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  • November 27, 2019 7:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 26, 2019 by Philanthropy Delaware;  Technical.ly Delaware) The brightest and the best are chosen from across the state to be a part of the 2020 cohort of young fellows. Leadership Delaware is a year-long program, led by Terry and Sandy Strine. The Strine's were recently honored by DBT inaugural Eight Over 80. Leadership Delaware provides the opportunity for the fellows with the potential, passion, and courage to excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership within the First State. Throughout the year, the fellows will meet accomplished leaders, discuss issue-oriented forums, and work together on a hands-on project. 

    Leadership Delaware’s 2020 cohort.

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    For 2020, there will be 29 young fellows - including several members of Philanthropy Delaware (highlighted in blue):

    • Tracy Brennan, project manager at Adesis
    • Gary Camp, assistant VP, of marketing and communications at Dover International Speedway
    • Brian Castagna, fiduciary advisor at Brown Advisory
    • Roger Chaufournier, senior analyst at The Ocean Atlantic Companies
    • Jennifer Cho, head of community relations and citizenship at Barclays US Consumer Bank
    • Chelsea Clark, community relations and development director at L&W Insurance
    • Laura Lloyd, supervisor at Albero, Kupferman & Associates
    • Marietta Lundberg, assistant administrator of pediatrics at Nemours
    • Daniel Maas, HERO HELP coordinator at New Castle County Police Department
    • Carlos Mackall, RSA site director at RI International
    • Jenna Magee, teacher, Brandywine School District
    • Lianna Magerr, manager of operations at Wilmington Children’s Chorus
    • Nick Martin, AmeriCorps VISTA Emerging Technology Program developer at Delaware Libraries
    • Jeff Martino, director of the University Partnership Center at Wilmington University
    • Jason McDowell, Training and Operations Division sergeant major at Delaware Army National Guard
    • Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement at Philanthropy Delaware
    • Shaheen Mohajer, VP of ABS and team leader for corporate trust at WSFS Bank
    • Jenifer Mutter, health administration officer and assistant to wing plans at Delaware Air National Guard
    • Sean Park, economic development project manager at City of Wilmington
    • Jenn Passarella, Director of Family and Community Medicine Operations at ChristianaCare
    • Vishal Patel, physician and clinical lead at ChristianaCare
    • Chuck Posnecker, director of portfolio management and trading at Cypress Capital Management
    • Jerome “JR” Rogers, squadron commander at Delaware Air National Guard
    • Maria Stecker, grants manager at Longwood Foundation
    • Crystin Thornton, continuous improvement specialist at Nemours
    • Navin Vij, physician scientist and internal medicine hospitalist at ChristianaCare
    • Meghan Walls, pediatric psychologist at Nemours
    • Brian Washington, supply chain manager at SIG Combibloc
    • Chris Zarebicki, manager of product development at CSC

    Click here to read article by Technical.ly Delaware.

    Click here to read more about Leadership Delaware

  • November 22, 2019 4:02 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 22, 2019 by Philanthropy Delaware) Bank of America, a Philanthropy Delaware member, announced support for REACH Riverside and Easterseals as part of the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardees for Delaware.  

    A long-time partner with Philanthropy Delaware, Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, stated in the press release, "REACH Riverside and Easterseals play significant roles in revitalizing the communities we serve. We’re proud to support two local nonprofits through our Neighborhood Builders program that are leading the charge to advance sustainable growth in the community and address tough issues related to economic mobility.” 

    Click here to read full press release from Bank of America

    In addition, Bank of America supports ChristianaCare's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center towards cancer research.  This support will advance "Delaware as a vibrant innovation cooridor where world-class research is thriving," says ChristianaCare CEO Janice E. Nevin. 

    Note: Christiana Care is an Institutional Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Click here to read article by Town Square Delaware. 

  • November 21, 2019 11:40 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 5, 2019 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy) The interactive table features the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of charities. We base the primary ranking on cash support received by cause-driven nonprofits (which does not include gifts to donor-advised funds) in 2018. You can also see a ranking of organizations based on private support. See our methodology, and read related stories.

    Cash Support: the total value of charitable contributions of money and stock. This value excludes government grants, donated products, and contributions to donor-advised funds.

    Private Support: the total value of all charitable contributions, including cash support, gifts to donor-advised funds. donated goods, and other noncash gifts but excluding government grants.

    Click here to see interactive table on Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • November 21, 2019 7:59 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 19, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) W7Energy, the Delaware Innovation Space-based startup with University of Delaware-developed technology, has been awarded $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, according to UDailyThe funds will help advance and commercialize a new class of polymer membranes used to develop affordable zero-emission fuels cells for electric cars.

    Founded by Yushan Yan, the Henry B. du Pont chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UD and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, W7Energy got started in late 2017 when it received a $150,000 early startup grant from UD and the Unidel Foundation. It also received a $78,000 investment by UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship while based at the university.

    Yushan Yan (center left), founder of W7Energy, accepting the 2018 FastPass Award.

    In December 2018, W7Energy received a $50,000 FastPass Award from the Delaware Innovation Space, located on the DuPont Experimental Station campus. That equity-free startup package included a free year of lab space and access to all facilities, equipment and business mentoring.

    In September, W7Energy received one of the first $100,000 Delaware EDGE Grants for STEM startups, and has also landed about $1 million so far in investment.

    “Having the initial support from Horn, Unidel and Delaware Innovation Space allowed us to become operational more quickly,” Yan told UDaily. “This permitted the team to advance both the company and the technology, all of which allowed us to be competitive in going after funding from the Department of Energy, and later, the state of Delaware.”

    The technology W7Energy is developing is a class of chemically stable, ionically conductive hydroxide exchange membranes for hydrogen or ammonia fuel cells. These fuel cells produce zero emissions, which the startup — and the public and private entities that support it — hopes to be the standard in vehicles in the relatively near future.

    Read more on UDaily.

    Companies: University of Delaware

    Click here to read article from Technical.ly Delaware

  • November 21, 2019 7:56 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 21, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly DelawareJennifer Sims-Mourtada, Ph.D., director of Translational Breast Cancer Research at ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, has been awarded a $659,538 Lisa Dean Moseley Foundation grant to further her team’s triple-negative breast cancer research. 

    Dr. Jennifer Sims-Mourtada’s team is aiming to find breakthrough therapies for a hard-to-treat type of breast cancer.

    Dr. Sims-Mourtada and her team investigate the role of cells immediately around a tumor and their impact on triple-negative breast cancer, which is resistant to current therapies and disproportionately affects premenopausal women and African American women.

    “The Moseley Foundation’s grant will help our breast cancer research team address a pressing concern for Delaware, which has the highest rate of triple-negative breast cancer in the nation,” said Nicholas J. PetrelliM.D., medical director of the cancer center, in a press statement.

    Dr. Jennifer Sims-Mourtada's team is aiming to find breakthrough therapies for a hard-to-treat type of breast cancer. (Courtesy photo)

    ChristianaCare’s Cancer Center & Research Institute serves a diverse pool of patients and uses a range of new and up-and-coming therapies, including virtual reality distraction therapy and CRISPR.

    Before receiving the grant, Dr. Sims-Mourtada’s team found that an anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may have the potential slow the growth of cancer stem cells and triple-negative breast cancer tumors. They will now further research the relationship between cancer stem cells and inflammation by comparing pre- and post-chemotherapy breast tissue.

    Companies: ChristianaCare

    Click here for original article by Technical.ly Delaware. 

  • November 13, 2019 3:55 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 13, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) This editorial article is a part of Technical.ly's Workforce Development Month of our editorial calendar.    The bank, which announced a Delaware hiring push in April, currently has 75+ open positions in the First State. ITWorks, the free 16-week IT training program for young adults without a college degree, is getting a $10,000 grant from M&T Bank, formalized with a check presentation on Nov. 14 at Delaware College of Art and Design.

    The program was started in 2011 by Philadelphia by nonprofit Tech Impact, with a launch in Delaware ITWorks in 2012 with the help of the United Way.

    M&T Bank’s grant to ITWorks aligns with the company’s recent commitment to workforce development in Delaware, including an announced hiring push in April, which opened about 200 positions in its Wilmington Plaza location. The bank currently has more than 75 jobs open in the First State.

    ITWorks students in a seminar.
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    “We want M&T to be a compelling destination for talented, innovative, tech-savvy people,” said M&T Chief Information Officer Michael Wisler in June. “We’ve recently renovated our workspaces into more engaging, open and collaborative environments with the best technology, standing desks and comfortable lounges, giving people much more choice and control over where they work during the day. We’re also doing more to support our local colleges and universities, as well as the startup community, which help make our communities destinations for people seeking opportunity.”

    The 18 graduates of ITWorks’ spring 2019 session in June heard a keynote from Technically Media CEO Christopher Wink where he asked employers to consider young paid interns and apprentices like the ones the programs trains. All of the graduates of that cohort landed internships, and, in some cases, jobs, at companies including WSFSChristiana CareCAI and the State of Delaware Department of Technology and Information.

    Screening for the next session of ITWorks will begin in December, with classes starting in February or March. Applicants must be age 18 to 26, with a high school diploma or equivalent, no bachelor’s degree, availability from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for 16 weeks, and an interest in tech. Click here for more information.

    For more information about volunteering as an ITWorks mentor, or if you’re interested in providing an internship for an ITWorks student, click here.

    Click here to read article on site. 

  • November 07, 2019 2:26 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 6, 2019 by Cape Gazette) Katie Johnson, DO, was honored with Beebe Medical Foundation’s 2019 Philanthropy Award during the annual Beebe medical staff new provider reception Oct. 3 at Fairfield Inn and Suites. The Philanthropy Award is presented each year to a Beebe medical staff member who embodies the spirit of giving and has been recognized by a grateful patient through the Celebrate Excellent Care program.

    (Photo source: Beebe Medical Foundation Philanthropy Award attendees shown are (l-r) Judy Aliquo, foundation president and CEO; recipient Katie Johnson, DO, medical director of palliative care; and Tom Protack, foundation vice president.)

    During the event, Beebe also celebrated the 61 providers on staff who were named Top Docs by Delaware Today, along with honoring the new providers who joined the medical staff this past year.

    Johnson is medical director of palliative care at Beebe Healthcare. She has also contributed to the I Believe in Beebe Campaign and is a 1916 Club member, which is a group of donors who have given at least $1,916 annually through Beebe Medical Foundation.

    “Dr. Johnson sets an example with her compassionate care and extraordinary commitment to the community,” said Judy Aliquo, Beebe Medical Foundation president and CEO. “She is a Beebe believer. She is a proud member of the 1916 Club and has contributed generously to the I Believe in Beebe Campaign. Her work makes an impact on family lives throughout Sussex County.”

    As medical director of the palliative care team, Johnson and her team focus on connecting patients and families with resources so the highest quality of life is achieved while preparing for the future.

    Johnson and Kiernan Quay, NP, recently highlighted their work during the Post-Acute Care eBrite state forum. The team identified high-risk patients, and worked on engaging and educating primary care physicians about the outpatient and palliative care clinic resources in Sussex County.

    “I am so lucky to be able to work at Beebe and provide palliative care services to our hospital and our community,” said Johnson. “It is rare now to belong to a small community hospital, and the Beebe Medical Foundation is proof that giving can go a long way. Philanthropy is an important part of our family, and we are proud members of the foundation’s 1916 Club and other fundraising efforts. I look forward to continuing our partnership and am humbled by this award.”

    To learn more about Beebe Healthcare’s advanced illness planning or how to get a patient referred, call 302-645-3150.

    Click here to read article on Cape Gazette's website. 

  • November 06, 2019 9:43 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 4, 2019 by Delaware News Desk, Dover Post) Thirty-nine Kent and Sussex County high school seniors and juniors will experience the triumphs and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board.

    Like their counterpart in New Castle County, the Kent and Sussex County YPBs include students from public, private and parochial schools. The DCF gives the Kent and Sussex County student boards $10,000 each to award to local charities. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits and decide how to distribute the money to have the greatest impact.

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    Grant applications will be available at delcf.org/grants in early December and will be due in January 2020.

    “The Youth Philanthropy Board program does more than give kids the chance to make a difference,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “It gets them out into the community to experience firsthand the impact their work has on people’s lives.”

    This year’s Kent County YPB participants are Brianna Altidor, senior, St. Thomas More; Charles Washington, IV, junior, Calvary Christian; Christie Mele, senior, Milford; Hawwa Ahmad-Statts, junior, Lake Forest; Selena Washington, senior, Calvary Christian; Allison Benton, junior, Milford; Rachel Taylor, senior, Lake Forest; Julia Brown, junior, Smyrna; Micaela Maxwell, senior, Caesar Rodney; Sophia Demarco, junior, Smyrna; Mia Davis, senior, Smyrna; Madison Kibler, junior, Polytech; Sydne Jenkins, junior, Caesar Rodney; Maddy Zeno, junior, Dover; Conner Cooper, senior, Caesar Rodney; Kaitlyn Crowe, senior, Dover; Nicholas Relova, junior, St. Thomas More; and Ruth Bermudez-Roman, junior, Polytech.

    This year’s Sussex County YPB participants are Sophia Ludt, junior, Worcester Prep; Emma Evan, junior, Sussex Central High School; Molly Martiner, senior, Sussex Academy; Adam Meacci, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Camden Keeler, junior, Sussex Central High School; Daniel Koval, junior, Delmar High School; Kara Shallis, senior, Sussex Tech; Alastornia Swift, junior, Woodbridge High School; Shannon O’Hara, senior, Sussex Tech; Nick Phillips, junior, Seaford High School; Maddie Betts, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Marley Fishburn, senior, Seaford High School; Kathryn Marini, senior, Worcester Prep; Danielle Morelli, senior, Delmar High School; Kaylee Hall, senior, Indian River School; Macee Turnbaugh, junior, Laurel High School; Sarai Vicente, junior, Indian River High School; Taylor Dade, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Noah Rimmer, senior, Delmarva Christian Academy; Leah Schlabach, junior, Delmarva Christian Academy; and Alex Reyes, senior, Sussex Academy.

    For more, visit delcf.org or call 571-8004.

  • November 06, 2019 9:37 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 4, 2019 by Business Wire, Associated Press) With millions of Americans wrestling with financial insecurity, the Wells Fargo Foundation today announced $5.4 million in grants to nine organizations that help struggling households manage their finances, reduce debt, improve credit and gain access to other life-changing economic opportunities.

    The nonprofits will develop and scale new approaches to improving financial health through collaboration with healthcare agencies, homeless shelters and others across the public and private sectors. Emphasis is on integrating financial coaching, and asset-building strategies into the delivery of existing social services that meet the complex needs of underserved communities.

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    “A disproportionate number of low-income households, and other vulnerable populations are living in the shadows and struggling to build savings,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Given the magnitude of this problem, and the growing wealth divide, we can help more people reach their full potential by embedding financial counseling and other support into places where people already are — whether it’s at the doctor’s office, a library or in a shelter.”

    The $5.4 million in grants are part of Wells Fargo’s philanthropic strategy, which focuses on solving three societal challenges: housing affordability, financial health and small business growth. The grants fall into three main categories: financial training, income tax assistance, and savings and credit building.

    Financial training

    Wells Fargo awarded $3 million in grants to five nonprofits taking new approaches to building the financial skills of underserved consumers, including increased access to financial coaching, and products and services that support their financial health:

    Income tax assistance

    The federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation services to working families with low-to-moderate incomes, helping them access tax credits and refunds that they depend on for household necessities, debt repayment or savings. The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded two nonprofits a total of $1 million in grants to increase the capacity of VITA programs and reach more taxpayers in need:

    Savings and credit building

    Approximately 25 percent of U.S. households are considered unbanked or underbanked (FDIC, 2017 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households), which means they don’t have a bank account or have to rely on financial products and services that often have high fees. The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded grants to three nonprofits helping traditionally underserved communities access low-cost financial products that build credit, savings and emergency funds:

    About Wells Fargo

    Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,500 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. With its corporate philanthropy, Wells Fargo aims to pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities by focusing on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health, among other local community needs. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members also actively support communities by donating more than 2 million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and more information on the company’s overall corporate responsibility are available at Wells Fargo Stories and www.wellsfargo.com/impact.

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  • November 05, 2019 1:32 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 4, 2019 by BUSINESS WIRE) The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, reinforced its commitment to building prosperous futures through a $150,000 grant to Year Up Wilmington. The contribution, presented during a ceremony at Wilmington University in New Castle, will support the non-profit’s workforce development programs for local young adults.

    Click here to view the full release.  Cinitae Savage, Year Up intern, Sallie Mae (L); Rysheema Dixon, member at-large, Wilmington City Council; Hassan Charles, executive director Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington; Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae; Lexus Banton, Year Up intern, Sallie Mae (R) celebrate Year Up's workforce development programs with a $150,000 check presentation held at Wilmington University. (Photo: Business Wire

    In attendance at the event were leadership and employees from both Sallie Mae and Year Up Wilmington, including Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae, and Hassan Charles, executive director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington, and more than 60 Year Up students.

    “There are over 5 million young adults in the U.S., ages 18-24, who are disconnected from employment and education due to socio-economic inequities. Meanwhile, America’s employers face a real and growing need for talent. Our mission is to close the opportunity divide by empowering young adults and connecting them to promising positions that businesses, like Sallie Mae, are trying to fill,” said Hassan Charles, executive director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington. “We are grateful for Sallie Mae’s continued support to move opportunity youth into living wages and meaningful careers.”

    Year Up Wilmington offers coaching and hands-on skill development programs for 18-24-year-olds. Year Up’s training, internships, and partnership with Wilmington University have enabled hundreds of young adults to kickstart their careers. Eighty percent of the program’s graduates are employed or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of completing the program.

    “Year Up Wilmington is an invaluable resource, both for students and businesses in Delaware,” said Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae, and Year Up board member. “Tapping into their strong pipeline of talent, we’ve hired several employees through this program. We’re proud to work together to empower the community’s young adults with a pathway to achieve their professional and personal dreams.”

    Through its partnership with Year Up, Sallie Mae has offered paid internships and career opportunities to Year Up program graduates. In addition, Rumbold was recently honored with the Corporate Champion Award from Year Up Wilmington.

    Since 2014, The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to non-profit organizations in the communities in which its employees live and work. For more information about Sallie Mae’s efforts in the community, visit SallieMae.com.

    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.

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