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  • June 19, 2019 9:52 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    HomeBeebe Healthcare held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of its Specialty Surgical Hospital at the Rehoboth Health Campus on Wednesday, May 15. The $124 million, four-story, state-of-the-art surgery center will allow patients with scheduled surgeries to not compete for services with more acutely sick patients and emergency patients of a general acute-care hospital.

    Click here to read full press release from Beebe Healthcare

  • June 19, 2019 8:28 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Second Chances Farm, LLC has entered into a Letter of Intent to purchase a 50,000-square-foot warehouse at 3030 Bowers St. in Northeast Wilmington and plans to open its first vertical farm by this fall if everything falls into place.

    Vertical farming is an industry that can work to supplement traditional agriculture by using a controlled environment to grow food locally while saving space and water, and reducing the carbon footprint of transporting food long distance.

    The goal is to help state or federal inmates from Delaware obtain jobs – and futures as entrepreneurs – after they’re released, and to reduce the high rates of recidivism in a city where, on average, about 100 men and women are released from Delaware prisons every month to three Wilmington ZIP codes (19801, 19802, and 19805),” founder Ajit George told the Delaware Business Times in February.

    George plans to raise $2.5 million to fund the purchase of the former Opportunity Center building that borders the Riverside neighborhood and set up the first 10,000-square-foot farm. The Opportunity Center, owned by ServiceSource Delaware, provided workshops for disabled people at the location before relocating earlier this year to New Castle. 

    Click here to read full article from the Delaware Business Times


  • June 19, 2019 8:20 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Sussex County Council voted to not raise taxes in next year’s budget, but will use some reserve funds to increase spending.

    Council unanimously approved a nearly $186 million budget for fiscal year 2020 Tuesday. That’s up about $8 million from last year.

    Property tax rates, building permit fees, and wastewater service rates will remain the same. But some fees will increase slightly. They include fees for Register of Wills and private road plan review and inspection - as well as sewer assessment rates in some beach areas

    The budget sets aside $1 million for a new public safety complex and adds funding for state troopers and local law enforcement. The county is also spending an extra $1 million on farmland preservation and $2 million on expanding broadband service.

    $35 million is being allocated for various sewer improvements and expansion projects.

    “The public depends on this budget to meet their everyday needs, whether they know it or not. It pays for police, paramedics, 911 operators, wastewater technicians, and other public servants who work to ensure the public’s health and safety every day,” said Council President Michael Vincent in a statement. “I’m proud that, through a lot of hard work from many people, including our financial team, the County is able to honor that responsibility in an efficient and cost-effective way.”

    Fiscal year 2020 begins July 1st.

    Click here to read more on Delaware Public Media

  • June 18, 2019 9:48 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Delaware Department of Labor has launched a pilot program to offer career and other labor assistance at libraries in all three counties.

    The Delaware Division of Libraries and Delaware Department of Labor (DOL) rolled out the partnership in February 2019 to reach more residents who may be in need of services but can’t travel to agency locations.

    “This partnership enables libraries to leverage Department of Labor expertise in assisting library patrons with meeting their needs,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. “Our libraries have evolved into force-multipliers for community outreach, and adding Department of Labor to the compliment of resources available through our libraries is a perfect fit.”

    Department of Labor Employment and Training Staff will assist with career needs such as:
    • Search for jobs, exploring career paths
    • Help jobseekers develop resumes that meets employer needs
    • Learn about federal and state funded employment and training programs
    • Assist residents as they navigate the online unemployment insurance claims application
    • Discover our apprenticeship programs and other services

    The current schedule and locations of Employment and Training Staff at the following libraries:

    • Bear Library Mondays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Seaford Library Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Rt. 9 Library Mondays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Milton Library Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Appoquinimink Library Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Newark Library Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Dover Public Library Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The most up-to-date schedule and locations are available at: https://lib.de.us/jobassistance/

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Times

  • June 18, 2019 9:36 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Blood Bank of Delmarva’s third bloodmobile — a roving donation center — was made possible by Delaware’s first social impact bond.

    The concept, also called Pay for Success, was introduced to the U.S. in 2012 and legalized in Delaware last August. These arrangements involve at least three entities: a service provider (typically a nonprofit), an investor (individuals, companies or nonprofits) and a guarantor (typically a government).

    The idea is that an investor commits a certain amount of funding, which is then guaranteed by the government in exchange for meeting a social need. To create accountability and incentivize better results, compensation is tethered to set performance measures agreed upon for each bond.

    “We want to show the state how it works,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, who began working on the $450,000 bloodmobile project in the fall of 2017. “It’s a unique way to remove risk.”

    The Nonprofit Finance Fund in May analyzed America’s first 25 Pay for Success projects and found return on investments as high as 22%. The return for Delaware’s first social impact bond is listed at “5% maximum.”

    Delaware’s new law aims to “incentivize private funding of economic development and social impact initiatives,” the state said. “Under terms of the contracts, the state would protect taxpayer dollars by reimbursing private funding only if the initiatives reach stated goals, and achieve progress.”

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Times

  • June 17, 2019 1:42 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

     Delaware nonprofits are focusing on ways to innovate through diversity and innovation, even as they struggle to maintain funding for key programs and create new ones.

    The Delaware nonprofit sector employs 45,307 people and generates $2.9 billion in wages, generating $5.4 billion in spending, says Sheila Bravo, president of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), citing data from the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics and other federal sites.

    Bravo says she believes nonprofits need to adapt if they’re going to remain relevant and deliver their services efficiently, thanks to a changing community landscape and the continuing impact of the loss of statewide funding in 2017. A DANA survey found that nonprofits lost an estimated $25 million between state grants, contracts and grant-in-aid.

    “We’re seeing a greater reliance on private and corporate donations, since anecdotally we believe the number of donors has dropped,” Bravo said. “The demand for services is not declining but some people still haven’t figured out how to increase their funding streams.”

    “We’re seeing long-tenured executives announce their retirement,” she added. “Agencies working with vulnerable populations are dealing with regulatory changes and differences in the way the game is played. And our senior population in Delaware is growing, but the funding is not keeping pace.”

    More than 200 people gathered for the 2019 IMPACT Delaware annual conference on May 2 and heard from Facebook’s Amira Bliss, who co-authored a study on nonprofit innovation for the Rockefeller Foundation. That study found that diverse teams composed of people with wide-ranging perspectives and skills are critical for innovation.

    “Diversity actually introduces conflict,” James Collins, secretary of the Delaware Department of Technology, told the crowd. “It’s only when we work through the conflict in an inclusive way that we get to enjoy the values that diversity delivers.”

    Share Delaware has published a survey that shows the diversity of the Delaware nonprofit sector using data from the IRS master file of registered 501(c)3 organizations in 2016. Although more than 6,900 nonprofits are registered in Delaware, Share Delaware, a collaborative enterprise of DANA and Philanthropy Delaware, found 876 that provide direct services in Delaware and have filed a 990 or 990EZ tax form in the past three years. Of the 876, 621 were in New Castle County, with the remaining 255 split fairly evenly between Kent and Sussex counties.


    Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Times

  • June 17, 2019 1:25 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

      The Franklin Institute has received a $6 million gift from the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust for an ambitious transformation of the iconic train exhibit, home of the historic Baldwin 60000 Locomotive. The gift will enable the expansion and re-imagination of the Train Factory exhibit into a two-story gallery of technological advancement, the first in a series of bold initiatives to lead the Institute into its third century. The contribution is the largest gift in the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust’s history to date, and marks a significant milestone in the Institute’s long history of generosity and support from four generations of the Hamilton family, beginning with the 1933 donation from Samuel M. Vauclain of the Baldwin 60000 Locomotive—now a Philadelphia landmark.

    Click here to read full press release from the Franklin Institute

  • June 17, 2019 12:22 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations, today released its 2019 Annual Report on Private Foundations, a study of how 987 of the firm’s clients with assets of less than $50 million fared in 2018 vs. 2017. The report found that in 2018, despite declines to their asset balances, these foundations gave nearly as much as they did in 2017, collectively awarding almost $300 million in grants. Contributions from donors to their foundations were robust as well.

    Click here to read full press release from Foundation Source

    The full report can be downloaded here.


  • June 14, 2019 2:41 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    While the field of philanthropy has been devoting more and more energy toward work in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), there has been less focus on ways philanthropy consultants can and do support grantmakers in their advancement of DEI.

    The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) has been working diligently to fill in this gap with the creation of The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Consultants to Grantmakers. The DEI toolkit was designed to help philanthropy consultants guide organizations toward a greater awareness of DEI issues.

    Click here for DEI toolkit

  • June 13, 2019 9:39 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

              

    Their goals are ambitious: Help Sussex Countians develop as children, graduate on time and find a good job, all while avoiding long-term physical and mental disorders like addiction, diabetes and obesity.

    If that sentence seemed overstuffed, then so does the mission of the Sussex County Health Coalition. Formed about 15 years ago to reduce child obesity, the coalition’s mandate has ballooned.

    Compounding their challenge is a budget of only about $250,000 a year, funded mainly by state agencies and private charities. That’s a little more than $1 per Sussex County resident per year. Going it alone, in other words, is just not an option.

    Executive Director Peggy Geisler says their role is to build what they call capacity and infrastructure to help other groups be efficient and effective.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Business Times

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