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  • January 25, 2019 2:12 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    It's no secret that charitable giving by ordinary Americans has been declining lately, with troubling implications for nonprofits that have become increasingly reliant on an ever-wealthier set of donors. The economy’s recent strength may have muffled the 2017 tax law’s predicted negative effect on charitablegiving, but it’s uncertain how long that luck will hold. Meanwhile, as we’ve discussed many times, increases in total giving are largely the work of America’s wealthiest, who could still stand to give a lot more than they do.

    In this climate, how can comfortably employed young people develop the giving habits that’ll sustain flagging middle class philanthropy over the long term? If social impact is on millennials’ minds, why isn’t that translating into more actual giving?

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  • January 25, 2019 10:20 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware State University is a member of Philanthropy Delaware. 

    The Delaware Higher Education Economic Development Fund (DHEEDF) has announced a $3.4 million grant to Delaware State University to significantly expand its Aviation Program, the only one of its kind among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and among the very best aviation education programs in the nation.

    “This is an extraordinary vote of confidence in the quality and significance of our program and in its importance to Delaware, and to the aviation industry nationwide,” University President Wilma Mishoe said. “This grant allows us to move forward with plans to first replace our current aircraft fleet, and then double it over the next decade. We expect that it will also help us both attract and train more professionals to our community and contribute significantly to the tax base in Delaware.”

    Dr. Mishoe noted that Delaware State University’s Aviation Program not only boasts 100% career placement of pilot graduates within a year of graduation but is also “the largest producer of pilots and Aviation professionals of color in the country.”

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  • January 25, 2019 10:10 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Wells Fargo and Delaware Community Foundation are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    A formal ceremony and ribbon cutting was held in the gymnasium at the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club to celebrate the new space.

    Thanks to $100,000 in donations from corporate funding partners Delaware Community Foundation, Lowe's with their Renovation Across the Nation initiative, Pepsi and Wells Fargo, the center has not only turned an under-used space into a studio for members to learn valuable production skills and help broadcast their talents, but also added a conference room adjacent that will help bring more meetings and programs into the center.

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  • January 24, 2019 11:58 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware State University is a member of  Philanthropy Delaware.

    Tony Allen is chairman of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, a gubernatorial appointment he took in 2014. He is stepping down from this post at the end of the month as he continues in his role as executive vice president and provost at Delaware State University.

    Just over a decade ago, during the 2008 presidential campaign, former first lady and founder of Public Allies Chicago Michelle Obama visited Delaware State University, stumping for her husband. That day, surrounded by hundreds of students and faculty, she said, “Fixing education shouldn’t be that tough. We know good schools, the schools that educate all their students, when we see them. So what we have to do is figure out how to replicate what those schools do across the entire country.”

    After four years chairing the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, I now understand that the former first lady was actually issuing a complex challenge.

    We do know what high-functioning schools in high-needs areas look like. But it’s not just about replicating schools. The real issue is how to address the structural conditions that prevent us from meeting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable children.

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  • January 23, 2019 11:17 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware Community Foundation and the Fund for Women are members of Philanthropy Delaware. 

    Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation; and Lynn Adams Kokjohn, chair of the Fund for Women write an opinion piece for Delaware Online.

    How can we really expand opportunity for kids in Delaware?  

    Plain and simple, invest in high-quality early childhood education, said Robert Putnam, author of New York Times bestseller “Our Kids.” Putnam has investigated decades of data on the factors that influence kids’ lives, in school and throughout their future.

    When Putnam visited Delaware this fall for a Delaware Community Foundation event, his presentation made clear that early learning is one of the best – and highest yielding – investments a society can make. Experts equate a $4 to $9 return for every dollar spent on high-quality early learning programs for low-income children. 

    And yet, in Delaware, only about 50 percent of children participate in any early care or education setting before kindergarten, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Read more here. 


  • January 22, 2019 12:01 PM | Christina Marconi

    While foundations and other grantmaking organizations may be constrained by grant processes and bureaucracies, individual donors have the agility to make a difference immediately, according to Shelley Whelpton, senior managing director at Arabella Advisors.

    Giving Compass provides a look at some recommended steps donors can take and organizations to support here.

  • January 22, 2019 11:56 AM | Christina Marconi

    For more than a decade, the Arsht-Cannon Fund has been underwriting projects, primarily in Sussex County, to advance educational opportunities and access to social services to Hispanic immigrant families.

    The fund was created through the vision of two prominent figures in the state’s legal community:  corporate lawyer S. Samuel Arsht and his wife, Judge Roxana Cannon Arsht.

    Because the Arshts were the children of Russian immigrants, their daughter, Adrienne Arsht, a Florida businesswoman and philanthropist, determined that it would be appropriate to use the fund’s assets, now valued at more than $15 million, to benefit recent immigrants.

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  • January 22, 2019 11:53 AM | Christina Marconi

    Delaware Community Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware nonprofits can now apply for the Delaware Community Foundation’s 2019 Capital Grants.

    Capital grants target projects with lasting, positive impact.They fund construction, renovation or repair of buildings, and/or land purchases. They typically range from $5,000 to $20,000. For 2019, approximately $250,000 will be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

    Applications must be submitted online at delcf.org/grants. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m., Feb. 22, 2019.

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  • January 22, 2019 11:51 AM | Christina Marconi

    Longwood Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Wilmington Leaders Alliance announced it has received a grant from the Longwood Foundation. These funds will support and expand the WLA’s city-centric Workforce Development Initiative. The funding additionally will support Teen Violence Reduction, another area of focus for the Wilmington Leaders Alliance. The amount was not announced. The WLA has worked as a catalyst to increase capacity to provide workforce training, educationand internship placement within the City and increase employment of Wilmington-based residents at Wilmington-based employers.

    Read more here.

  • January 22, 2019 11:43 AM | Christina Marconi

    DANA, Delaware Community Foundation, and United Way of Delaware, are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Call it the Law of Unintended Consequences: The deep cuts the Delaware General Assembly imposed on nonprofits in 2017 have put those organizations in a better position to cope with the uncertainty of the new federal tax bill, concerns about a possible recession entering 2019, and the reality that the pie isn’t growing even though the need for critical services is.

    Philanthropy Delaware's Cynthia Pritchard, DANA's Sheila Brave, DCF's Stuart Comstock-Gay, and United Way DE's Michelle Taylor talk about the issues in this Delaware Business Times piece.

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