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  • November 29, 2018 1:29 PM | Christina Marconi

    For Deb Buenaga, it all started with a dream – a dream that her son, Preston, could have a way to play on a playground with other kids.

    That dream snowballed into an unprecedented community-wide philanthropic effort and culminated Monday morning with the grand opening of Preston's Playground at the base of the Newark Reservoir.

    “Everyone is differently abled, and we all want to play together,” Buenaga said to a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered to celebrate the playground's completion. “It’s not a playground for children with special needs; it’s a playground for everybody.”

    Read more here.


  • November 20, 2018 8:33 AM | Christina Marconi

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that assets in donor-advised funds grew by nearly one-third in 2017, to surpass $100 billion for the first time, as contributions to the funds continued to account for a larger share in total philanthropic giving in the United States, according to a study released today.  

    Stock-market gains, an uncertain tax-policy environment, and deep political divisions helped encourage contributions to, and grants made from, the funds, according to the National Philanthropic Trust’s annual donor-advised-fund report.

    Read the full article here.

    Members of Philanthropy Delaware can read the National Philanthropic Trust's full report here.


  • November 19, 2018 4:25 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Philadelphia-based Springboard Collaborative this summer helped students at Kuumba Academy and Great Oaks Charter avoid the “summer slide,” meeting ambitious growth goals toward grade level reading. The 211 students who attended the six-week program gained an average of 2.3 months of reading growth, while preventing the three-month loss in reading skills that’s often expected during summer break, for a net gain of 5.3 months.

    The Community Education Building, the first educational partner to bring Springboard Collaborative to Delaware, sponsored the program with support from the Capital One, the Fanz Foundation, and CSC.

    Read more here.

  • November 19, 2018 4:21 PM | Christina Marconi

    Thanks to a $200,000 matching grant from the Longwood Foundation, along with its own extensive fundraising efforts, Brandywine Valley SPCA was able to purchase and reopen an abandoned shelter as a rescue and rehab facility capable of housing more than 2,000 animals each year.

    They rescued both the abandoned facility and the animals the community once hoped to serve, and will now work with cruelty survivors, disaster victims, newborn animals at risk in other shelters, and those who need training to make them good candidates for adoption.

    Read more here.


  • November 19, 2018 4:18 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Mid-Del Foundation, the charitable arm for Harrington Raceway and Casino, held its annual grant luncheon Nov. 12. 

    Representatives from 29 local organizations were on hand to receive financial grants from the foundation, which supports organizations and activities involving agricultural, civic, and social needs  in Delaware. The foundation was established to consolidate the charitable undertakings of Harrington Raceway Inc.

    Read more here.


  • November 19, 2018 4:14 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Delaware Health Care Commission awarded a mini-grant to Christiana Care Health System to test a new  model that will improve the coordination of patient care, as part of the State Innovation Model initiative.

    Christiana Care Health System’s CareLink Behavioral Health Medical Home Pilot was awarded $62,168 to test a reimbursement model to foster behavioral health integration within primary care practices.

    Read more here.


  • November 19, 2018 4:12 PM | Christina Marconi

    The Fund For Women celebrated its 25th Anniversary in October.

    In 2017, 18 nonprofit agencies in all three Delaware counties received a total of $190,046 for projects that help women and girls avoid abuse and poverty, improve their physical and mental health, gain financial independence, and address many other social issues.

    Since 1993, the fund has awarded over $2.5 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit programs statewide.

    Read more here.

  • November 19, 2018 4:10 PM | Christina Marconi

    In its new Building Opportunity in Delaware initiative, the DCF is working to foster discussion and collaboration that will empower the community to reduce the opportunity gap Putnam described. Through a thoughtful and rigorous process, the DCF has identified three focus areas

    in which it can provide valuable civic leadership: the success of Delaware youth, a thriving Latino population and equitable communities.

    Read more here.


  • November 19, 2018 4:04 PM | Christina Marconi

    Thirty-two New Castle County high school students will experience the joys and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB).

    YPB includes students from public, private and parochial schools.The Dellaware Community Foundation gives the New Castle County students $15,000 to award to local charities.

    Read more here.

  • November 19, 2018 3:47 PM | Christina Marconi

    New York City is keen to attract private capital to 306 designated opportunity zones across the five boroughs, says Eric Clement of city’s Economic Development Corp. 

    Proposals to do just that emerged from a gathering last month of New York real estate investors, fund managers, impact investors, attorneys and consultants.

    To read more, click here.


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