet (Gibbons) Stehl. He was a graduate of Salesianum High School Class of 1991. Matt attended St. Bonaventure University in New York before graduating from the University of Delaware in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in History.
Matt spent 25 years of his life working to build non-profits in his community and help allocate funds to foster their growth, including Highmark Blue Cross where he was the Corporate and Community Communications Manager from 2013 to 2019. Most recently, Matt was the Regional Charitable and Community Involvement Manager at M & T Bank. Matt also sat on multiple boards for a number of non-profits.
Family was the most important part of Matt's life. He was a devoted husband and a doting sports dad, who never missed his sons' sporting events. Matt will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and passion for Philadelphia sports - in particular the Eagles and Union.
Matthew is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Melanie J. (Winship) Stehl; his sons, Nolan Howard Stehl and Coleman Patrick Stehl; his parents, Ellis and Janet Stehl; his brother, Kevin Stehl (Meredith Lutz Stehl); as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Family and friends may visit from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 16 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, where a Celebration of Matt's Life will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Moms Demand Action or the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
To view full obituary, visit www.dohertyfh.com.
Published in The News Journal from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2020
(January 6, 2020 by Peter Osborne, Delaware Business Times) Well-known Delaware philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland were named the recipients of the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd annual dinner Monday, Jan. 6, in front of more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, and state dignitaries.
The Copelands were recognized for their contribution to the state, community, or society, and were introduced with a video featuring high-profile business leaders and nonprofit executives. The state chamber’s highest honor is named in memory of the late Josiah Marvel, who reorganized the state chamber and served as its first president in 1913.
Gerret, a member of the du Pont family, started his career in finance where he developed a successful New York Stock Exchange brokerage firm. He also helped establish the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Gerret is active with Longwood Gardens, The Mount Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, and serves as chairman of the Delaware Art Museum.
After earning a bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, Tatiana went to work for Price Waterhouse. She then worked at DuPont Company’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Soon after she returned to DuPont in Delaware. She serves on the board of The Grand Opera House and chaired the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Well-known philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland received the 2020 Josiah Marvel Cup award from the state chamber. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSCC
Together, the Copelands have made a tremendous impact on the community, particularly the arts. They are involved with organizations likes Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, Brandywine Valley SPCA, ChristianaCare, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware College of Art and Design, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Humane Association, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the Grand Opera House, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Longwood Foundation, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, OperaDelaware, and the University of Delaware, to name a few.
Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), called the Copelands “lifesavers for our organization.”
“Not only do they provide very generous support, they share good advice, set a wonderful example for others, and they embrace our mission,” he said. “Their two DHA alumni [adoptees], Billie and Orrie, have given them an impactful glimpse into what we do every day to save animals. The Copelands have provided them with a wonderful home, and our tagline, ‘Making Friends for Life’ truly describes their connection to DHA.”
“What would this city and state be like without them,” asked Sam Sweet, executive director and CEO of the Delaware Art Museum, which received a $15 million pledge from the Copelands in early 2018. “Although many people may think of them as philanthropists, they truly are impact investors to make a better future – through their support, organizations like the Museum can inspire creativity, foster innovation, encourage kids to dream, and bring people together. The impact of their support makes this a better place for all of us. Their support is transformative.”
Mark Fields, the executive director of The Grand, and Bank of America Market President Chip Rossi agreed.
“There are no other people that have had the same profound effect on the local arts community in the last decade as Tatiana and Gerret Copeland,” Fields said. “Many of our institutions owe our current financial health and forward progress to them. But they are just as generous with their guidance, expertise, and personal networks. We are deeply grateful on behalf of the communities we serve.”
“We are thankful to the Copelands for all they do in our community,” Rossi added. “As they have said previously, ‘with privilege comes responsibility,’ and it is clear that Tatiana’s and Gerret’s support for so many critical organizations across the state has contributed to a better Delaware.”
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of Delaware businesses and benefits citizens of the state. Founded in 1837 as the Wilmington Board of Trade, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has a long history as the largest, most influential business organization in the state.
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(December 4, 2019 by PRWeb) Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the 2020 grant recipients, who collectively received 20 awards, totaling $310,497. The grants are awarded to organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. who are assisting primarily underserved older adults who are aging in place.
For the first time, Impact1890 awarded multiyear grants. This allows organizations the opportunity to do more future planning, and allows Impact1890 to develop stronger relationships with the organizations. Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald stated, “Over the years we have awarded grants to organizations doing incredible work that enhances the lives of so many older adults. We have realized the best way to continue supporting their work, in some cases, means a multiyear award is necessary.”
Baerwald continued, “We had a record number of grant proposals submitted this year. Our only disappointment is that we could not fund more of the proposals. However, we are inspired to see so many organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults in our region.”
Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. For the 2020 grants, the areas of critical need are: social isolation; transportation; housing; navigating or accessing health care and social services; chronic disease management; and dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.
The 2020 grant recipients include those from Delaware:
$7,500 for one year
Supports “Memory Café” for individuals with dementia to promote socialization, stimulate cognitive skills, ease the stress of caregivers and increase public understanding of dementia
$3,000 for one year
Provides sedentary older adults with opportunities to exercise and obtain health education.
$30,000 over three years at $10,000 a year
Transportation for older adults who participate in a five-day per week program for persons with dementia.
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Impact1890 – A National Lutheran Program awards funding to non-profit organizations that provide services primarily to underserved seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Impact1890 at http://www.impact1890.org.
About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
With 129-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs.
(December 11, 2019 by Delaware Library Association) The objective of a Delaware Library Association (DLA) funded grant is to provide funds that help cover library programs or exhibitions that foster a sense of community engagement, and/or present timely topics of interest in areas such as civics, humanities, pop culture, world events, literature, health, family, or other areas as deemed appropriate.
Community Engagement Grant 2020 Award News
Congratulations to the Laurel Public Library!
On December 11, 2019, Laurel Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Farm to Patron table. For this program, Laurel will partner with local farmers, orchards and growers to secure donations of fresh produce, and will also incorporate healthy cooking classes focusing not only on using the fresh produce, but also on making one pot meals. In talking with Gail Bruce, director of the Laurel Public Library, she said the inspiration for the idea came from an ALA seminar regarding food and security in under-served populations. Laurel has a high poverty rate, and food insecurity in their community is an ever-growing issue. The mission of the Laurel Public Library is to connect, create and inspire, and being physically located in the heart of downtown Laurel, this program seemed to be a good fit for the library to be community forward and focused.
The Laurel Public Library has strong community ties and they partner with many local non-profit organizations. The library hosts monthly community conversations where different groups are invited to meet and share their resources. Reaching out to the agricultural community is just another community partnership they are happy to engage in. The program will mainly be marketed to lower-income adults, and there are thoughts to possibly offer a recyclable bag and cooking utensils to those individuals who frequently attend classes and partake in the donated fresh produce. According to Gail, the library is surrounded by local farms and produce stands and the staff is “really excited” to start this new venture.
The program has a projected start date of Spring 2020.
Shown in photo from the left:
Alison Wessel, DLA PresidentGail Bruce, Director, Laurel Public LibraryWenona Phillips, Assistant Director, Laurel Public LibraryCheryl Martin, Board TreasurerJaclyn Hale, DLA Treasurer
Congratulations to the Rehoboth Beach Public Library!
On December 11, 2019, Rehoboth Beach Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Growing Together: a Community Herb Garden. The project will create an herbal garden in the breezeway of the library, led by volunteers and patrons with a green thumb. Tyler Antoine, Program Librarian, thinks the project can lead to many innovative programs; including childrens’ programs, cooking classes, botany workshops, holistic remedies, a possible seed library, and an end-of-the-season pot luck dinner. The inspiration for the project grew out of successful cooking classes held at the library. As stated by Tyler, “This grant provides a visible way to engage the community and tie in connections with programs that people are currently interested in”.
Trustee President Tucker Kokjohn agrees, “We appreciate and support the diversity in programming and think Tyler and the library staff are doing a great job”. A fundraising event to support this project is scheduled for February 11, 2020 at the Delaware Botanical Gardens in Ocean View, Delaware. According to Tyler, “We have high hopes for library programming at the Rehoboth Public Library, and are very excited and grateful for the opportunity to pursue this idea. This project embodies community engagement by asking everyone to take part and connect with one another”.
The community herb garden is scheduled to be implemented in late April / early May 2020.
Shown in photo from the left:
Carol Popham, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryKate Renner, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryAlison Wessel, DLA PresidentLauren McCauley, Events Coordinator, Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryTucker Kokjohn, Trustee PresidentTrudie Thompson, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryKathy Ackerman, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryPaul King, PatronTyler Antoine, Program Librarian, Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryTom Wontorek, Trustee TreasurerAlex Yearley, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public LibraryJaclyn Hale, DLA Treasurer
Congratulations to the Selbyville Public Library!
On December 11, 2019, Selbyville Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Lunch and Learn at the Selbyville Public Library. For the past five years, the Selbyville Public Library has participated in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. While the library has found the program extremely beneficial (it is limited to children ages 18 and younger), adults and seniors have been excluded from the opportunity to enjoy free lunch and fellowship. The Selbyville Library has taken steps to tackle this problem, partnering with the Odyssey Church in 2017 to provide lunch on Tuesdays to people of all ages. Now in 2020, they have set their sights on providing free meals to people of all ages two days a week by partnering with local restaurants.
According to Kelly Kline, Library Director, “People come to the library seeking some sort of betterment. There’s something basic about sharing a meal with a neighbor or a friend. This program also provides a lot of ways for people to get involved”. A number of community members have given donations, including a local landscape company who donated outdoor picnic tables when the library was running out of indoor space to hold all the lunch meals. The Southern Sussex Rotary Club has also donated $500 toward expenses for this project. As stated by Kelly, “The success of Tuesdays and knowing it could be more really inspired this idea. The Selbyville area struggles with food security and the library wants to get in front of this fight in our area”. Food donations by local area restaurants have been secured for the month of July and library staff are actively working to fill June and August.
The program will run from June – August 2020.
Shown in photo from the left:
Stacey Long, Selbyville Town ManagerJaclyn Hale, DLA TreasurerAlison Wessel, DLA PresidentKelly Kline, Director, Selbyville Public LibraryMegan Bunting, Youth Program Coordinator, Selbyville Public LibraryDawn LeKites, Board MemberKristina Griffin, Board Member
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(December 19, 2019 by United Way of Delaware) United Way of Delaware is a member of Philanthropy Delaware. Delaware is home to hundreds of unique, integral and even lifesaving nonprofits – all of which are impacting Delawareans whether they realize it or not. All of these nonprofits need more individuals—young and seasoned— to support their mission, join their boards, and raise their profile among the community. And yet, when it comes to individual charitable giving, Delaware ranks poorly, 48 out of 50 according to a 2018 study.
That’s why United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and Spur Impact Association (SI) are partnering to broaden the reach and impact of UWDE’s Do More 24 Delaware initiative, a 24-hour statewide day of giving aimed at helping participating nonprofits generate unrestricted operating funds. The online fundraising blitz begins on March 5, 2020 and concludes on March 6, 2020. All nonprofits serving Delaware and their supporters are encouraged to participate in Do More 24 Delaware.
UWDE and SI will jointly promote Do More 24 Delaware and participating nonprofits will create customized pages on SI’s “Delaware Gives” online platform. The platform makes it easy for nonprofits to engage potential donors in all age groups and demographics, including millennials and young professionals, and to solicit and collect donations. In addition to what they raise from their supporter and peer-to-peer networks, participating nonprofits will be eligible for incentive funds provided by foundation and corporate donors, bonus stretch pool funds and other cash incentives.
Commenting on the basis for the partnership with SI, UWDE President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor said, “The bottom line is this: we believe this new approach to Do More 24 Delaware will grow our audience, our response rate and our results. The nature of philanthropy has changed significantly over the last several years. While workplace campaigns remain an important part of United Way’s strategy, this new partnership improves our capacity to connect directly with donors and potential donors outside the workplace. We have significantly improved our access to a wider audience, especially millennials and young professionals, which is an audience that can be difficult to reach at the workplace level.”
Taylor also noted that many corporate donors place restrictions on the use of their gifts to nonprofits and that Do More 24 Delaware is one way for nonprofits to generate support that can be used for general operating purposes.
Charlie Vincent, Executive Director of Spur Impact, said he is excited about partnering with UWDE to rally Delawareans around a large-scale philanthropic event. “Thousands of professionals live and work in Delaware and are looking for ways to get involved and make an impact in their community, often through nonprofit service. We see Do More 24 Delaware as a great opportunity to activate philanthropy among the next generation of donors and to provide the nonprofits serving Delaware with an easy and meaningful way to showcase their mission and raise real dollars in the process.”
Over the next three months, UWDE and SI will be holding workshops to help nonprofits maximize their participation in Do More 24 Delaware. Nonprofits looking to participate in Do More 24 Delaware are encouraged to contact Schlonn Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Fulton at email@example.com.
About Do More 24 Delaware
Founded by United Way of Delaware in 2016, Do More 24 Delaware is a one-day event during which nonprofits across the state participate in an around-the-clock friendly competition to raise incremental funds that go directly to participating agencies. Nonprofits create their own outreach activities to engage supporters and compete for additional cash incentives funded by corporate and foundation donors.
About United Way of Delaware
Founded in 1946, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) works to advance the common good by focusing on three key areas: Early Education, College and Career Readiness and Financial Stability. UWDE is engaged in a long-term strategy to eliminate the root causes of the most pressing social problems in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. UWDE is also responsible for the United Way brand in Salem County, New Jersey, where its activities are guided by the Salem County Advisory Committee of the UWDE Board of Directors. For more information or to support UWDE, visit www.uwde.org, follow us on Twitter @UnitedWayDE, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofDelaware, or call (302) 573- 3717.
About Spur Impact Association
Spur Impact Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on building a collaborative network for any individual, organization or affiliate group seeking to connect with and develop young professionals, the future lifeblood of any organization. Spur Impact is best known for the Millennial Summit, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and largest young professional conferences held annually in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Brent Porter, Vice President, Marketing, Communications & External Affairs, United Way of Delaware
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(January 6, 2020 by Beebe Medical Foundation) Beebe Medical Foundation is a Philanthropy Delaware member. Kay brings over 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience to the Beebe Medical Foundation. She is relocating from Northeastern Pennsylvania where she served as the Director of Development at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and most recently as the Senior Director of Advancement at Geisinger Health Foundation. At Geisinger, Kay championed the recent expansion of the Childbirth Center at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA and the Fresh Food Farmacy program, offering food as medicine to patients with diabetes and their families. She has a BS and MS from Pennsylvania State University.
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(January 2, 2020 by Cris Barrish, WHYY) Delaware State University is a Philanthropy Delaware Member and Tony Allen is a founding supporter of Philanthropy Delaware. Tony Allen is the new president of Delaware State University. Longtime Delaware civic, academic and banking leader Tony Allen is now president of Delaware State University.
Allen had been provost — the Dover school’s number 2 position — since June 2017, when he left an executive post with Bank of America.
The 49-year-old Allen succeeds Wilma Mishoe as president. Mishoe announced in May that she was retiring at the end of 2019.
Allen told WHYY Thursday that he plans to continue diversifying Delaware State, one of America’s 107 historically black colleges and universities. About 65% of the 5,000 students are black, he said, and his goal is to attract more white, Latinx and Asian students.
“Our North Star is to be the most diverse contemporary HBCU in the nation,’’ Allen said.
“I continue to get asked if HBCUs still have relevancy, and my response has always been, ‘If you didn’t have HBCUs like Delaware State, you’d have to invent us.’ There are very few places that can give a four-year comprehensive education … but specifically focus on those often overlooked and underserved.”
Allen previously headed a panel to improve Wilmington’s K-12 schools and was founding president of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.
He touts the Inspire Scholarship program for civic-minded in-state applicants with solid grade point averages.
“If you get a 2.75 and are a Delaware graduating high school student, with a commitment to some reasonable public service while you are in school, we’re going to give you a four-year scholarship,’’ Allen said.
“As I’ve gone around the state talking a bit more about Delaware State University, lots of different parents from all different backgrounds perk up at that opportunity. Once they understand the comprehensive nature of our institution and then some of the advantages they get by going to a state university, I believe the value proposition for them is real.”
In a news release, the school said that as provost Allen “developed a plan to increase the University’s annual research portfolio from $20 million to $35 million’’ over the next five to seven years, “as well as new educational, governmental, community and business partnerships to better position Delaware State University as a broad-based leader in the region.”
Board of trustees chair Devona Williams said in the release that Allen “has proven himself time and again with the imagination, tenacity, and integrity he brought to Delaware State University.”
Williams added that “Tony has materially strengthened our academic and research enterprise. He has a complete understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education, and particularly what it takes for students at a historically black college or university to succeed in academics, in establishing a career, and in life.”
Gov. John Carney said he has known Allen for a quarter-century and called him the right person to lead Delaware State.
“For 128 years, the university has created a unique pathway for Delaware students, from all different backgrounds and experiences, to get a world-class education and then stay right here to contribute to our success as a state,” Carney said. “Tony understands that the university’s role today is helping to build our workforce, while having both a social and economic impact on Delaware.”
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(December 13, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware Note: ChristianaCare is a Philanthropy Delaware member) ChristianaCare just announced the recipients of its new Community Investment Fund, a commitment of nearly $2 million for health organizations and initiatives in New Castle County. Grantees receive up to $100,000 for relevant projects.
This year, 32 organizations were awarded grants, including AIDS Delaware, UrbanPromise Wilmington, and TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services (see below for the full list). Projects address community needs such as behavioral health, housing, food and workforce development.
“As we work to improve health for everyone — in all of the communities we serve — we recognize that we can’t do it alone,” said Dr. Janice E. Nevin, president and CEO of ChristianaCare, in a press statement. “There are so many organizations in our community that are providing important, effective services that help people to lead healthier lives. Through these investments, we can help them to sustain and grow these efforts, as we work together to make a positive impact on our community.”
The fund was established last spring as the health system’s annual investment in community organizations that support health in the county. In March, ChristianaCare, which had a major rebrand in October, made a $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation that will support community health and youth development programs.
If you’re involved with a community health initiative, the application for 2020 opens in June, and will be available here. In the meantime, you’ll have plenty of time to study up on ChristianaCare’s Community Health Needs Assessment, a 101-page document (available here) that identifies the four areas of the most significant need in New Castle County — chronic disease, maternal and child health, substance use disorders and mental health — and offers a detailed assessment of ChristianaCare’s community goals, so you’ll be prepared for to apply. You’ll also need to be familiar with the shorter Community Health Implementation Plan (available here).
The Community Investment Fund does not fund individuals, capital requests (e.g. renovation projects or equipment), endowments or events.
Here’s the full list of the 32 inaugural grantees for 2019-2020:
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(December 11, 2019 by Build Healthy Places Network Note: JP Morgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware member) Build Healthy Places Network (the Network) is thrilled to announce new funding from The Kresge Foundation and JPMorgan Chase in support of its mission: to shift the way organizations work across the community development, health, and finance sectors to collectively advance equity, reduce poverty, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States.
The Kresge Foundation is providing a two-year grant that deepens the Network’s community-level work nationally, supporting capacity building, resource development, and peer connections for those working locally to build cross-sector efforts. “We are delighted to support the Network as it grows its work to advance equity and improve health in historically marginalized communities by reaching more locally-based community development organizations,” said Katie W. Byerly, Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation.
As part of the funding, the Network will develop and share new tools with the field as well as stories of what works. “The Network is excited to partner with the Kresge Foundation at this critical juncture in the growth of the field - this place-based work is necessary and a logical next step for the Network as we work toward our vision: communities where all people can live rewarding and healthy lives,” said Colby Dailey, the Network’s Managing Director and Principal Investigator for the grant.
In addition, the Network joins the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and National Community Renaissance (National CORE), together receiving a PRO Neighborhoods planning grant from JPMorgan Chase for work in the City of San Bernardino, CA. “We selected National CORE, Build Healthy Places Network and Nonprofit Finance Fund for this funding because of their data-driven approach to the work they are doing in San Bernardino, their strong resident engagement and their commitment to build local capacity in order to sustain longevity and drive inclusive growth. It is very impressive,” said Sarah Bowles, Regional Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase.
The three organizations will collaborate to connect other CDFIs, healthcare systems, local government, and community based organizations for the purpose of increasing investments in housing, community facilities, and small businesses in the City of San Bernardino’s low-income neighborhoods. “This effort will address some of the biggest barriers to opportunity, high crime rates, homelessness, and lack of good-paying jobs. Namely through affordable housing, job creation, and economic development,” said Steve PonTell, CEO/President of National CORE.
As with all of its work, the Network will draw from the field-developed Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities as a foundation for these projects. Read more at www.build.health.
(December 10, 2019 by Ellen Driscoll, Cape Gazette Note: Fund for Women is a Philanthropy Delaware member) The first woman president of Rehoboth Beach Country Club is set to oversee a $10 million renovation of the club, founded in 1925 as a nine-hole golf course with a converted farmhouse for a clubhouse.
Dressed in a royal blue jacket that rivals the brilliance of the Rehoboth Bay outside, Lynn Adams Kokjohn gushed when explaining the comprehensive improvements that will transform amenities and services of her beloved club.
“We will be making much better use of our waterside setting. You can’t beat the view!” she said, gesturing to the bay surrounding the club on three sides.
Lynn detailed enhancements during a recent tour of the facility, where crews were already at work to meet the Memorial Day unveiling.
Updates include a refreshed lobby and reception hall; six-lane pool, snack shack and enlarged pool restrooms; rooms for casual, fine and outside terrace dining; a bayview bar and state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.
The club’s No. 1 attraction, its golf course, will see renovations to its driving range and practice facility; members will also enjoy spacious new lounges and locker rooms.
Lynn said she had no idea she was the first woman president in the club’s history until another member told her.
“Being a woman, you always have to pave the way,” she said. “I love this club. We’ve been voting more females into leadership roles in the last three years, so members have embraced it. Four of our 14 board members are women.”
Lynn and husband Tucker retired to Rehoboth in 2003 after long careers with DuPont in Wilmington, where Lynn worked primarily in strategic planning and development of Corian products and services.
“It was great,” she said. “I got to develop new colors and styles people could relate to. DuPont was big back then.”
Two years after the Kokjohns returned to America after working in Seoul, Korea, Tucker, a mechanical engineer, decided it was time to retire.
“I said, if you’re retiring, I’m retiring!” she said. “He wanted to move south, and I said, we have children who live in Delaware, so I’m not going far!”
For Lynn, retirement has been more of a shifting of professional skills to personal, philanthropic pursuits than the absence of responsibilities typical retirees desire.
Lynn’s focus on humanitarian efforts stems from a family history of service to others. Her father, Thurman G. Adams Jr., was the longest-serving state senator in Delaware history at the time of his passing in 2009. Thurman represented Delaware’s 19th District, comprising areas of Bridgeville, Georgetown and Long Neck, since 1972.
“He was a great man,” she said. “I used to love going to the peach orchard where he grew up. My grandfather had peaches, wheat, barley and soybeans.”
In addition to the family farm, Thurman’s father, T.G. Adams, launched grain brokerage business T.G. Adams & Sons in Bridgeville, which Lynn’s nephews operate today.
Lynn is passionate about her volunteer organizations. She joined Fund for Women in 2006, and now chairs the state organization that helps Delaware women and girls in need by funding projects from housing to healthcare, career training to emergency food programs.
“It’s all about helping women and girls in need,” she said. “I love hearing stories about people we help.”
In May, Fund for Women awarded nearly $170,000 to 12 Delaware nonprofits to help women overcome abuse and poverty, improve their physical and mental health, and gain financial independence.
Lynn also serves on boards for Delaware Community Foundation and Beebe Medical Foundation. She’s excited about Beebe’s current capital projects.
“We’re building the Route 24 orthopedic center, and a southern Delaware campus in Millville, which will have an emergency room and cancer center,” she said. “Patients won’t have to travel to Lewes for chemo or other services.”
Even with all her activities, Lynn finds time to relax and enjoy time with family.
“I enjoy UD football; my husband goes to every game,” she said. “I went there, both my parents went there - that’s where they met - and my grandmother went there.”
One son, a chemical engineer, lives in San Diego; all of the couple’s other children live in upstate Delaware.
“I love going to the beach and spending time with my seven grandchildren,” she said. “I’ve found being a grandmother to be a great role. It’s funny to watch your kids deal with the issues you had to deal with.”
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