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  • January 03, 2019 12:55 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) announced a summary of its 2018 grants in support of recovery efforts in communities affected by hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and man-made disasters.

    With a focus on vulnerable and at-risk populations, CDP prioritizes investments in community-based organizations to support a range of programs critical for individuals and communities to recover.

    The grants were made possible by foundations, corporations and thousands of donors contributing to a $15.3 million portfolio, entrusting CDP to effectively invest in nongovernmental organizations where the dollars could have the most impact. 

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 12:49 PM | Christina Marconi

    As 2018 comes to a close, Giving Compass takes a look back at what was trending in philanthropy this year and looks ahead to 2019.

    The annual reflections, based on observations, conversations and the 20-plus years of experience, seem to show a common theme:  many of 2018’s trends are laying the foundation for what’s to come in 2019.

    Read the article here.

  • January 03, 2019 12:02 PM | Christina Marconi

    Welcome to 2019!  As we ring in the New Year, Philanthropy Delaware will also welcome new Board leaders and members. 

    Vernita Dorsey, former Board Secretary, will begin her term as Board Chair; Matt Stehl, Board Member, will begin his term as Board Secretary; and Ashley Cook will become a member of the Board.

    We'd like to thank Chris Grundner for his service as Board Chair. His leadership was instrumental as we rebranded, expanded programming, and broadened our footprint in the First State. We also want to recognize Thère du Pont as he transitions off of the Board. His significant contributions of both time and expertise have been instrumental in our efforts to advance and grow philanthropy in Delaware. 


    Philanthropy Delawares
    2019 Board of Directors

    Vernita Dorsey, Board Chair
    Senior Vice President and Director of Community Strategy

    Regina Kerr Alonzo, Board Treasurer
    Executive Director
    Borgenicht Foundation

    Matt Stehl, Board Secretary
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Ashley Cook
    Philanthropic Specialist & Assistant Vice President
    Wells Fargo

    Chris Crothers
    Senior Program Officer
    Jessie Ball duPont Fund

    Chris Grundner (Immediate Past Chair)
    President & CEO
    Welfare Foundation

    Sharon Struthers
    Founder & President
    Struthers Family Foundation

    Michelle Taylor
    President & CEO
    United Way of Delaware

    Amy Walls
    Assistant CRA Director
    Discover Financial Services

    Jenn Walters-Michalec
    Community Affairs Manager
    Capital One

    Cynthia Pritchard
    President & CEO
    Philanthropy Delaware

  • December 19, 2018 4:23 PM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute is marking 15 years of caring for patients, serving nearly 2-million people in that time.

    WDEL’s Chris Carl talked to the center's medical director, Dr. Nicholas Petrelli, to find out how cancer care in Delaware has changed during that time.

    To listen to the podcast, click here.

  • December 19, 2018 2:34 PM | Christina Marconi

    Wells Fargo is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Wells Fargo & Company announced it has exceeded its initial $75 million commitment for the l Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program by awarding $13 million in lending capital and grants to 19 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the latest round of the program, including the First State Community Loan Fund.

    The CDFIs, which are nonprofit financial institutions, use the funds to deliver affordable financial products to diverse small business owners who do not typically have access to conventional financing.

    Wells Fargo previously announced that the program will continue at least into 2020 through an additional $100 million commitment from the Wells Fargo Foundation, based on the program’s early success.

    Read more here.


  • December 19, 2018 2:28 PM | Christina Marconi

    It’s much easier to fund projects that fit neatly into different program silos and pass on ones that don’t. But that approach misses the benefits of powerful new forces that have led to the emergence of versatile, collaborative, and multidisciplinary organizations.

    Some projects defy easy categorization but can tap into diverse streams of knowledge for many purposes, packing a bigger punch and resulting in greater impact.

    Read more about from this Chronicle of Philanthropy editorial, click here.

  • December 17, 2018 12:40 PM | Christina Marconi

    Food Bank of Delaware and Bank of America are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The Food Bank of Delaware’s Mobile Pantry visited Calvary Church Dover on Dec. 11 to recognize Bank of America’s annual Give A Meal program.

    Volunteers from Bank of America conducted financial education classes and distributed food to 50 families through the Mobile Pantry program.

    The hour-long class focused on credit repair, savings and home ownership. The class is part of the bank’s larger initiative, Better Money Habits, in conjunction with the Khan Academy. At the conclusion of the class, Bank of America employees distributed food from the Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutrition and Education truck, funded by Bank of America.

    Read more here.

  • December 17, 2018 12:18 PM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Inc. (JDG) announced the official launch of its C.O.R.E. Internship Program with leading partners, Christiana Care Health System.

    C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities through Real Experiences), is designed to advance JDG’s 12th-grade curriculum through a combination of in-class projects and on-site job training. “This year marks our 40th year of helping students to achieve success. What better way to celebrate than to highlight our commitment to preparing the next generation of young professionals,” says JDG President Nicole Poore.

    Read more here.

  • December 14, 2018 12:26 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has awarded the  Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation a $10K grant. The grant will help cover the operating costs of the Foundation's mobile Ag Lab, which travels to locations across the state to present programs to elementary school children. The Ag Lab has reached more than 10,000 children since it was put in service in 2014.

    Read more here.

  • December 14, 2018 11:59 AM | Christina Marconi

    Despite a number of destructive and costly natural disasters, giving for disaster relief efforts has been less of a priority for Americans in 2018 than in 2017, a report from communications consultancy Ketchum finds.

    The second annual Disaster Relief Holiday Giving Study found that 40 percent of respondents were planning to donate to charity this season, down from 49 percent last year, a drop of some 18 percent. The share of those specifically planning to give in support of disaster relief also was down about 18 percent on a year-over-year basis, even though disaster-related damages in 2018 are likely to exceed the total for 2017, with losses from eleven disasters — including the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history — likely to exceed $1 billion. In 2018, 38 percent of respondents said they did not plan to give in support of disaster relief, compared with 29 percent in 2017.

    Read the study's findings here, and see the infographic here

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