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Gov. John Carney and Wilmington mayor Mike Purzycki recently announced the Grow Delaware Fund, which will provide $5 million to support loans to small businesses in Delaware seeking to strengthen their operations and grow jobs.
The fund has been launched in partnership with West End Neighborhood House, The Longwood Foundation, Discover Bank, Department of State Division of Small Business Development, and Tourism and the National Development Council.
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During the most recent General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, held here last month, dozens of conference participants were treated to a beautiful short performance by three girls studying at the Arad Musical Conservatory.
The lute recital, which took place during a session on “inspired fundraising,” was meant to demonstrate the impact of charitable giving through Partnership2Gether (P2G), which connects local North American Jewish Federations with Jewish and Israeli locales via "twinned" cities and regions.
Suzanne Grant, the Delaware federation’s national campaign chairwoman, said that prior to partnering with Arad, “..we didn’t know much about the city. We went to Arad, met with the people, and built relationships, which have grown."
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The Next Generation of Southern Delaware, a giving circle of the Delaware Community Foundation, held its Annual Grants Ceremony to in Lewes on November 13.
Funds were awarded to Compassionate Hearts and Jewish Family Services of Delaware. Each organization will receive $7,500.
Wilmington nonprofit West End Neighborhood House and New Castle County are expanding their career programs for area youth.
For the second year in a row, West End and the county are receiving a $250,000 grant from Citi Foundation as part of an initiative to reduce unemployment among people ages 16-24.
Nicole Taylor, former president and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation, has been named president and CEO of the largest community foundation in the United States. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, California, has announced the selection of Taylor as its new president and CEO, effective December 19.
A Stanford graduate, Taylor served as that university's associate vice provost and dean of community engagement and diversity before moving to Arizona State University. Currently a vice president at the ASU Foundation, Taylor spent more than fifteen years with the East Bay Community Foundation, eventually serving as its president and CEO for six years. She also served on the board of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco for six years and currently is a board member of Common Sense Media and the T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers Family Foundation.
The Rodel Foundation gathered with a group of experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate Delawareans to discuss and work through how to take collective action on the recommendations from its report, A Broader Vision of Student Success: Insights and Opportunities for Social and Emotional Learning in Delaware.
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For the sixth consecutive year, Delaware State University has again achieved record-breaking enrollment, with a total student population of 4,872 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This represents an overall increase of 5% over last year’s enrollment of 4,648. The goal is to reach 5,000 students by the year 2020.
The University credits its current 73% freshmen retention rate – the highest-ever in University history – as one of the factors that has led to a new enrollment record this fall.
Discover Bank recently donated funds to KSI, a not for profit vocational rehabilitation organization which serves the residents of Kent and Sussex Counties Delaware, so that the organization can replace its forklift, a piece of equipment central to its daily operations and contract work. Discover has also supported KSI in the past.
The mission of KSI is to assist people with disabilities in the pursuit of their potential in employment and meaningful participation in their communities.
The CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation have distributed $235,000 in grants to nonprofits focused on emergency housing, homelessness, hunger and health care. The grants were distributed from the Benjamin Potter Charity Trust, a fund administered by CenDel and the Delaware Community Foundation. Grants were distributed to nine organizations in November. The grant amounts ranged from $15,000 to $40,000.
Amazon is launching Amazon Future Engineer (AFE), a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. Amazon aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science through coding camps and online lessons, fund introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science for over 100,000 underprivileged young people in 2,000 low-income high schools across the U.S., award 100 students from underserved communities pursuing degrees in computer science with four-year $10,000 annual scholarships, as well as internships at Amazon to gain work experience.
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