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  • January 22, 2019 11:43 AM | Kurt Foreman

    DANA, Delaware Community Foundation, and United Way of Delaware, are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Call it the Law of Unintended Consequences: The deep cuts the Delaware General Assembly imposed on nonprofits in 2017 have put those organizations in a better position to cope with the uncertainty of the new federal tax bill, concerns about a possible recession entering 2019, and the reality that the pie isn’t growing even though the need for critical services is.

    Philanthropy Delaware's Cynthia Pritchard, DANA's Sheila Brave, DCF's Stuart Comstock-Gay, and United Way DE's Michelle Taylor talk about the issues in this Delaware Business Times piece.

  • January 22, 2019 11:41 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Longwood Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The new year is shaping up to be a major one for Fort Miles. By the end of April, the Fort Miles Historical Association and Delaware State Parks will unveil a $1 million project that includes a new road and a 103-space parking lot for the fort and its museum in the underground Battery 519. In addition, work is progressing on a special-events venue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on top of the 80-foot dune at Battery 519 accessible only to paying museum or special-events guests. “It's a very unique spot on the East Coast,” said association member Mark Chura, who is coordinating the projects. “It's the highest point between Cape Cod, Mass., and Kill Devil Hills, N.C.”

    Most of the funding for the projects came from a $600,000 Longwood Foundation grant, which was supplemented by state funds and in-kind donations. 

    For more, click here.

  • January 22, 2019 11:34 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Bank of America and Delmarva Power are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware Business Now reports that DowDuPont and other companies with a presence in Delaware were named to a list of the top companies in the Just 100 list.

    Companies with sizable Delaware operations on the list include Bank of America, United Parcel Service, Agilent Technologies, Exelon (Delmarva Power), Accenture, Johnson Controls, Verizon, Paypal (Swift Financial), Target, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

    Microsoft ranked first overall.

    For more, click here.


  • January 22, 2019 11:32 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Microsoft has announced a $500 million commitment to provide capital for affordable housing solutions across the Puget Sound region.

    As part of the commitment, the technology giant will make loans to accelerate the construction of affordable housing in the region, including below-market-rate loans totaling $225 million to subsidize the preservation and construction of middle-income housing in six cities east of Seattle and Lake Washington (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton, and Sammamish) and $250 million in market-rate loans to support low-income housing across the entire King County region.

    Read a summary here and the press release here.

  • January 17, 2019 10:22 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The CRF will make available up to $25,000 per applicant on eligible projects.

    Eligible applicants include small businesses, landlords and developers with properties located in the Market Street Business Corridor and surrounding areas.

    Funding can be used for:

    • Site Acquisition/Business Expansion
    • Construction/Renovation
    • Working Capital
    • Inventory
    • Furniture
    • Fixtures
    • Existing Business Remodels

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Delores Lee, Office Manager at Awards and announcements will be made no later than March 15, 2019.

    No applications will be accepted after January 31, 2019!

    Read more here.

  • January 17, 2019 9:21 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Todd Veale

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation is pleased to announce that Todd Veale will become its new Executive Director later this month.

    Veale worked for MBNA America Bank, N.A. from 1991-2006 in a number of important executive roles. From 1998-2006, he was a Senior Executive Vice President and member of the Senior Operating Committee of MBNA. Since 2006, Veale has been a business consultant and worked for several early stage companies in the financial services industry. He has served on the board of directors of many local and national non-profit organizations. Veale received his B.A., cum laude, from Boston College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

    “We are very pleased with the selection of Todd as our new Executive Director,” said Arthur G. Connolly, III, President of the Laffey-McHugh Foundation. “Todd brings to the Foundation an extremely impressive business and financial background along with a very strong commitment to the non-profit community. We look forward to working with Todd as the Foundation carries on the legacy of our founders.”

    About Laffey-McHugh Foundation

    The Laffey-McHugh Foundation was established in 1959 by Wilmington attorney Arthur G. Connolly, Sr., his wife Gerardine Laffey Connolly, and her first cousin Alice Laffey McHugh. The Laffey-McHugh Foundation primarily serves the Brandywine Valley area by investing in not-for-profit organizations that provide effective and crucial support to individuals and families who are most in need of help, practical assistance and guidance. It aims to partner with organizations that make a true impact in achieving a healthy and balanced standard of living for those who are most vulnerable and require access to food and nutrition, affordable housing, important medical care and vital education, as well as strategic initiatives that include the arts and the environment.

  • January 14, 2019 1:02 PM | Kurt Foreman

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to partner with professional learning organizations in its quest to align teacher professional development opportunities with high-quality curricula that have proven track records. 

    This comes a little more than a year after Bill Gates announced a major shift in the foundation’s education strategy. Under the new strategy, about Gates set aside $1 billion to support new curricula and networks of schools that band together to identify and address local challenges. As part of the change, Gates said it would abandon new projects that supported teacher evaluation, though the foundation still funds teacher prep work, including with this round of grants.

    Read more here.

  • January 14, 2019 11:19 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) announced its receipt of a grant  from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund the advancement of biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology in the U.S. and globally. NIIMBL will receive up to $1.5M to support the development of innovative technologies that reduce the cost of manufacturing biopharmaceuticals.

    The grant provides a valuable resource for leading scientists and subject matter experts from the NIIMBL community to develop manufacturing technology solutions that increase speed to market and lower costs for biopharmaceuticals to improve healthcare outcomes for all patients, including those in under-served markets and developing nations, through enhanced access to life-saving medicines and vaccines.

    Read more here.

  • January 14, 2019 11:15 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Delaware State University is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    More than 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways are polluted, according to a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control study cited by the University of Delaware’s Kent Messer. Now Messer is leading a massive research project seeking a solution to the state’s water woes — with the help of the National Science Foundation, that has awarded the effort $19 million over the next five years to fund the work.

    The effort has been dubbed Project WICCED, which stands for Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware. A cooperative endeavor of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Tech and Wesley College, Project WICCED will assess threats to the state’s water quality and develop technical and public policy solutions to those threats.

    Read more here.

  • January 09, 2019 2:57 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Sallie Mae has launched its Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students. The nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company will award four $20,000 scholarships to students who creatively describe their unique journey to graduate school, who or what influenced them to pursue an advanced degree, and what they hope to accomplish with it.

    The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students is an extension of Sallie Mae’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school students. 

    Read more about the program here

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