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  • January 09, 2019 12:01 PM | Christina Marconi

    Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shares his thoughts on increasing the effectiveness of your giving in a with Charity Navigator blog.

    Read it here.

  • January 09, 2019 11:05 AM | Christina Marconi

    Beebe Medical Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The Beebe Medical Foundation has promoted Thomas J. Protack to Vice President of Development. He has served as the Foundation’s Director of Development for two years.

    “I am pleased to announce this promotion. Tom has been instrumental in overseeing our Development Team, which has doubled our fundraising revenue and added many new opportunities to engage our donors,” said Judy Aliquo, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation.

    Read more here.

  • January 09, 2019 10:36 AM | Christina Marconi

    Longwood Foundation, Captial One, and Discover Financial are members of Philanthropy Delaware

    The Urban Bike Project gave away 100 bicycles and helmets as part of their ambitious annual Christmas Build in 2018. Each winter, an army of volunteers descend on UBP’s small Walnut Street shop to fix and polish piles of used bikes before the December deadline. It’s a diverse group of volunteers: Business execs, bike enthusiasts, and neighborhood kids each take turns building and repairing tiny bikes for 100 children ages eight or younger.

    Urban Bike Project’s 2018 financial supporters include Longwood Foundation, Dogfish Head Brewery, Department of Health & Social Services, Neighborhood Building Block Fund, Capital One, Discover, White Clay Bicycle Club, Wilmapco, Independence Wealth Advisors, Exelon Foundation

    Read more here.

  • January 04, 2019 1:00 PM | Christina Marconi

    Delaware has won a $4.2 million federal grant to strengthen its early childhood system. The grant will help the state better prepare children from all backgrounds to enter kindergarten ready to learn and will improve their transition between early childhood programs and the K-12 system.

    The Delaware Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning — in partnership with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies — applied for the one-year Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5).

    The grant will fund a needs assessment and creation of a strategic plan.

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 1:21 PM | Christina Marconi

    Barclays Bank, Capital One, Delaware Community Foundation, Delmarva Power, Laffey-Mchugh Foundation, Longwood Foundation, M&T Bank, and Welfare Foundation are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    An AP article this week featured Delaware's Project New Start. The program, which relies on grant funding and private fundraising to operate its classes, is extremely selective: More than 40 people interviewed to join. Of those, 12 were selected. Seven graduated last week. 

    Participants spend 375 hours together over 10 weeks learning cognitive behavioral change, parenting, financial literacy, conflict resolution and technology training. They also receive certifications in forklift operating safety, OSHA and ServSafe, making them immediately employable to many job opportunities in the state.

    Read more here.


    Supporting partners of the program include:

    - Barclays Bank

    - Capital One

    - Chichester Dupont Foundation

    - Crystal Trust

    - Delaware Bar Foundation

    - Delaware Community Foundation

    - Delaware Criminal Justice Council

    - Delmarva Power

    - Eagle One Federal Credit Union

    - Gilliam Family Foundation

    - Kenny Family Foundation

    - Laffey-Mchugh Foundation

    - Longwood Foundation

    - M&T Bank

    - Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund

    - New Castle County Council

    - Robin Foundation

    - Welfare Foundation


  • January 03, 2019 1:08 PM | Christina Marconi

    Delmarva Power is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delmarva Power has earned major international recognition for its commitments and efforts to reduce the environmental impacts related to its business operations across Delaware and Maryland, Timothy Stokes company spokesman Timothy Stokes. This latest environmental achievement includes certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which recognizes companies across the world that have adopted environmentally responsible business practices.

    Earlier this year, Delmarva Power and its sister companies, Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey and Pepco in the District of Columbia and Maryland, completed the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), a standard for promoting effective, systematic management of environmental risks and opportunities. For these efforts, the companies received ISO14001:2015 certification, recognizing their commitment to a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the processes and actions undertaken to meet business and environmental goals.

    “Our commitment to serving our customers and communities goes well beyond providing the safe and reliable energy service they count on,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. “We recognize that climate change is real and every day we are working to advance our operational performance, including implementing practices that can reduce our carbon footprint and provide a cleaner environment for generations to come.”

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 1:06 PM | Christina Marconi

    Lovett Advisors, LLC, a woman-owned wealth management fund in Wilmington, is celebrating a decade in business and kicking off a new partnership with Girls Incorporate of Delaware.

    Kim Lovett, CFP launched the firm about 10 years ago after she recognized the need for a more comprehensive level of service in investment advisory. She is marking the milestone by giving back to the local community.  “For the past ten years philanthropy has been central to our culture,” Lovett said. “I decided that the best way to celebrate my personal success and the success of Lovett Advisors was by giving back to the community in a way that will inspire young women to be all they can be and to live their dreams.”

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 1:03 PM | Christina Marconi

    TechSoup, the leading nonprofit facilitator of technology solutions to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) globally, announced that it has secured a $4-million loan from Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) to support expansion of its global distribution network bringing software, hardware, services, and content to civil society organizations.

    The NFF loan will help TechSoup scale its core programs, specifically supporting late-stage research and development, product-testing, piloting, and expansion. This is the second time NFF has invested in TechSoup: In 2004, TechSoup established a line of credit with NFF to scale its then-two-year-old NGO Tech Marketplace, moving the organization from a local to a national level. Double-digit growth of customers and revenue helped TechSoup pay back those funds ahead of schedule.

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 12:59 PM | Christina Marconi

    Wells Fargo is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) announced the City’s Neighborhood Pillars Program with a $2 million commitment from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

    With the Wells Fargo Foundation’s commitment, and $2 million from the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), the city has established the Neighborhood Pillars Down Payment Assistance Fund, a first of its kind fund, that will require at least 30 percent of homes be permanently affordable and at least 20 percent of homes be set aside for formerly homeless households.

    "The Wells Fargo Foundation is focused on making housing more affordable, achievable, and sustainable as we work to build stronger communities,” said Martin Sundquist, executive director of the Wells Fargo Foundation housing philanthropy. “In many neighborhoods access to credit, and to safe, sustainable and affordable housing continue to be critical needs. This collaboration will help revitalize communities throughout New York City and is an example of the positive impact that can be achieved with thoughtful public-private collaboration.”

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 12:57 PM | Christina Marconi

    While the new tax law contains many changes that will impact giving decisions, we can look at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data to gauge how much Americans have deducted for charitable giving in the past.

    Read the entire article here.

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