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  • October 29, 2018 11:28 AM | Kurt Foreman

    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.

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  • October 29, 2018 10:30 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE, is the recipient of the 2018 ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in healthcare technology. Christiana Care received the ANCC Magnet Prize for its use of virtual reality (VR) technology to improve the patient experience in the chemotherapy suite. The process is two-fold. Nurses use VR as part of pre-chemotherapy education, providing an immersive learning experience to familiarize patients with what to expect. The goal is to decrease anxiety and increase preparation for the first day of treatment. The technology is also used to provide a positive distraction while patients receive chemotherapy. They can relax on the beach, view scenic attractions, or surround themselves with nature’s beauty.

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  • October 29, 2018 10:15 AM | Kurt Foreman

    United Way Worldwide has authorized the expansion of United Way of Delaware’s service area to include the zip codes of Salem County, NJ.  The UWDE Board of Directors has approved the service area expansion and has established the Salem County Advisory Committee, comprised of Salem County business and civic leaders, to guide development of the United Way brand in Salem County.

    “United Way of Delaware has been serving the people of Delaware for more than 70 years, and we are thrilled to be bringing our same level of service, passion, and heart to the people of Salem County,” said UWDE President and Chief Executive Officer, Michelle A. Taylor.

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  • October 29, 2018 9:37 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund have pledged $250,000 to the Salvation Army for immediate support of the organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

    Through its emergency disaster response teams, the Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding sites and shower trailers, helping Florida’s Gulf Coast residents secure access to food, water, personal hygiene and emotional care. 

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  • October 26, 2018 3:42 PM | Kurt Foreman

    From the FTC's Consumer Information Blog and the The FTC's official statement can be found here.


    Cybersecurity Resources for Non-Profits

    October 25, 2018
    By Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

    Do you work for a charity or other non-profit? If so, you know that your organization collects all sorts of private information, including details about people you serve and financial information related to donors. Your own personal information, too, is probably in your organization’s employee records. Cyber criminals would love to get their hands on that data. You can help protect your organization using the information at FTC.gov/Cybersecurity.

    At FTC.gov/Cybersecurity you’ll find resources on 12 different topics including cyber scams like ransomware and phishing, key considerations like physical security and vendor security, and more technical guidance on things like email authentication. The guidance in these new materials is based on the FTC’s expertise in the area of data security, privacy protection, and scam prevention. The materials are designed for small businesses, but the same tips and information apply to charities and other non-profits.  If you collect information about people, you need to protect it.

    Imagine if your donors’ credit cards are exposed because of a phishing scheme, or if your network gets blocked by a ransomware attack. That can be devastating — not just for the organization and employees like you, but also for the communities that rely on your services. To help protect your organization’s network and data, make cybersecurity part of your business routine.

    You can start with these basic cybersecurity tips:
    •    Use security software and set it to update automatically
    •    Back up important files offline, on an external drive or in the cloud
    •    Encourage your organization to have policies covering basic cybersecurity and to train employees on those policies
    •    Visit FTC.gov/Cybersecurity and share the fact sheet, quizzes and videos with your colleagues.

     The FTC's official statement can be found here.

  • October 26, 2018 3:40 PM | Kurt Foreman

    A generous gift from the estate of David Rockefeller has raised the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) endowment from approximately $960 million to over $1.2 billion.

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  • October 26, 2018 10:26 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Incyte Corporation announced that it has been named one of the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry’s top employers by Science magazine, ranking second on the list of only 20 companies recognized in the publication’s annual Top Employer’s Survey.

    The Science and Science Careers’ 2018 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics. Respondents were asked to evaluate companies based on 23 different characteristics, including financial strength, easy adaptation to change and a research-driven environment. Incyte was specifically recognized by its team members for its innovation, work culture and respect for employees.

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  • October 25, 2018 3:33 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Steve and Connie Ballmer have announced that Terri Ludwig, a housing and community development leader, will join the Ballmer Group as president of philanthropy, as the couple continues to pour millions of dollars into anti-poverty programs.

    For the past seven years, Ludwig has served as chief executive of Enterprise Community Partners, a nationwide nonprofit.

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  • October 25, 2018 2:46 PM | Kurt Foreman

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees today announced that Lisa Hamilton will become the Foundation’s next president and chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2019. Hamilton is the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief program officer. She will succeed Patrick McCarthy, who announced his retirement after 25 years at the Foundation, nearly nine as its top leader.

    “We are fortunate to have someone with Lisa’s experience and vision step into this important role,” said Michael Eskew, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Lisa is an enormously talented leader who brings a deep understanding of the needs of kids and families, and she is the ideal leader to build on the terrific accomplishments of Patrick McCarthy. Her ability to use research and data to develop innovative strategies, and to partner with communities and decision makers to spread what works, will enable the Foundation to help all children realize their potential.”

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  • October 25, 2018 2:38 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Widely respected for her significant role in creating an even more robust, effective philanthropic and nonprofit sector over two decades as a mission-driven leader and coalition builder, Enright joins the Council after 17 years as President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). 

    Under Enright’s leadership, the Council will sharpen its focus on shaping the public view of philanthropy as positive agents in advancing the public good, providing important public policy and advocacy and engaging in national programs that add unique value in the current landscape. Ultimately, the Council will prioritize giving its members more of the support they need to strengthen the mission of philanthropy to ensure a vibrant democratic society and create a more equitable world.

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