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  • December 11, 2019 8:24 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 8, 2019 by Kelli Steele, Delaware Public Media) A new program provides grant money to support open space, environmental, and resiliency projects across Delmarva Power’s service areas.

    The Sustainable Communities Grant Program is funded by Delmarva Power and administered by the Delaware Nature Society. It’s already launched its first application period and will fund up to $75,000 in projects each year. 

    Delmarva Power’s region president Gary Stockbridge says there are several pieces to the grant, “The first category is about $50,000 that’s going to be - I would call them smaller grants - $1,000 to $10,000 in size that will go out to municipalities and non profits. And that will be focused on open space preservation, and improvements to parks and recreation - stuff like that.”

    Stockbridge explains how the rest will be allocated, “And then $25,000 of it is going to be broken - into hopefully two grants - they’ll be more around resiliency projects. And we’re looking for some innovation that are relative to how folks kind of come to the table and come up with ideas around resiliency.”

    Stockbridge says grant requests are being accepted through January 31, 2020 and Delmarva Power and the Delaware Nature Society will award the grants in March.

    If you're interested, you can submit a grant request here.

  • December 09, 2019 9:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Halo Awards are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing and showcase successful consumer engagement and employee engagement efforts. The Halo Awards will be awarded at the Engage for Good Conference in Austin on May 28, 2020. This prestigious CSR, cause marketing and corporate social impact award focuses on initiatives where brand purpose and social impact intersect to help build a better world and the bottom line.

    The submission period is NOW OPEN. Click here for more information.


    Regular Deadline: January 17, 2020

    Late Deadline (additional fee): January 22, 2020

    Halo Finalists Announced: February 14, 2020

    Gold and Silver Winners Revealed: May 28, 2020 at the 2020 Engage for Good Conference

    Each entry consists of a completed Submission Background form, a Submission Detail section no more than four pages long, up to six pages of Supporting Materials and payment of the entry fee.

    Click here for more information. 

  • December 04, 2019 2:22 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 3, 2019 by Rebecca Klug, Delaware Community Foundation) Delaware nonprofit organizations serving Kent and Sussex County are invited to apply for grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) Kent and Sussex Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPB).

    The Kent and Sussex County YPBs will award $10,000 each. Typical awards are $1,000-$2,500. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2020.

    Each county’s board will award grants to programs supporting a unique focus area:

    Two young women - members of Kent County YPB - speaking at a podium

    The Kent County YPB will consider organizations supporting programs that address mental health, substance abuse, or veterans’ needs in Kent County.

    The Sussex County YPB will consider nonprofit organizations that focus on supporting and educating students through programs that address mental health, substance abuse, and/or sexual health, with a preference toward services that can be provided by wellness centers.

    Organizations may apply for grants from each county’s YPB. To be eligible, the program for which funding is requested must directly benefit residents of that county and fall within that county’s unique focus area.

    Grant requests must be submitted online through the link at delcf.org/grants. Information about New Castle County YPB’s grants also is available at this link. Applicants will be notified in each county in April 2020.

    The DCF sponsors the YPBs to encourage younger generations to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board, composed of high school students from public, private and parochial schools, is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grant-making, study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, solicit grant proposals, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.

    Retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund in 1999 because she wanted to encourage youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. Students who serve on the YPB are nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.

    “The Youth Philanthropy Board program gives students an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure and the challenges of charitable giving, including determining how to make the greatest impact on quality of life with the limited resources available,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “It’s an important program because we are cultivating the philanthropists of tomorrow.”

    Click here to read more. 

    Click here to submit Grant Request. 

  • December 04, 2019 2:15 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 2, 2019 by Technical.ly Delaware) Delaware high school educators who are helping to develop the state’s entrepreneurship ecosystem in their classrooms have until Friday, Dec. 6, to apply for University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Delaware Educator Awards (IDEA).

    Up to 12 educators will receive Horn Youth benefits including an up to $500 mini grant for a project, plus support, resources and some clout to go with it.

    “It is designed to help build a network of teachers throughout the state that through their work will help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem from an earlier age,” said Horn’s Vanessa Spence.

    Horn Entrepreneurship, which was recently granted $50,000 from the Small Business Administration, was named one of the nation’s top undergrad entrepreneur programs by Entrepreneur magazine in November.

    Awardees will be announced on Dec. 19, and on Jan. 28, there will be a kickoff event where awardees will officially launch their projects, culminating in an exhibition in May.

    You can nominate yourself or an educator you think fits the bill. Eligible applicants are full-time secondary educators who have been with a Delaware school for at least one year.

    Click here to apply or nominate.

    Click here to read article on Technical.ly Delaware's website. 

  • December 02, 2019 9:08 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 1, 2019 by Daily Stock DishGrant Will Support Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Military Service members - Sallie Mae Employees Honor Veterans at Company Headquarters with Performance by Student from Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, reinforced its commitment to military service members through a $50,000 grant to The contribution, presented during a Veterans Day event at Sallie Mae’s headquarters in Newark, Delaware, will help provide scholarships for children and spouses of disabled and fallen military service members. Since 2014, The Sallie Mae Fund has contributed more than $300,000 to Folds of Honor.

    Sallie Mae Chairman and CEO, Raymond J. Quinlan, along with leadership and employees, was joined by Allen Wronowski of Folds of Honor, and Colleen O’Hare, a Gold Star Widow who sent her children to college with the help of scholarships from Folds of Honor. Zachary Finn, a high school senior from Cab Calloway School of the Arts, performed the national anthem.

    “Our motto is ‘Honor Their Sacrifice and Educate Their Legacy,’ and through partners, like Sallie Mae, we put those words into action,” said Wronowski. “Sallie Mae’s support provides a pathway to higher education for the families of servicemembers and helps them build the kind of futures their loved ones fought so hard to protect.”

    In addition to contributions to organizations like Folds of Honor, Sallie Mae demonstrates its commitment to veterans and servicemembers year-round with resources and benefits for customers and employees in the military. The company employs a team of specially trained customer service advisors who work with military families to provide unique and personal assistance. This dedicated group can help customers with military benefits, make arrangements for their loans while they are deployed, and support them as they transition back to school or into repayment.

    For Sallie Mae employees on active military duty, the company extends its benefits beyond what is required by federal or state law and offers flexible scheduling and time off for training and deployment. This includes time to make financial, legal, childcare, parent care, and other arrangements necessitated by the employee’s service. These efforts have been by the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which presented the Pro Patria Award, its highest honor, to Sallie Mae in 2018.

    “We are privileged to celebrate and honor the duty, service, and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, not just today, but every day,” said Raymond J. Quinlan, Chairman and CEO, Sallie Mae. “Our support of Folds of Honor is a natural extension of our mission to help people build prosperous futures, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to military servicemembers and their families.”

    For more information about the benefits and resources available to military personnel, visit .

    The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae, expands pathways for the successful development of youth, works to open doors to higher education, and supports employee volunteerism and communities, including those where Sallie Mae employees live and work.  Since 2014 alone, it has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations.

    Click here to read full article from Daily Stock Dish

  • November 27, 2019 7:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 26, 2019 by Philanthropy Delaware;  Technical.ly Delaware) The brightest and the best are chosen from across the state to be a part of the 2020 cohort of young fellows. Leadership Delaware is a year-long program, led by Terry and Sandy Strine. The Strine's were recently honored by DBT inaugural Eight Over 80. Leadership Delaware provides the opportunity for the fellows with the potential, passion, and courage to excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership within the First State. Throughout the year, the fellows will meet accomplished leaders, discuss issue-oriented forums, and work together on a hands-on project. 

    Leadership Delaware’s 2020 cohort.

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    For 2020, there will be 29 young fellows - including several members of Philanthropy Delaware (highlighted in blue):

    • Tracy Brennan, project manager at Adesis
    • Gary Camp, assistant VP, of marketing and communications at Dover International Speedway
    • Brian Castagna, fiduciary advisor at Brown Advisory
    • Roger Chaufournier, senior analyst at The Ocean Atlantic Companies
    • Jennifer Cho, head of community relations and citizenship at Barclays US Consumer Bank
    • Chelsea Clark, community relations and development director at L&W Insurance
    • Laura Lloyd, supervisor at Albero, Kupferman & Associates
    • Marietta Lundberg, assistant administrator of pediatrics at Nemours
    • Daniel Maas, HERO HELP coordinator at New Castle County Police Department
    • Carlos Mackall, RSA site director at RI International
    • Jenna Magee, teacher, Brandywine School District
    • Lianna Magerr, manager of operations at Wilmington Children’s Chorus
    • Nick Martin, AmeriCorps VISTA Emerging Technology Program developer at Delaware Libraries
    • Jeff Martino, director of the University Partnership Center at Wilmington University
    • Jason McDowell, Training and Operations Division sergeant major at Delaware Army National Guard
    • Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement at Philanthropy Delaware
    • Shaheen Mohajer, VP of ABS and team leader for corporate trust at WSFS Bank
    • Jenifer Mutter, health administration officer and assistant to wing plans at Delaware Air National Guard
    • Sean Park, economic development project manager at City of Wilmington
    • Jenn Passarella, Director of Family and Community Medicine Operations at ChristianaCare
    • Vishal Patel, physician and clinical lead at ChristianaCare
    • Chuck Posnecker, director of portfolio management and trading at Cypress Capital Management
    • Jerome “JR” Rogers, squadron commander at Delaware Air National Guard
    • Maria Stecker, grants manager at Longwood Foundation
    • Crystin Thornton, continuous improvement specialist at Nemours
    • Navin Vij, physician scientist and internal medicine hospitalist at ChristianaCare
    • Meghan Walls, pediatric psychologist at Nemours
    • Brian Washington, supply chain manager at SIG Combibloc
    • Chris Zarebicki, manager of product development at CSC

    Click here to read article by Technical.ly Delaware.

    Click here to read more about Leadership Delaware

  • November 22, 2019 4:02 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 22, 2019 by Philanthropy Delaware) Bank of America, a Philanthropy Delaware member, announced support for REACH Riverside and Easterseals as part of the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardees for Delaware.  

    A long-time partner with Philanthropy Delaware, Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, stated in the press release, "REACH Riverside and Easterseals play significant roles in revitalizing the communities we serve. We’re proud to support two local nonprofits through our Neighborhood Builders program that are leading the charge to advance sustainable growth in the community and address tough issues related to economic mobility.” 

    Click here to read full press release from Bank of America

    In addition, Bank of America supports ChristianaCare's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center towards cancer research.  This support will advance "Delaware as a vibrant innovation cooridor where world-class research is thriving," says ChristianaCare CEO Janice E. Nevin. 

    Note: Christiana Care is an Institutional Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Click here to read article by Town Square Delaware. 

  • November 21, 2019 11:40 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 5, 2019 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy) The interactive table features the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of charities. We base the primary ranking on cash support received by cause-driven nonprofits (which does not include gifts to donor-advised funds) in 2018. You can also see a ranking of organizations based on private support. See our methodology, and read related stories.

    Cash Support: the total value of charitable contributions of money and stock. This value excludes government grants, donated products, and contributions to donor-advised funds.

    Private Support: the total value of all charitable contributions, including cash support, gifts to donor-advised funds. donated goods, and other noncash gifts but excluding government grants.

    Click here to see interactive table on Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • November 21, 2019 7:59 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 19, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) W7Energy, the Delaware Innovation Space-based startup with University of Delaware-developed technology, has been awarded $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, according to UDailyThe funds will help advance and commercialize a new class of polymer membranes used to develop affordable zero-emission fuels cells for electric cars.

    Founded by Yushan Yan, the Henry B. du Pont chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UD and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, W7Energy got started in late 2017 when it received a $150,000 early startup grant from UD and the Unidel Foundation. It also received a $78,000 investment by UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship while based at the university.

    Yushan Yan (center left), founder of W7Energy, accepting the 2018 FastPass Award.

    In December 2018, W7Energy received a $50,000 FastPass Award from the Delaware Innovation Space, located on the DuPont Experimental Station campus. That equity-free startup package included a free year of lab space and access to all facilities, equipment and business mentoring.

    In September, W7Energy received one of the first $100,000 Delaware EDGE Grants for STEM startups, and has also landed about $1 million so far in investment.

    “Having the initial support from Horn, Unidel and Delaware Innovation Space allowed us to become operational more quickly,” Yan told UDaily. “This permitted the team to advance both the company and the technology, all of which allowed us to be competitive in going after funding from the Department of Energy, and later, the state of Delaware.”

    The technology W7Energy is developing is a class of chemically stable, ionically conductive hydroxide exchange membranes for hydrogen or ammonia fuel cells. These fuel cells produce zero emissions, which the startup — and the public and private entities that support it — hopes to be the standard in vehicles in the relatively near future.

    Read more on UDaily.

    Companies: University of Delaware

    Click here to read article from Technical.ly Delaware

  • November 21, 2019 7:56 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 21, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly DelawareJennifer Sims-Mourtada, Ph.D., director of Translational Breast Cancer Research at ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, has been awarded a $659,538 Lisa Dean Moseley Foundation grant to further her team’s triple-negative breast cancer research. 

    Dr. Jennifer Sims-Mourtada’s team is aiming to find breakthrough therapies for a hard-to-treat type of breast cancer.

    Dr. Sims-Mourtada and her team investigate the role of cells immediately around a tumor and their impact on triple-negative breast cancer, which is resistant to current therapies and disproportionately affects premenopausal women and African American women.

    “The Moseley Foundation’s grant will help our breast cancer research team address a pressing concern for Delaware, which has the highest rate of triple-negative breast cancer in the nation,” said Nicholas J. PetrelliM.D., medical director of the cancer center, in a press statement.

    Dr. Jennifer Sims-Mourtada's team is aiming to find breakthrough therapies for a hard-to-treat type of breast cancer. (Courtesy photo)

    ChristianaCare’s Cancer Center & Research Institute serves a diverse pool of patients and uses a range of new and up-and-coming therapies, including virtual reality distraction therapy and CRISPR.

    Before receiving the grant, Dr. Sims-Mourtada’s team found that an anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may have the potential slow the growth of cancer stem cells and triple-negative breast cancer tumors. They will now further research the relationship between cancer stem cells and inflammation by comparing pre- and post-chemotherapy breast tissue.

    Companies: ChristianaCare

    Click here for original article by Technical.ly Delaware. 

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