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  • July 27, 2020 2:47 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 27, 2020 Philanthropy Delaware Press Release) - $210,426 Awarded from Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund to 11 Nonprofits$3 million awarded to 139 nonprofits since fund launched March 18

    In its 13th round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation awarded $210,426 on Friday to 11 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

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

    •  Delaware Children's Museum — $20,000 for safety materials for visitors, social distancing signage, sneeze guards and other equipment to ensure a safe reopening.
    • Kent-Sussex Industries — $25,000 for equipment and renovation of program space.
    • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity $27,440 for technology for various purposes, including a website redesign to integrate online ReStore sales.
    • West End Neighborhood House $20,086 for an outdoor classroom, disposable masks and a temperature screening system.
    • YMCA Delaware $50,000 to improve indoor safety and air quality through ventilation and filtration.
    • Code Purple of Kent County $25,000 for a food truck to deliver food to the homeless in Kent and Sussex County.
    • Delaware Zoological Society $6,600 for online ticketing software.
    • Developing Artists Collaboration (Dewey Artists) $3,400 for electronics for the Creative Career Service Program. 
    • Kalmar Nyckel $5,400 for a virtual field trip program.
    • Serviam Girls Academy $20,000 to prepare for a safe reopening, including health and safety training for teachers and administration.
    • Historic Lewes Farmers Market $7,500 for signage and equipment to reopen safely.

    In this 13th round of grants, 49 applicants requested $1.7 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund.

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $3 million to 139 Delaware nonprofits so far. Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund awarded weekly grants March 27-May 22, two rounds of grants in June, and is slated to award monthly grants July-December.

    The next application deadline is Aug. 10. For information and to apply, visit delcf.org/community-needs-grants.

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    Donations to fund are still needed to respond to community needs, said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.

    “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 $1.5 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 Aug. 31.

    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 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.

    The fund, a partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Barclays ($700,000), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($300,000), CSC ($100,000), 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), M&T ($50,000), WSFS Bank ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), Capital One ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000) and others.

    Nearly 300 individual donors have donated $135,000. 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 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.

  • July 24, 2020 8:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 24, 2020 by Philanthropy Delaware Press Release) Philanthropy Delaware’s President and CEO will soon be leading as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation supporting the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Cynthia was the first to lead as Philanthropy Delaware’s full-time President and CEO and championed the robust work in the state’s philanthropic network. In three and half short years, Cynthia marshaled the efforts to broaden, deepen, and transform the organization to promote effective philanthropy.  Under her leadership, Philanthropy Delaware underwent a comprehensive rebranding effort, which was formerly known as Delaware Grantmakers Association into the name known today.

    During her tenure, Cynthia led Philanthropy Delaware to increase membership, provide enlightening and instructive programming, thought leadership, and resources for our Members. In collaboration with Philanthropy Delaware's Board of Directors, created a robust strategic plan where philanthropy plays a vital role in the endeavor to build a just, vibrant and thriving Delaware for all. She forged alliances with local and state government leadership, provided grant-matching assistance to local organizations.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cynthia served as the Director of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which brought together numerous Philanthropy Delaware Members and other investors and individuals to collectively fund the emerging and evolving needs of communities throughout Delaware.        

    As Cynthia looks forward to this new chapter, she also looks back at the connections built throughout her time in Philanthropy Delaware.  “I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the outstanding support of this community and our members,” Cynthia writes. The culmination of her work has led the way for more effective, efficient, and impactful philanthropy in Delaware.  

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    Contact: Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement at (302) 333-8004 via phone or Melissa@PhilanthropyDelaware.org via e-mail. 

  • July 23, 2020 1:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 23, 2020 by Press Release by Delaware News) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD) initiative announced on Tuesday collaborations with several communities throughout Delaware that have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Working with 12 community-based lead organizations, Healthy Communities Delaware is providing more than $720,000 in funding to nine communities across the state to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Delaware’s most vulnerable populations. This funding will help communities address important fundamental needs by creating neighborhood hubs to serve as food pantries and provide prevention care and resources; hiring bilingual resource navigators; and replacing deteriorating buildings with affordable rental units. Projects will engage residents in identifying the needs of their communities, building trust, and directly providing food, education, and care resources.

    “We know that health is more than just health care,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Our environments – where we live, work and play – have a huge impact on our health. We believe that all Delawareans should have the opportunity to make healthy choices, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background, and we are excited about the work these communities will be doing to help us ensure all Delaware residents have access to the COVID-19 resources they need.”

    “We are seeing the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on vulnerable Delawareans, including low-income households, Black and Hispanic communities, and non-English speakers,” said Rita Landgraf, Director of the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities. “These collaborative efforts will support nine communities working with 12 community-based organizations to navigate such challenges under COVID-19 as food security, resource navigation, housing, job creation and workforce development.”

    “As Delaware continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we know that one of the most critical supports that Healthy Communities Delaware can provide is strategic community investment,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation. “We are grateful to the State of Delaware for helping to fund these pragmatic community-based investments.”

    Healthy Communities Delaware is collaborating with the following communities. Although only lead organizations are listed, every project is a collaboration among many partners within each community:

    New Castle County:

    • Jefferson Street Center, Inc.; Northwest, Wilmington — $99,900
    • Cornerstone West Community Development Corp. (CDC); Westside, Wilmington — $49,950
    • Be Ready CDC; West Side, Wilmington — $99,998
    • Central Baptist CDC; Eastside, Wilmington — $99,900
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County; Eastside, Wilmington — $49,950
    • Route 9 Master Plan Monitoring Committee; Route 9 Corridor of New Castle County — $49,950
    • South Wilmington Planning Network; Southbridge, Wilmington — $49,950
    • Latin American Community Center; Wilmington/New Castle County — $49,950

    Kent County:

    • NCALL, Inc.; Dover and Western Kent — $49,950

    Sussex County:

    • The Food Bank of Delaware; Georgetown/Western Sussex — $49,950
    • La Esperanza; Georgetown/Western Sussex — $49,950
    • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project; Ellendale — $25,500

    Healthy Communities Delaware involves business, community, and organizational participants, and is managed as a collaboration among DPH, the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities, and the Delaware Community Foundation. HCD works in partnership with communities to address resident priorities around the social determinants of health — conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work and age. Many Delawareans lack the basic resources for health and well-being – safe and healthy homes, a quality education, meaningful employment, a healthy environment, access to healthy foods, financial stability and reliable transportation. Many of these inequities are a result of and perpetuated by structural racism and discrimination, and are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more detailed information on the specific projects being funded, visit healthycommunitiesde.org/collaborating-communities. For more information on Healthy Communities Delaware, visit healthycommunitiesde.org.

    Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@delaware211.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov,

    DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, visit de.gov/coronavirus.


  • July 22, 2020 9:21 AM | Cynthia Pritchard (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations:

    “I have sent letters to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell approving the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to include the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility.  As detailed in the term sheets released today by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, borrower eligibility requirements for the new facilities differ from those of Main Street business loans.  However, loan terms and our broader objectives are consistent across all Main Street Lending Facilities.  Main Street is designed to provide a safety net for small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic and could benefit from additional liquidity to manage through this challenging period.  Nonprofit organizations, from colleges and universities to healthcare providers, community groups and veterans' organizations, play a vital role in our society and employ millions of hard working Americans.  We are very pleased that the program now includes options to support lending to eligible nonprofits and can help these vital organizations continue their important work.”


  • July 13, 2020 8:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 13, 2020 by Press Release by the Delaware Community Foundation) Arsht-Cannon Fund is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  The Arsht-Cannon Fund (ACF) at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $582,248 in grants to Delaware’s nonprofit organizations that are reaching out to Latino families with accessible and needed educational programs at this time of crisis.

    To address the devastating and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latino families, FY 2020-21 grants ranged from direct relief to meet basic needs of qualified immigrant families in crisis, to support for the development of innovative and sustainable programs by collaborating nonprofit partners. In between, funding has been dedicated to a variety of programs that support learning and, ultimately, integration and empowerment.

    “Amid the rising needs of families and the challenges faced by Latino-serving nonprofits, 2020-21 grant funding was prioritized to our nonprofit partners who redesigned their critically needed programs to reach families safely, effectively and with love, excellence and sustainability,” ACF Executive Director Dr. Christine Cannon said.

    FY 2020-21 grant awards focused on:

    Language Learning and Family Literacy

    • ESL@Lutheran Church of Our Savior – $20,000 (second year of grant) Multi-level classes and online English instruction
    • PolyTech Adult Education – $20,000 (second year of grant) Family Literacy Program for parents and their children
    • Literacy Delaware – $20,000 to strengthen southern Delaware’s ESL tutoring program
    • Reading Assist – $20,000 to support AmeriCorps reading tutors at Academia Antonia Alonso Elementary School

    Pre-K through Career Planning Programs

    • Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington – $17,500 to support the Hispanic Services Program, a 12-year educational/support program for Latino boys from Wilmington starting at age 10.
    • YMCA of Delaware – $13,000 for the Water Wise Program for 150 dual language learners at Academia Antonia Alonso Elementary School
    • Project New Start – $12,500 to support and prepare Latinos for employment and community reentry post-incarceration

    Arts and Cultural Education

    • Three 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations – $2,750 each at the Milton Public Library, Route 9 Library and Innovation Center and Dover Library
    • The Delaware Contemporary – $6,000 to support Building a Creative Future, a weekly arts program for at-risk youth

    Health Supports for Learning

    • National Alliance for Mental Illness – Delaware – $19,448 to support the Hispanic Services Initiative throughout Delaware
    • Autism Delaware – $9,000 to provide the Family Peer Support Program to families with children with autism
    • Rosa Health Center – $25,000 to provide comprehensive care including health education to Latino families in central Sussex County

    Educational Advocacy

    • Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now – $30,000 to expand Juntos Delaware, a Latino advocacy fellows training program

    Community Collaborative Partnerships

    • Trinity Episcopal Parish – $40,000 to support bilingual counseling and referral services for Latino families between the parish and the Empowerment Center/Friendship House in Newport
    • La Esperanza Community Center – $107,550 to expand the La Colectiva-inspired Family Coaching and Navigation Program in southern Delaware
    • First State Community Action – $100,000 for the Sussex County Relief Program, which supports payments to cover the basic needs (food, housing, utilities, etc.) of qualified Latino immigrant families in crisis. It is integrated with the Family Coaching and Navigation Program.
    • ChristianaCare Caregiver Relief Fund – $15,000 to provide direct support to families of Latino healthcare providers – frontline caregivers
    • La Colectiva de Delaware – $114,000 for management, operations and communications; leadership awards and Collaborative Planning Team funding

    About the Arsht-Cannon Fund

    The Arsht-Cannon Fund was established in 2004 through the gift of the estate of the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht and S. Samuel Cannon to the Delaware Community Foundation. The endowed fund benefits Delaware’s Hispanic families by partnering and funding nonprofits that provide educational opportunities — improving the lives of all Delawareans.


  • July 09, 2020 1:28 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    In April, Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf announced that Wells Fargo would donate all of its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) processing fees back to nonprofits serving the small business community – an industry-leading commitment.

    To help accelerate the recovery of small businesses, it has been announced announced that Wells Fargo will donate approximately $400 million in processing fees from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses keep their doors open, retain employees, and rebuild.  Wells Fargo is donating gross PPP processing fees and is not keeping any portion of the fees.

    Through a new Open for Business Fund they will engage nonprofit organizations who serve diverse entrepreneurs to provide capital, training, and long-term recovery efforts.

    • Beginning today, Wells Fargo will begin accepting applications from Community Development Financial institutions (CDFIs), nonprofit lenders and special purpose funds formed by CDFIs with an emphasis on serving racially and ethnically diverse-owned businesses. Nonprofits can learn more at www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving.
    • Additional grant cycles around technical assistance and long-term resiliency and recovery will open later.
    • The Open for Business Fund launches with several grantees aimed at empowering Black and African American-owned small businesses, which are closing at nearly twice the rate of their counterparts.

    As we all continue to navigate these unprecedented times, Wells Fargo is committed to helping as many small businesses as possible navigate economic challenges. The participation in PPP has already helped thousands of small businesses – 84% of which had fewer than 10 employees. Donating PPP processing fees is another way Wells Fargo can create relief and long-term impact in the small business community.

    This new small business recovery effort builds on our ongoing small business growth commitments, including the $175 million Wells Fargo Diverse Community Capital program and investing up to $50 million in Minority Depository Institutions.

    More information is available on their COVID-19 resources and support page. 


  • July 06, 2020 11:24 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 2, 2020 by Press Release) Barclays and Wilmington Alliance are Philanthropy Delaware Members Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation and Wilmington Alliance combine to create the Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; A donation from Barclays will enable future statewide expansion.

    Barclays US Consumer Bank, The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation, and Wilmington Alliance today announced the development of The Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3) powered by Barclays. E3 was created to support small businesses across Wilmington as they look to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop a system that levels the playing field for access to resources.

    E3 is designed to leverage the expertise and experience available in Delaware’s private and public sectors to grow opportunities for businesses and related employment. E3 Wilmington will help create the conditions for successful entrepreneurship across communities by building a citywide strategic coalition to identify, vet, incubate and accelerate the launch of new for-profit businesses, with a focus on Black and Brown entrepreneurs. The program will provide entrepreneurial resource support across five key entrepreneurial lifecycle focus areas including Coaching & Business Planning, Marketing & Promotion, Information Technology & Infrastructure, Space Planning & Design and Access to Funding Sources. 

    “The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation believes entrepreneurs and small businesses are the lifeblood of our economic success, and knows it can be difficult to navigate the landscape when it comes to launching and running a business, especially with the added challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic,” said Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation Executive Director Stephen Sye. “Our E3 program hopes to help businesses overcome those challenges by engaging key partners to help accelerate business development and provide resource supports throughout the entire entrepreneurial lifecycle. And now thanks to the generous support from Barclays, we are able to expand this program to create thriving business development ecosystems throughout the State of Delaware.”

    Although the actual nature of individual E3 ecosystems will change over time and apply differently to businesses and individuals, the overall goal of the program is to implement a process that continually feeds entrepreneurs into pipelines that provide access to necessary resources and connections to accelerate the launch or growth of their businesses.

    “Since the establishment of the Wilmington Alliance in July of 2019, we have put every aspect of our work in the city through the lens of equity and inclusion," said Wilmington Alliance CEO Renata Kowalczyk. “Like the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation, the Alliance views entrepreneurship as a key path to prosperity. We need to make this path more accessible and equitable for entrepreneurs.”

    The donation from Barclays will enable statewide expansion of the initial pilot program. Last month, Barclays announced widespread support to the communities in which the bank operates to respond to hardships created by the COVID-19, offering assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide food, shelter and assistance to vulnerable populations and financial support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

    “At Barclays we remain committed to supporting and scaling high-growth entrepreneurs and believe in their potential as a driver for economic growth and productivity,” said Jenn Cho, Head of Citizenship for Barclays US Consumer Bank. “We hope to help small businesses across the state as they look to recover and rebuild post COVID, and we are excited to partner with The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation and Wilmington Alliance on the E3 program to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to grow and thrive.”

    For more information or to support E3 as a partner or a sponsor, please visit www.petedupontfreedomfoundation.org/e3 or email contact@petedupontfreedomfoundation.org.

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    Barclays Media Contact
    George Caudill, gcaudill@barclaycardus.com

    Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation Media Contact
    Stephen Sye, stephen@petedupontfreedomfoundation.org

    Wilmington Alliance Media Contact
    Jennifer Lawson, Jennifer@wilmingtonalliance.org


  • July 01, 2020 4:54 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 24, 2020 by Press Release) United Way of Delaware (UWDE) today announced that it has established the Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund (the Fund) as part of an integrated, statewide effort with other nonprofits, grassroots organizations and the community-at-large to develop and advocate for strategies and policies that address systemic racism in Delaware.

    The Fund, which will be housed at and managed by UWDE, is the first action of the newly formed Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Collaborative, a group of nonprofits and community-based organizations organized by UWDE as part of a nationwide movement for racial equity and social justice, sparked by the murder of George Floyd and other African Americans. The Fund will be supported through individual, foundation, government and corporate contributions. Donors will be asked to commit time, knowledge, and skills, as well financial resources. Allocation decisions will be made by a community-based steering committee of the Collaborative.

    Commenting on the Fund, Michelle Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware, said, “In every corner of Delaware, people of goodwill are stepping forward to say, ‘enough’ to the inequities in education, healthcare, housing, economic opportunity, access to nutritious food, and yes, law enforcement that have held our state back for generations. For decades, United Way of Delaware has been fighting for those who are marginalized by systemic racism. We are proud to now build on this tradition by working collaboratively with community-based partners to further advance the cause of racial equity and social justice. The Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund will help provide resources for this work.”

    Don Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (FAME) and a partner in the Collaborative, said, “We cannot ‘program’ our way out of centuries of economic and structural racism alone. Comprehensive and well-funded strategic solutions can be a silver lining that is born out of this pandemic and a literal cry for equity and justice. The Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund will make it a point to invest in grassroots, community-led initiatives that empower disadvantaged citizens and root out the causes of racial and social inequities.”

    Taylor said the Fund will work with community stakeholders to:

    •  Address root causes of racial and social inequities
    •  Foster courageous conversations and actions regarding racial equity and social justice
    •  Increase engagement and influence of grassroots groups and others mobilizing for action
    •  Mobilize disenfranchised communities to create awareness and action
    •  Actively engage youth and young adults

    UNITED WAY OF DELAWARE LAUNCHES DELAWARE RACIAL EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND--2

    • Develop collective messages based on dialogue with grassroots groups
    • Promote healthy connections among diverse community groups
    • Map racial equity and social justice initiatives in Delaware
    • Ensure the Collaborative operates statewide, inclusive of local engagement
    • Develop procedures for joint accountability, transparency, and communication amongst investment partners

    Rick Deadwyler, U.S. East Region Leader, Government & Industry Affairs for Corteva Agriscience and Chair-Elect of the UWDE’s Board of Directors, said, “We are living in historic times. America is aching for change and Delaware is no exception. Through the Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund at United Way of Delaware, we aim to seize this moment as the opportunity of our generation to effect meaningful and lasting improvements in racial equity and social justice.”

    Deadwyler added, “We need every sector--young people, civic leaders, politicians, educators, business people, labor leaders, faith leaders, nonprofits and concerned individuals from all political affiliations--to join us in this work by contributing to the Fund and by taking an active role in community-based efforts to address issues of racial equity and social justice.”

    Those interested in being part of the work of the Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Collaborative and/or supporting the Fund may contact Michelle Taylor at mtaylor@uwde.org.

    Contact:

    Brent Porter

    302.573.3717

    bporter@uwde.org


  • June 29, 2020 1:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 29, 2020 by the DCF News) Delaware Community Foundation is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $240,000 in Focus Grants to programs enriching the lives of Delaware youth and Latino communities.

    During the pandemic crisis, community needs have changed, and many nonprofits have changed their business models, stepped up services and cancelled events. For this reason, the Focus Grants program was modified this year to allow recipients to use the grants for operations and pandemic-related needs as well as for the original projects.

    This year’s Focus Grants recipients are:

    Youth Serving

    • Choir School of Delaware – $12,250 - To expand their transportation program for choristers as they expand their program to include a summer session.
    • Multiplying Good (SIA4Good- Serving the State of Delaware) – $12,250 - To support the Students in Action (SIA) program to prepare Delaware youth for leadership and public service.
    • Read Aloud Delaware – $9,800 - To continue expanding the Volunteer Reading Program in New Castle County.
    • CAMP Rehoboth – $12,066 - To support LGBTQ+ youth in middle and high schools through promoting and strengthening school GSA clubs.
    • Arise Delaware – $7,350 - To support building relationships among special needs participants and volunteer “buddies,” and among parents.
    • Jobs for Delaware Graduates – $12,250 - To provide academic, workforce preparation, and life skills education to some of the most at risk middle- and high-school students in Delaware.
    • Summer Learning Collaborative – $9,800 - To support the six-week Tyler’s Camp program for Sussex County middle school students, including sports, arts, STEM and academics.
    • YearUp Wilmington – $12,250 - To support a workforce development program for young adults who have not progressed past a high school diploma or GED.
    • Urban Garden Initiative – $5,145 - To expand their student gardening program to a workshop series that will serve about 200 students at five Wilmington community centers.
    • Mom’s House of Dover – $4,900 - To provide free child care and other support services to low-income single parents who are pursuing secondary or post-secondary education.
    • Latin American Community Center – $12,250 - To implement a new trauma-informed youth drugs and violence prevention program.
    • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch Up – $11,144 - To begin providing an Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) home visiting program to families at imminent risk of their children being removed to foster care.
    • Plastic Free Delaware – $4,900 - To host high school students from across the state for a new Youth Environmental Summit.
    • Teen Warehouse – $12,250 - To support the Teens in Motion program for personal development and soft skills training designed to move teens to employment.
    • United Way of Delaware – $12,250 - To implement their Step on It program to increase the capacity of two middle schools in Wilmington Promise Communities by engaging community stakeholders.
    • Christiana Care Health Systems – $5,145 - To support the annual spring overnight field trip of the First State School, which serves chronically ill children and adolescents.

    Latino Serving

    • Habitat for Humanity Sussex County – $21,250 - To support the anticipated growth of Latino clients in the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s (SCHFH) Family Empowerment Program for financial literacy education.
    • TeenSHARP – $11,750 - To support the Delaware Goes to College Academy (DGCA), which provides academic advising and college guidance in English and Spanish to Latino high school students and their families across Sussex County.
    • Children and Families First – $8,500 -  To allow the Sussex Community of Hope Latino Community Outreach project to translate outreach and survey materials into Spanish.
    • ESL Lutheran Church of Our Savior – $4,250 - To expand the English as a Second Language program to serve the growing population of non-English speakers in Sussex County from South and Central American countries.
    • La Esperanza – $8,500 - To support a New Citizenship Program to provide education, outreach, and full naturalization preparation for eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).
    • Literacy Delaware – $8,500 - To expand Literacy Delaware’s services into Sussex County.
    • Autism Delaware – $8,500 - To expand the Autism Care Team (ACT) program in Sussex County, with a focus on Spanish-speaking families in Sussex County with a child affected by autism.
    • Sussex Tech Adult Division – $12,750 - To provide continuing GED instruction for English Language Learners in English and Spanish at James H. Groves High School in Sussex County.



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