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

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

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

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

    Read more here.

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

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

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

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

    Read more here.


    Supporting partners of the program include:

    - Barclays Bank

    - Capital One

    - Chichester Dupont Foundation

    - Crystal Trust

    - Delaware Bar Foundation

    - Delaware Community Foundation

    - Delaware Criminal Justice Council

    - Delmarva Power

    - Eagle One Federal Credit Union

    - Gilliam Family Foundation

    - Kenny Family Foundation

    - Laffey-Mchugh Foundation

    - Longwood Foundation

    - M&T Bank

    - Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund

    - New Castle County Council

    - Robin Foundation

    - Welfare Foundation


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

    Delmarva Power is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

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

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

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

    Read more here.

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

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

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

    Read more here.

  • January 03, 2019 1:03 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

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

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

    Read more here.

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

    Wells Fargo is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

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

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

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

    Read more here.

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

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

    Read the entire article here.

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

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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

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