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On the heels of new data showing an alarming decline in U.S. life expectancy over the past three years, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a $50 million investment in combatting the nation's opioid epidemic. The initiative—a first-of-its-kind partnership between Vital Strategies, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation—will help up to 10 states over the next three years implement solutions to strengthen prevention and treatment efforts that offer the most potential to address the root causes of opioid addiction and save lives.
New CDC data show there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, including more than 47,000 from opioid overdoses. These are the highest numbers on record and a leading factor in the decline of U.S. life expectancy over the past three years. Today, more than two million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, which are responsible for more than 130 deaths in America per day.
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Giving Tuesday, the annual day devoted to philanthropy, raised roughly $380 million for charities from 4 million people, organizers said. The results represent an increase of 27 percent from last year, when donors gave about $300 million.
New York’s 92nd Street Y and the U.N. Foundation started Giving Tuesday in 2012 as a philanthropic alternative to commerce-focused Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since then, it has raised $1 billion online.
Reports of this year’s results from online gift processors and individual charities were encouraging — and perhaps indicative of a strong fundraising nish to 2018.
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Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) recently published the latest edition of its signature yearly report. Based on calendar year 2017 grantmaking, it captures data on more than 6,700 grants, awarded by 472 foundations in 14 countries, in an effort to identify gaps, trends and opportunities in HIV-related philanthropy.
This data supports funders in their efforts to make informed decisions about where resources would make the most impact and offers a unique snapshot of the HIV/AIDS landscape to help funders align available resources with critical needs, identify new partners to help leverage and strengthen their work, build support for a new project or issue in an under-resourced country, and inform efforts of grantees and partners.
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Sen. Tom Carper joined La Red Health Center officials earlier this month to announce nearly $4 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to La Red Health Center.
La Red CEO Brian Olson also announced the two grants that La Red received for 2019. One grant, $3.5 million, will support La Red’s operating costs to meet the healthcare needs of Sussex County residents. The other $289,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will treat substance abuse patients.
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Delaware students are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.
In 2017, the DCF awarded 208 scholarships totaling $396,700 to individuals to assist them in pursuing higher education.
Students can apply for most scholarships by completing a single online application, available on the DCF’s new platform at delcf.academicworks.com.
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The American College of Surgeons has recognized Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington for surgical excellence in caring for its sickest patients and named it one of 66 hospitals in the top 10 percent of outcomes after surgery.
The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, or NSQIP, has long tapped the best available surgical data — adjusted for patients’ health status before their procedure — to help hospitals analyze their patient outcomes. Now, ACS has added a “High Risk Meritorious List” to help hospitals zero in on outcomes for their sickest patients.
In part of his statement on LinkedIn, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote, "We recognize that our planet is in peril. We are committing all $10 million to groups committed to protecting air, land and water and finding solutions to the climate crisis. We have always funded grassroots activism, and this $10 million will be on top of our ongoing 1% for the Planet giving. It will go a long way toward funding grassroots groups; including those dedicated to regenerative organic agriculture, which may be our greatest hope for reversing the damage done to our overheated planet."
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Through its "Housing for Everyone" grant competition, TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, this week awarded 25 organizations throughout TD Bank's footprint from Maine to Florida a total of $3.125 million.
The theme of this year's competition is Expansion of Access to Affordable Housing and the 25 grants of $125,000 each will fund programs from these 25 winning organizations that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, Veterans, the disabled, women and youth. The competition will also look to fund the development and maintenance of programs that educate and assist individuals in finding permanent or transitional housing opportunities that meet their needs.
SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware, which provides nutritious food to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty.
For the fiscal year 2014-15, the organization distributed 1,199,792 pounds of food in Sussex County, 1,340,434 pounds in Kent County and 3,620,036 pounds in New Castle County. “We appreciate all the work that the Food Bank of Delaware does in our community,” said Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based SoDel Concepts, which owns eight coastal-area restaurants, Plate Catering, the food truck Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, and hospitality consulting and management divisions.
It’s astoundingly rare for foundation leaders to make statements about national political issues, but yesterday, through the Democracy Fund, leaders of 42 major philanthropic organizations across the United States joined together to publicly call for the protection of the independence of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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