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  • December 17, 2018 12:18 PM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Inc. (JDG) announced the official launch of its C.O.R.E. Internship Program with leading partners, Christiana Care Health System.

    C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities through Real Experiences), is designed to advance JDG’s 12th-grade curriculum through a combination of in-class projects and on-site job training. “This year marks our 40th year of helping students to achieve success. What better way to celebrate than to highlight our commitment to preparing the next generation of young professionals,” says JDG President Nicole Poore.

    Read more here.

  • December 14, 2018 12:26 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has awarded the  Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation a $10K grant. The grant will help cover the operating costs of the Foundation's mobile Ag Lab, which travels to locations across the state to present programs to elementary school children. The Ag Lab has reached more than 10,000 children since it was put in service in 2014.

    Read more here.


  • December 14, 2018 11:59 AM | Christina Marconi

    Despite a number of destructive and costly natural disasters, giving for disaster relief efforts has been less of a priority for Americans in 2018 than in 2017, a report from communications consultancy Ketchum finds.

    The second annual Disaster Relief Holiday Giving Study found that 40 percent of respondents were planning to donate to charity this season, down from 49 percent last year, a drop of some 18 percent. The share of those specifically planning to give in support of disaster relief also was down about 18 percent on a year-over-year basis, even though disaster-related damages in 2018 are likely to exceed the total for 2017, with losses from eleven disasters — including the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history — likely to exceed $1 billion. In 2018, 38 percent of respondents said they did not plan to give in support of disaster relief, compared with 29 percent in 2017.

    Read the study's findings here, and see the infographic here

  • December 14, 2018 11:38 AM | Christina Marconi

    Turn on the news, and watch the devastation caused by the latest hurricane or wildfire to rip through the United States or tsunami to hit Asia. What’s your response? To well up with emotion and donate whatever you can to a relief organization? To envision a way to build sturdier houses or encourage people to move to higher ground?

    Your response says a lot about what kind of philanthropist you might be. The people who well up are motivated by empathy and so may take a more  emotional approach to giving when they see others in need. Those watching the disaster who think of fixing the infrastructure or incentivizing people to make different choices may take a more rational approach to giving. 

    Can you combine the two?

    Read more from the Robb Report here.


  • December 13, 2018 11:29 AM | Christina Marconi

    On December 5, 2019, the University of Delaware and Delaware Gov. John Carney hosted daylong Opportunity Zone Summit for investors and leaders from Delaware's government, industry, business, academia, and community sectors. 

    Opportunity Zones are a community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The  program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by the chief executives of every U.S. state and territory. Delaware has 25 zones. 

    The event took place in the 10-story Tower at the STAR Campus, which itself is a Delaware Opportunity Zone. 

    Read more from the UDaily article here.


  • December 13, 2018 10:42 AM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care Health System won the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for using virtual reality technology to improve patients’ experience during chemotherapy at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute near Newark.

    Christiana Care caregivers use virtual reality as a way for patients to immerse themselves in places outside the cancer center, whether those places are beaches, forests or popular destinations. The goal is to decrease the anxiety that comes with receiving chemotherapy.

    Read more here.



  • December 13, 2018 10:23 AM | Christina Marconi

    In giving circles, donors raise money collectively and then vote to disburse it to mission-aligned recipients. The money involved is modest, but it is growing. A 2017 study estimated that giving circles may have disbursed as much as $1.29 billion in their entire history, but, naturally, this pales compared to last year’s one-year giving total of $410 billion. 

    Still, giving circles can be important—both as revenue for local causes too small for philanthropy to notice, as well as for the donors. In fact, for members, the experience can be identity-changing.

    Read more from NPQ's article here.

  • December 13, 2018 9:59 AM | Christina Marconi

    The latest Burk Donor Survey offers both bright signs and warning lights for  charities.

    Among the bright signs: Young donors are starting to step up, and are most likely of all age groups to give more this year. 46% said they’re ready to dig deeper this year.

    Among the warning lights: 71% of donors supported no new causes in 2017, an indication that most donors aren’t seeking to add additional charities to their philanthropy.

    Read The Chronicle of Philanthropy's takeaways from the report here.




  • December 12, 2018 8:51 AM | Christina Marconi

    The University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration now bares a very familiar name. UD has renamed the school for one of its most prominent alumni, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    The university announced it’s changing the name to the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

    Biden says he’s honored and humbled by the school's decision.

    Read more here.


  • December 11, 2018 10:02 AM | Christina Marconi

    United Way of Delaware, Wells Fargo, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    On December 10, 2019, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) launched its Get Delaware Reading Wilmington initiative at St. Michael's School & Nursery on Walnut Street.

    The initiative's objective is to work collectively to move the needle on reading by the end of 3rd grade for our kids in Wilmington.

    Click here to see Michelle Taylor, CEO of UWDE, talk about the initiative on Comcast Newsmakers. 

    Collaborating supporters include Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City of Wilmington; New Castle County and County Executive Matt Meyer; First Spouse Tracey Quillen and her First Chance Delaware Initiative; Jessie Ball DuPont Fund;  Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine School Districts; DE Department of Education; Parents as Teachers; Delaware Health and Social Services; Wells Fargo; Nemours BrightStart!;  AutoTeamDelaware; Seeds of Greatness Bible Church; Reading Assist Institute; First Chance Delaware; Delaware Association for The Education of Young Children; and Delaware State Education Association. 

    UWDE's CEO Michelle Taylor

    First Spouse and First Chance Delaware's Tracey Quillen Carney


    Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki

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