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(August 13, 2019 by Terry Rodgers, Milford Live) The CenDel Foundation recently awarded $24,000 in grants to organizations who foster the arts throughout the state. Four Milford organizations were recipients of grants from the fund including Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI), Diamond Dance Company, The Music School of Delaware and Mispillion Art League. “This spring, Diamond Dance Company will be performing the ballet Cinderella for the first time,” Aimee Voshell String, Assistant Director, said. “The production will combine the classic ballet with a little bit of the Disney twist that audiences know and love. Creating a new ballet also means new costumes, choreography, sets, props and scenery. We are extremely grateful to the foundation for choosing us as a recipient of this grant to help fund those things. The CenDel grant will assist us with bringing all of the production elements together in a way that allows us to bring the magic to the stage.”
Sara Pletcher of DMI explained that the grant monies will be used toward the 2nd Annual Ladybug Music Festival planned for September in Downtown Milford and the Mispillion Art League will use the funds for programs offered by the organization.
“The CenDel grant from Kent County Fund for the Arts will be used to support the Music School of Delaware’s expanded middle school programming in the Capital School District,” Kate M. Ransom, President and CEO, said. “This will be the third partnership year of the District and the Music School working and growing together to provide music excellence for the increasing number of participants.”
According to Ransom, the Music School will provide expert instruction for an after school music program as part of the district’s 21st Century grant. This partnership provides Capital School District the ability to provide outstanding musical instruction to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive such instruction.
“Our partnership programs allow the Music School to reach neighborhoods and populations that otherwise might not find us,” Ransom said. “We can avoid many barriers to access by partnering with schools and school districts, pre-schools, community centers and daycare providers to bring more music to more people in more places. Partnership strengthens communities.”
The CenDel Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster philanthropy in Central Delaware. Although funding for grants offered by the organization come from many sources, one fund that the organization manages has its origination in Milford. The Benjamin Potter Fund was created by Colonel Benjamin Potter who, at one time, lived in Parson Thorne Mansion. There is no indication why he was designated as a Colonel as there is no evidence he served in the Revolutionary War. However, he may have supported independence in some way and was honored with the designation.
Colonel Potter arrived in Cedar Neck around 1777 as a young child, moving here from Accomac, Virginia. He was the son of Captain Edmund Potter who purchased the 350-acre Hudson tract after the death of John Holmes. When Captain Potter died, his oldest son, John, inherited the farm. His brother left the farm in order to enter the tanning business. He began learning his trade by purchasing animal furs and boiling the hides in large wooden vats while treating the skin with quercitron, a solution extracted from the bark of black oak trees.
In 1798, Colonel Potter purchased a tanning operation owned by Isaiah James, Milford’s first tanner. Mr James owned a three-acre lot along with an extra lot for a home. He built a brick house that still stands adjacent to the Avenue Church rear parking lot. When James died at the young age of 40, Col. Potter approached his widow, who had remarried Dr. John Owens, about purchasing the tanning business. The widow agreed to sell the tanning business but kept the brick home.
After the death of Parson Thorne, his mansion and lands were left to his nephew, Peter Caverly, who moved into the mansion. Eventually, he sold the business interests to James and Sarah Clayton but he kept most of the Thorne farm and mill operation. In 1822, James Clayton died and Col. Potter purchased the Parson Thorne mansion and tannery operation at auction. Col. Potter died in 1843 and was originally buried on the mansion property until they were moved to the Milford Odd Fellows Cemetery in 1926.
Col. Potter died a widower and two children, a son and daughter, also predeceased him. With no heirs, Col. Potter left the bulk of his estate to charity in a fund that became known as the Potter Charity Trust. Instructions in his will ordered his executors to create a trust that would support the poor citizens of Kent County outside of the poor house. Today, almost 200 years after it was established, the Potter Trust continues to provide support to organizations in Kent County.
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(August 9 2019, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Adewale (Wally) Adeyemo, former deputy national security adviser for international economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, has been named the organization’s first president. Adeyemo joined President Obama’s administration in 2015, and since 2017 he has served as a senior adviser at BlackRock and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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(August 10 2019, PND by Candid) Forty Seven, Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, has announced funding commitments totaling up to $6 million from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to advance the development of a treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).
Awarded through LLS's Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP), the company will receive up to $3 million to accelerate the development of 5F9 for the treatment of MDS, contingent on the achievement of certain clinical or regulatory milestones. 5F9 is a monoclonal antibody against CD47 that is designed to interfere with recognition of CD47 by the SIRPα receptor on macrophages, locking the "don't eat me" signal used by cancer cells to avoid being ingested by the latter.
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(August 12 2019, PND by Candid) As economic inequality in the United States widens, financial security challenges faced by low-income individuals are becoming more like those seen in developing nations, a report from the Aspen Institute finds.
The report, The Great Convergence: Toward a Global Strategy for Financial Inclusion(11 pages, PDF), argues that financial inclusion efforts, once considered a solution largely for the developing world, are now highly relevant to the U.S. context. According to the report, while inequality has declined globally over the last two decades, it has increased significantly in the U.S., due in part to income volatility, the lack of steady, well-paying jobs, inefficient labor markets, widening income and wealth gaps, lack of economic mobility, resource-starved educational systems, and unaffordable postsecondary education — all elements that are common across the U.S. as well as in many developing countries. The share of people in the lower 40 percent of the U.S. income distribution pyramid lacking funds to cover an emergency, for example, is essentially the same as it is in middle-income countries such as Brazil, Kenya, and Malaysia.
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(August 12, 2019) The international family of Carnegie institutions named the 10th class of Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients on Monday during a solemn event marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Andrew Carnegie. The announcement was made at Carnegie’s ancestral home in Dunfermline, Scotland. Carnegie remains one of the most influential philanthropists in history, having established more than 20 institutions which continue their founder’s mission to achieve “real and permanent good in this world.”
The nine medalists embody the spirit of giving set forth by Andrew Carnegie, each having had significant and lasting impact on a particular field, nation, or the international community. Among the most charitable and visionary philanthropists in the world, the medalists’ generosity has influenced a wide range of issues, including education, the environment, scientific research, arts and culture, healthcare, and technology.
The 2019 honorees are:
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“My great-grandfather’s most enduring legacy is his belief that mankind could always go onwards and upwards to achieve greater things, greater nobility, to benefit humanity,” said William Thomson CBE, honorary chair of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy selection committee. “It’s our responsibility to plant the seeds today that will grow for the betterment of society well into the future. As Andrew Carnegie said, ‘To try to make the world in some way better than you found it is to have a noble motive in life.’”
“Andrew Carnegie, our founder, believed that ‘the man who dies thus rich dies disgraced,’” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York and chairman of the selection committee. “He had a revolutionary vision of giving away his fortune, not as charity, but through investments in people that have the potential to achieve lasting change. As we commemorate the centenary of his death, Carnegie’s legacy can be seen not only through the impact of his own giving, but also in the new generation of philanthropists who embody and carry on his philanthropic vision.”
Established in 2001, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is awarded every two years. The 22 Carnegie institutions in the U.S. and Europe nominate candidates, and a selection committee representing seven of those institutions choose the medalists.
The recipients of the 2019 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy will be honored on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at The New York Public Library during an invitation-only ceremony. The event will be hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, will serve as master of ceremonies.
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(Alan Neuhauser, The Washington Post, August 7, 2019) Haymakers for Hope, a charity event to benefit cancer research, is making its District debut later this year.
Derrick Powell is fighting for his mom. Rachel Frankel for two aunts, a grandmother and her father. Pranav Vora and Annie Dragolich are fighting for family and for themselves.
At gyms across the District, 30 people — lawyers, lobbyists, Capitol Hill staffers and real estate agents — are training for their first boxing match. While most new prizefighters spend at least a year preparing, these combatants plan to be fight-ready in four months, going toe-to-toe for three rounds in September to benefit cancer research.
Boxing has been part of the city’s fabric for decades — once home to about a dozen neighborhood gyms and, most famously, world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. But the event also highlights how Washington has more recently found itself on another stage: a once tough-luck city known for producing hard-knock fighters, transformed by youth and wealth into fertile ground for fundraising and philanthropy.
Haymakers for Hope, which began in New York in 2011, is making its District debut at the Anthem later this year.
“This really is about fighting for those who can’t — and if you fail, you’re going to get punched in the face,” said Dragolich, who was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2017, before her 30th birthday. “But there’s nothing as tough as battling cancer.”
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(August 2, 2019 by Paul Clolery, NonProfit Times) The NonProfit Times, a leading nonprofit business publication, has released its twenty-second annual Power and Influence Top 50 list. This year's list features fifteen newcomers and three executives who are returning to the list after an absence of at least a year. The newcomers include:
Nonprofit leaders returning to the list after an absence of at least a year include:
Four of this year's honorees have been included on the list at least ten times. They are:
Brad Smith and Jacob Harold, president and executive vice president of Candid, were both recognized for their roles in merging Foundation Center and GuideStar.
Henry Timms, executive director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, returned to the list after being honored previously for his role in leading the 92nd Street Y, and Helene D. Gayle, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, has now been recognized for her work at two organizations; she formerly served as CEO of CARE USA.
Paul Clolery. "Evolving Missions Pushed by Need Fueled Honorees' Innovations." NonProfit Times 08/01/2019.
(August 2, 2019 - Cape Gazette) Sussex County Council awarded the following grants during its July 30 meeting: Councilmanic grants of $3,000 to Delaware Botanic Gardens for its Thursday, Sept. 12 grand-opening celebration and $3,000 to Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12. A $1,000 youth grant was awarded to Millsboro Little League for regional tournament expenses.
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(July 30, 2019 - by Alex Vuocolo, Delaware Business Times ) The Delaware Division of the Arts is investing nearly $3 million in more than 100 arts and community organizations statewide. This first round of funding for FY2020 includes: General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Stabilization, StartUp and Education Resource grants.
“The applications that come in from communities throughout the state represent the finest in arts programming and services,” said Paul Weagraff, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts. “From art leagues, museums, choral groups, and symphonies, to theaters, dance companies, and film, Delaware’s offerings are tremendous.”
Grant review panels, made up of Delaware artists, arts educators, arts and nonprofit organization administrators, corporate and fundraising managers, and interested community members, provided an impartial peer review of these grant applications based on established evaluation criteria.
The awards include:
Funding for the Delaware Division of the Arts comes from the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency. In addition, the funds for capital improvements grants—provided by the Arts Stabilization Fund—are drawn from the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment. A complete list of grants for the first round of FY 2020 can be found here.
The Division also awards grants on an on-going basis throughout the year, including Arts Access grants, Artist Residencies, Individual Artist Fellowships, Individual Artist Opportunity grants, and TranspARTation grants.
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(July 30, 2019 - by Alex Vuocolo, Delaware Business Times) One of Delaware’s most compelling community development projects, Second Chances Farm, has been nominated to the Forbes list of the most promising Opportunity Zone projects in the country.
The Forbes OZ 20, powered by the Sorenson Impact Center, will ranks 16 promising projects taking place inside state-designated Opportunity Zones. Another four grand winners will receive a cinematic-quality short film about their project for promotional use. Forbes will feature the list this fall.
Second Chances Farm is a vertical farm project in northeast Wilmington that would hire state or federal inmates as employees and sell the produce to local buyers.
Opportunity Zones offer tax incentives for investors in under-served areas designated by the state under federal guidelines. Second Chances is among the fist major projects to take advantage of the program in Delaware.
Wilmington City Council on July 11 unanimously passed an amendment to the City Code that will allow the project to move forward.
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