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  • December 14, 2018 11:38 AM | Christina Marconi

    Turn on the news, and watch the devastation caused by the latest hurricane or wildfire to rip through the United States or tsunami to hit Asia. What’s your response? To well up with emotion and donate whatever you can to a relief organization? To envision a way to build sturdier houses or encourage people to move to higher ground?

    Your response says a lot about what kind of philanthropist you might be. The people who well up are motivated by empathy and so may take a more  emotional approach to giving when they see others in need. Those watching the disaster who think of fixing the infrastructure or incentivizing people to make different choices may take a more rational approach to giving. 

    Can you combine the two?

    Read more from the Robb Report here.

  • December 13, 2018 11:29 AM | Christina Marconi

    On December 5, 2019, the University of Delaware and Delaware Gov. John Carney hosted daylong Opportunity Zone Summit for investors and leaders from Delaware's government, industry, business, academia, and community sectors. 

    Opportunity Zones are a community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The  program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by the chief executives of every U.S. state and territory. Delaware has 25 zones. 

    The event took place in the 10-story Tower at the STAR Campus, which itself is a Delaware Opportunity Zone. 

    Read more from the UDaily article here.

  • December 13, 2018 10:42 AM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care Health System won the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for using virtual reality technology to improve patients’ experience during chemotherapy at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute near Newark.

    Christiana Care caregivers use virtual reality as a way for patients to immerse themselves in places outside the cancer center, whether those places are beaches, forests or popular destinations. The goal is to decrease the anxiety that comes with receiving chemotherapy.

    Read more here.

  • December 13, 2018 10:23 AM | Christina Marconi

    In giving circles, donors raise money collectively and then vote to disburse it to mission-aligned recipients. The money involved is modest, but it is growing. A 2017 study estimated that giving circles may have disbursed as much as $1.29 billion in their entire history, but, naturally, this pales compared to last year’s one-year giving total of $410 billion. 

    Still, giving circles can be important—both as revenue for local causes too small for philanthropy to notice, as well as for the donors. In fact, for members, the experience can be identity-changing.

    Read more from NPQ's article here.

  • December 13, 2018 9:59 AM | Christina Marconi

    The latest Burk Donor Survey offers both bright signs and warning lights for  charities.

    Among the bright signs: Young donors are starting to step up, and are most likely of all age groups to give more this year. 46% said they’re ready to dig deeper this year.

    Among the warning lights: 71% of donors supported no new causes in 2017, an indication that most donors aren’t seeking to add additional charities to their philanthropy.

    Read The Chronicle of Philanthropy's takeaways from the report here.

  • December 12, 2018 8:51 AM | Christina Marconi

    The University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration now bares a very familiar name. UD has renamed the school for one of its most prominent alumni, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    The university announced it’s changing the name to the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

    Biden says he’s honored and humbled by the school's decision.

    Read more here.

  • December 11, 2018 10:02 AM | Christina Marconi

    United Way of Delaware, Wells Fargo, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    On December 10, 2019, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) launched its Get Delaware Reading Wilmington initiative at St. Michael's School & Nursery on Walnut Street.

    The initiative's objective is to work collectively to move the needle on reading by the end of 3rd grade for our kids in Wilmington.

    Click here to see Michelle Taylor, CEO of UWDE, talk about the initiative on Comcast Newsmakers. 

    Collaborating supporters include Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City of Wilmington; New Castle County and County Executive Matt Meyer; First Spouse Tracey Quillen and her First Chance Delaware Initiative; Jessie Ball DuPont Fund;  Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine School Districts; DE Department of Education; Parents as Teachers; Delaware Health and Social Services; Wells Fargo; Nemours BrightStart!;  AutoTeamDelaware; Seeds of Greatness Bible Church; Reading Assist Institute; First Chance Delaware; Delaware Association for The Education of Young Children; and Delaware State Education Association. 

    UWDE's CEO Michelle Taylor

    First Spouse and First Chance Delaware's Tracey Quillen Carney

    Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki

  • December 11, 2018 9:21 AM | Christina Marconi

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care Health System is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour effective Feb. 1, 2019. The increase affects 500 current employees. With this pay increase, all Christiana Care employees will be at or above a $15 an hour wage.

    Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware with nearly 12,000 employees and is the first health system in Delaware to make this commitment.

    “Our extraordinary caregivers are our most important investment,” said Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH. “We serve together, guided by our values, Excellence and Love. In every position, at every level of our organization, each of our employees plays a vital role in the care of our patients and their families. This is the right thing to do for our employees, and we also believe that it will have a positive economic impact on our community."

    Read more here.

  • December 10, 2018 4:14 PM | Christina Marconi

    Jewish Federation of Delaware is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Jewish Federation of Delaware has been named a Finalist in PR Daily’s 2018 Nonprofit PR Awards.

    PR Daily’s 2018 Nonprofit PR Awards celebrate teams and organizations who have redefined the field with their groundbreaking work and have found innovative ways of telling their story. Federation was named a Finalist from a wide pool of submissions for the ingenuity and impact of its successful branding campaign, We Are Stronger TOGETHER.

    “The We Are Stronger TOGETHER campaign resonates with our multiple constituencies as it embraces the power of working together and having a shared vision of community collaboration. It also reinforces the commitment and indelible partnership between our professional and lay leadership,” said Seth J. Katzen, Federation’s Chief Executive Officer.

    Read more here.


  • December 10, 2018 11:23 AM | Christina Marconi

    With $10M in Funding From The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Communities Thrive Challenge Grantees From Missoula, MT to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Will Expand Their Community-Led Approaches

    Grantees Are Tackling Systemic Challenges Including Investing in Small Businesses in Low- Income Neighborhoods, Improving Access to Public Benefits, and Reducing Youth Incarceration and Recidivism.

    Read more here.

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