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  • May 21, 2020 5:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 21, 2020 by Press Release, the United Way of Delaware) - Funding for Seven Community Based Organizations Across Delaware – $1,084,750 Cumulative Total Released To Dat - The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (the Fund), managed by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), today released $453,000 in community investments to help seven community-based organizations across the state serve Delawareans needing food, shelter, utilities and other critical products and services in the wake of the COVID- 19 crisis. Much of the funding has been directed to assist low-income and/or homeless individuals and families. To date, the Fund has released $1,084,750, inclusive of today’s announcement. A sixth round of funding is expected on or around June 4th.

    To date, the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund has assisted 73,200 Delawareans in 30,600 households and has funded 1,163,000 meals. The category breakdown of community investments for all five rounds of funding is as follows:

    • Food 44%
    • Housing 34%
    • Utilities 12%
    • Other* 10%

    *Other includes transportation, medical and PPE supplies, food preparation supplies, technology and technology access.

    Fifth-round recipient organizations (see list below) were selected by a committee of funders including United Way of Delaware, the Santora Group CPAs, Delmarva Power, DuPont, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. Recipients were chosen for the strength of their on-the-ground operations in key population areas across the state, and because each has the scope, scale and experience to manage emergency relief efforts.

    United Way of Delaware President & Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor said, “Now in our third month of addressing urgent human needs across Delaware in the wake of COVID-19, United Way’s Rapid Response Fund today made its single largest community investment yet, thanks in large part to an exceptionally generous gift from Barclays, who is now the single largest contributor to the Fund. We are grateful to Barclays, and to all our donors, including each of our corporate partners and the hundreds of Delawareans who have stepped up in ways big and small.”

    Seven Community-Based Organizations Receive Fifth-Round From Rapid Response Fund

    Fifth-round recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund are:

    Catholic Charities ($25,000): Utilities, housing assistance, mental and behavioral health services for families.

    Family Promise of Northern New Castle County ($5,000): Technology, access and basic need essentials for homeless families.

    First State Community Action Agency ($25,000): Utilities and housing assistance for seniors and homeless.

    Food Bank of Delaware ($225,000): Food preparation and distribution service to individuals in need.

    Home of the Brave ($6,000): Food, utilities, and housing assistance for veterans and homeless.

    Neighborhood House ($17,000): Food, utilities, housing, and transportation for individuals and families in New Castle County.

    West End Neighborhood House ($150,000): Emergency rent and mortgage payments, hotel vouchers, rental assistance, emergency utilities and food for individuals and families.

    $250,00 Longwood Foundation Challenge Grant

    Taylor added that, earlier this week, the Rapid Response Fund received a $250,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation, which the Foundation will pay in full at the end of August if the Fund is able to raise the same amount from other sources by that time.

    Taylor said, “The challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation comes at a critical time. With summer approaching and with a dip in the number of COVID-positive cases, some Delawareans may lose sight of the fact that tens of thousands of our neighbors, including many who are newly unemployed, will be dealing with the effects of the pandemic for months, if not years to come. We are inspired by the Foundation’s generous challenge grant and we hope others who may not yet have donated to the Fund, and even those who have, will be similarly inspired to help United Way of Delaware meet the challenge.”

    Those wishing to support the challenge grant have three options:

    • Online, go to: uwde.org/give4covid

    • Text: derapid to 41444

    • Send a check payable to: United Way of Delaware Rapid Response Fund, 625 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

    Corporations, Individuals Support Rapid Response Fund

    A partial list of supporters of the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (to date):

    • Bank of America

    • Barclays

    • Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

    • Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company

    • DuPont

    • Exelon

    • Fund for Women

    • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

    • Jessie Ball duPont Fund

    • JPMorgan Chase

    • Longwood Foundation

    • M&T Bank

    • New Castle County Government

    • Procter & Gamble Company

    • Santander Bank

    • Target Corporation

    • United Way of Delaware

    • Wells Fargo

    • Wilmington University

    • WSFS Bank

    • …and hundreds of caring individuals

    Rapid Response Fund Background

    Shortly after the initial reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, United Way of Delaware convened a virtual meeting of more than 100 leaders from state government, nonprofits, foundations and community-based organizations to develop a comprehensive, coordinated response to the crisis. One outcome of the meeting was formation of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative. The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by UWDE, will address near-term demand for financial and other resources; the Strategic Response Fund, managed by the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), will address some of the operational and capacity needs of nonprofits whose resources are being strained in the current crisis.


  • May 15, 2020 2:04 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    May 14th, 2020 · by Mike FinneyDOVER – Levy Court Commissioners voted in solidarity at their combined business and committee meetings on Tuesday to establish the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund, which will help small business owners as they re-open their businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The business relief fund grew out of a request for assistance from the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) to help businesses acquire Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies.

    Initiated at the committee meetings on May 8, Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson asked his colleagues to consider allocating $50,000, of which $18,000 would cover Kent County’s contribution toward the CDCC’s Back to Business start-up kits request.

    The remaining balance would go to the newly established COVID-19 Business Relief Fund divided equally among the six Levy Court Districts to award grants to qualified small businesses, not to exceed $500 per applicant. The request moved forward for a vote at Tuesday’s business meeting. All commissioners agreed that establishing the relief fund is a step in a positive direction.

    To qualify, businesses must be located in Kent County and hold a valid business license. They must have been in business for at least one year, have a maximum of 20 employees, and the funds cannot be used to pay debts incurred before March 17. Other exclusions to grant funds are real estate and vehicle purchases.

    Businesses that are not covered under the grant include: any essential business that was open during the State of Emergency; franchises and national chain stores/restaurants; home-based businesses; internet-based businesses and virtual businesses, as well as payday loan businesses, tobacco stores, faith-based organizations, pawn shops, adult entertainment stores and real estate businesses.


  • May 15, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation.

    In its seventh round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $178,625 to 11 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Community Education Building – $2,800 to provide food to Wilmington families in need.
    • Delaware Shakespeare Festival – $7,500 to provide virtual programming.
    • Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education – $10,000 for art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware Museum of Natural History — $10,000 to provide virtual programming.
    • Frederica Senior Center – $12,000 to deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Progressive Life Center – $15,000 for technology to facilitate communication between staff and foster children statewide.
    • Blood Bank of Delmarva – $20,000 for lab supplies and pre-clinical testing of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s – $21,000 for case management and mental health services statewide.
    • Delaware Children’s Museum – $25,000 for virtual programming, delivering activities and snacks to children in Wilmington, and operations.
    • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project – $25,000 to pump septic tanks for low-income families in Sussex County.
    • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) – $30,325 to support mental health services for victims of sexual trauma statewide.

    Deadline Monday for Final Weekly Grants Opportunity

    In this seventh round, 40 applicants requested more than $1 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2 million to 91 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants initially focused largely on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The fund will provide the final weekly grants opportunity next week. The deadline is noon on May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.

    While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.

    These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability, strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving underserved populations will be favored.

    The application for June grants will be available late next week at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    • April Birmingham, M&T Bank
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    • Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards – the final weekly grants opportunity – is Monday, May 18, at noon.

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), CSC ($55,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, and credit card processor Stripe has waived fees up to $50,000, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.


  • May 08, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation

    In its sixth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $275,600 to 18 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are: 

    • Central Baptist Community Development Corporation – $9,000 to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families in New Castle County.
    • Delaware Contemporary – $10,000 to support virtual programming for at-risk children in New Castle County.
    • Delaware Theatre Company - $10,000 to support staff working remotely with clients and educational programming participants.
    • Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $3,700 to fund virtual programming statewide.
    • Elizabeth W. Murphey School – $15,600 to support pandemic-related precautions in housing foster children in Kent County.
    • Faithful Friends Animal Society – $28,000 to fund Community Pet Food Banks in partnership with Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA for families in need statewide.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $4,800 for a commercial refrigerator and freezer to facilitate meal delivery to homebound seniors.
    • Harry K Foundation – $15,000 to provide take-away meals for families at sites in Kent and Sussex County.
    • Home of the Brave Foundation – $10,000 to provide housing for veterans in Milford.
    • La Red Health Center – $42,000 to provide prenatal care for women in Sussex County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide families in New Castle County with emergency assistance.
    • Mary Campbell Center – $10,000 for personal protective equipment for staff at the Wilmington home for adults with disabilities.
    • Milford Housing Development Corporation – $10,500 for technology and supplies needed for staff to serve clients remotely in Greater Milford.
    • Music School of Delaware - $10,000 for support of programs. 
    • NCALL – $29,000 for technology and training to enable staff to serve clients remotely in Kent County.
    • Neighborhood House – $16,000 for case management, food and other direct support for families in Wilmington.
    • Square One Delaware – $17,000 to provide housing for individuals recovering from addiction in Seaford.
    • Wilmington Senior Center – $10,000 to deliver food to seniors in Wilmington.

     


    Weekly Grants to Continue through Memorial Day

    In this sixth round, 58 applicants requested a total of $1.7 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded more than $1.75 million to 80 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants have focused largely on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

     

    The fund will provide weekly grants through Memorial Day. Deadlines are at noon on May 11 and May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

     

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. These grants will be focused on strengthening sectors largely upheld by nonprofits, including the arts, culture, environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

     

    The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state. This program is still being developed, and additional information is not yet available. Specific guidelines and applications will be announced in May on the websites and social media channels of DANA, the DCF and PD.

     

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

     

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    • There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation
    • Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

     

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, May 11, at noon.

     

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

     

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

     

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation 

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.


  • May 01, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation

    In its fifth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $233,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state. 

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Arise Delaware – $4,300 to purchase sensory equipment to lend to families with special needs children in Kent County.
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware – $30,000 to provide food to families in Wilmington.
    • Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wilmington – $12,500 to provide case management for families in need statewide.
    • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity – $35,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Kent County.
    • Christina Cultural Arts Center – $15,000 to provide distance learning support for underserved families in Wilmington.
    • Communities in Schools Delaware –$12,500 to provide technology for staff supporting underserved students statewide.
    • Community Education Building –$5,000 to provide laundry services for low-income families in Wilmington.
    • Delmarva Community Services – $5,700 for technology to serve residents of group homes for developmentally delayed individuals in Sussex County.
    • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County –$25,000 for housing for homeless families.
    • Ingleside Homes – $30,000 to pay for staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
    • Rehoboth Art League – $15,000 to help pay for staff and maintenance of facilities.
    • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) – $3,000 for technology to support telehealth.
    • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity – $40,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Sussex County.

     

    Weekly Grants to Continue through Memorial Day

    In this fifth round, 35 applicants requested a total of $1.3 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $1.5 million to 62 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants have focused primarily on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The fund will provide weekly grants through Memorial Day. Deadlines are at noon on May 4, May 11 and May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

     

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. These grants will be focused on strengthening sectors largely upheld by nonprofits, including the arts, culture, environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state. This program is still being developed, and additional information is not yet available. Specific guidelines and applications will be announced in May on the websites and social media channels of DANA, the DCF and PD.

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

     

    About the Fund

     

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

     

    Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    Vernita Dorsey, WSFS

    There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation

    Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First

    Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power

    Amy Walls, Discover Bank

     

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

     

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, May 4, at noon.

     

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Fund for Women ($200,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

     

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

     

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation 

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

    Contact:  Allison Taylor Levine, MPA, APR,  Cell 302.345.0589



  • April 27, 2020 9:00 AM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    (April 27, 2020 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) ChristianaCare is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.  Following a national trend toward increased access to telemedicine, ChristianaCare announced Monday that it has received a $714,000 grant, funded by the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program via the federal CARES Act, to help expand its COVID-19 telemedicine program. It is one of 17 healthcare systems nationwide to receive a telemedicine grant.

    The Delaware healthcare system, which began increasing its use of telemedicine before the pandemic and currently uses it within its hospitals to limit healthcare workers’ exposure to the virus, will use the funds to increase access in vulnerable, underserved areas by providing devices and broadband data plans so patients can receive medical advice safely at home — a key component to its CareVio care management program. It will also expand on-site telehealth services to members of the community with challenges accessing virtual health services.

    ChristianaCare’s CareVio care management program uses secure text messaging to connect patients with a registered nurse who monitors their condition several times per day to make sure the patient is improving. If the patient’s condition begins to deteriorate, a telemedicine visit with a provider is scheduled.

    So far, CareVio has monitored more than 1,500 COVID-19 patients and has called more than 4,400 patients following COVID-19 testing to answer questions and ensure they have a primary care provider, per a press release.

    “Before COVID-19, ChristianaCare was charting a course to transform care based on the vision that all care that can be done in the home, in the community or on a smartphone,” said Dr. Janice E. Nevin, ChristianaCare president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “This transformation has accelerated exponentially during the pandemic, because at this time, the safest place for our patients is in their home. The technology supported by this grant will ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place, dramatically lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

  • April 24, 2020 4:07 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    (By Business Wire) CSC, a world leader in business, legal, tax, and domain name security, today announced a donation of $100,000 to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. CSC believes in giving back to the communities where its people live and work, and knows how important this fund is to addressing the urgent need of community non-profits that are working to serve people disproportionately suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), collaborating with Philanthropy Delaware and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, is managing this fund.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the fund’s decision-making council. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care, and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community, and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is giving out up to $350,000 in each weekly round. In the first round, $3.9M was requested from all 95 applicants combined, while the second round of 119 applicants requested $4.5M. Other local funders have contributed more than $2.26M, and CSC is happy to be one of the Delaware businesses able to help.

    “CSC operates under a set of values to ensure we leave our clients and communities better off tomorrow than they are today, and this donation reinforces our commitment to Delaware,” says CSC President and CEO Rod Ward. “We’re committed to helping our neighbors prosper, making a better Delaware for everyone. That’s why we’ve donated $200,000 to REACH Riverside in the last six months, and why we’re contributing now to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund.”

    CSC has enjoyed tremendous growth since its founding in Wilmington in 1899, and continues to deepen its roots in the area. In 2016, CSC acquired the three-story office building at 2801 Centerville Road and completed renovation in January 2020. In 2017, CSC built its new state of the art, 148,000-square-foot facility that sits on nearly 40 acres in Wilmington at the corner of Lancaster Pike and Centerville Road. In early 2020, CSC purchased the Pennsylvania Railroad building at 112 S. French Street and is currently renovating the space to become CSC Station, an inspirational and energetic co-working space in downtown Wilmington.

    CSC has supported more than 150 nonprofit organizations directly and also continues to match employee donations. To learn more about other COVID-19 resources CSC is providing, visit cscglobal.com/cscglobal/home/covid-19/.

    About CSC

    CSC is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping your business in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting your brand online, we use our expertise and personal approach to help your business run smoother. We are the business behind business. We are the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 65% of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, since 1899, we have offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. We are a global company capable of doing business wherever our clients are—and we accomplish that by employing experts in every business we serve.

    Click here to learn more about the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. 


  • April 24, 2020 4:01 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Bill would multiply the number of Americans who can serve each year through AmeriCorps, increase compensation to make it possible for all to serve.

    Click Here for full Press Release


  • April 24, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    In its fourth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $255,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • A Wave of Healthy Meals – $2,000 to provide meals for medically fragile individuals in Sussex County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $17,500 to provide virtual afterschool tutoring to students in Wilmington.
    • Children & Families First – $20,000 for technology to continue providing telehealth and state-mandated monitoring.
    • ContactLifeline – $7,000 to increase staffing meet increasing demand for the statewide crisis intervention hotline.
    • Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition – $15,000 to support social platforms and communications tools to provide survivors with mental health services.
    • Delaware Center for Justice – $25,000 to serve individuals statewide re-entering the community after incarceration.
    • Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Home of Hope – $25,000 to provide housing and services for individuals recovering from addiction in Sussex County.       
    • Frederica Senior Center – $10,500 to purchase food and personal hygiene items for seniors and veterans in Kent and Sussex County.
    • Friendship House – $30,000 to provide housing for homeless individuals in New Castle County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide emergency support for low-income immigrant families in Wilmington.
    • St. Patrick’s Center – $20,000 to set up outdoor distribution of food and hygiene kits for vulnerable populations in Wilmington.
    • What is Your Voice – $8,000 for technology to serve victims of violence in Sussex County.
    • YMCA of Delaware – $50,000 for food for the community statewide and the residents of the Central Y.

    In this fourth round, 58 applicants requested a total of $1.9 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    To date, the fund has awarded $1.2 to 49 Delaware nonprofits. Additional grants will be awarded next week.

    The goal is for the fund, which launched March 18, to provide grants for several more weeks, said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the fund’s decision-making council.

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, Comstock-Gay said.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, last week awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    Grants from the Strategic Response Fund will initially focus on urgent needs related to COVID-19, then expand over time to more structural and long-term needs. Target applicants are nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the community and a strong track record of serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from the crisis.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation
    Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power

    Applications are being accepted weekly on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded weekly for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Each week, applications received by noon on Monday will be reviewed, grantees will be selected Friday morning, and funds will be transferred Friday afternoon.

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, April 27, at noon.

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Fund for Women ($200,000), Laffey McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.


  • April 24, 2020 8:31 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware Nonprofits Can Access Paycheck Protection Program Loan through NDC & Stepping Stones. Click here to see full Press Release.

     

    This opportunity is made possible through the generous underwriting of Philanthropy Delaware Members:  Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and with support from Discover Bank, the National Development Council (NDC) & Stepping Stones, both CFDIs are invested in the local Delaware community.


    Who can apply?  Any Delaware 501c3 or 501c19 which is eligible to apply for the SBA PPP loan and has not yet received confirmation that it was approved by another financial institution.  Note, the SBA will only offer one loan per organization.  Because this funding is set aside for Delaware nonprofits, there is a smaller waiting list to the SBA.  We do encourage nonprofits that if they find out they received an SBA approval through another lending institution, they notify NDC (and vice versa). Additionally, nonprofits are encouraged to apply to NDC, but also to continue to seek PPP funding at their banking institution.

    With the assumption that the legislation passes and President Trump signs it into law,

    NDC will open the loan application portal at 9AM today - Friday, April 24.

     

     

    Apply Here

     

     

     

     

    Applications will not be processed unless they are completed correctly with all necessary signatures and documentation.

     

    How-To Video On Completing the App:

     

    NDC strongly recommends having watched their webinar on how to complete the loan documentation PRIOR to submitting an application to ensure the strongest likelihood that it will be accepted. 

     

     

    Watch Webinar Here

     

     

    Have These Docs Ready:

     

    • 2019 business tax form - if this is not yet available, a 2018 business tax form is acceptable
    • Your nonprofit’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws
    •  Proof of documentation used to verify payroll as shown in the employee calculator – this can include payroll ledgers, quarterly IRS form 941’s, W-2s, or a combination
    • Copy of the Driver’s License of the Executive Director/CEO or whomever signs the loan application
    • Statement of Need (one paragraph or less) – must detail how the COVID-19 crisis negatively impacted the financial health of the organization

     

    Resources You Need for the Application:

     


    PPP Employee Wage Calculator


    SBA Form

     

     

    STILL NEED HELP WITH THE LOAN APPLICATION?

     

     


    Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement | GrantStationDANA is offering Delaware nonprofits one-on-one assistance from volunteers who will walk you through the completion of this loan application. Click below to request assistance.

     

     

    Request Assistance

     

     

    About NDC    https://ndconline.org/

    NDC’s work focuses on HOMES, JOBS and COMMUNITY. Founded as a national nonprofit in 1969, NDC has worked for fifty years fulfilling its mission to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.


    About Stepping Stones  https://www.sscreditunion.org/

    Since 2011, Stepping Stones has been the lead financial institution dedicated to serving the limited income communities of Wilmington. Our purpose is to deliver safe and reliable access to money, credit, and other financial services without the high cost associated with typical check cashing services.


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