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  • January 06, 2020 7:57 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 6, 2020 by Beebe Medical Foundation) Beebe Medical Foundation is a Philanthropy Delaware member.  Kay brings over 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience to the Beebe Medical Foundation. She is relocating from Northeastern Pennsylvania where she served as the Director of Development at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and most recently as the Senior Director of Advancement at Geisinger Health Foundation. At Geisinger, Kay championed the recent expansion of the Childbirth Center at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA and the Fresh Food Farmacy program, offering food as medicine to patients with diabetes and their families. She has a BS and MS from Pennsylvania State University.

    Click here for more information on Beebe Medical Foundation. 

  • January 03, 2020 8:47 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 2, 2020 by Cris Barrish, WHYY) Delaware State University is a Philanthropy Delaware Member and Tony Allen is a founding supporter of Philanthropy Delaware.  Tony Allen is the new president of Delaware State University. Longtime Delaware civic, academic and banking leader Tony Allen is now president of Delaware State University.

    Allen had been provost — the Dover school’s number 2 position — since June 2017, when he left an executive post with Bank of America.

    Tony Allen is the new president of Delaware State University. (Photo provided) (Photo source)

    The 49-year-old Allen succeeds Wilma Mishoe as president. Mishoe announced in May that she was retiring at the end of 2019.

    Allen told WHYY Thursday that he plans to continue diversifying Delaware State, one of America’s 107 historically black colleges and universities. About 65% of the 5,000 students are black, he said, and his goal is to attract more white, Latinx and Asian students.

    “Our North Star is to be the most diverse contemporary HBCU in the nation,’’ Allen said.

    “I continue to get asked if HBCUs still have relevancy, and my response has always been, ‘If you didn’t have HBCUs like Delaware State, you’d have to invent us.’ There are very few places that can give a four-year comprehensive education … but specifically focus on those often overlooked and underserved.”

    Allen previously headed a panel to improve Wilmington’s K-12 schools and was founding president of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

    He touts the Inspire Scholarship program for civic-minded in-state applicants with solid grade point averages.

    “If you get a 2.75 and are a Delaware graduating high school student, with a commitment to some reasonable public service while you are in school, we’re going to give you a four-year scholarship,’’ Allen said.

    “As I’ve gone around the state talking a bit more about Delaware State University, lots of different parents from all different backgrounds perk up at that opportunity. Once they understand the comprehensive nature of our institution and then some of the advantages they get by going to a state university, I believe the value proposition for them is real.”

    In a news release, the school said that as provost Allen “developed a plan to increase the University’s annual research portfolio from $20 million to $35 million’’ over the next five to seven years, “as well as new educational, governmental, community and business partnerships to better position Delaware State University as a broad-based leader in the region.”

    Board of trustees chair Devona Williams said in the release that Allen “has proven himself time and again with the imagination, tenacity, and integrity he brought to Delaware State University.”

    Williams added that “Tony has materially strengthened our academic and research enterprise. He has a complete understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education, and particularly what it takes for students at a historically black college or university to succeed in academics, in establishing a career, and in life.”

    Gov. John Carney said he has known Allen for a quarter-century and called him the right person to lead Delaware State.

    “For 128 years, the university has created a unique pathway for Delaware students, from all different backgrounds and experiences, to get a world-class education and then stay right here to contribute to our success as a state,” Carney said. “Tony understands that the university’s role today is helping to build our workforce, while having both a social and economic impact on Delaware.”

    Click here for article from WHYY

  • December 16, 2019 8:44 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 13, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware Note: ChristianaCare is a Philanthropy Delaware member) ChristianaCare just announced the recipients of its new Community Investment Fund, a commitment of nearly $2 million for health organizations and initiatives in New Castle County. Grantees receive up to $100,000 for relevant projects.

    This year, 32 organizations were awarded grants, including AIDS Delaware, UrbanPromise Wilmington, and TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services (see below for the full list). Projects address community needs such as behavioral health, housing, food and workforce development.

    “As we work to improve health for everyone — in all of the communities we serve — we recognize that we can’t do it alone,” said Dr. Janice E. Nevin, president and CEO of ChristianaCare, in a press statement. “There are so many organizations in our community that are providing important, effective services that help people to lead healthier lives. Through these investments, we can help them to sustain and grow these efforts, as we work together to make a positive impact on our community.”

    The fund was established last spring as the health system’s annual investment in community organizations that support health in the county. In March, ChristianaCare, which had a major rebrand in October, made a $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation that will support community health and youth development programs.

    If you’re involved with a community health initiative, the application for 2020 opens in June, and will be available here. In the meantime, you’ll have plenty of time to study up on ChristianaCare’s Community Health Needs Assessment, a 101-page document (available here) that identifies the four areas of the most significant need in New Castle County — chronic disease, maternal and child health, substance use disorders and mental health — and offers a detailed assessment of ChristianaCare’s community goals, so you’ll be prepared for to apply. You’ll also need to be familiar with the shorter Community Health Implementation Plan (available here).

    The Community Investment Fund does not fund individuals, capital requests (e.g. renovation projects or equipment), endowments or events.

    Here’s the full list of the 32 inaugural grantees for 2019-2020:

    • AIDS Delaware
    • Be Ready Community Development Corporation
    • Brandywine Social Club
    • Central Baptist Community Development Corporation
    • Communities in Schools Delaware
    • Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Delaware College of Art and Design
    • Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, Inc.
    • Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
    • HepAware
    • Jewish Family Services of Delaware
    • Latin American Community Center
    • Literacy Delaware
    • Lori’s Hands
    • Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
    • Ministry of Caring
    • National Association of Social Workers Delaware
    • Neighborhood House, Inc.
    • NorthEast Treatment Centers, Inc.
    • Planned Parenthood of Delaware
    • Philanthropy Delaware
    • Project New Start, Inc.
    • Rodel Foundation
    • Michael’s School and Nursery
    • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc.
    • The Life Health Center
    • TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services
    • True Access Capital
    • UrbanPromise Wilmington
    • West End Neighborhood House
    • YWCA Delaware Inc.

    Click here to read more

  • December 11, 2019 9:11 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 11, 2019 by Build Healthy Places Network Note: JP Morgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware member) Build Healthy Places Network (the Network) is thrilled to announce new funding from The Kresge Foundation and JPMorgan Chase in support of its mission: to shift the way organizations work across the community development, health, and finance sectors to collectively advance equity, reduce poverty, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States.

    The Kresge Foundation is providing a two-year grant that deepens the Network’s community-level work nationally, supporting capacity building, resource development, and peer connections for those working locally to build cross-sector efforts. “We are delighted to support the Network as it grows its work to advance equity and improve health in historically marginalized communities by reaching more locally-based community development organizations,” said Katie W. Byerly, Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation.

    Illustration of people walking in park.

    As part of the funding, the Network will develop and share new tools with the field as well as stories of what works. “The Network is excited to partner with the Kresge Foundation at this critical juncture in the growth of the field - this place-based work is necessary and a logical next step for the Network as we work toward our vision: communities where all people can live rewarding and healthy lives,” said Colby Dailey, the Network’s Managing Director and Principal Investigator for the grant.

    In addition, the Network joins the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and National Community Renaissance (National CORE), together receiving a PRO Neighborhoods planning grant from JPMorgan Chase for work in the City of San Bernardino, CA. “We selected National CORE, Build Healthy Places Network and Nonprofit Finance Fund for this funding because of their data-driven approach to the work they are doing in San Bernardino, their strong resident engagement and their commitment to build local capacity in order to sustain longevity and drive inclusive growth. It is very impressive,” said Sarah Bowles, Regional Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase.

    The three organizations will collaborate to connect other CDFIs, healthcare systems, local government, and community based organizations for the purpose of increasing investments in housing, community facilities, and small businesses in the City of San Bernardino’s low-income neighborhoods. “This effort will address some of the biggest barriers to opportunity, high crime rates, homelessness, and lack of good-paying jobs. Namely through affordable housing, job creation, and economic development,” said Steve PonTell, CEO/President of National CORE.

    As with all of its work, the Network will draw from the field-developed Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities as a foundation for these projects. Read more at www.build.health.

    Click here for more information. 

  • December 11, 2019 9:01 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 10, 2019 by Ellen Driscoll, Cape Gazette Note: Fund for Women is a Philanthropy Delaware member) The first woman president of Rehoboth Beach Country Club is set to oversee a $10 million renovation of the club, founded in 1925 as a nine-hole golf course with a converted farmhouse for a clubhouse.

    Dressed in a royal blue jacket that rivals the brilliance of the Rehoboth Bay outside, Lynn Adams Kokjohn gushed when explaining the comprehensive improvements that will transform amenities and services of her beloved club.

    “We will be making much better use of our waterside setting. You can’t beat the view!” she said, gesturing to the bay surrounding the club on three sides.

    Lynn detailed enhancements during a recent tour of the facility, where crews were already at work to meet the Memorial Day unveiling.

    Updates include a refreshed lobby and reception hall; six-lane pool, snack shack and enlarged pool restrooms; rooms for casual, fine and outside terrace dining; a bayview bar and state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.

    The club’s No. 1 attraction, its golf course, will see renovations to its driving range and practice facility; members will also enjoy spacious new lounges and locker rooms.

    Lynn said she had no idea she was the first woman president in the club’s history until another member told her.

    “Being a woman, you always have to pave the way,” she said. “I love this club. We’ve been voting more females into leadership roles in the last three years, so members have embraced it. Four of our 14 board members are women.”

    Lynn and husband Tucker retired to Rehoboth in 2003 after long careers with DuPont in Wilmington, where Lynn worked primarily in strategic planning and development of Corian products and services.

    “It was great,” she said. “I got to develop new colors and styles people could relate to. DuPont was big back then.”

    Two years after the Kokjohns returned to America after working in Seoul, Korea, Tucker, a mechanical engineer, decided it was time to retire.

    “I said, if you’re retiring, I’m retiring!” she said. “He wanted to move south, and I said, we have children who live in Delaware, so I’m not going far!”

    For Lynn, retirement has been more of a shifting of professional skills to personal, philanthropic pursuits than the absence of responsibilities typical retirees desire.

    Lynn’s focus on humanitarian efforts stems from a family history of service to others. Her father, Thurman G. Adams Jr., was the longest-serving state senator in Delaware history at the time of his passing in 2009. Thurman represented Delaware’s 19th District, comprising areas of Bridgeville, Georgetown and Long Neck, since 1972.

    “He was a great man,” she said. “I used to love going to the peach orchard where he grew up. My grandfather had peaches, wheat, barley and soybeans.”

    In addition to the family farm, Thurman’s father, T.G. Adams, launched grain brokerage business T.G. Adams & Sons in Bridgeville, which Lynn’s nephews operate today.

    Lynn is passionate about her volunteer organizations. She joined Fund for Women in 2006, and now chairs the state organization that helps Delaware women and girls in need by funding projects from housing to healthcare, career training to emergency food programs.

    “It’s all about helping women and girls in need,” she said. “I love hearing stories about people we help.”

    In May, Fund for Women awarded nearly $170,000 to 12 Delaware nonprofits to help women overcome abuse and poverty, improve their physical and mental health, and gain financial independence.

    Lynn also serves on boards for Delaware Community Foundation and Beebe Medical Foundation. She’s excited about Beebe’s current capital projects.

    “We’re building the Route 24 orthopedic center, and a southern Delaware campus in Millville, which will have an emergency room and cancer center,” she said. “Patients won’t have to travel to Lewes for chemo or other services.”

    Even with all her activities, Lynn finds time to relax and enjoy time with family.

    “I enjoy UD football; my husband goes to every game,” she said. “I went there, both my parents went there - that’s where they met - and my grandmother went there.”

    One son, a chemical engineer, lives in San Diego; all of the couple’s other children live in upstate Delaware.

    “I love going to the beach and spending time with my seven grandchildren,” she said. “I’ve found being a grandmother to be a great role. It’s funny to watch your kids deal with the issues you had to deal with.”

  • December 11, 2019 8:24 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 8, 2019 by Kelli Steele, Delaware Public Media) A new program provides grant money to support open space, environmental, and resiliency projects across Delmarva Power’s service areas.

    The Sustainable Communities Grant Program is funded by Delmarva Power and administered by the Delaware Nature Society. It’s already launched its first application period and will fund up to $75,000 in projects each year. 

    Delmarva Power’s region president Gary Stockbridge says there are several pieces to the grant, “The first category is about $50,000 that’s going to be - I would call them smaller grants - $1,000 to $10,000 in size that will go out to municipalities and non profits. And that will be focused on open space preservation, and improvements to parks and recreation - stuff like that.”

    Stockbridge explains how the rest will be allocated, “And then $25,000 of it is going to be broken - into hopefully two grants - they’ll be more around resiliency projects. And we’re looking for some innovation that are relative to how folks kind of come to the table and come up with ideas around resiliency.”

    Stockbridge says grant requests are being accepted through January 31, 2020 and Delmarva Power and the Delaware Nature Society will award the grants in March.

    If you're interested, you can submit a grant request here.

  • December 09, 2019 9:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Halo Awards are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing and showcase successful consumer engagement and employee engagement efforts. The Halo Awards will be awarded at the Engage for Good Conference in Austin on May 28, 2020. This prestigious CSR, cause marketing and corporate social impact award focuses on initiatives where brand purpose and social impact intersect to help build a better world and the bottom line.

    The submission period is NOW OPEN. Click here for more information.


    Regular Deadline: January 17, 2020

    Late Deadline (additional fee): January 22, 2020

    Halo Finalists Announced: February 14, 2020

    Gold and Silver Winners Revealed: May 28, 2020 at the 2020 Engage for Good Conference

    Each entry consists of a completed Submission Background form, a Submission Detail section no more than four pages long, up to six pages of Supporting Materials and payment of the entry fee.

    Click here for more information. 

  • December 04, 2019 2:22 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 3, 2019 by Rebecca Klug, Delaware Community Foundation) Delaware nonprofit organizations serving Kent and Sussex County are invited to apply for grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) Kent and Sussex Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPB).

    The Kent and Sussex County YPBs will award $10,000 each. Typical awards are $1,000-$2,500. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2020.

    Each county’s board will award grants to programs supporting a unique focus area:

    Two young women - members of Kent County YPB - speaking at a podium

    The Kent County YPB will consider organizations supporting programs that address mental health, substance abuse, or veterans’ needs in Kent County.

    The Sussex County YPB will consider nonprofit organizations that focus on supporting and educating students through programs that address mental health, substance abuse, and/or sexual health, with a preference toward services that can be provided by wellness centers.

    Organizations may apply for grants from each county’s YPB. To be eligible, the program for which funding is requested must directly benefit residents of that county and fall within that county’s unique focus area.

    Grant requests must be submitted online through the link at delcf.org/grants. Information about New Castle County YPB’s grants also is available at this link. Applicants will be notified in each county in April 2020.

    The DCF sponsors the YPBs to encourage younger generations to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board, composed of high school students from public, private and parochial schools, is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grant-making, study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, solicit grant proposals, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.

    Retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund in 1999 because she wanted to encourage youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. Students who serve on the YPB are nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.

    “The Youth Philanthropy Board program gives students an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure and the challenges of charitable giving, including determining how to make the greatest impact on quality of life with the limited resources available,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “It’s an important program because we are cultivating the philanthropists of tomorrow.”

    Click here to read more. 

    Click here to submit Grant Request. 

  • December 04, 2019 2:15 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 2, 2019 by Technical.ly Delaware) Delaware high school educators who are helping to develop the state’s entrepreneurship ecosystem in their classrooms have until Friday, Dec. 6, to apply for University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Delaware Educator Awards (IDEA).

    Up to 12 educators will receive Horn Youth benefits including an up to $500 mini grant for a project, plus support, resources and some clout to go with it.

    “It is designed to help build a network of teachers throughout the state that through their work will help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem from an earlier age,” said Horn’s Vanessa Spence.

    Horn Entrepreneurship, which was recently granted $50,000 from the Small Business Administration, was named one of the nation’s top undergrad entrepreneur programs by Entrepreneur magazine in November.

    Awardees will be announced on Dec. 19, and on Jan. 28, there will be a kickoff event where awardees will officially launch their projects, culminating in an exhibition in May.

    You can nominate yourself or an educator you think fits the bill. Eligible applicants are full-time secondary educators who have been with a Delaware school for at least one year.

    Click here to apply or nominate.

    Click here to read article on Technical.ly Delaware's website. 

  • December 02, 2019 9:08 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 1, 2019 by Daily Stock DishGrant Will Support Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Military Service members - Sallie Mae Employees Honor Veterans at Company Headquarters with Performance by Student from Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, reinforced its commitment to military service members through a $50,000 grant to The contribution, presented during a Veterans Day event at Sallie Mae’s headquarters in Newark, Delaware, will help provide scholarships for children and spouses of disabled and fallen military service members. Since 2014, The Sallie Mae Fund has contributed more than $300,000 to Folds of Honor.

    Sallie Mae Chairman and CEO, Raymond J. Quinlan, along with leadership and employees, was joined by Allen Wronowski of Folds of Honor, and Colleen O’Hare, a Gold Star Widow who sent her children to college with the help of scholarships from Folds of Honor. Zachary Finn, a high school senior from Cab Calloway School of the Arts, performed the national anthem.

    “Our motto is ‘Honor Their Sacrifice and Educate Their Legacy,’ and through partners, like Sallie Mae, we put those words into action,” said Wronowski. “Sallie Mae’s support provides a pathway to higher education for the families of servicemembers and helps them build the kind of futures their loved ones fought so hard to protect.”

    In addition to contributions to organizations like Folds of Honor, Sallie Mae demonstrates its commitment to veterans and servicemembers year-round with resources and benefits for customers and employees in the military. The company employs a team of specially trained customer service advisors who work with military families to provide unique and personal assistance. This dedicated group can help customers with military benefits, make arrangements for their loans while they are deployed, and support them as they transition back to school or into repayment.

    For Sallie Mae employees on active military duty, the company extends its benefits beyond what is required by federal or state law and offers flexible scheduling and time off for training and deployment. This includes time to make financial, legal, childcare, parent care, and other arrangements necessitated by the employee’s service. These efforts have been by the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which presented the Pro Patria Award, its highest honor, to Sallie Mae in 2018.

    “We are privileged to celebrate and honor the duty, service, and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, not just today, but every day,” said Raymond J. Quinlan, Chairman and CEO, Sallie Mae. “Our support of Folds of Honor is a natural extension of our mission to help people build prosperous futures, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to military servicemembers and their families.”

    For more information about the benefits and resources available to military personnel, visit .

    The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae, expands pathways for the successful development of youth, works to open doors to higher education, and supports employee volunteerism and communities, including those where Sallie Mae employees live and work.  Since 2014 alone, it has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations.

    Click here to read full article from Daily Stock Dish

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