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  • September 04, 2019 10:31 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Sussex County Health Coalition(September 2, 2019 by Cape Gazette) Sussex County Health Coalition will host its next Meet The Funder event, featuring Cynthia Pritchard from Philanthropy Delaware, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at 21133 Sterling Ave., Suite 12, Georgetown.

    Pritchard has over 30 years in executive planning, administration, fundraising communications, strategic grantmaking, and program experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. She is currently the president and CEO of Philanthropy Delaware, a statewide grant-makers’ association. Pritchard has served as executive staff for United Way, departments of Labor and Medicaid, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross; Nationwide Insurance, and Financial and Continuum Healthcare.

    She is considered a strategic thought leader in the areas of arts/culture/historic preservation, workforce development, early childhood, youth career development, adult education, civic engagement, volunteerism, healthcare, public policy and mental health.

    For details, go to www.sussexcoalition.org.

  • September 04, 2019 8:06 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (September 3, 2019 by PRNewswire) -- Today through November 5, 2019, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Delaware's top youth volunteers of the year.   Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Since then, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

    "We've honored young people from three generations since this program began, and while the world has changed many times over, one thing has stayed the same: Young volunteers are doing remarkable, meaningful work to address the challenges facing their communities," said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. "As we enter our 25th year, we remain inspired by these young people and their stories of service, and hope that they'll inspire others to get involved, too."

    Delaware's top youth volunteers of 2019 were Harrison Barnes, 18, of Bridgeville, who founded a nonprofit organization called "GearUp" that promotes bicycle riding as a way for young people to overcome personal challenges, and Shelby Farris, 14, also of Bridgeville, who creates pre-printed greeting cards and then encourages people across the country to color them and send them to veterans, hospital patients, the elderly, grieving families and others who need a little cheer in their lives. Read more about Harrison and Shelby at http://spirit.prudential.com/honorees/2019/de.

    How to Apply

    To apply for a 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

    • Students complete the online application by November 5, 2019.
    • Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
    • Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 15, 2019.

    Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member. (Students can request a paper application by calling 888-651-2951.)

    The 2020 Awards Program

    On February 4, 2020, the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees. They will receive $1,000 scholarships, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from May 2-5, 2020.

    In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 scholarships, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

    Several Distinguished Finalists in each state will receive bronze medallions, and runners-up will receive Certificates of Excellence. Local Honorees selected by schools and participating organizations for state-level judging will be presented with Certificates of Achievement; they will also receive President's Volunteer Service Awards if they have served the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (26 hours for age 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15 and 100 hours for older students).

    "When students use their energy, compassion and initiative to improve the lives of others, they not only make a difference – they also set an important example for their peers," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "We're proud to honor middle level and high school students who go above and beyond in their volunteer service."

    About The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service. The awards program also is conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil, where Prudential has significant business operations.

    About NASSP

    The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student's potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council. Learn more at www.nassp.org.

    About Prudential Financial

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

    Key dates

    • November 5, 2019: Student application deadline
    • November 15, 2019: Certification deadline
    • February 4, 2020: Announcement of state-level judging results
    • May 2-5, 2020: National recognition events in Washington, D.C.
    Click here for more information

  • September 03, 2019 8:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware Business Times(August 29, 2019 by Alex Vuocolo, Delaware Business Times) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) has awarded $750,000 in federal grants to Bayhealth and Beebe Medical Centers to develop rural residency programs. Due to a national shortage of primary care doctors, the federal government has invested in developing residency programs in neglected rural areas. In Delaware, the number of full-time primary care physicians declined 6 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to a University of Delaware study.

    Both Delaware systems have chosen to focus on family medicine in their residency programs. The Bayhealth program will include six residents per year, and the Beebe program will include four residents per year.

    HRSA awarded approximately $20 million in Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) grants to recipients across 21 states. Beebe and Bayhealth were among 27 nationwide that will receive up to $750,000 over a three-year period to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

    “These funds will significantly help us strengthen the primary care workforce in Delaware, particularly the central and southern parts of the state,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified family physician. “We need more primary care physicians to remain in practice and find ways to encourage new doctors, including those from minority and rural backgrounds, to choose primary care as their specialty.”

    The other pressure facing the health care industry is the high number of doctors set to retire in the coming years. In Kent County, for instance, 25 percent of physicians are 65 and older, compared with Sussex County (16 percent) and New Castle County (13 percent). Only 60 percent of primary care physicians in Kent County reported that they will be active in five years, compared to 70 percent in Sussex County and 78 percent in New Castle County.

    “We are excited as Beebe embarks on another transformative journey and begins looking at providing medical education and training programs to doctors,” said Beebe Medical Group Senior Vice President/CMO, Bobby Gulab, MD, MBA. “This will also allow us to keep more of these doctors in the area and continue to meet the needs of the community. I have no doubt Drs. James and Richard Beebe would have been very proud of the steps Beebe is taking to help our community and to provide medical education to doctors.”

    Click here to read full article on Delaware Business Times

  • August 27, 2019 7:14 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware State News(August 25, 2019 - by Ian Gronau, Delaware State News) Last week, Kent County Levy Court commissioners agreed unanimously (with one commissioner absent) to match the funds given to Kent County businesses through a state-level grant. The EDGE grant (Encouraging Development, Growth & Expansion) was established in May by the Delaware Division of Small Business to support “early stage businesses.”

    Through the program, STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) companies can receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses. These expenses include product development, capital costs and promotional expenses.

    Entrepreneur Class (non-STEM) businesses can get up to $50,000. The funds are provided as a $3 (state) to $1 (business) match and the division can provide up to 10 grants per application round.

    The criteria to apply include:

    • Being in operation less than five years
    • Employing no more than 10 people
    • Fifty-one percent of employees/real estate must be in Delaware
    • Have net assets totaling less than $500,000
    • No previous Delaware strategic fund grant

    Championed by Linda Parkowski, executive director of the Kent Economic Partnership, the new Kent County matching grant will match the Division of Small Business’ award dollar for dollar up to a max of $10,000 for STEM-based businesses and $5,000 for entrepreneur class. The award must be given to a business located in Kent County to qualify.

    Commissioners agreed to set up the program with an initial pot of $100,000 pulled from the Kent County strategic development fund.

    To learn more about the EDGE grant or apply, visit business.delaware.gov/edge-grants/.

    Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

    Click here to read full article from Delaware State News

  • August 27, 2019 12:41 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware First Media logo(August 26, 2019 by Kelli Steele, Delaware Public Media) The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) in Wilmington received a grant to help present an exhibition this fall. The $2,100 grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts will be used specifically to support the animation-focused exhibition “Still Moving” and programming offered in conjunction with the show.

    “It’s sort of a showcase of the artists, animators and educators who represent a cross-section of contemporary animation.” said Tad Sare, the area coordinator for animation at DCAD.

    Sare notes the ehibition with feature four artists.

    “We will be exhibiting the work of Will Kim, who is an incredible experimental animator and watercolorist from Los Angeles," said Sare. "And Tina Nawrocki, [who] is a traditional animator, based in Toronto. And she creates hand-drawn assets for video games.”

    Sare says “Still Moving” will also feature Tiny Inventions, the award-winning stop motion animation team of Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, both from Rhode Island, as well as Baltimore-based animation and design studio Franc, which creates content and materials for internationally recognized business and brands.

    The exhibition will be at DCAD’s Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery in Wilmington October 4 through November 7. It will open and close with Art Loop Wilmington receptions on those dates.

    DCAD will offer workshops and activities open to the Wilmington community during the exhibition. Will Kim will instruct a life drawing and watercolor workshop in conjunction with Adventure Aquarium’s Center for Aquatic Sciences on Oct. 5, and Tina Nawrocki will host a Halloween-themed character design workshop on Oct. 12.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Public Media

  • August 27, 2019 10:52 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Image result for time logo(August 26, 2019, by Luis Andres Henao & Christopher Torchia, AP) — The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help fight raging wildfires in the Amazon and protect its rainforest, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony.”

    The international pledges at a G-7 summit in France included $20 million from the group, as well as a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada. Ottawa has also offered to send firefighting planes to Brazil.

    Other groups are contributing support for a region whose rainforests are a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Earth Alliance, a new environmental foundation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is pledging $5 million in aid, saying the Amazon is one of the “best defenses” against climate change.

    The funds are widely seen as critical support, but a relatively small amount for dealing with an environmental crisis of such scale threatening what French President Emmanuel Macron called “the lungs of the planet.”

    Click here to read full article by Time Magazine

  • August 21, 2019 9:41 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Image result for hearst foundation logo (August 19, 2019, Hearst Foundations Press Release)  The Hearst Foundations have announced that 81 grants valued at $9,315,000 have been awarded to deserving nonprofit organizations. The Foundations serve as a national philanthropic resource for organizations and institutions operating in the fields of culture, education, health and social service. Millions of dollars are awarded quarterly to help people of all backgrounds lead healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

    This season, Hearst Foundations’ grants reached organizations in 27 different states, including support for the Juilliard School, Opportunity Fund, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and multiple major university medical school programs to facilitate research and scholarship opportunities.

    Since their inception, the Hearst Foundations have distributed over 21,000 grants to almost 6,000 different organizations. Grant proposals are submitted by organizations across the country, reviewed and vetted by staff based in New York City and San Francisco. Grant requests are then brought to the Foundations’ Board of Directors for approval.

    Click here to see the organizations who awarded grants


  • August 15, 2019 1:37 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

     (August 13 2019 - Delaware Business Now) The Jewish Federation of Delaware has received an Award of Excellence in the 2019 APEX Awards in the Category of Campaign, Programs & Plans – Special Purpose, for its 2018-2019 Board & Leadership Manual.

    APEX 2019 – the 31st annual awards program recognizing excellence in publishing by professional communications. Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.

    Click here for the full article from Delaware Business Now.

  • August 15, 2019 1:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (August 15, 2019 - Philanthropy News DigestThe National Philanthropic Trust has announced that it awarded a record $1.39 billion from its donor-advised funds in fiscal year 2019, a 39 percent year-over-year increase from 2018.

    NPT awarded 51,968 grants between July 2018 and June 2019 — 28 percent more than in FY2018 — to charities in all fifty states and around the world. Earlier this year, the independent DAF sponsor announced that it awarded grants totaling more than $1 billion during calendar year 2018, up 12 percent from 2017, and that the number of DAF accounts it administers increased 24 percent. According to NPT, continuing trends in the current fiscal year include a growing interest on the part of its donors in impact investing as well as in the legal ins and outs of donating complex assets to a donor-advised fund.

    Click here for the full article from PND.

  • August 15, 2019 8:03 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware First Media logo(August 14, 2019 by Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media) The state has awarded nearly $3 million of federal money to five charter schools, most of which will use the money to make room for more students.  The sub-grants are the first round going to First State charter schools over the next few years from a $10.4 million federal grant the state received last fall.  The state plans to use the grant to support a 19.5 percent expansion of charter enrollment in Delaware over the next five years. Leroy Travers with the state Charter School Office says this first round of subgrants supports the addition of more than 1,800 charter seats at four schools— or an 11.5 percent increase over the current total charter enrollment in the state.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Public Media

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