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  • December 19, 2018 4:23 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute is marking 15 years of caring for patients, serving nearly 2-million people in that time.

    WDEL’s Chris Carl talked to the center's medical director, Dr. Nicholas Petrelli, to find out how cancer care in Delaware has changed during that time.

    To listen to the podcast, click here.

  • December 19, 2018 2:34 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Wells Fargo is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Wells Fargo & Company announced it has exceeded its initial $75 million commitment for the l Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program by awarding $13 million in lending capital and grants to 19 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the latest round of the program, including the First State Community Loan Fund.

    The CDFIs, which are nonprofit financial institutions, use the funds to deliver affordable financial products to diverse small business owners who do not typically have access to conventional financing.

    Wells Fargo previously announced that the program will continue at least into 2020 through an additional $100 million commitment from the Wells Fargo Foundation, based on the program’s early success.

    Read more here.


  • December 19, 2018 2:28 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    It’s much easier to fund projects that fit neatly into different program silos and pass on ones that don’t. But that approach misses the benefits of powerful new forces that have led to the emergence of versatile, collaborative, and multidisciplinary organizations.

    Some projects defy easy categorization but can tap into diverse streams of knowledge for many purposes, packing a bigger punch and resulting in greater impact.

    Read more about from this Chronicle of Philanthropy editorial, click here.

  • December 17, 2018 12:40 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Food Bank of Delaware and Bank of America are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The Food Bank of Delaware’s Mobile Pantry visited Calvary Church Dover on Dec. 11 to recognize Bank of America’s annual Give A Meal program.

    Volunteers from Bank of America conducted financial education classes and distributed food to 50 families through the Mobile Pantry program.

    The hour-long class focused on credit repair, savings and home ownership. The class is part of the bank’s larger initiative, Better Money Habits, in conjunction with the Khan Academy. At the conclusion of the class, Bank of America employees distributed food from the Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutrition and Education truck, funded by Bank of America.

    Read more here.

  • December 17, 2018 12:18 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Inc. (JDG) announced the official launch of its C.O.R.E. Internship Program with leading partners, Christiana Care Health System.

    C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities through Real Experiences), is designed to advance JDG’s 12th-grade curriculum through a combination of in-class projects and on-site job training. “This year marks our 40th year of helping students to achieve success. What better way to celebrate than to highlight our commitment to preparing the next generation of young professionals,” says JDG President Nicole Poore.

    Read more here.

  • December 14, 2018 12:26 PM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has awarded the  Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation a $10K grant. The grant will help cover the operating costs of the Foundation's mobile Ag Lab, which travels to locations across the state to present programs to elementary school children. The Ag Lab has reached more than 10,000 children since it was put in service in 2014.

    Read more here.

  • December 14, 2018 11:59 AM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Despite a number of destructive and costly natural disasters, giving for disaster relief efforts has been less of a priority for Americans in 2018 than in 2017, a report from communications consultancy Ketchum finds.

    The second annual Disaster Relief Holiday Giving Study found that 40 percent of respondents were planning to donate to charity this season, down from 49 percent last year, a drop of some 18 percent. The share of those specifically planning to give in support of disaster relief also was down about 18 percent on a year-over-year basis, even though disaster-related damages in 2018 are likely to exceed the total for 2017, with losses from eleven disasters — including the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history — likely to exceed $1 billion. In 2018, 38 percent of respondents said they did not plan to give in support of disaster relief, compared with 29 percent in 2017.

    Read the study's findings here, and see the infographic here

  • December 14, 2018 11:38 AM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Turn on the news, and watch the devastation caused by the latest hurricane or wildfire to rip through the United States or tsunami to hit Asia. What’s your response? To well up with emotion and donate whatever you can to a relief organization? To envision a way to build sturdier houses or encourage people to move to higher ground?

    Your response says a lot about what kind of philanthropist you might be. The people who well up are motivated by empathy and so may take a more  emotional approach to giving when they see others in need. Those watching the disaster who think of fixing the infrastructure or incentivizing people to make different choices may take a more rational approach to giving. 

    Can you combine the two?

    Read more from the Robb Report here.

  • December 13, 2018 11:29 AM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    On December 5, 2019, the University of Delaware and Delaware Gov. John Carney hosted daylong Opportunity Zone Summit for investors and leaders from Delaware's government, industry, business, academia, and community sectors. 

    Opportunity Zones are a community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The  program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by the chief executives of every U.S. state and territory. Delaware has 25 zones. 

    The event took place in the 10-story Tower at the STAR Campus, which itself is a Delaware Opportunity Zone. 

    Read more from the UDaily article here.

  • December 13, 2018 10:42 AM | Christina Marconi (Administrator)

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care Health System won the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for using virtual reality technology to improve patients’ experience during chemotherapy at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute near Newark.

    Christiana Care caregivers use virtual reality as a way for patients to immerse themselves in places outside the cancer center, whether those places are beaches, forests or popular destinations. The goal is to decrease the anxiety that comes with receiving chemotherapy.

    Read more here.

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