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  • November 06, 2018 3:54 PM | Christina Marconi

    For the sixth consecutive year, Delaware State University has again achieved record-breaking enrollment, with a total student population of 4,872 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This represents an overall increase of 5% over last year’s enrollment of 4,648. The goal is to reach 5,000 students by the year 2020.

    The University credits its current 73% freshmen retention rate – the highest-ever in University history – as one of the factors that has led to a new enrollment record this fall.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:50 PM | Christina Marconi

    Discover Bank recently donated funds to KSI, a not for profit vocational rehabilitation organization which serves the residents of Kent and Sussex Counties Delaware, so that the organization can replace its forklift, a piece of equipment central to its daily operations and contract work. Discover has also supported KSI in the past.

    The mission of KSI is to assist people with disabilities in the pursuit of their potential in employment and meaningful participation in their communities.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:49 PM | Christina Marconi

    The CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation have distributed $235,000 in grants to nonprofits focused on emergency housing, homelessness, hunger and health care. The grants were distributed from the Benjamin Potter Charity Trust, a fund administered by CenDel and the Delaware Community Foundation. Grants were distributed to nine organizations in November. The grant amounts ranged from $15,000 to $40,000.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:47 PM | Christina Marconi

    Amazon is launching Amazon Future Engineer (AFE), a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. Amazon aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science through coding camps and online lessons, fund introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science for over 100,000 underprivileged young people in 2,000 low-income high schools across the U.S., award 100 students from underserved communities pursuing degrees in computer science with four-year $10,000 annual scholarships, as well as internships at Amazon to gain work experience.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:42 PM | Christina Marconi

    America's growing economic divide is evident in American giving patterns, a new Chronicle of Philanthropy study finds.

    Based on the total value of cash and stock received in 2017 from individuals, corporations, and foundations (excluding government grants, product donations, and contributions to donor-advised funds), America's Favorite Charities 2018 found that gifts to wealth-driven institutions such as colleges and hospitals soared over the past decade, while giving to United Way Worldwide and other household-name "blue-collar" charities that rely on donations from middle-class Americans fell.

    Read more here.

    Members can access content from the America's Favorite Charities 2018 report at the Philanthropy Exclusives news page and as reported in the November 1st edition of Member Insider.


  • November 06, 2018 3:40 PM | Christina Marconi

    Lumina Foundation, Robin Hood and the Salesforce Impact Fund from Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce’s corporate investment group, today announced the launch of an impact investing alliance dedicated to investing in for-profit education and workforce development companies whose products, services and technologies not only produce a positive financial return, but also have the potential to alleviate or eliminate poverty.

    Read more here.

  • November 06, 2018 3:35 PM | Christina Marconi

    A Swiss philanthropist's foundation will donate $1 billion to conserve the planet's land and oceans in an effort to expand the availability of clean air and drinking water.

    Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation. Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves, Wyss wrote. He aims to help conserve 30% of the Earth in a natural state by 2030.

    Read his New York Times op-ed here.

  • October 29, 2018 2:33 PM | Christina Marconi

    In response to the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania has compiled a list of resources for those interested in providing support. 

    If you're interested in how to help, click here. Feel free to keep checking back, as the list will likely continue to grow. 

  • October 29, 2018 11:56 AM | Christina Marconi

    In Arsht-Cannon Fund: The Epitome of Good Philanthropy, DCF's President and CEO illuminates the Arsht-Cannon Fund's significant investments in Delaware's Hispanic communities.

    Read more here.

  • October 29, 2018 11:28 AM | Christina Marconi

    new series of fact sheets launched by the Delaware Hispanic Commission, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates, and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware show the state is behind the curve in dealing with a fast-growing portion of the school population.  The partners will release five fact sheets throughout the next several months. The information will investigate a school year in the life of an English learner, how the education system is serving them, what be done to better meet their needs, and the potential consequences if the state doesn’t make an investment.

    Read more here.


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