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  • June 06, 2019 9:45 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    If local filmmaker TJ Healy has his way, Netflix viewers might one day scroll past an ILC Dover documentary that catalogs the local latex firm’s contribution to the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

    Kent County Levy Court commissioners voted unanimously at their Tuesday business meeting to contribute $25,000 to the project in two stages. The initial disbursement of $10,000 will go toward the creation of a “Documentary Project Pitch Piece Short Film.” A second disbursement of $15,000 will be released upon the successful completion and public viewing of the pitch piece.

    Click here for full article from Delaware State News. 

  • June 06, 2019 9:17 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

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    As part of the three-year, $300 million Google News Initiative, Google has announced the launch of a grant program in support of local news projects in North America. 

    The first Innovation Challenge in North America will award grants of up to $300,000 — accounting for up to 70 percent of total project costs — in support of innovative projects that generate revenue and/or increase audience engagement with local journalism. Nonprofit and for-profit news outlets, startups, NGOs, and other organizations are eligible to apply for funding to help cover engineering and operational costs; the purchase or licensing of equipment, hardware, software, or other assets; and marketing expenses. Projects will be evaluated against four main criteria: impact on the local news ecosystem, innovation, feasibility, and inspiration.

    Click here to read full press release from Google, May 28, 2019. 

    Click here to read article from Philanthropy News Digest, June 2, 2019

  • June 06, 2019 9:10 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware could see a boost in funding for high-needs schools in this year’s state budget. On Monday, Gov. John Carney proposed an additional $15 million in spending on mental health and reading supports for high-needs schools.

    The supplement brings the governor’s proposed Opportunity Funding initiative to a total of $75 million over the course of three years. The other $60 million, proposed in January, would give schools additional funding for each low-income and English learner student.

    Click here to read full article from the News Journal, Delaware Online. 

  • June 06, 2019 8:41 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Wells Fargo today announced an evolution of its philanthropic strategy to help address three critical issues affecting underserved communities: housing affordability, financial health and small business growth.

    The Company, through its business and the Wells Fargo Foundation, will use its resources and expertise to develop new ideas and implement solutions in communities of need in collaboration with public- and private-sector organizations. In particular, Wells Fargo will commit $1 billion in philanthropy alone through 2025 to address the U.S. housing affordability crisis, including homelessness, available and affordable rentals, transitional housing and home ownership.

    “Wells Fargo is focused on creating a path to stability and financial success for individuals and families that lack access to affordable housing, tools to manage financial health and capital for small business growth,” said Allen Parker, interim CEO and president of Wells Fargo. “Together, we can help spark systemic change and economic development for underserved communities. When people start businesses, build wealth and are able to afford homes in their neighborhood, communities thrive.”

    Last year, Wells Fargo donated a total of $444 million to more than 11,000 nonprofits to help address economic and social needs in underserved communities. Beginning in 2019, Wells Fargo is targeting 2% of its after-tax profits for corporate philanthropy, concentrating on housing affordability, small business growth and financial health. The Company also will allocate funding for particular community needs at the local level, such as education, disaster relief and the arts.

    Click here for full press release from Wells Fargo. 

  • May 31, 2019 2:19 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

     The University of Delaware just got one step closer in its pioneering research to help prevent and treat some of the most prevalent and debilitating diseases that affect human health — including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes and cancer.

    Unidel Foundation, Inc. has granted $3 million, and will grant up to $12 million additional, in support of the Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center, which is under construction at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. To help motivate others to support the project, the University will use this gift to establish a challenge to other prospective donors.

    Read the Full Article on Udaily

  • May 29, 2019 10:17 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Sussex Montessori, which received an $850,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation, is seeking USDA long-term financing and short-term financing from banks backed by the USDA loan.

    The Sussex Montessori board is looking to secure about $6.5 million to open the school, most hopefully covered through fundraising.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware State News. 

  • May 29, 2019 9:57 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)


    Beebe Medical Foundation presented Karen Pickard, MSN, RN, CNE, with the first Nursing Philanthropy Award at the recent Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony in May.

    Pickard, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing program administrator, was honored for her leadership and dedication, according to Beebe Medical Foundation President and CEO Judy Aliquo, CFRE. 

    Click here to read full article from Cape Gazette. 

  • May 22, 2019 9:37 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

      Sallie Mae announced a $24,000 contribution from the company’s charitable arm, The Sallie Mae Fund, to support the Food Bank of Delaware. The grant will assist local students through the Food Bank’s workforce development initiative, Delaware Food Works, which offers programs in food service, warehousing, and agriculture.

    Click here to read full article from Sallie Mae. 

  • May 22, 2019 8:06 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

       Seven projects statewide will receive $3.2 million from Delaware’s Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund to address vacant, abandoned or foreclosed properties, Governor John Carney announced today joined by Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben Addi, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and elected officials and community leaders from across Delaware.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware News. 

    Cinnaire honored to be among the organization's awarded grants from the DSHA Delaware Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund. 

    Cinnaire, in partnership with the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation, received a $500,000 award to address and rehabilitate 10 vacant properties in Wilmington’s East Side Neighborhood. Cinnaire also received a $450,000 award for the acquisition, demolition and new construction of nine long-term vacant properties in Wilmington’s West Center City Neighborhood. This project is a partnership between Cinnaire Solutions and the Delaware Valley Development Co., a long-standing Delaware-based affordable housing developer. 

    Click here to read press release from Cinnaire

  • May 22, 2019 7:49 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

      The City of Wilmington has published a draft of the proposed Annual Action Plan for the FY2020 program has been prepared. The grant amounts and units impacted by federal programs for the Annual Action Plan for FY2020 outlines how the City intends to expend the awarded funds for the following grants:

    • $2,137,652 in Federal Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG), 
    • $510,394 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program Funds (HOME), 
    • $185,233 in Emergency Solutions Grant funds (ESG) and 
    • $772,728 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS funds (HOPWA). 
    In accordance with the federal regulations at 24 CFR, Part 91, the City of Wilmington is required to prepare and submit an Annual Action Plan for its Housing and Community Development Programs.

    Click here to read full public notice from the City of Wilmington. 

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