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  • March 06, 2019 4:53 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Amplify Austin, a 24-hour giving day aimed at fueling charitable giving here in one of America’s fastest growing cities, raised $11.2 million when it ended at 6 p.m. Friday. The total bested the $11 million goal organizers set and is $1.2 million ahead of last year’s haul.

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  • March 06, 2019 2:23 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Policy Map & CDC

    In the event of natural disasters and extreme weather events, some groups are especially prone to poor health, hospitalization, or even death, due to their socioeconomic status, household composition, limited English-speaking ability, substandard housing, or substandard transportation.

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  • March 06, 2019 2:14 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The J.M. Kaplan Fund announced an open call for ideas and first-round applications to the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, which will award up to ten prizes of $175,000 each to catalytic social change organizations across the United States. First-round applications are due April 30, 2019.

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  • March 06, 2019 2:11 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation established in 1925, is committed to supporting organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class.

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  • March 06, 2019 2:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 12 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

    The Prize recognizes communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity, and equity.

    Selected from nearly 200 applicant communities, the following 12 finalist communities are one step closer to the national Prize:

    Broward County, Florida

    Carrollton, Georgia

    Del Norte County & Tribal Lands, California

    Fishers, Indiana

    Gonzales, California

    Greenville County, South Carolina

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    Lake County, Colorado

    Lake Village, Arkansas

    Perth Amboy, New Jersey

    Sitka, Alaska

    Vista, California

    “These communities have set themselves apart by recognizing that health is about opportunity. It is connected to every element of our lives –

    good schools, safe and affordable housing, high-quality jobs that pay a fair wage and so much more,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president

    and CEO. “In the coming months, we look forward to visiting each community

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  • March 01, 2019 12:47 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Welfare Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Ajit Mathew George sees a future where state or federal inmates from Delaware will have farming jobs — and futures as entrepreneurs — waiting for them when they’re released. All within the Wilmington city limits.

    “On average, about 100 men and women are released from Delaware prisons every month to three Wilmington ZIP codes [19801, 19802 and 19805],” says George, who formed Second Chances Farm to hire and offer turnkey entrepreneurial opportunities to men and women returning from prison. He plans to open “vertical farms” inside abandoned warehouses and empty office space close to where these former prisoners live. They’ll be growing crops on LED-lit hydroponic towers that do not require soil, pesticides, or even natural sunlight.

    The Welfare Foundation, which supports nonprofits focused on social-welfare causes in Delaware and southern Chester County, awarded Second Chances Farm No. 1 a startup grant of $175,000 following the Reinventing Delaware event. 

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  • March 01, 2019 12:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The New York Academy of SciencesColumbia University, and several other prominent universities, museums, and nonprofits are reviewing their philanthropic relationship with the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, an opioid-based pain medication, the Wall Street Journalreports.

    In the wake of recent court disclosures, activists have been putting pressure on institutions to stop accepting philanthropic gifts from the Sackler family. Earlier this month, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York — home to the Sackler Center for Arts Education, which was funded by a gift from the Mortimer D. Sackler family — was the location of a surprise protest by Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or P.A.I.N., an anti-opioid organization. Similar protests have been staged at Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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  • March 01, 2019 11:25 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Crestlea Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    From the Dover Post. 

    Wesley College received a $20,000 grant from Crestlea Foundation to be used for capital improvements.

    Crestlea provides funding for community development, education, environment and social and human services. Funding is restricted to organizations within a 50-mile radius of Wilmington.

    “We are very appreciative of the Crestlea Foundation’s support,” said Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II. “The energy savings we will be able to achieve with this grant money will help the College and the environment.”

    The funding will be directed to the college’s most pressing need, which is campuswide repairs and renovation to ensure the college meet the highest standard of energy conservation. Areas that will be addressed with the grant include Americans with Disabilities Act-compliance, HVAC and energy repairs and upgrades.


  • March 01, 2019 11:21 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    From the start of 2018, Delaware health officials feared it would be the deadliest yet for drug overdoses.

    Their predictions were correct.

    Delaware recorded 344 overdose deaths in the first 10 months of the year and the state Division of Forensic Science is still working through toxicology reports for November and December.

    Read more from Delaware Online here.


  • February 22, 2019 9:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Philanthropy Delaware Board Member Amy Walls of Discover Bank receives James B. O'Neill award. 

    Amy Walls, Assistant Community Reinvestment Act Director, Discover Bank, received the James B. O'Neill Award in Economic Education from the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, at the 2019 Economic Forecast at the University of Delaware. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions in promoting economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurship education. Throughout her career, Amy has worked to support, deliver, and increase access to high quality financial education in Delaware.

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