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  • January 29, 2020 11:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 21, 2020 by Maddy Lauria, Delaware News Journal) Contaminated drinking water in Sussex County. Failing wastewater systems in Kent County. Flooded streets in South Wilmington. Those are just a few examples of the water issues faced by Delaware residents, some caused by natural influences, improper management, a lack of funding, or a combination.

    After years of trying to pass legislation to create a steady funding stream to start chipping away at old, failing infrastructure and persistent pollution problems, Delaware politicians say they have finally found a way to get started.

    It’s called the Clean Water for Delaware Act, and Gov. John Carney is ready to pour $50 million into a trust fund to get it rolling in the upcoming fiscal year.

    “From the Brandywine Creek to the Inland Bays, we have special natural places in our state. Water is Delaware’s most basic and valuable resource, and we should protect that resource for future generations,” Carney said in a press release Tuesday.

    “And we need to make sure that all Delaware families have access to clean drinking water. Delawareans deserve clean water. It’s as simple as that.”

    The bill, which needs to be approved by the Legislature, aims to address drinking water, wastewater and drainage needs. That could include funding millions of dollars' worth of infrastructure-related projects or smaller-scale projects for individual communities, officials say.

    The $50 million would come from surplus funds this year, officials said. That funding will be supported by existing state funds for drinking water and wastewater projects, as well a federal funding, for a total of more than $100 million in initial investment, officials said.

    "Clean water is not a privilege. It's a human right," said House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, who sponsored the bill.

    She noted that, if approved, legislators would "still have to find a continued revenue resource."

    Previous incarnations of the bill and studies have suggested at least $500 million in water and wastewater projects are needed in the next five years. The bill requires the development of an annual “strategic planning process” and an oversight committee, officials said.

    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin pointed to potential projects, like rehabilitation of the Delaware City wastewater treatment plant and sewer expansions in Kent County.

    Contact environmental reporter Maddy Lauria at (302) 345-0608, mlauria@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @MaddyinMilford.

    Click here to read full article by Delaware News Journal. 

  • January 29, 2020 11:20 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 28, 2020 by Press ReleaseEnergize Delaware is a Philanthropy Delaware Member  - Newest Offering from Energize Delaware will provide Funding to Grantees Within Delaware Service Area of Delmarva Power. Energize Delaware announced today that applications for the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP) will now be accepted from both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with an expected award schedule of late Spring 2020. The first level of grants to be accepted will be for the Large-Scale Grant type, for which applicants will be able to apply for funding up to $1 million to aid them in their work assisting low-income energy customers in the Delaware service area of Delmarva Power. The smaller Community-Scale Grants, that will allow for awards of up to $100,000, will begin accepting applications in Spring 2020.

    The EGP monies will be awarded to organizations proposing innovative ways to provide improved efficiency, reliability, and energy saving programs that directly benefit Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent, or below, of the state’s median income.

    “I am very enthusiastic and encouraged by the opportunity that the Empowerment Grant will bring to our communities in Delaware,” said Jim Purcell, Empowerment Grant Manager. “The program will put organizations and residents in control of their energy costs by educating and supporting their efforts to create efficiency in their energy needs.”

    In each grant cycle Empowerment Grant staff will provide workshops, information and technical assistance to those interested in applying for the grants. The schedule for upcoming grant workshops is February 6, for Kent county; February 11, for New Castle county; and February 13, for Sussex county. (Specifics on times and locations are listed in the attached Grant Life Cycle document.)

    “The Empowerment Grant Program adds another feature to the Energize Delaware services portfolio, said Tony DePrima, Energize Delaware, Executive Director. “These funds will provide much needed assistance to residents who need it the most. It is our hope that this funding will be used to serve as many people as possible.”

    Additional program details, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found on the EGP website: www.empowergrantde.org. A Facebook page - @EmpowerGrantDE; and a Twitter account - @EmpowerGrantDE; are also available for public interaction and information.

    The EGP is being financed with $4 million in merger settlement funds approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission’s authorizing of the Delmarva Power and Exelon merger agreement of three years ago. The total monies will be dispersed over the next two to three-year period.

    “Through this program, our community partners have access to important funding for the development of energy efficiency tools and resources that benefit our most disadvantaged customers,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “This is a great opportunity to help our customers while promoting the value of energy efficiency statewide. We’re excited to assist in the creation of this program and we look forward to seeing the innovative projects and ideas that come to fruition.”

    Click here for more information. 

  • January 29, 2020 8:21 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 28, 2020 by Press Release) Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. 33.1 million in commitments from 11 organizations will unlock more than $150 million in new investments. Today, backed by guarantee commitments from 10 philanthropic organizations across the United States and a large health care system, the Community Investment Guarantee Pool (the Pool) announced its formation. Guarantees are unfunded commitments from an organization’s endowment that offer risk mitigation.

    The Pool, with guarantee commitments totaling $33.1 million, is a new tool for community development finance and the first of its kind in the U.S. It is expected to catalyze more than $150 million in new community investments in small businesses, climate and affordable housing.

    LOCUS Impact Investing (LOCUS), a subsidiary of Virginia Community Capital, a nonprofit community development financial institution with $413 million in assets under management, will serve as the program manager working with the investors, underwriting guarantee commitments as well as monitoring and managing the portfolio for both impact and risk. 

    “Through the tool of guarantees, socially motivated investors can leverage their balance sheets without requiring current liquidity to create a backstop and help minimize risk, allowing more traditional capital to feel comfortable putting their dollars into community investments.” LOCUS President Teri Lovelace said. “Using guarantees, the Pool will ensure deeper community impact, impact that includes diversity, equity and inclusion across small business, affordable housing and climate investing. We’re excited to get the first guarantees made and start capital flowing to meet critical community development needs.” 

    The Kresge Foundation incubated the Pool prior to its formal launch. In 2017, Kresge commissioned a study on the use of guarantees by impact investing and philanthropic organizations through the Global Impact Investing Network. It found that while many organizations had an interest in using guarantees as an additional impact investing tool, they did not always have the skills, knowledge or capacity to take on highly customized transactions. 

    The study and subsequent focus groups revealed a need for an intermediary who could create efficiencies, centralize a source of credit enhancement and accelerate community investments without requiring current liquidity.

    “The U.S. impact investing field is ready for a tool like this, which makes it easier for new guarantors to come to the table,” said Rip Rapson, Kresge’s President & CEO. “Through the Pool, we join our partners, notably including a leading health system, in putting institutional endowments to work in ways like never before. By collectively committing over $33 million in guarantees, we are likely to unlock $150 million or more for investment in new affordable housing units, for small businesses to land the seed money they need to get to work and to allow those communities most affected by climate change to access the leading climate mitigation tools.”

    Click here to read full press release. 

  • January 21, 2020 3:33 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 17, 2020 by Delaware News Desk) NCALL was recently awarded a grant of $93,500 from BluePrints for the Community. The award was a portion of $1.1 million in grants from Highmark Delaware to fight opioid use and addiction in the state.

    NCALL will use the funds to primarily hire an opioid outreach specialist under the Restoring Central Dover initiative. This position will provide leadership in the implementation of the Outreach Opioid Prevention Program in order to bring resources to the community that improve social and economic conditions that lead to drug and opioid abuse as well as collaborate with other opioid efforts.

    “Community engagement is an important piece of the puzzle as Delaware works to address the opioid epidemic,” said Nick Moriello, president, Highmark Delaware. “NCALL’s implementation of an opioid outreach specialist will help educate the community and build the strategic partnerships necessary in Dover and Kent County to advance these efforts.”

    Click here to read entire article from Delaware News Desk

  • January 17, 2020 9:40 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 16, 2020 by Delaware News)  A bio-based materials company, a maker of wearable medical sensors, and a bakery-café were among the 10 Delaware small businesses recognized Thursday as awardees of the second round of EDGE Grants from the state Division of Small Business.

    Governor John Carney, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, and Division of Small Business Director Damian DeStefano announced the companies at an event Thursday at the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington.

    “It is incredible to see what the innovative entrepreneurs in this state are accomplishing,” said Governor Carney. “Their companies span a wide range of industries, but the one thing the owners share is the drive and determination necessary to start then grow their businesses. I am glad the State is able to support their work through initiatives like the EDGE Grant program.”

    EDGE Grants provide a 3-to-1 match for each dollar an eligible business spends on qualified expenses that improve the company’s long-term chances of success, from market analysis to website design to acquiring essential equipment.

    The State awarded grants this round to 10 companies, listed below. Five STEM Class companies are receiving a total of $495,000, and five Entrepreneur Class businesses are receiving a total of $216,000.

    “EDGE Grants are helping to level the playing field for promising Delaware small companies as they compete with more established, larger businesses,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “And this program is just one of the many ways the Division of Small Business, since it was created under the Department of State three years ago, has made a strong, positive impact on the state’s economy by assisting hardworking business owners.”

    EDGE launched in May, and the first grant round took place over the summer. In the second round, which opened in September, almost 100 businesses applied for funding.

    Sixteen finalists – eight STEM Class and eight Entrepreneur Class – gave public presentations before a panel of expert judges on December 18 and 19 at Delaware Tech in Dover, after which five winners in each category were chosen.

    “Several companies that applied in the first round but were not successful in winning a grant took advantage of the opportunity to work with the Division’s business resource managers to strengthen their applications for this time around,” said Division Director Damian DeStefano. “That is what this program is about. The grant funding is incredibly important to those who win, but EDGE also provides a way for all applicants learn how to improve their businesses.”

    The Division of Small Business is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2020 round of EDGE Grants. Visit www.delbiz.com for eligibility requirements and to download the application. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

    EDGE Round Two Recipients:

    STEM class

    2M LLC (Wilmington)

    This company makes an extremely fast-charging and safe battery, which can enable a less than 10-minute charge for E-mobility applications, such as enabling an electric vehicle to go 200 miles on a 10-minute charge. 2M will use the grant to scale up production to meet customer demand.

    4th Phase Water Technologies (Wilmington)

    This company is focused on commercializing binder-free carbon nanotube sheets made using its proprietary processes. The sheets are superior filtration/separation membranes and electromagnetic interference shielding material for a host of industries including bioprocessing, defense, consumer electronics and automotive. The company will use its grant to acquire additional lab equipment and for marketing.

    Lignolix (Wilmington)

    This company is developing sustainable products from biomass, such as that which is produced in beer manufacturing. It will use the grant to scale up its chemical process, increase production capacity and attract larger commercial customers.

    MCET Technologies (Wilmington)

    This company developed a way of integrating sensors into textiles that can be used to monitor a patient during physical rehabilitation. It will use the grant to scale up manufacturing to increase production and expand applications.

    Veramorph Materials (Wilmington)

    This company developed a hydrogel-based system that allows the body to absorb pharmaceuticals more efficiently. It will use its grant for critical equipment for R&D services for pharmaceutical companies and to conduct toxicology studies.

    Entrepreneur class

    Best Music Coach (Dover)

    This company offers online music lessons for voice and various instruments including guitar and piano. It will use its grant to upgrade its online platform and add online learning materials.

    Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop (Milford)

    This bakery-café will use the grant to upgrade its equipment and market its new services and a second Milford location scheduled to open later this year.

    Fur Baby Tracker (Wilmington)

    This woman-owned company will use its grant to roll out the mobile app it developed that lets pet parents track the progress of their cat or dog’s treatment during a stay at a veterinary hospital.

    Volunteer Brewing Company (Middletown)

    This family-owned craft brewing company located in downtown Middletown will use its grant to purchase new brewing and fermentation equipment to expand production.

    WilmInvest (Wilmington)

    This company purchases and renovates single-family homes in Wilmington which it leases to nonprofits and governmental entities to house families in need of housing and supportive services. It will use the grant to purchase and renovate additional homes.

    Click here for more information on EDGE Grants. 

  • January 14, 2020 10:22 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 10, 2020) Matthew Stehl, age 46, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020.  Matt was a long-time supporter of Philanthropy Delaware since its inception and serving as the current Board Secretary. He is remembered for his engagement and commitment as a leader in the Delaware community.  Click here to read obituary (News Journal).

       Born in Wilmington, DE, Matt is the son of Ellis and Janet (Gibbons) Stehl. He was a graduate of Salesianum High School Class of 1991. Matt attended St. Bonaventure University in New York before graduating from the University of Delaware in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in History.

    Matt spent 25 years of his life working to build non-profits in his community and help allocate funds to foster their growth, including Highmark Blue Cross where he was the Corporate and Community Communications Manager from 2013 to 2019. Most recently, Matt was the Regional Charitable and Community Involvement Manager at M & T Bank. Matt also sat on multiple boards for a number of non-profits.

    Family was the most important part of Matt's life. He was a devoted husband and a doting sports dad, who never missed his sons' sporting events. Matt will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and passion for Philadelphia sports - in particular the Eagles and Union.

    Matthew is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Melanie J. (Winship) Stehl; his sons, Nolan Howard Stehl and Coleman Patrick Stehl; his parents, Ellis and Janet Stehl; his brother, Kevin Stehl (Meredith Lutz Stehl); as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

    Family and friends may visit from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 16 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, where a Celebration of Matt's Life will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Interment will be private.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Moms Demand Action or the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

    To view full obituary, visit www.dohertyfh.com.

    Published in The News Journal from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2020

  • January 07, 2020 12:24 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 6, 2020 by Peter Osborne, Delaware Business Times) Well-known Delaware philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland were named the recipients of the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd annual dinner Monday, Jan. 6, in front of more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, and state dignitaries.

    The Copelands were recognized for their contribution to the state, community, or society, and were introduced with a video featuring high-profile business leaders and nonprofit executives. The state chamber’s highest honor is named in memory of the late Josiah Marvel, who reorganized the state chamber and served as its first president in 1913.

    Gerret, a member of the du Pont family, started his career in finance where he developed a successful New York Stock Exchange brokerage firm. He also helped establish the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Gerret is active with Longwood Gardens, The Mount Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, and serves as chairman of the Delaware Art Museum.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, Tatiana went to work for Price Waterhouse. She then worked at DuPont Company’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Soon after she returned to DuPont in Delaware. She serves on the board of The Grand Opera House and chaired the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

    Well-known philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland received the 2020 Josiah Marvel Cup award from the state chamber. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSCC

    Together, the Copelands have made a tremendous impact on the community, particularly the arts. They are involved with organizations likes Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, Brandywine Valley SPCA, ChristianaCare, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware College of Art and Design, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Humane Association, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the Grand Opera House, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Longwood Foundation, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, OperaDelaware, and the University of Delaware, to name a few.

    Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), called the Copelands “lifesavers for our organization.”

    “Not only do they provide very generous support, they share good advice, set a wonderful example for others, and they embrace our mission,” he said. “Their two DHA alumni [adoptees], Billie and Orrie, have given them an impactful glimpse into what we do every day to save animals. The Copelands have provided them with a wonderful home, and our tagline, ‘Making Friends for Life’ truly describes their connection to DHA.”

    “What would this city and state be like without them,” asked Sam Sweet, executive director and CEO of the Delaware Art Museum, which received a $15 million pledge from the Copelands in early 2018. “Although many people may think of them as philanthropists, they truly are impact investors to make a better future – through their support, organizations like the Museum can inspire creativity, foster innovation, encourage kids to dream, and bring people together. The impact of their support makes this a better place for all of us. Their support is transformative.”

    Mark Fields, the executive director of The Grand, and Bank of America Market President Chip Rossi agreed.

    “There are no other people that have had the same profound effect on the local arts community in the last decade as Tatiana and Gerret Copeland,” Fields said. “Many of our institutions owe our current financial health and forward progress to them. But they are just as generous with their guidance, expertise, and personal networks. We are deeply grateful on behalf of the communities we serve.”

    “We are thankful to the Copelands for all they do in our community,” Rossi added. “As they have said previously, ‘with privilege comes responsibility,’ and it is clear that Tatiana’s and Gerret’s support for so many critical organizations across the state has contributed to a better Delaware.”

    The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of Delaware businesses and benefits citizens of the state. Founded in 1837 as the Wilmington Board of Trade, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has a long history as the largest, most influential business organization in the state.

    By Peter Osborne, posborne@delawarebusinesstimes.com

    Click here to read article on Delaware Business Times. 

  • January 07, 2020 12:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 4, 2019 by PRWeb) Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the 2020 grant recipients, who collectively received 20 awards, totaling $310,497. The grants are awarded to organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. who are assisting primarily underserved older adults who are aging in place.

    For the first time, Impact1890 awarded multiyear grants. This allows organizations the opportunity to do more future planning, and allows Impact1890 to develop stronger relationships with the organizations. Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald stated, “Over the years we have awarded grants to organizations doing incredible work that enhances the lives of so many older adults. We have realized the best way to continue supporting their work, in some cases, means a multiyear award is necessary.”

    Baerwald continued, “We had a record number of grant proposals submitted this year. Our only disappointment is that we could not fund more of the proposals. However, we are inspired to see so many organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults in our region.”

    Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. For the 2020 grants, the areas of critical need are: social isolation; transportation; housing; navigating or accessing health care and social services; chronic disease management; and dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.

    The 2020 grant recipients include those from Delaware:

    • Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Inc. in Wilmington, Del.

    $7,500 for one year

    Supports “Memory Café” for individuals with dementia to promote socialization, stimulate cognitive skills, ease the stress of caregivers and increase public understanding of dementia

    • Mid-County Senior Center in Wilmington, Del.

    $3,000 for one year

    Provides sedentary older adults with opportunities to exercise and obtain health education.

    • Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del.

    $30,000 over three years at $10,000 a year

    Transportation for older adults who participate in a five-day per week program for persons with dementia.

    Click here to read more about all grant recipients. 

    Click here to read more about Impact1890. 

    About Impact1890

    Impact1890 – A National Lutheran Program awards funding to non-profit organizations that provide services primarily to underserved seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Impact1890 at http://www.impact1890.org.

    About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

    With 129-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs.

  • January 07, 2020 11:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 11, 2019 by Delaware Library Association) The objective of a Delaware Library Association (DLA) funded grant is to provide funds that help cover library programs or exhibitions that foster a sense of community engagement, and/or present timely topics of interest in areas such as civics, humanities, pop culture, world events, literature, health, family, or other areas as deemed appropriate.

    Community Engagement Grant 2020 Award News

    Congratulations to the Laurel Public Library!

    On December 11, 2019, Laurel Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Farm to Patron table.  For this program, Laurel will partner with local farmers, orchards and growers to secure donations of fresh produce, and will also incorporate healthy cooking classes focusing not only on using the fresh produce, but also on making one pot meals.  In talking with Gail Bruce, director of the Laurel Public Library, she said the inspiration for the idea came from an ALA seminar regarding food and security in under-served populations.  Laurel has a high poverty rate, and food insecurity in their community is an ever-growing issue.  The mission of the Laurel Public Library is to connect, create and inspire, and being physically located in the heart of downtown Laurel, this program seemed to be a good fit for the library to be community forward and focused. 

    The Laurel Public Library has strong community ties and they partner with many local non-profit organizations.  The library hosts monthly community conversations where different groups are invited to meet and share their resources.  Reaching out to the agricultural community is just another community partnership they are happy to engage in.  The program will mainly be marketed to lower-income adults, and there are thoughts to possibly offer a recyclable bag and cooking utensils to those individuals who frequently attend classes and partake in the donated fresh produce.  According to Gail, the library is surrounded by local farms and produce stands and the staff is “really excited” to start this new venture.

    The program has a projected start date of Spring 2020.


    Shown in photo from the left:
    Alison Wessel, DLA President
    Gail Bruce, Director, Laurel Public Library
    Wenona Phillips, Assistant Director, Laurel Public Library
    Cheryl Martin, Board Treasurer
    Jaclyn Hale, DLA Treasurer


    Congratulations to the Rehoboth Beach Public Library!

    On December 11, 2019, Rehoboth Beach Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Growing Together: a Community Herb Garden.  The project will create an herbal garden in the breezeway of the library, led by volunteers and patrons with a green thumb.  Tyler Antoine, Program Librarian, thinks the project can lead to many innovative programs; including childrens’ programs, cooking classes, botany workshops, holistic remedies, a possible seed library, and an end-of-the-season pot luck dinner.  The inspiration for the project grew out of successful cooking classes held at the library.  As stated by Tyler, “This grant provides a visible way to engage the community and tie in connections with programs that people are currently interested in”.

    Trustee President Tucker Kokjohn agrees, “We appreciate and support the diversity in programming and think Tyler and the library staff are doing a great job”.  A fundraising event to support this project is scheduled for February 11, 2020 at the Delaware Botanical Gardens in Ocean View, Delaware.  According to Tyler, “We have high hopes for library programming at the Rehoboth Public Library, and are very excited and grateful for the opportunity to pursue this idea.  This project embodies community engagement by asking everyone to take part and connect with one another”.

    The community herb garden is scheduled to be implemented in late April / early May 2020.

    Shown in photo from the left:
    Carol Popham, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Kate Renner, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Alison Wessel, DLA President
    Lauren McCauley, Events Coordinator, Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Tucker Kokjohn, Trustee President
    Trudie Thompson, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Kathy Ackerman, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Paul King, Patron
    Tyler Antoine, Program Librarian, Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Tom Wontorek, Trustee Treasurer
    Alex Yearley, Friends of Rehoboth Beach Public Library
    Jaclyn Hale, DLA Treasurer


    Congratulations to the Selbyville Public Library!

    On December 11, 2019, Selbyville Public Library was awarded a $500 Community Engagement Grant for their proposal Lunch and Learn at the Selbyville Public Library.  For the past five years, the Selbyville Public Library has participated in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  While the library has found the program extremely beneficial (it is limited to children ages 18 and younger), adults and seniors have been excluded from the opportunity to enjoy free lunch and fellowship.  The Selbyville Library has taken steps to tackle this problem, partnering with the Odyssey Church in 2017 to provide lunch on Tuesdays to people of all ages.  Now in 2020, they have set their sights on providing free meals to people of all ages two days a week by partnering with local restaurants. 

    According to Kelly Kline, Library Director, “People come to the library seeking some sort of betterment.  There’s something basic about sharing a meal with a neighbor or a friend.  This program also provides a lot of ways for people to get involved”.  A number of community members have given donations, including a local landscape company who donated outdoor picnic tables when the library was running out of indoor space to hold all the lunch meals.  The Southern Sussex Rotary Club has also donated $500 toward expenses for this project.  As stated by Kelly, “The success of Tuesdays and knowing it could be more really inspired this idea.  The Selbyville area struggles with food security and the library wants to get in front of this fight in our area”.  Food donations by local area restaurants have been secured for the month of July and library staff are actively working to fill June and August.

    The program will run from June – August 2020.

    Shown in photo from the left:
    Stacey Long, Selbyville Town Manager
    Jaclyn Hale, DLA Treasurer
    Alison Wessel, DLA President
    Kelly Kline, Director, Selbyville Public Library
    Megan Bunting, Youth Program Coordinator, Selbyville Public Library
    Dawn LeKites, Board Member
    Kristina Griffin, Board Member

    Click here to learn more about the Delaware Library Association. 

  • January 06, 2020 8:33 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 19, 2019 by United Way of Delaware) United Way of Delaware is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.  Delaware is home to hundreds of unique, integral and even lifesaving nonprofits – all of which are impacting Delawareans whether they realize it or not. All of these nonprofits need more individuals—young and seasoned— to support their mission, join their boards, and raise their profile among the community. And yet, when it comes to individual charitable giving, Delaware ranks poorly, 48 out of 50 according to a 2018 study.

    That’s why United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and Spur Impact Association (SI) are partnering to broaden the reach and impact of UWDE’s Do More 24 Delaware initiative, a 24-hour statewide day of giving aimed at helping participating nonprofits generate unrestricted operating funds. The online fundraising blitz begins on March 5, 2020 and concludes on March 6, 2020. All nonprofits serving Delaware and their supporters are encouraged to participate in Do More 24 Delaware.

    UWDE and SI will jointly promote Do More 24 Delaware and participating nonprofits will create customized pages on SI’s “Delaware Gives” online platform. The platform makes it easy for nonprofits to engage potential donors in all age groups and demographics, including millennials and young professionals, and to solicit and collect donations. In addition to what they raise from their supporter and peer-to-peer networks, participating nonprofits will be eligible for incentive funds provided by foundation and corporate donors, bonus stretch pool funds and other cash incentives.

    Commenting on the basis for the partnership with SI, UWDE President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor said, “The bottom line is this: we believe this new approach to Do More 24 Delaware will grow our audience, our response rate and our results. The nature of philanthropy has changed significantly over the last several years. While workplace campaigns remain an important part of United Way’s strategy, this new partnership improves our capacity to connect directly with donors and potential donors outside the workplace. We have significantly improved our access to a wider audience, especially millennials and young professionals, which is an audience that can be difficult to reach at the workplace level.”

    Taylor also noted that many corporate donors place restrictions on the use of their gifts to nonprofits and that Do More 24 Delaware is one way for nonprofits to generate support that can be used for general operating purposes.

    Charlie Vincent, Executive Director of Spur Impact, said he is excited about partnering with UWDE to rally Delawareans around a large-scale philanthropic event. “Thousands of professionals live and work in Delaware and are looking for ways to get involved and make an impact in their community, often through nonprofit service. We see Do More 24 Delaware as a great opportunity to activate philanthropy among the next generation of donors and to provide the nonprofits serving Delaware with an easy and meaningful way to showcase their mission and raise real dollars in the process.”

    Over the next three months, UWDE and SI will be holding workshops to help nonprofits maximize their participation in Do More 24 Delaware. Nonprofits looking to participate in Do More 24 Delaware are encouraged to contact Schlonn Hawkins at shawkins@uwde.org or Sarah Fulton at sarah@spurimpact.org.

    About Do More 24 Delaware

    Founded by United Way of Delaware in 2016, Do More 24 Delaware is a one-day event during which nonprofits across the state participate in an around-the-clock friendly competition to raise incremental funds that go directly to participating agencies. Nonprofits create their own outreach activities to engage supporters and compete for additional cash incentives funded by corporate and foundation donors.

    About United Way of Delaware

    Founded in 1946, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) works to advance the common good by focusing on three key areas: Early Education, College and Career Readiness and Financial Stability. UWDE is engaged in a long-term strategy to eliminate the root causes of the most pressing social problems in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. UWDE is also responsible for the United Way brand in Salem County, New Jersey, where its activities are guided by the Salem County Advisory Committee of the UWDE Board of Directors. For more information or to support UWDE, visit www.uwde.org, follow us on Twitter @UnitedWayDE, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofDelaware, or call (302) 573- 3717.

    About Spur Impact Association

    Spur Impact Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on building a collaborative network for any individual, organization or affiliate group seeking to connect with and develop young professionals, the future lifeblood of any organization. Spur Impact is best known for the Millennial Summit, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and largest young professional conferences held annually in Wilmington, Delaware.

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    Brent Porter, Vice President, Marketing, Communications & External Affairs, United Way of Delaware

    302.573.3717 | bporter@uwde.org

    Sarah Fulton, Associate Director of Development Spur Impact Association

    302.333.6161 | sarah@spurimpact.org

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