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  • November 17, 2020 9:54 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 15, 2020 by - Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity has received a $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to help build an affordable house in Kearney.

    It’s part of the foundation’s $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States.

    “We’ve had a rich history of working with the Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Kirk Kellner of Omaha, regional Wells Fargo president. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life.”

    Local Habitat for Humanity Fundraising committee member Jim McKenzie said, “This $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation is huge! These loyal supporters are paying for all roof trusses, all of the windows, all the drywall, plus every cabinet and 50 percent of the concrete for this year’s second home.

    “Combining their generosity with our amazing volunteer crews really accelerates having another much needed simple, decent affordable home become a reality.”

  • November 16, 2020 10:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 16, 2020 by Media Alert) - Energize Delaware announces that the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP), funded by the Exelon Merger for Delmarva Power Customers in Delaware, is awarding $80,650 to Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DEIPL).  In its application, DEIPL wants to help weatherize older rental properties by fabricating and installing custom Interior Storm Windows (ISW) in rental apartments. Labor to be provided from within community and include the faith community. 

  • November 12, 2020 9:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 10, 2020 by - Wells Fargo is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Volunteers of America National Services with a $3 million grant. VOANS will use the funds to develop permanent supportive affordable homes for previously homeless veterans using innovative construction techniques while also supporting much-needed construction job training for veterans.

    “VOANS is grateful for Wells Fargo’s leadership in the housing market and its focus on vulnerable populations in need of a stable, safe home,” said Sharon Wilson Geno, EVP, chief operating officer, VOANS. “This is an exciting project to blend our areas of expertise and provide homes for our nation’s veterans.”

    Together VOANS and Volunteers of America’s geographic affiliates will build new properties and convert and repurpose existing structures to become permanent housing. Through innovative construction techniques—modular, container and 3-D printing— Volunteers of America will create homes for veterans. While developing the properties, Volunteers of America will also provide job training for previously homeless veterans in the construction trades. Over the next three years, VOANS will develop at least 125 units in Los Angeles, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. markets, beginning in Los Angeles in 2021.

    “Having a safe and affordable place to call home is an essential pathway for wellness, dignity, and economic opportunity,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, head of housing affordability philanthropy with the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Lack of affordable housing puts millions at the edge of crisis. Wells Fargo is committed to the importance of homes for everyone in our nation, especially veterans who have sacrificed so much, and we are proud to support Volunteers of America’s efforts to address veteran homelessness, job training and stable housing.”

    Since 2015, the Wells Fargo Foundation has provided more than $31 million in grants to support sustainable housing and homeownership for veterans. Wells Fargo’s collaboration on NeighborhoodLIFT® with NeighborWorks America has resulted in helping veterans across the country achieve the dream of homeownership by providing down payment assistance grants. To date, over $7 million in grant assistance has been provided, resulting in more than 525 veterans purchasing a home. Additionally, Wells Fargo donates homes and vehicles to wounded veterans or Gold Star families, who also receive financial mentoring. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than 400 homes valued at over $60 million to support veterans and their families in all 50 states.

    As part of the national Volunteers of America organization, VOANS serves to advance, support, promote and administer health, housing and supportive services, employing more than 3,000 professionals across the country to operate its housing and health care programs.

    In addition to developing affordable housing, VOANS owns and operates one of the largest housing portfolios located in 42 states and Puerto Rico, which includes more than 240 properties containing more than 15,000 affordable housing units. It also operates six comprehensive campuses (skilled nursing and independent/assisted living), five skilled nursing facilities, four assisted living facilities, three licensed home health agencies, three Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly sites and one senior meals program.

  • November 11, 2020 11:30 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 9, 2020 by - The fundraisers and philanthropists in the Greater Philadelphia region hold November’s National Philanthropy Day in a prominent place on their calendar. Rarely can we pause our work furthering incredible missions, causes, and needs in our community to celebrate the generosity and hard work of others.

    For many in the region, our awards breakfast at the Bellevue Hotel is the first introduction to the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP-GPC). This gives us the opportunity to share our goal of being the organization others turn to for answers in fundraising, in Philadelphia and beyond.

    This year will be the 35th celebration of National Philanthropy Day for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. We started 2020 making plans for another breakfast with wonderful award nominees of organizations, philanthropists, and fundraisers as before. Yet, as with each of our organizations, since March 12 we’ve seen the world turn upside down because of COVID-19.

    For many of us, our fundraising goals became a precarious uphill climb. Events were cancelled. Programs and services were suspended. Staff had to pivot and adapt — both words we all want removed from our vocabulary after this year!

    AFP-GPC was no exception. We transitioned all of our educational programming online to ensure that we were reaching our members at home, providing the analysis, professional development, and support needed in a time of crisis. As spring led into summer, our creative thinking and adaptive programming prompted us to think how to memorialize this year and share the significant stories of our sector with our members and philanthropic community.

    It is for this reason that the 35th National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration will be recognizing five organizations that have made a significant impact in the city of Philadelphia through their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each of our organizations fit within a sector of our nonprofit community. They span the arts, social services, and healthcare and capture the philanthropic landscape that has provided the necessary resources to ensure that the unique missions of our various Philadelphia nonprofits remain intact despite COVID-19:

    • We’re thankful to highlight the work of the Philadelphia Orchestra serving as a beacon of hope, promise, and joy through music.
    • We are excited to tell the story of the PHL COVID-19 Fund, facilitated by the Philadelphia Foundation, that stepped into a newfound role of disaster relief in a region unaccustomed to this need.
    • We want to share how the Satell Institute facilitated the fundraising efforts to ensure their nonprofit affiliates were supported and prepared for the coming months after March 12.
    • We want you to hear about the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, the only rescue mission that provides a meal to those in need 365 days out of the year — and continued to do so in the midst of the pandemic.
    • We hope you will see how the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium saw a significant need in the Black communities of our city and now to provide free COVID-19 testing to the most vulnerable neighborhoods in our city.

    AFP-GPC cannot wait to celebrate these organizations on Friday, November 13. Their resiliency, ingenuity, creativity, and proactive behavior has helped the nonprofit sector to weather the initial storms of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we want you to be a part of this celebration!

    First, we hope that you will register for this event and invite others to join us. Not only will you hear these inspiring stories from the organizations themselves, but you will also be supporting the continued educational work of our chapter. You can sign up for the 35th National Philanthropy Day by following this link.

    Second, we hope that you will join us before the ceremony for our virtual networking event. We know the opportunity to reconnect, share stories, and celebrate our own successes is a highlight each year of our National Philanthropy Day gathering. In the midst of a pandemic, knowing that we are part of a broader community of fundraisers matters more than ever.

    Finally, you can still get involved for National Philanthropy Day. There remain sponsorship opportunities to say, “Thank you!” to these organizations in a special way. You can also volunteer for National Philanthropy Day, as well as many other committees needs at AFP-GPC. You can contact with any inquiries.

  • November 04, 2020 10:54 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 26, 2020 by Press Release) - Bank of America is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. On June 2, Bank of America made a $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, of which $50 million is dedicated to support minority depository institutions (MDIs) and community development financial institution (CDFI) banks. As part of that commitment, today the company is announcing it has now completed 10 equity investments in these institutions, acquiring approximately 4.9% of common equity in each organization as part of the broader $50 million commitment. These investments will facilitate benefits across multiple states and in the communities that these institutions serve through lending, housing, neighborhood revitalization, and other banking services.

    “By providing equity capital to minority depository institutions, critical projects can be scaled. MDIs are closely connected to the needs of their communities, and these investments will help transform and enable more positive change and economic opportunity,” said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.

    Today’s announced investments, plus those previously completed, bring the total number of investments to 10.

    • Carver Bancorp, Inc.
    • Carver Financial Corporation
    • CNB Bancorp, Inc. (parent of Commonwealth National Bank)
    • CSB&T Bancorp, Inc. (parent company of Citizens Savings Bank and Trust)
    • First Independence Corporation
    • Liberty Financial Services, Inc.
    • M&F Bancorp, Inc.
    • SCCB Financial Corp. (parent company of Optus Bank)
    • Southern Bancorp, Inc.
    • Unity National Bank of Houston, N.A.

    These equity investments are in addition to approximately $100 million in deposits from Bank of America in MDIs. It also operates a $1.6 billion Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) portfolio with 255 partner CDFIs across all 50 states, providing access to capital to thousands of individuals and small businesses who do not qualify through traditional lenders.

    Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:

  • November 04, 2020 10:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)
    (November 3, 2020 by DJ McAneny WDEL) - Delaware's novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases are above 25,000 for the first time since March, Governor John Carney announced Tuesday during his weekly press conference to detail the First State's response to the pandemic. 

    Total deaths associated with the virus now stand at 712, Carney said, and hospitalizations have climbed to 107 currently. Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services Molly Magarik said, even as the state's numbers climb, a decreasing number of people showing up to testing sites is likely leading to undercounting of real COVID-19 cases. 

    "We really urge people in these towns to take advantage of the many free and easy test sites available," she said. 

    As the number of positive cases increases in all three counties, officials continue to monitor the situation at nursing homes, where cases continue to spread.

    "The higher cases are actually driven by outbreaks in long-term care facilities, which is why our recent...latest efforts around supporting long-term care facilities are going to be so important," Magarik said. 

    The DHSS's Dr. Susan Levy will now be the Division of Healthcare Quality's Long-Term Care Medical Director, and support the state's Health Operations Center, beginning November 9, 2020. She'll be providing technical assistance directly to facilities. 

    "She's a specialist in internal and geriatric medicine, and she has extensive experience not only in Delaware, but specifically in long-term care facilities," Magarik said, adding, "We know that our long-term care facilities and the workers in those facilities are working very hard, but they too are struggling and sometimes they are positive themselves, and so they have to be out of work while...the facility is managing outbreaks with residents."

  • November 04, 2020 10:08 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 2, 2020 by Jacob Owens Delaware Business Times)  - Dozens of Delawareans are beginning a new future through free job training opportunities in the tech industry made possible through a federally funded program.

    Gov. John Carney’s rapid workforce training and redeployment training initiative, known as Forward Delaware, has designated $10 million toward Delaware’s top five growth industries: IT, health care, transportation, logistics and construction. The money, split evenly amid the industries, comes from funds allocated to the state via Congress’ CARES Act passed in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Leading the effort for the IT sector is TechImpact, which was founded about 16 years ago to provide IT support to nonprofits around the country and earlier this year began serving as a clearinghouse for Delawareans seeking a career in IT. TechImpact is serving as an intermediary for Forward Delaware, disbursing program funds to programs that are enrolling students for training courses, explained Patrick Callihan, the organization’s executive director.

    While TechImpact’s own IT Works program as well as the well-known Zip Code Wilmington program are enrolling students, the initiative is also reaching out to new partners. Wilmington-based Code Differently, an experiential learning program and coding boot camp that introduces students in underrepresented communities to computer science and industry practices through hands-on practical instruction, will be training at least 50 people with the grant funding, Callihan said.

    “We wanted as many underrepresented folks in technology to have an opportunity to receive this free training,” he added.

    Stephanie Eldridge, CEO of Code Differently, noted that research shows that diversity benefits innovation, but the sector has been slow to hire and develop talent from underrepresented communities.

    “We focus on increasing diversity in technology. The Forward Delaware initiative will allow us to remove barriers associated with technology career awareness, access, and education by providing flexible training schedules, technology equipment, and a community of instructors and supporters. Looking forward to early 2021, we hope to see an immediate increase in underrepresented people in technology being employed in our local market,” she said in a statement.

    Also participating in the Forward Delaware program is Philadelphia-based Tech Elevator, which offers an all-online coding boot camp that Delawareans will be able to utilize, and The Precisionists, which creates job opportunities for those with disabilities.

    “We’re not only realigning workers with that training, we’re also providing some wraparound services, like interviewing skills and resume development,” Callihan said. “We’re positioning them for careers in technology, not just getting them access to the training.”

    Callihan noted that the Forward Delaware funds come with the stipulation that the money is spent by Dec. 31 – a deadline set under the federal stimulus bill that allocated the funds to states – and that training is completed by March.

    Callihan said that he is “seeing a pretty good demand” in the first few weeks of the program.

    “We’re seeing scores of applicants each day coming in through Tech Hire Delaware, so we’re working to place them into programs as fast as we can,” he said. It’s a really unique opportunity for the citizens of Delaware who are interested in pursuing a new career in technology to be able to go through these really highly regarded programs at no cost.”

    To learn more about how to enroll in a program under the initiative, visit

  • October 30, 2020 4:30 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 30, 2020 by Jacob Owens, Delaware Business Times)  – Philanthropy Delaware recently announced that Tynetta Brown will take over as CEO of the state’s largest philanthropic member association beginning Nov. 9.

    The executive seat has been vacant since Cynthia Pritchard left the organization in July to take the CEO role at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Brown most recently served as director of development and marketing/communications for the WRK Group, which includes The Warehouse, REACH Riverside Development Corporation and Kingswood Community Center in the city of Wilmington.

    As CEO, she will work to expand awareness of philanthropic opportunities in Delaware, assist member organizations and partners to increase the impact of grantmaking, and ensure members have access to national best practices and philanthropic resources. Brown will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the organization, including administrative responsibilities, member services, educational programming, and the implementation of the strategic plan.

    “The board of directors is thrilled to welcome Tynetta at a crucial time when philanthropy must be at its best and when the organization is better poised than ever to address critical issues and policies that affect Delawareans,” Board Chair Vernita Dorsey said in a statement announcing the hire. “She brings a fresh perspective to the work that we do and has the experience and capacity to lead the organization through the next phase of our 10-year strategic plan. Additionally, I’d like to thank the search team led by Board Treasurer Regina Alonzo, the entire Board of Directors, and our dedicated staff for successfully managing operations during this interim period.”

    On Thursday, Brown told Delaware Business Times that she was excited for the opportunity to take over the CEO role, saying it brings together her many varied career experiences in nonprofits and for-profits.

    “Having given away funding, having begged for funding, having had to implement programmatic efforts, and having monitored folks who have received money, this role will take a 3D view of all that and kind of culminate that experience,” she said. “I loved the challenge.”

    Prior to the WRK Group, she held a number of roles at United Way of Delaware, culminating as director of community impact. Her career also includes serving as vice president of social marketing with Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C; director of corporate relations for the American College of Cardiology in D.C.; senior alliance development manager in the cardiovascular franchise at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; and executive director of the Tri-State Stroke Network for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other roles.

    Brown said that she believed it was “an exciting time” for philanthropy despite the devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has played on many nonprofits’ ability to fundraise. She explained that recent protests over racial relations and equity have also heightened the focus on how philanthropy can help heal those disparities.

    “I think folks are ready to continue to shift and leverage the resources to where it really, really makes a difference,” she said.

    Her time at the WRK Group, which is opening new resources and opportunities to underserved parts of East Wilmington, helped her connect with individuals and organizations trying to reach those populations. Brown said she expects to take that experience and knowledge and try to expand programming statewide to target such communities in all three counties.

    Brown said that she expects nonprofits to be contending with the effects of the pandemic well into 2021, but she also wants to highlight how the global crisis has changed our thinking on charity as well as how services are delivered in a post-pandemic world.

    “I think it allows for innovation. I think it allows for people to substantively see where the needs are in their respective communities or the needs of their neighbors, and it may really be a paradigm shift in how people give and support,” she said.

    By Jacob Owens

  • October 28, 2020 5:10 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 26, 2020 Announcement) Wilmington Senior Center Energy Efficiency & Energy Saving Systems to Lafayette Court

    WHAT:  This $150,000 Community-Scale Grant is an award from a $4 million grant made possible for Delmarva Power customers by the Exelon merger that was approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission. The Empowerment Grant Program monies are being awarded to Wilmington Senior  Center.  Their winning Grant application proposed installing energy efficiency and every saving systems to two identical buildings to reduce operating and utility costs, as well as residential utility bills. Wilmington Senior Center will replace space heating boiler and controls, attic air sealing and insulation, compartment air sealing, lighting, and interior common area lighting.

    WHO:  Jim Purcell, Empowerment Grant Manager; Kathleen Purcell, Executive Director, Wilmington Senior Center; Andrew Slater, Public Advocates Office; Tony DePrima, Executive Director, Energize Delaware

    WHEN:  October 28th, 2020 @ 2:30PM

    WHERE:  Lafayette Court Apartments

            1803 and 1805 N Market Street

            Wilmington, DE 19801


    This will be a COVID-19 compliant event.  Social Distancing will be in place and face coverings must be worn on-site.

  • October 28, 2020 3:39 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 28, 2020 Announcement)  The application re-opens November 9, 2020 at 8:00AM for the Delaware Nonprofit Support Program.

    Once open, the application can be found here.

    The Delaware Nonprofit Support Program will be re-opening the application process on November 9, 2020. All eligible nonprofits are encouraged to apply for Part I and/or Part II. This includes nonprofits who started an application in Round I, but have not yet completed and submitted it.

    For more information about the grant program, please visit

    First time applying? Please be sure to visit the How to Complete A Successful Application section of our website for resources including Determining Eligibility, How-To Webinars, and Technical Assistance for filling out the application.

    Second-round funding application closes November 20.

    Email us for assistance.

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