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(July 30, 2019 - CampdenFB) The Dennis M Jones Family Foundation and the Institute for Private Investors are delighted to announce the third year of the Jones Prize in Philanthropy.
This year the Jones Prize is a $30,000 grant and two runner-up grants of $10,000. The grants will be gifted to charities that have been aided by the efforts of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional work in philanthropy. The awards will be given at the institute’s Fall Forum in New York City on 24 September.
The Jones Prize is dedicated to Dennis Jones, a 15-year member of the institute. Dennis believed the call to giving and service was the highest honour. He wanted to lift up philanthropists who are passionate about helping others, not only monetarily, but with their time.
The Dennis M Jones Family Foundation will fund the award. The foundation’s trustees encourage all applicants, particularly those involved in education, helping veterans, aiding the homeless, and fighting poverty.
Learn more about the award in the video and the nomination form. Applications close on 30 August.
Click here for more information.
(July 31, 2019 - Delaware Business Times) M&T Bank today announced that it has invested $9 million in renovations to 38 branches throughout Delaware.
The renovations target technological improvements as well tweaks to the physical space.
In addition to new flooring and furniture, the branches removed barriers between customers and employees, built new teller lines, and redesigned the front vestibule and customer seating area. Technology improvements include installing public wifi and LED lighting.
“As a leading bank in Delaware, we are committed to investing in our infrastructure and our people in order to deliver an outstanding customer experience,” said Nick Lambrow, Delaware regional president. “This investment is part of our overall commitment to the vitality of the state, which we demonstrate as a leading SBA lender and through our service to the community.”
The renovations have been ongoing and are expected to finish up by December 2019. In the meantime, customers will have full access to each branches’s full suite of services.
Lambrow told Delaware Business Times that M&T is committed to developing its branches in the state, even as the bank invests in technology solutions such as online banking that remove the need for direct service.
“It’s still a very important point of delivery for our clients throughout the state, both business owners and consumers,” he said.
Much of the renovation work is being provided by local Delaware contractors.
“After several months of planning and working to understand what’s important to our customers regarding branch design, we are utilizing several local companies to advance the project,” said M&T Bank Senior Vice President and Corporate Services Manager Keith Belanger.
Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Times.
(July 31, 2019 by Mark Fowser, WDEL) Get ready for more road construction in Delaware. Before you complain about it, this sort of construction is tied to job growth and business expansion. A newly-created fund will allow employers that are considering expansion plans or relocating to The First State to make road infrastructure improvements.
Typical road improvement projects are often months, sometimes years, in the making. Businesses, however, may want to move fast.
"We want to make sure we get good paying jobs in Delaware, and we don't want a process or a procedure to hold that up," Delaware Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan said Wednesday at the Wilmington Riverfront, with the newly-built Christina River Bridge in the background. That's where Governor John Carney signed a bill (Senate Bill 61) into law to create the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund. It has an initial investment of $10 million in the current Fiscal Year '20 budget.
"We recognize that sometimes business can move, and should move, quicker than government," State Senator Stephanie Hansen (D- Middletown) said. She added that the TIIF "meets the needs of businesses looking to bring jobs to Delaware in a way that balances the interests of all parties."
Applications for grants will be considered by a nine-member Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council. Funding recommendations would go to the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of State.
"Right now we've got a really strong and growing economy, but we're always competing with states around us to keep that economy strong and growing. This will give us a tool to enable us to do that," Carney said.
Will this result in more of Delaware being paved over? Perhaps the opposite, according to Hansen, a former member of New Castle County representing the fastest-growing part of the county.
"In the past, small hurdles in upgrading existing infrastructure near already developed areas forced new businesses to leapfrog out into green and undeveloped spaces - a practice that didn't suit anybody particularly well and which caused a lot of friction in our long-term planning process," Hansen said. "With this new tool, we can catalyze infrastructure improvements and smart development in the places where businesses want to be, attracting new jobs and building a better state for everyone along the way."
Click here to read full article from WDEL.
(Dover Post - July 26, 2019) For the ninth straight year, Delaware State University hosted the 2019 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Philanthropy Symposium from July 22-25 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.
Attended by more than 100 fundraising and institutional advancement professionals from many of the 101 HBCUs in the U.S., the symposium — held this year under the theme of “Bridging Advancement and Student Success” — featured as its keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams, who has represented North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District.
Adams will gave her address during a July 23 session, and was introduced by Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.
Adams is an HBCU product who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from North Carolina A&T State University, before completing a Ph.D. at Ohio State University. She has also served as a 40-year professor of art at Bennett College. Throughout her career in Congress and as a 10-term North Carolina state legislator, Adams has promoted quality education for all students and has worked to spearhead legislation to boost funds for HBCUs.
Click here to read full article from the Dover Post.
(Delaware Business Now - July 28, 2019) This week, Barry Rodrigues was named CEO of Barclays Bank Delaware and Head of Barclays US Consumer Bank. This is in addition to his current role as CEO of Barclays Cards & Payments.
Rodrigues has more than 25 years of international banking and payments experience gained in New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong.
He joined Barclays in November 2017 as CEO of Cards & Payments. Before Barclays, Rodrigues spent six years at Citi as Head of Digital Payments for the Global Consumer Bank. Prior to that, he was at American Express for 25 years in a number of leadership roles, culminating in him becoming President of the Global Network business.
“As Barclays US Consumer Bank continues to grow and expand, I am delighted that Barry will be the CEO of Barclays Bank Delaware and head of Barclays US Consumer Bank, in addition to continuing to lead Cards & Payments,” said Ashok Vaswani, global head of Barclays Consumer Banking & Payments. “Having a leader with Barry’s experience and caliber in these key leadership roles will enable us to continue to drive the business forward at pace.”
Rodrigues will split his time between New York, Delaware and London. He will report to Vaswani.
Added duties for Rodrigues comes as Barclays makes plans to move more than 500 jobs in Delaware to a New Jersey site.
Barclays filed a WARN job reduction notice in June with the Delaware Department of Labor listing a job cut at 525. 2017, it filed a WARN notice listing more than 200 job cuts at a site in Ogletown south of Newark.
Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Now.
Sussex County businesses ready to grow have a potential new source of capital. The county has launched a program to assist established, growing businesses located in Sussex County with $5,000 grants as well as customized data to help them grow.
The program is targeted at so-called “second-stage companies,” which typically employ 10 to 99 workers and have annual sales of $1 million to $50 million.
The program is “not a program established for companies that are in trouble or companies that need specific assistance, such as an inventory type of process,” Sussex County Economic Development Director Bill Pfaff said in a news release. “Rather, this is really for companies that are beyond the start-up phase and have the desire to grow to the next level.”
Sussex County Council has authorized spending up to $25,000 on the initiative to support as many as five grants of $5,000 each.
Click here to learn more about the program, including how to apply. The deadline for applications is August 26, 2019.
(Cape Gazette - July 28, 2019) Focus Multisports, known for its festival-style running events, has partnered with local nonprofits to raise more than $500,000 in its five years in business.
The nonprofit hosts races on Delmarva, including Bethany Beach Firecraker Run/Walk, Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Bethany Beach Half Marathon, Justin’s Beach House 5K, Dewey Beach Buddy 5K Walk/Run, Athletes Against Alzheimer’s Run, Surfin’ Snowman Run and Coastal Delaware Running Festival.
Often featuring on-course music, finish-line parties, and trendy swag, the business is the brainchild of social entrepreneurs Ernie Felici and Rick Hundley. “At Focus Multisports, we believe in the power of philanthropy. We believe in the partnership between for-profit businesses and the nonprofit sector. Our alliances strengthen local organizations and provide businesses with a platform to give back. I would say such collaborations are win-win,” said Hundley.
Sometimes, the business partners reach out to nonprofits directly, other times, nonprofits approach Felici and Hundley. “We knew we wanted to bring about positive things in our communities, and the best way to do that was to support the important work of nonprofits, but we also know that we must give sponsors a marketing return for their charitable contributions,” said Felici. “We started Focus Multisports to help great nonprofits to do more of what they do well.”
In April, Focus Multisports presented the 5th Annual Delaware Running Festival, sponsored by Grotto Pizza. Proceeds supported Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks. The festival hosted more than 4,000 runners, thousands of fans, and dozens of volunteers, and was designated a Delaware Championship event by the Road Runners Club of America and a Boston Marathon qualifying race.
“We want to thank our most recent partners for joining us in doing good for so many, and toast them for having a good time doing it,” said Hundley. Sponsors this year were the presenting sponsor Grotto Pizza, The Bellmoor Inn & Spa, Admiral, Oceanus, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Giant Foods, Highway One Companies, TriCycle Run, Gatorade, NKS Distributors, Team Timmons Realtors, Chaps Pit Beef, Clean Delaware, Southern Delaware Tourism, New Eyes Productions, D3 Corp., Arena’s Restaurants, Creative Resource Group, Baja Beach House Grill, The Cultured Pearl, La Vida Hospitality, Kilwins Candies, Race the Nation, DJ Rupe, Provident State Bank, DBC Interactive, Eagle 99.7 FM, Hyatt Place, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Lighthouse Cove Dewey Beach and Hyatt Place Dewey Beach.
Focus Multisports has supported events for Autism Delaware, Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, Sussex Family YMCA swim team, Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, Fort Miles Historical Association, Friends of Holts Landing State Park, Inland Bays Foundation, MERR Institute, Seashore Striders Youth Running Club, Rehoboth Boys & Girls Club, Sussex Academy cross country team and more.
Recently, $25,000 was contributed to the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, over $20,000 to various Sussex County youth sports teams and civic organizations, $23,500 to Justin’s Beach House, $2,000 to Contractors for a Cause, $2,000 to Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and $5,000 to Dewey Beach Lions Club.
The next event is the Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk Sunday, Aug. 4, which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to find a cure. For more information or to register, go to www.focusmultisports.com.
Click here to read full article from the Cape Gazette.
This year the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $55,344 in specific interest grants to 11 nonprofit organizations around the state.
Specific interest grants - created by donors to support issues they are particularly passionate about - focus on arts in Wilmington, long-term care, fulfillment of children’s wishes, and training and treatment of animals. This year’s recipients are: Delaware Shakespeare, $2,500, to support free, high-quality Shakespeare performances to homeless shelters, prisons and community centers through Delaware Shakespeare’s Community Tour, which launched in 2016.
Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Inc., $3,000, to enable the Accessibility Needs Program to serve more disabled individuals in independent living with necessary aids such as ramps, wheelchairs and prosthetic devices. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, $7,500, to enable more of Delaware’s critically ill children to receive wishes, which inspire and give hope to the children and their families.
Preston’s March for Energy, $7,000, to fund three adaptive bikes to children with developmental disabilities in need of fun, outdoor movement. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, $5,000, to provide food, medicine and care for orphaned and oiled native birds, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat after rehabilitation. Faithful Friends Animal Society, $6,400, to support operation costs for the Free Pet Food & Supply crisis prevention program, which reduces pet relinquishment by providing owners with free pet food, supplies and education for preventative care.
The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, go to www.delcf.org or call 302-571-8004.
John Haydon has put a face on the power of social media and on the willingness of pharmaceutical companies to support patients to deal with the high cost of their medications.
Haydon, a leading expert on helping nonprofits use digital media to conduct online fundraising (and the original author of Facebook for Dummies), suffers from an extremely rare form of cancer called follicular dendritic cell sarcoma.
His doctor prescribed a daily pill called Tagrisso that is made by AstraZeneca and costs $16,000 per month, but his insurance company refused to cover it despite his doctor’s assertion that it was “the perfect fit to fight my cancer.” Why? Because it was approved by the FDA in 2017 for a different type of cancer.
Haydon’s appeals to the insurance company fell on deaf ears. “I was completely surprised that red tape could cause me to die,” he said.
Then he heard about an AstraZeneca program called AZ&ME that markets itself with the tagline “If you can’t afford your medications, AstraZeneca may be able to help.” Facing a $192,000 bill for a year’s worth of the Tagrisso, Haydon and his doctor submitted paperwork on July 11 to see if AstraZeneca could help with the costs.
With housing costs on the rise, many cities are facing severe affordability challenges, according to “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019,” a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. What are the consequences of these challenges, and how can policymakers respond effectively to them? The report raises issues that impact the whole country, but every city and every neighborhood feels the effects differently.
According to the report, three cities in particular—Austin, Denver, and Dallas—have experienced steep increases in real home prices, as well as the problems that arise as consequences. To analyze these challenges, policymakers can employ data and mapping to identify citywide trends, map neighborhood-level conditions, and spot communities that may need special attention.
Click here to read full article from Policy Map.
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