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  • January 17, 2019 9:21 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Todd Veale

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation is pleased to announce that Todd Veale will become its new Executive Director later this month.

    Veale worked for MBNA America Bank, N.A. from 1991-2006 in a number of important executive roles. From 1998-2006, he was a Senior Executive Vice President and member of the Senior Operating Committee of MBNA. Since 2006, Veale has been a business consultant and worked for several early stage companies in the financial services industry. He has served on the board of directors of many local and national non-profit organizations. Veale received his B.A., cum laude, from Boston College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

    “We are very pleased with the selection of Todd as our new Executive Director,” said Arthur G. Connolly, III, President of the Laffey-McHugh Foundation. “Todd brings to the Foundation an extremely impressive business and financial background along with a very strong commitment to the non-profit community. We look forward to working with Todd as the Foundation carries on the legacy of our founders.”

    About Laffey-McHugh Foundation

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation was established in 1959 by Wilmington attorney Arthur G. Connolly, Sr., his wife Gerardine Laffey Connolly, and her first cousin Alice Laffey McHugh. The Laffey-McHugh Foundation primarily serves the Brandywine Valley area by investing in not-for-profit organizations that provide effective and crucial support to individuals and families who are most in need of help, practical assistance and guidance. It aims to partner with organizations that make a true impact in achieving a healthy and balanced standard of living for those who are most vulnerable and require access to food and nutrition, affordable housing, important medical care and vital education, as well as strategic initiatives that include the arts and the environment.

  • January 14, 2019 1:02 PM | Kurt Foreman

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to partner with professional learning organizations in its quest to align teacher professional development opportunities with high-quality curricula that have proven track records. 

    This comes a little more than a year after Bill Gates announced a major shift in the foundation’s education strategy. Under the new strategy, about Gates set aside $1 billion to support new curricula and networks of schools that band together to identify and address local challenges. As part of the change, Gates said it would abandon new projects that supported teacher evaluation, though the foundation still funds teacher prep work, including with this round of grants.

    Read more here.

  • January 14, 2019 11:19 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) announced its receipt of a grant  from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund the advancement of biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology in the U.S. and globally. NIIMBL will receive up to $1.5M to support the development of innovative technologies that reduce the cost of manufacturing biopharmaceuticals.

    The grant provides a valuable resource for leading scientists and subject matter experts from the NIIMBL community to develop manufacturing technology solutions that increase speed to market and lower costs for biopharmaceuticals to improve healthcare outcomes for all patients, including those in under-served markets and developing nations, through enhanced access to life-saving medicines and vaccines.

    Read more here.

  • January 14, 2019 11:15 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Delaware State University is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    More than 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways are polluted, according to a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control study cited by the University of Delaware’s Kent Messer. Now Messer is leading a massive research project seeking a solution to the state’s water woes — with the help of the National Science Foundation, that has awarded the effort $19 million over the next five years to fund the work.

    The effort has been dubbed Project WICCED, which stands for Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware. A cooperative endeavor of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Tech and Wesley College, Project WICCED will assess threats to the state’s water quality and develop technical and public policy solutions to those threats.

    Read more here.

  • January 09, 2019 2:57 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Sallie Mae has launched its Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students. The nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company will award four $20,000 scholarships to students who creatively describe their unique journey to graduate school, who or what influenced them to pursue an advanced degree, and what they hope to accomplish with it.

    The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students is an extension of Sallie Mae’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school students. 

    Read more about the program here

  • January 09, 2019 1:53 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Fund for Women and the Delaware Community Foundation are members of Philanthropy Delaware. 

    The Fund for Women (FFW) at the Delaware Community Foundation has opened its 2019 grant application period. Nonprofits helping women and girls in Delaware are invited to apply. The FFW’s grants offer organizations an opportunity to obtain seed money for innovative, creative programming or to continue or expand programs in which the program’s effectiveness has been demonstrated. The funded project must be completed within one year. 

    Read more here, and to see a list of 2018 recipients, click here.  

  • January 09, 2019 12:01 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shares his thoughts on increasing the effectiveness of your giving in a with Charity Navigator blog.

    Read it here.

  • January 09, 2019 11:05 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Beebe Medical Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The Beebe Medical Foundation has promoted Thomas J. Protack to Vice President of Development. He has served as the Foundation’s Director of Development for two years.

    “I am pleased to announce this promotion. Tom has been instrumental in overseeing our Development Team, which has doubled our fundraising revenue and added many new opportunities to engage our donors,” said Judy Aliquo, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation.

    Read more here.

  • January 09, 2019 10:36 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Longwood Foundation, Captial One, and Discover Financial are members of Philanthropy Delaware

    The Urban Bike Project gave away 100 bicycles and helmets as part of their ambitious annual Christmas Build in 2018. Each winter, an army of volunteers descend on UBP’s small Walnut Street shop to fix and polish piles of used bikes before the December deadline. It’s a diverse group of volunteers: Business execs, bike enthusiasts, and neighborhood kids each take turns building and repairing tiny bikes for 100 children ages eight or younger.

    Urban Bike Project’s 2018 financial supporters include Longwood Foundation, Dogfish Head Brewery, Department of Health & Social Services, Neighborhood Building Block Fund, Capital One, Discover, White Clay Bicycle Club, Wilmapco, Independence Wealth Advisors, Exelon Foundation

    Read more here.

  • January 04, 2019 1:00 PM | Kurt Foreman

    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.

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