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  • March 01, 2019 12:47 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Welfare Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Ajit Mathew George sees a future where state or federal inmates from Delaware will have farming jobs — and futures as entrepreneurs — waiting for them when they’re released. All within the Wilmington city limits.

    “On average, about 100 men and women are released from Delaware prisons every month to three Wilmington ZIP codes [19801, 19802 and 19805],” says George, who formed Second Chances Farm to hire and offer turnkey entrepreneurial opportunities to men and women returning from prison. He plans to open “vertical farms” inside abandoned warehouses and empty office space close to where these former prisoners live. They’ll be growing crops on LED-lit hydroponic towers that do not require soil, pesticides, or even natural sunlight.

    The Welfare Foundation, which supports nonprofits focused on social-welfare causes in Delaware and southern Chester County, awarded Second Chances Farm No. 1 a startup grant of $175,000 following the Reinventing Delaware event. 

    Read more here


  • March 01, 2019 12:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The New York Academy of SciencesColumbia University, and several other prominent universities, museums, and nonprofits are reviewing their philanthropic relationship with the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, an opioid-based pain medication, the Wall Street Journalreports.

    In the wake of recent court disclosures, activists have been putting pressure on institutions to stop accepting philanthropic gifts from the Sackler family. Earlier this month, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York — home to the Sackler Center for Arts Education, which was funded by a gift from the Mortimer D. Sackler family — was the location of a surprise protest by Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or P.A.I.N., an anti-opioid organization. Similar protests have been staged at Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

    Read more here

  • March 01, 2019 11:25 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Crestlea Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    From the Dover Post. 

    Wesley College received a $20,000 grant from Crestlea Foundation to be used for capital improvements.

    Crestlea provides funding for community development, education, environment and social and human services. Funding is restricted to organizations within a 50-mile radius of Wilmington.

    “We are very appreciative of the Crestlea Foundation’s support,” said Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II. “The energy savings we will be able to achieve with this grant money will help the College and the environment.”

    The funding will be directed to the college’s most pressing need, which is campuswide repairs and renovation to ensure the college meet the highest standard of energy conservation. Areas that will be addressed with the grant include Americans with Disabilities Act-compliance, HVAC and energy repairs and upgrades.


  • March 01, 2019 11:21 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    From the start of 2018, Delaware health officials feared it would be the deadliest yet for drug overdoses.

    Their predictions were correct.

    Delaware recorded 344 overdose deaths in the first 10 months of the year and the state Division of Forensic Science is still working through toxicology reports for November and December.

    Read more from Delaware Online here.


  • February 22, 2019 9:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Philanthropy Delaware Board Member Amy Walls of Discover Bank receives James B. O'Neill award. 

    Amy Walls, Assistant Community Reinvestment Act Director, Discover Bank, received the James B. O'Neill Award in Economic Education from the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, at the 2019 Economic Forecast at the University of Delaware. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions in promoting economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurship education. Throughout her career, Amy has worked to support, deliver, and increase access to high quality financial education in Delaware.

  • February 21, 2019 10:07 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Vernita Dorsey was recently named the new chairwoman of the Philanthropy Delaware’s executive board for 2019-2020. Vernita, a Senior Vice President, Director of Community Strategy at WSFS Bank, assumed her role on January 1, 2019. Click here for full release

  • February 21, 2019 9:34 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The AEG Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Firefly Foundation offers grant funding in Delaware. 

    Firefly Festival: The AEG Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting children and families through grantmaking in the areas of K-12 Education, the arts, and health and wellness. Does your organization's program fall within one or more of the following areas of focus?

    K-12 Education - Emphasis on organizations that seek to provide access, opportunity and innovation to youth, grades K-12, primarily in the areas of literacy, after-school academic support and college readiness.

    The Arts - Emphasis on organizations that seek to provide youth opportunities to engage in the arts and music. Preference is given to organizations that provide direct services to youth who otherwise would not be exposed to the arts.

    Health & Wellness - Emphasis on organizations that seek to address health challenges facing under-served communities. Preference is given to organizations providing direct services to youth and in need families including hospitals, youth sports organizations, and youth development centers.

    The AEG Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting children and families in need through grant giving in the areas of K-12 education, the arts, and health and wellness.

    Please complete this application to be considered for a grant from the AEG Community Foundation. The Foundation will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.

    Click here for more information

  • February 21, 2019 9:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)
    • While decisions at the federal level are causing states to revise their income and sales taxes, numerous bills are also pending in legislatures across the country to revise or undermine the exemption from property taxes that foundations and charitable nonprofits receive in all 50 states. For the complete update click here. 

  • February 21, 2019 9:31 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)
    • The NoVo Foundation today announced The Life Story Grants, a $10 million, 3-year commitment for programs in the U.S that open exit ramps and close on-ramps to commercial sexual exploitation. NoVo is now inviting Letters of Inquiry for grants across six system-focused “moments”: Housing, Medical Needs, Law Enforcement, Trauma and Mental Health, Immigration, and Systems Impacting Youth. Click here for the announcement.

  • February 15, 2019 2:38 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    M&T is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    From Delaware Business Now 

    M&T Bank awarded $30,000 in funding to Sam Cannan, Chairman and Co-founder of the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative (VWI) during a visit to the Odessa campus on February 8.

    The New Castle County-based school teaches disabled war veterans the skilled art of watchmaking. The program, which originated in the 1940s, was created to instruct veterans in a professional craftsmanship that is both profitable and in high demand.

    “M&T Bank’s funding will help VWI’s ‘House our Veterans Project,’ that aims to provide rent-free housing for veteran students during their 16-month horology training program,” said Mr. Cannan, who conducted a tour of the facility and the future site of the student dormitory.

    Accompanying Lambrow were three M&T Bank representatives who toured the school and met students.



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