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  • June 12, 2020 2:43 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 12, 2020 by Press Release) Delaware nonprofits invited to apply for Community Needs Grants and Vision Grants The new Community Needs Grants Program and the Vision Grants Program are now open to Delaware nonprofits through the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation(DCF).

    Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund will award monthly grants up to $50,000 to enable nonprofits to better serve Delawareans by providing resources to help them shift to new or modified operating models, or restart or pivot programs in response to COVID-19.

    These grants are not intended for emergency needs. Rather, these grants are intended to support nonprofit sectors through organizations that are sustainable with strong leadership, management and fiscal accountability, as well as solid programmatic outcomes that benefit Delawareans.

    Through the Vision Grants Program, the fund will invest in innovative solutions across a variety of topic areas that address the emerging and evolving needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vision Grants will support bold solutions, innovative ways of delivering services and programs, address specific social problems, include key partners, and drive broader social or systems changes.

    For full details and to apply, visit delcf.org/covid-grants.

    About the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund

    A partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2.5 million to 107 Delaware nonprofits so far. The fund awarded grants each week March 27-May 22 and an additional round on June 9. One more round of grants will be awarded next Friday. The new Community Needs Grants Program and the Vision Grants Program will build on the work to date.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.

    The fund, directed by PD President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Barclays ($500,000), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The fund also includes $134,000 from more than 250 individual donors.

    The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund. Gifts through Aug. 31 will be matched by the Longwood Foundation up to $500,000.

    About the Delaware Community Foundation 

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

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  • June 12, 2020 10:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 10, 2020 by Delaware News Press Release) Fifty-five arts organizations and 11 artists have received relief funds - Earlier this year, the Division of the Arts received $423,600 from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. With this special award and additional federal funds, the Division developed two short-term grant opportunities to help secure jobs and support Delaware’s nonprofit arts organizations and artists that add value to the state’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities. Of the approximately 60 arts organizations that receive General Operating Support, and an additional 25 community-based arts programs, 55 arts and community-based organizations and 11 artists received relief funds.

    CARES Organization Relief Grants ranged in size from $1,000 to $12,500 and were only available to recipients of General Operating Support (GOS) in the past three years (FY18, FY19, FY20), or Project Support (PS) in the current fiscal year (FY20). The grants were for expenses to support salaried employees, fees for artists and/or contractual personnel, as well as facility costs such as rent and utilities, incurred between March 15 and August 31.

    CARES Artist Relief Grants provided up to $500 to eligible Delaware artists impacted by the cancellation of a specific scheduled event, gig, or opportunity (e.g. commissions, performances, readings, contracts, teaching classes, etc.) because of COVID-19.

    “These relief funds are critical to arts organizations’ and their ongoing service to the community,” said Paul Weagraff, director of the Division of the Arts. “Public funds represent only a small portion of the revenue that arts organizations generate. In addition, individual practicing and teaching artists have seen their opportunities postponed or even canceled due to the social distancing guidelines set forth by the state. Artists’ work in communities, schools and businesses is crucial to the creative life of our communities and adds distinct value to the state’s economy.”

    In addition to the CARES Act relief grants, the Division also released the final General Operating Support grant payments in mid-March (usually dispersed in September) to assist arts organizations with cash flow challenges resulting from cancelled and postponed, revenue generating programming.

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    Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
    302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov

    Image: “Tides of Change,” acrylics, 36” x 36”, 2019, artist: Shawn Faust

    The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.


  • June 08, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 8, 2020 by Press Release)  In its ninth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund on Friday awarded $108,760 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The fund also earmarked $50,000 to create a new initiative to increase equity in Delaware by strengthening smaller nonprofits (operating budgets $250K and under) led by and serving people of color, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Specifics will be determined in the coming weeks.

    Friday’s grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Laurel Public Library — $3,900 for a UV sanitation machine for books and materials.
    • Chinese American Community Center — $8,000 to support virtual programming and operations of the facility in Hockessin.
    • Siegel JCC — $16,360 for equipment to facilitate safely reopening the facility in Wilmington.
    • Delaware Zoological Society — $10,000 to support zoo operations and virtual programming.
    • Wilmington & Western Railroad — $5,000 for equipment to facilitate safely reopening the historical railroad.
    • Lewes Public Library — $10,000 for equipment to support virtual programming.
    • Paws for People — $4,000 to support virtual pet therapy and reading programs statewide.
    • Absolutely Flawless Women — $5,000 to provide meals for families in Indian River School District.
    • Freeman Foundation — $10,000 to convert its free, weekly Young Audience Series to a virtual program.
    • Delaware Center for Horticulture — $10,000 to mobilize home gardeners to grow and donate produce statewide.
    • Clear Space Theatre Company — $10,000 to support operations.
    • Merakey IDD — $6,500 for equipment to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities at Delaware group homes.
    • Bellevue Community Center — $10,000 to provide fresh produce to underserved families in Wilmington.

    In this ninth round of grants, 51 applicants requested $1.3 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2.5 million to 107 Delaware nonprofits so far. The fund awarded grants each week March 27-May 22 and paused for a week before awarding Friday’s grants.

    Next Applications Due June 15

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 15 at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    The grants have been targeting a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The June grants are target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.

    While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.

    These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability and strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving populations most affected by the pandemic will be favored.

    New Grants Programs to Be Announced for Second Half of 2020

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will continue to award grants at least through the end of 2020.

    Two new grants programs will be announced on Friday, June 12 at delcf.org/covid-grants. Details are not yet available.

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    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1.5 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by Aug. 31.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Community Needs Grants Council:

    • April Birmingham, M&T Bank
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFSAlan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Barclays ($500,000), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.

  • June 04, 2020 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 4, 2020 by Delaware State Chamber of Commerce) The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (the Fund), managed by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), today released $100,000 in community investments to help seven community-based organizations across the state serve Delawareans needing food, shelter, utilities and other critical products and services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Much of the funding has been directed to assist low-income and/or homeless individuals and families. To date, the Fund has released $1,184,750, inclusive of today’s announcement. A seventh round of funding is expected on or around June 18th.

    To date, the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund has assisted 75,109 Delawareans in 31,552 households and has funded 1,163,178 meals. The category breakdown of community investments for all six rounds of funding is as follows:

    • Food 41%
    • Housing 34%
    • Utilities 13%
    • Other* 12%

    *Other includes transportation, medical and PPE supplies, employment assistance, technology and technology access.

    Sixth-round recipient organizations (see list below) were selected by a committee of funders including United Way of Delaware, the Santora Group CPAs, Delmarva Power, DuPont, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. Recipients were chosen for the strength of their on-the-ground operations in key population areas across the state, and because each has the scope, scale and experience to manage emergency relief efforts.

    Seven Community-Based Organizations Receive Sixth-Round From Rapid Response Fund

    Sixth-round recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund are:

    • Catholic Charities ($25,000): Utilities, housing and behavioral health services for adults, children, seniors, homeless and persons with disabilities, statewide
    • Christina Cultural Arts Center ($5,000): Program materials and supplies for adults in New Castle County
    • Delaware Center for Justice ($15,000): Household products, documents and clothing for adults, statewide
    • Friendship House ($10,000): Utilities and housing for adults, seniors and homeless individuals in New Castle County
    • Goodwill of Delaware ($12,500): Job skills training, employment/placement and support services for adults, seniors, and persons with disabilities in Kent and Sussex counties
    • Jewish Family Services (15,000): Food, utilities, housing, and stay-at-home survival kits for adults, children and seniors in New Castle and Sussex counties
    • Latin American Community Center ($17,500): Food, utilities, and housing for adults and children, statewide

    Corporations, Individuals Support Rapid Response Fund

    A partial list of supporters of the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (to date):

    • Bank of America
    • Barclays
    • Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
    • Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company
    • DuPont
    • Exelon
    • Fund for Women
    • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
    • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Longwood Foundation
    • M&T Bank
    • New Castle County Government
    • Procter & Gamble Company
    • Santander Bank
    • Target Corporation
    • United Way of Delaware
    • Wells Fargo
    • Wilmington University
    • WSFS Bank
    • …and hundreds of caring individuals

    Longwood Foundation Offers Rapid Response Fund $250,000 Challenge Grant

    Commenting on the future of the Fund, UWDE President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor said, “Quarantine restrictions are lifting slowly, the weather is warming and it’s tempting to think that COVID-19 will soon be a bad memory. Nothing could be further from the truth. The human toll is incalculable, and with tens of thousands still out of work, hundreds of businesses shuttered and the state’s economy in free fall, the receding virus has revealed a landscape of loss and suffering across Delaware. We expect the Fund will be investing in the community throughout the summer months.”

    To help meet this demand, Taylor said the Longwood Foundation has challenged the Fund to raise an additional $250,000 by August 31, 2020. Taylor said, “The Longwood Foundation will match donor contributions dollar-for-dollar, now through the end of summer, up to $250,000. That means at least an additional $500,000 to help Delawareans still struggling with the long-term impacts of COVID-19. For those who have not yet contributed to the Fund, and for those who wish to dig a little deeper, there has been no better time to give than right now.”

    Those wishing to double the impact of their gift to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund may do so in one of three ways:

    • Text the phrase: derapid to 41444
    • Give online at: www.uwde.org/give4covid
    • Send a check to: United Way of Delaware, 625 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (write “Rapid Response Fund” in the note section)

    Rapid Response Fund Background

    Shortly after the initial reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, United Way of Delaware convened a virtual meeting of more than 100 leaders from state government, nonprofits, foundations and community-based organizations to develop a comprehensive, coordinated response to the crisis. One outcome of the meeting was formation of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative. The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by UWDE, will address near-term demand for financial and other resources; the Strategic Response Fund, managed by the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), will address some of the operational and capacity needs of nonprofits whose resources are being strained in the current crisis.


  • May 30, 2020 9:45 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 30, 2020 by Delaware News Desk, Dover PostJPMorgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  JPMorgan Chase committed $300,000 to Delaware Technical Community College to support students, staff and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The emergency funds will assist Delaware Tech students who are now learning in an online environment stay enrolled and continue to receive high-quality education.

    While Delaware Tech has shifted its coursework online in the wake of stay-at-home orders, some challenges have arisen including access to technology for students. Research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute found that 65% of families don’t have the cash buffer to weather a simultaneous income dip and spike in expenditure like the one resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

    Delaware Tech will make laptops and Chromebooks available to students in need who are enrolled in credit and short-term certificate programs, allowing them to successfully complete online work.

    JPMorgan Chase’s support will also allow for 38 Delaware Tech faculty members to attend a two-week “virtual boot camp” professional development session with the college’s Center for Creative Instruction and Technology to learn how to develop online master courses to optimize student learning and engagement. Other professional development opportunities for faculty to learn how to best deliver online courses will also be funded by the grant.

    To help students gain employment during challenging times, the grant will include a virtual career fair for Del Tech students and alumni, with emphasis on the healthcare and education fields. Alumni experiencing unemployment will also be able to access career counseling and job placement services through the grant.

    “We are grateful to JPMorgan Chase for once again stepping in to help Delaware Tech provide essential services to our students,” said Del Tech President Mark T. Brainard. “This grant will help our faculty to deliver the high-quality education that our students expect and deserve. And it will allow us to provide our students and alumni with enhanced access to career and employment resources. We know this award will have far-reaching benefits for our state.”

    JPMorgan Chase’s support for Delaware Tech is part of the firm’s $200 million global business and philanthropic commitment to address the humanitarian and economic impact of COVID-19 on underserved, hard-hit communities, including people of color and low-income households across the U.S.

    “JPMorgan Chase has a long history in Delaware and a standing commitment to supporting our employees, customers and communities across the state,” said Tom Horne, Delaware market leader for JPMorgan Chase. “Investing in our youth and ensuring that students can continue to benefit from high-quality education is key to helping make sure the COVID-19 crisis doesn’t widen the economic opportunity gap for the most vulnerable Delawareans.”

    For more on Del Tech’s programs and training opportunities, visit dtcc.edu.

    Click here for article from Dover Post. 

  • May 26, 2020 4:30 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Press Release, Delaware Community Foundation) The Longwood Foundation has posed a new $500,000 challenge grant to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, giving donors the opportunity to double the impact of their gift now through August 31.  

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund was launched on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match or for more information, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund or call 302.504.5226.

    This is the second $500,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation, bringing its total commitment to the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund to $2 million in the past eight weeks. The fund, managed by the Delaware Community Foundation in partnership with Philanthropy Delaware, was established on March 18 to respond to the state’s evolving and emerging needs arising from the pandemic.

    To date, the grants have fed, housed and provided healthcare for tens of thousands of Delawareans, in addition to providing critical funding for organizations supporting pets, the arts, education, libraries and more.

    Thanks to generous donations to from individuals, companies and foundations throughout the state, the DCF was able to match the first $500,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation a week before the May 30 deadline. 

    Longwood offered this second challenge grant because of the success of the fundraising effort and the powerful impact the fund has made so far throughout the state, said Longwood President There du Pont.

    "Alongside the United Way, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is helping to address immediate needs for many Delawareans,” du Pont said. “We are very pleased with the work so far and the DCF’s ability to match our prior grant so quickly. The needs remain great and therefore we’re encouraging further investment in the effort.”

    In the most expedited statewide grantmaking program in the country, the fund has so far awarded $2.3 million to 94 nonprofit organizations providing services to people throughout the state. Based on the nature of the applications, these early grants focused largely on immediate community needs like housing, food assistance, and healthcare.

    June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors throughout the state. The goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others. Deadlines are June 1 and June 15, and nonprofits can apply at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    The intent of the Longwood Foundation's challenge grant is to help fund additional grants in July and subsequent months for as long as community needs exist related to COVID-19. Details about future grant opportunities will be available soon. 

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President and CEO, Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JPMorgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Philanthropy Delaware and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis. 

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation

     

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

  • May 26, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Christy Fleming, Town Square Delaware) Nearly 100 nonprofits have been awarded $2.3 million in funding from the Delaware COVID Strategic Response Fund to keep seniors fed, to keep children engaged with virtual programming, and for things like emergency housing assistance and PPE for caretakers.

    The Fund issues grants weekly to a dozen or more organizations. In their most recent cycle of grants, the Fund awarded $260,592 to 19 nonprofit organizations. (See below.)

    Photo: The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund has awarded, more than $2 million to nonprofits including $10,775 to the Delaware Art Museum for educational art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.


    The bulk of the money has gone to food, housing and healthcare. “When we saw the needs in the applications we realized that the bulk of the money had to go to critical services and particularly mental healthcare have been overwhelmed,” said Allison Levine, a spokesperson with the Delaware Community Foundation.

    As immediate concerns were addressed, program administrators were then able to expand donations to other nonprofits desperate for an infusion to sustain remote programming.

    “Once we got several weeks into the program, we were able to address other quality of life issues such the arts, education and children’s needs,” said Levine.

    Delaware Children’s Museum ($25k), the Delaware Museum of Natural History ($10K), Delaware Shakespeare Festival ($7.5K), Delaware Theatre Company ($10k) and the Delaware Contemporary ($10k), for example, all received funding in the sixth and seventh round of grants.

    Levine says “the asks are incredibly detailed.” Organizations are asking for very specific needs, such as $300 for cleaning supplies; $185 for a Chrome book to be able to communicate with victims of sexual assault; $15 per educational art kit being delivered to underserved children by the Delaware Art Museum. 

    Here is a breakdown of the $2.3M in funding:

    Funding Targets
    38% Food & Supplies 
    24% Housing
    14% Mental Health
    13% Health Services
    5% Case Management
    3% Education
    3% Community Outreach
    1% Arts and Humanities

    The latest round of grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children – $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
    • Brandywine Valley SPCA – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
    • Code Purple Kent County – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
    • Delaware Art Museum – $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware College Scholars – $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
    • Downtown Visions – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
    • Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc. – $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
    • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
    • Fellowship Health Resources Inc. – $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
    • Georgetown Public Library – $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
    • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. – $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
    • Literacy Delaware – $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
    • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
    • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
    • Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming.

    Starting with an initial grant of $1,000,000 from Longwood Foundation, the value Strategic Response Fund  has been raised entirely from corporate and foundation donors as well as individuals.

    The Fund now sits at about $4 million, including pledges and a matching gift of $500,000 from the Longwood Foundation for pledges received through May 31st. It  

    The Delaware Community Foundation has just announced that Longwood has just proposed another matching grant of $500K for funds they can raise through the end of August.


  • May 26, 2020 11:30 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Press Release, Business Wire) Barclays US Consumer Bank is a  Member of Philanthropy Delaware. Nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Nevada and Ohio are latest to receive funds from the global $125 million Barclays’ COVID-19 Community Aid Package - Barclays US Consumer Bank today announced support to the communities in which the bank operates to respond to hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will be allocated to nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Nevada and Ohio that provide food, shelter and assistance to vulnerable populations, aid to first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic, and financial support for small businesses.

    “By working with charity partners that have a strong track record of providing care to people in need, we hope that we can help those impacted by COVID-19 access essential services and relief where it is most needed,” said Denny Nealon, president, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “At Barclays, we’re proud to be able to work with these incredible charities during this difficult time and grateful for all that they are doing to support the communities in which we live and work.”

    Barclays PLC, based in London, recently announced a $125 million (£100 million) COVID-19 Community Aid Package to support charities worldwide that are working to help vulnerable people and communities impacted by the virus, including contributions directed to trusted nonprofit organizations in the areas where Barclays US Consumer Bank operates in the United States. The donations announced today are the latest from Barclays’ COVID-19 fund and follow the recent announcement of support being provided by Barclays to 13 non-profit organizations that will help to provide assistance to communities across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

    Barclays US Consumer Bank charity partners include:

    • Delaware Community Foundation helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. Barclays is supporting the organization’s Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which will help to address the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis including the needs of vulnerable populations across Delaware, as well as other COVID-19 related projects below via the Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Fund at the DCF.
      • The Wilmington Strong Small Business Fund, a public-private partnership comprised of West Side Grows Together, Wilmington Alliance, The City of Wilmington – Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, True Access Capital, Cinnaire, Wilmington Community Advisory Council, Latin American Community Center, Collaborate Northeast and the Delaware Division of Small Business, will provide grants to small businesses located in Wilmington as they recover from the impact of COVID-19. Barclays’ $100,000 matching grant will not only help build the capacity of small businesses by providing utility and rent assistance, but also creates the foundation for a public-private partnership to serve Wilmington’s favorite shops, restaurants, stores and cafes citywide.
      • Wilmington is Working Technology Equity Fund will support local workforce programs and their beneficiaries by providing access to technology to help close the digital divide, highlighted further by the pandemic among the city’s most vulnerable populations. In response to COVID-19, Wilmington Alliance in partnership with NERDiT NOW has been focusing its efforts on rebuilding the local economy through coordinating a citywide assessment of workforce development programs readiness to offer online training and access to technology needed to provide employment opportunities. Barclays’ anchor funding will support the procurement, setup and delivery of technology hardware and other technology needs.
      • REACH Riverside aims to transform the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, into a healthy and vibrant mixed-income community while creating pathways out of poverty for the low-income families who live there. The Riverside Relief Fund was established for households in the Riverside public housing units that are facing economic hardship or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19. Barclays’ funding will support local restaurants to feed food-insecure residents as well as providing access to technology for the children and families of Riverside to access educational programming.
    • Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that aims to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Barclays funding will help to provide protective equipment and critical care medication to the health workers and medical facilities that need it the most across New York City, New Jersey and Delaware.
    • Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks across 50 states and Puerto Rico. Barclays is supporting Feeding America’s work to secure approximately 20 million meals per week on behalf of its network of local food banks, including in Ohio and Nevada:
      • Shared Harvest Foodbank collects, warehouses, transports and distributes contributions of surplus food and other grocery style products to 90-plus food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and similar nonprofits in five counties in Ohio, which provide hot meals or bags of groceries to people in need. Barclays is supporting Shared Harvest to provide 2.4 million meals to those impacted by COVID-19.
      • Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, aims to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while pursuing a hunger-free community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Three Square has increased weekly food distribution from 1 million pounds to 1.3 million pounds—the equivalent of 250,000 meals per week. Barclays’ support will allow Three Square to provide 1.2 million meals to families in need across the valley.
    • United Way of Delaware(UWDE) operates the Delaware 211 Helpline, which in cooperation with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, serves as the central hub for thousands of Delawareans seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the unprecedented need, UWDE created the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which leverages the expertise of community-based organizations and invests in those agencies that can meet the most critical needs during this trying time. Barclays’ funding will support these efforts, connecting families with resources by investing in key organizations, including:
      • The Food Bank of Delaware, a member of Feeding America, is a Delaware-based, statewide nonprofit agency whose mission is a community free of hunger. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank has distributed more than 3 million pounds to the community, nearly 4,300 meal boxes to seniors, and 19,171 weekend meal bags to children in need. Barclays’ support, through the United Way of Delaware’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, will aid the Food Bank in their COVID-19 efforts providing 750,000 meals to low-income families across the state.
      • West End Neighborhood House's mission is to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency, reach and maintain their maximum potential, and live responsibly and harmoniously in a healthy community and complex world. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, West End is working to provide emergency food, rental and utility assistance, as well as critical support to local small businesses. Thus far, West End has provided over 8,500 meals to more than 700 individuals, and rental or utility assistance to 100 families. Barclays' funding, through the United Way of Delaware's COVID-19 Response Fund, will allow West End to provide the pipeline and distribution of food staples, as well as an additional 5,500 meals and rental assistance to 500 families as the pandemic continues.
    • United Way of Southern Nevada stands in the center of the Southern Nevada community, taking immediate steps to help all those who are impacted by COVID-19 by uniting donors, volunteers, and nonprofits. Barclays will support their Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund, which provides food, shelter and utility assistance to help the most vulnerable residents of the Las Vegas valley during these challenging times.

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    Barclays US Consumer Bank is one of the fastest-growing top 10 credit card issuers in the United States. The bank creates customized, co-branded credit card programs for some of the country's most successful travel, entertainment, retail and affinity institutions, and offers online savings accounts and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com.

    Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customer and client, and geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group. For further information about Barclays, please visit www.barclays.com.



  • May 23, 2020 10:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 23, 2020 by Spur Impact)  Less than two months ago in mid-March, the Delaware nonprofit sector leaders agreed to come together around what was then an rapidly emerging public health crisis. Everyone agreed this virus could severely and negatively impact the Delaware economy and particularly the Delaware nonprofit sector. The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, led by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), was born from these discussions, and in short course became the most expedited statewide grant funding program in the country. Each week for the past eight weeks, dozens of volunteers throughout the state reviewed applications and made recommendations for funding. Over the course of these two months, the combined funds typically awarded 20 grants each week for an average total award of more than $415,000.

    Since March 27 and after its eighth week on May 22, the Delaware COVID-19 relief effort has collectively made more than $3.3 million in grants to 108 different nonprofits serving Delaware. Should more public or private funding be allocated to these programs, more money could be awarded and distributed. You can learn more or donate to either or both of the Delaware COVID relief funds at www.delcf.org/coronavirus or bit.ly/covidhelpde

    The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative is expected to continue during the summer and beyond as necessary. These efforts include supplementing and supporting efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies, generating funds and other support, and recruiting volunteers to address both the immediate and long-term consequences of the pandemic. Besides the COVID-19 Relief Funds, DANA is assessing the needs of the nonprofit sector statewide and advocating for short- and long-term funding and strategic service support. Volunteer efforts are also being coordinated statewide through Delaware 2-1-1.

    Nonprofits can apply to one or both of the COVID-19 relief funds and the grant application, review, and distribution cycle resets on a regular basis. To learn more or apply to the DCF COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, visit www.delcf.org/covid-grants. To learn more about the UWDE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund as well as the volunteer efforts being led by UWDE through its Delaware 211 platform, visit uwde.org/covid19-resources-and-information.

    The following table shows how much each of the 108 nonprofits have received over the first eight weeks from grants made from either or both of the COVID-19 Response Funds from DCF (Strategic Response) and UWDE (Rapid Response).

  • May 22, 2020 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 22, 2020 by Press Release) $2.3 million awarded in past eight weeks - In its eighth round of weekly grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $260,592 to 19 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children – $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
    • Brandywine Valley SPCA – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
    • Code Purple Kent County – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
    • Delaware Art Museum – $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware College Scholars – $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
    • Downtown Visions – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
    • Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc. – $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
    • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
    • Fellowship Health Resources Inc. – $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
    • Georgetown Public Library – $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
    • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. – $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
    • Literacy Delaware – $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
    • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
    • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
    • Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming in Wilmington.

    In this eighth and final round of weekly grants, 56 applicants requested $1.4 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2.3 million to 94 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, initial grants focused largely on immediate community needs. In recent weeks, the grants have broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    This week marked the final round of weekly grants. In June, the grants program will resume as follows:

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.

    While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.

    These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability and strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving underserved populations will be favored.

    The application for June grants will be available next week at delcf.org/covid-grants.

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    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • April Birmingham, M&T Bank
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFSAlan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.


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