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  • November 06, 2018 3:42 PM | Christina Marconi

    America's growing economic divide is evident in American giving patterns, a new Chronicle of Philanthropy study finds.

    Based on the total value of cash and stock received in 2017 from individuals, corporations, and foundations (excluding government grants, product donations, and contributions to donor-advised funds), America's Favorite Charities 2018 found that gifts to wealth-driven institutions such as colleges and hospitals soared over the past decade, while giving to United Way Worldwide and other household-name "blue-collar" charities that rely on donations from middle-class Americans fell.

    Read more here.

    Members can access content from the America's Favorite Charities 2018 report at the Philanthropy Exclusives news page and as reported in the November 1st edition of Member Insider.

     

  • November 06, 2018 3:40 PM | Christina Marconi

    Lumina Foundation, Robin Hood and the Salesforce Impact Fund from Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce’s corporate investment group, today announced the launch of an impact investing alliance dedicated to investing in for-profit education and workforce development companies whose products, services and technologies not only produce a positive financial return, but also have the potential to alleviate or eliminate poverty.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:35 PM | Christina Marconi

    A Swiss philanthropist's foundation will donate $1 billion to conserve the planet's land and oceans in an effort to expand the availability of clean air and drinking water.

    Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation. Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves, Wyss wrote. He aims to help conserve 30% of the Earth in a natural state by 2030.

    Read his New York Times op-ed here.

  • October 29, 2018 2:33 PM | Christina Marconi

    In response to the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania has compiled a list of resources for those interested in providing support. 

    If you're interested in how to help, click here. Feel free to keep checking back, as the list will likely continue to grow. 

  • October 29, 2018 11:56 AM | Christina Marconi

    In Arsht-Cannon Fund: The Epitome of Good Philanthropy, DCF's President and CEO illuminates the Arsht-Cannon Fund's significant investments in Delaware's Hispanic communities.

    Read more here.

  • October 29, 2018 11:28 AM | Christina Marconi

    new series of fact sheets launched by the Delaware Hispanic Commission, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates, and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware show the state is behind the curve in dealing with a fast-growing portion of the school population.  The partners will release five fact sheets throughout the next several months. The information will investigate a school year in the life of an English learner, how the education system is serving them, what be done to better meet their needs, and the potential consequences if the state doesn’t make an investment.

    Read more here.

     
  • October 29, 2018 10:30 AM | Christina Marconi

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE, is the recipient of the 2018 ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in healthcare technology. Christiana Care received the ANCC Magnet Prize for its use of virtual reality (VR) technology to improve the patient experience in the chemotherapy suite. The process is two-fold. Nurses use VR as part of pre-chemotherapy education, providing an immersive learning experience to familiarize patients with what to expect. The goal is to decrease anxiety and increase preparation for the first day of treatment. The technology is also used to provide a positive distraction while patients receive chemotherapy. They can relax on the beach, view scenic attractions, or surround themselves with nature’s beauty.

    Read more here.

  • October 29, 2018 10:15 AM | Christina Marconi

    United Way Worldwide has authorized the expansion of United Way of Delaware’s service area to include the zip codes of Salem County, NJ.  The UWDE Board of Directors has approved the service area expansion and has established the Salem County Advisory Committee, comprised of Salem County business and civic leaders, to guide development of the United Way brand in Salem County.

    “United Way of Delaware has been serving the people of Delaware for more than 70 years, and we are thrilled to be bringing our same level of service, passion, and heart to the people of Salem County,” said UWDE President and Chief Executive Officer, Michelle A. Taylor.

    Read more here.

  • October 29, 2018 9:37 AM | Christina Marconi

    The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund have pledged $250,000 to the Salvation Army for immediate support of the organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

    Through its emergency disaster response teams, the Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding sites and shower trailers, helping Florida’s Gulf Coast residents secure access to food, water, personal hygiene and emotional care. 

    Read more here

  • October 26, 2018 3:42 PM | Christina Marconi

    From the FTC's Consumer Information Blog and the The FTC's official statement can be found here.

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    Cybersecurity Resources for Non-Profits

    October 25, 2018
    By Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

    Do you work for a charity or other non-profit? If so, you know that your organization collects all sorts of private information, including details about people you serve and financial information related to donors. Your own personal information, too, is probably in your organization’s employee records. Cyber criminals would love to get their hands on that data. You can help protect your organization using the information at FTC.gov/Cybersecurity.

    At FTC.gov/Cybersecurity you’ll find resources on 12 different topics including cyber scams like ransomware and phishing, key considerations like physical security and vendor security, and more technical guidance on things like email authentication. The guidance in these new materials is based on the FTC’s expertise in the area of data security, privacy protection, and scam prevention. The materials are designed for small businesses, but the same tips and information apply to charities and other non-profits.  If you collect information about people, you need to protect it.

    Imagine if your donors’ credit cards are exposed because of a phishing scheme, or if your network gets blocked by a ransomware attack. That can be devastating — not just for the organization and employees like you, but also for the communities that rely on your services. To help protect your organization’s network and data, make cybersecurity part of your business routine.

    You can start with these basic cybersecurity tips:
    •    Use security software and set it to update automatically
    •    Back up important files offline, on an external drive or in the cloud
    •    Encourage your organization to have policies covering basic cybersecurity and to train employees on those policies
    •    Visit FTC.gov/Cybersecurity and share the fact sheet, quizzes and videos with your colleagues.

     The FTC's official statement can be found here.

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