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(March 31, 2020 by Delaware Today) Capitol One is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. Upon exiting incarceration, James Beavers began working with the Wilmington HOPE Commission (WHC), a nonprofit organization that offers wraparound services including workforce development programming to help returning citizens positively reintegrate back into the community.
For Beavers, that process has included working alongside the WHC cleaning crew to revitalize various Wilmington neighborhoods. The camaraderie and sense of fellowship has helped him stay focused—which ultimately led to a shorter probation period.
“The people at WHC helped me to center myself,” Beavers said. “The program benefitted me a lot as far as having mentors and someone to talk to if needed.”
Founded on research-informed solutions, WHC provides rehabilitative treatment services and programs designed to promote successful reentry through risk and needs assessments, cognitive behavioral treatment, vocational readiness training, educational and peer support, behavioral health services and family-reunification programs. Together, these programs and services reduce recidivism and improve safety in the Wilmington community.
“WHC provides comprehensive reentry support services that target crime-causing factors that have been shown to be predictors of recidivism for formerly incarcerated medium-to-high risk individuals,” says Tamera Fair, the executive director of WHC.
Twice each week, WHC holds the Winners Circle, a mentoring group open to those who are working across its various programs. People in the group come together to talk about issues and help each other solve problems.
It also provides individuals with the resources to move onto their next step in life. Whether that’s additional education, employment or other practical needs like getting a driver’s license or signing up for health insurance.
Those efforts have come to life through support from partners like Capital One, that is partnering with WHC through the Capital One Impact Initiative, an initial $200 million, five-year national commitment to support growth in underserved communities and advance socioeconomic mobility.
This work builds on Capital One’s core mission to change banking for good and long-standing philanthropic commitments to advance racial equity, affordable housing, small business support, workforce development and financial well-being.
Through support from Capital One, WHC will be able to provide staff with up-to-date training. The case managers, peers, reentry coordinators and other staff members are now signed up for a training in a licensed curriculum specifically designed for reentry.
“Capital One was founded on the belief that no one should be locked out of the financial system,” says Joe Westcott, Capital One Wilmington Market President. “We believe it’s our responsibility to leverage our scale and resources to help foster a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.”
Fair says that Capital One shares in WHC’s commitment to highlight racial disparities, including those in the prison population.
According to the Vera Institute for Justice, while 23 percent of Delaware residents are Black, more than half of all incarcerated citizens in the state are Black.
“WHC is uniquely positioned to have a positive impact on prison racial equity and we are proud to partner with Capital One to not only seek to improve the employability of our members but also to positively impact generational incarceration.”
(April 1, 2021 by Press Release) Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is a Philanthropy Delaware member. On March 11, 2021, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced a transformative contribution of $1 million to help build Villa Maria, The Ministry of Caring’s newest senior housing project in Wilmington’s historic Brandywine Village neighborhood.
Once completed, Villa Maria will provide 72 affordable one-bedroom apartments for qualifying
low- and moderate-income seniors over the age of 62. The new residences replace vacant and dilapidated buildings on the 1900-2000 block of N. Market Street, with the project extending through the block to Hutton and Race Streets to the north.
“This incredibly generous gift from Highmark Delaware helps The Ministry of Caring provide 72
to 100 individual seniors with safe, secure, affordable housing in an enriching environment in their golden years and helps further the renaissance of the historically important Brandywine Village neighborhood.” said Brother Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap., The Ministry of Caring’s Founder and Executive Director.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania project the number of seniors ages 62+ in need of housing assistance will triple by 2030, with other studies connecting stable housing with significant improvement in health outcomes for seniors, while significantly reducing the associated costs of
Studies from 2012 indicate older adults living in safe, secure, affordable housing are mentally sharper and more mobile physically than those seniors experiencing homelessness or who live in substandard, insecure housing. Absent new housing solutions, substantial numbers of Wilmington’s seniors will suffer unnecessarily without more affordable housing options, while driving health care costs ever upward.
“The data tells us that we need healthy and affordable housing for aging populations as they may become more restricted both physically and financially. The Ministry of Caring is delivering a comprehensive approach that will enable our seniors to age with dignity by engaging them with the community and providing access to the health and wellness services they need most. We are thrilled to be a partner in supporting this effort,” said Rita Landgraf, chair of the Blueprints for the Community Advisory Council.
With its strong track record of building high-quality, affordable housing for 160 seniors in three Wilmington locations — Village of St. John, Sacred Heart Village I, and Sacred Heart Village II — The Ministry of Caring is a proven leader in the field. Assuming an award of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by the State of Delaware in July 2021, the Villa Maria project is set to break ground in 2022, with the first residents moving in by the end of 2023.
The Ministry, a leading provider of human services in Wilmington, owns 39 properties and operates 20 high-quality programs that provide food for the hungry; emergency and transitional housing for the homeless; long-term and permanent housing for those with special needs; job training/placement for the unemployed; child care for the children of low-income and homeless parents; and housing for low-income seniors.
Highmark Delaware has made this leadership gift to Villa Maria as part of a bold strategy to invest in community initiatives that reduce health inequities while dramatically improving the health of residents in the markets it serves.
Knowing that health is impacted by a broad range of social determinants, including housing, Highmark Delaware has made a commitment to driving major positive change through these kinds of community investments.
“Now more than ever we are seeing that safe and affordable housing is a major need in our state and is a social determinant of health that requires our full attention,” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Villa Maria is an outstanding project that will revitalize an underserved area, support a vulnerable population, and create opportunity for continued collaboration among business and community partners to improve health outcomes.”
By partnering with The Ministry of Caring, Highmark Delaware aligns collective resources to address social and environmental barriers to health that truly make a positive difference in the health of local communities, especially for vulnerable seniors.
Highmark Delaware’s $1,000,000 commitment from BluePrints for the Community to Villa Maria and the Brandywine Village neighborhood bolsters the nascent revitalization of the area that began two years ago with Ministry of Caring’s repurposing of the Cathedral of St. John to create affordable senior housing across the street.
(March 15, 2021 by Delaware State Chamber of Commerce) - Barclays is a Philanthropy Delaware member. New “Stand By Me Minority Small Business” program will expand economic opportunities and increase access to capital for Delaware minority-owned small businesses
Barclays US Consumer Bank today announced its financial investment of $1 million to the United Way of Delaware (UWDE), in partnership with the State of Delaware, to launch the Stand By Me Minority Small Business program, which will provide free financial coaching and business support services aimed at increasing market share and revenue for up to 50 Delaware minority-owned small businesses in underserved communities.
The Stand By Me Minority Small Business program is a part of Barclays’ Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) plan and will also include financial grants for eligible participants, ranging from $3,000 - $9,000, whose businesses have met program milestones within the year-long engagement. Eligible Delaware minority small business owners can learn more about the program and apply starting March 15, 2021, until May 15, 2021, or until 50 program applications have been accepted, by visiting standbymede.org.
“Minority-owned small businesses, especially Black and Latinx business owners, face many financial challenges, which have been exposed and accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Adam Ahmad, Community Reinvestment Act Officer, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “The Stand By Me Minority Small Business program is built on a proven model that offers minority small business owners not just a written plan and free training, but an experienced coach who will help the business owner put that plan into action. Through Barclays’ CRA plan, we strive to change the landscape and close the wealth gap amongst our minority population by giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve.”
During the year-long program, participants will collaborate with a financial coach to identify and resolve business challenges and provide equitable access to educational resources and financial support. Working with the financial coach, participants will then agree to measurable goals and timelines for improving their operations and strengthening financial performance. Among other skills, participants will sharpen their business management practices, learn how to grow market share and improve their opportunities to access capital. Funding may also be available to participants to address unforeseen business needs during their participation in the program.
“Supporting minority-owned small businesses in Delaware will help create good-paying jobs and strengthen our economy,” said Delaware Gov. John Carney. “We are pleased to see this commitment from Barclays and this partnership with the United Way of Delaware to address the important challenges faced by many minority-owned businesses. These new resources will help eliminate systemic barriers to capital so that entrepreneurs can grow and thrive here in Delaware.”
“The pandemic has dealt a huge blow to Delaware’s small and minority-owned businesses, and that’s why we are working to find smart, efficient ways to support them and new entrepreneurs who may need help navigating the sometimes-unpredictable business landscape,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “I’m grateful to Barclays for joining this effort with the experienced folks at Stand By Me to connect minority-owned small businesses with local experts and grants to help them get through this pandemic and thrive.”
“Black and minority-owned businesses in Delaware have significant potential to create jobs, improve incomes, and build a stronger and more stable economy,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Coons. “Delaware’s economy and families are stronger when new entrepreneurs get the support needed to grow and realize their potential. I am optimistic this additional support from Barclays will help minority-owned businesses grow and help increase the pipeline of future small businesses as they go through initiatives like the United Way of Delaware’s Minority Small Business program, and the West End Neighborhood House’s Launcher Program, which address systemic inequities in access to entrepreneurship. Investing in small businesses is always a good idea for Delaware’s economy, and this additional support will combat the racial wealth gap providing equity to communities that need it the most.”
The Stand By Me Minority Small Business program leverages 10 years of experience helping to move thousands of Delawareans from financial instability to financial empowerment. With more than 80% of Delaware minority-owned small businesses having less than 20 employees, the proven Stand By Me coaching model from UWDE has been modified to include specific business management, market development and capital access tools for small businesses.
“On top of the normal challenges of starting or growing a small business, minority business owners face many barriers that make achieving success all the more difficult, said Michelle A. Taylor, president and CEO, UWDE. “This new Stand By Me Minority Small Business program is built on 10 years of success and is designed specifically to help minority business owners overcome these challenges. But our goal is bigger than helping individual business owners achieve success; we want to build a cohort of successful minority small business owners across the community, and encourage these business owners to inspire others in their communities to do the same.”
(March 19, 2021 by Press Release) - Do More 24 Delaware, aka “Delaware’s Giving Day,” raised nearly $2 million in the 24 hours between 6 p.m. March 4 and 6 p.m. March 5. More than 40% of these dollars went to nonprofits in the arts sector, in large part thanks to a creative partnership launched this year with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
The Delaware Division of the Arts (DDoA) offered more than $425,000 in matching grants and donation incentives to dozens of its FY21 general operating support grantees. Eligible arts organizations competed in either the large or small nonprofit category, each of which shared in its own matching grant stretch pool and bonus structure for those organizations receiving the most number of donations. The DDoA also supported the event’s virtual benefit concert, which provided all donors who made a $50 contribution to any of the participating nonprofits with an exclusive opportunity to hear from Delaware’s own platinum-selling, chart-topping country music star Jimmie Allen after the event.
Including the support of the DDoA’s financial incentive, eligible arts organizations raised nearly $800,000 collectively and the state’s investment yielded a better than 82% return.
Paul Weagraff, Director of the Division of the Arts, was pleased that so many arts organizations participated, boosting their fundraising efforts, and encouraging individuals to donate to their favorite arts organizations. “It’s been difficult to watch the COVID-19 pandemic’s detrimental impact on the arts sector, particularly the performing and visual arts organizations, over the past year. The fact that nearly $400,000 was raised from the private sector in 24 hours to support the arts shows that the public remains strongly supportive of the arts community and recognizes how important the arts are to our economy.”
This year’s giving day total of $1.97M shatters last year’s grand total by nearly five times, and the 400+ nonprofits raising money were supported by more than 10,000 individual donors from around the country and internationally. All 501(c)(3)nonprofits serving Delaware are eligible to participate. Do More 24 Delaware 2022 is scheduled to take place on March 3-4, 2022.
(March 18, 2021 by Jacob Owens Delaware Business Times) - JP Morgan Chase and Wilmington Alliance are Philanthropy Delaware members. A new collaborative between five state nonprofits funded by banking giant JPMorgan Chase will give the previously incarcerated a second chance at careers in high-growth sectors, including information technology (IT) and health care.
The Second Chance Employment Collaborative will be funded by a $1 million donation by Chase over two years and brings together the Wilmington Alliance, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Wilmington HOPE Commission, Delaware Center for Justice and Project New Start.
The new effort will provide participants with legal aid and workforce development resources to connect them with in-demand and stable jobs. Over the next two years, the collaborative aims to screen 300 eligible participants and place at least 50 into full-time employment opportunities with career potential.
It will also work directly with employers to connect people with arrest and conviction records with digital skills assessment and training, career coaching and mentorship, as well as apprenticeships for hands-on job training. Currently, nearly nine out of 10 employers use a past conviction to screen applicants for job opportunities.
“There are roughly 80,000 Delawareans who have a criminal record for low-level crimes,” said Renata B. Kowalczyk, CEO of Wilmington Alliance, in a statement announcing the effort. “That means they are unnecessarily shut out from accessing sustainable employment to support themselves and their families. Meanwhile, many employers in our state are growing rapidly and in need of qualified talent. Our goal is to close that gap.”
Chase, the largest bank in the U.S. and the largest for-profit employer in Delaware, has made second-chance initiatives a key part of its own hiring practices and community outreach in recent years. The bank has broadened its candidate pool by “banning the box,” or removing criminal-history questions from employment applications. It also advocates for the policy through industry trade groups and donates to community organizations that offer skills training.
The Second Chance Employment Collaborative is based upon similar programming that Chase launched in Chicago.
The Wilmington Alliance, a nonprofit tasked with growing economic opportunities in the city, will serve as the collaborative’s facilitating agency, helping to connect neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits. It will also donate 120 new laptops to support its partners in offering digital skills training, expungement and waiver processes—especially important in a COVID environment.
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, which offers free legal representation to the state’s indigent, will develop a process for screening individuals for employment eligibility, expungement and sealing of non-convictions and convictions and FDIC waivers. This includes developing training programs, filing petitions, providing representation and developing a pipeline to workforce training for screened individuals.
Finally, a trio of nonprofits serving those reentering society – the Wilmington HOPE Commission, Project New Start and Delaware Center for Justice – will expand their services to support the upskilling of 100 participants. They will also update the current curriculum to expand digital literacy skills development.
Participants will be identified from a network of sources to join the Second Chance Employment Collaborative in their journey toward employment. They can expect to receive a criminal background screening and coaching toward solutions, a digital skills assessment and basic computer skills training, and career coaching and mentorship, including mock interviews, resume building, skills assessments and wraparound services and support.
To learn more about the Second Chance Employment Collaborative, visit WilmingtonAliance.org.
(March 17, 2021 by Press Release) – Highmark is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is pleased to share its first quarter BluePrints for the Community grant awardees, which will collectively receive more than $880,000 in funding. BluePrints for the Community contributed more than $4.1 million in 2020 and has committed over $19 million to Delaware nonprofits since its inception in 2007.
“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware’s Board of Directors and the BluePrints for the Community Advisory Council are excited to partner with these organizations on a variety of programs and projects that will help make Delaware a healthier place to live,” said Nick Moriello, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “We continue to be impressed by our nonprofit organizations’ ability to respond to the needs of our community in meaningful ways.”
“On behalf of the BluePrints for the Community Advisory Council, I express our congratulations to the recipients and gratitude to all applicants who are working hard to address health challenges throughout our state. It is a privilege to partner with each of them,” said Rita Landgraf, chair of the Blueprints for the Community Advisory Council.
Formerly open for applications twice a year, the donor-advised fund, focused on project and programs throughout Delaware that improve health outcomes, now accepts applications on a quarterly basis at www.delcf.org/grants. All Delaware 501c3 organizations are eligible to submit proposals that address social determinants of health, increase access to health care for the uninsured/underserved, reduce health disparities in minority communities, support early childhood health, or recruit/train health care professionals.
About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves approximately 441,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business. It is an influential company in the market generating an economic impact of $135 million and supporting more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmarkbcbsde.com.
About BluePrints for the Community
BluePrints for the Community, the donor-advised fund of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware at the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $19 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health. Learn more at www.highmark.com/blueprints.
(March 15, 2021 by Press Release) – Highmark is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is pleased to share its first quarter BluePrints for the Community grant awardees, which will collectively receive more than $880,000 in funding. BluePrints for the Community contributed more than $4.1 million in 2020 and has committed over $19 million to Delaware nonprofits since its inception in 2007.
BluePrints for the Community, the donor-advised fund of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware at the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $19 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health. Learn more at www.highmark.com/blueprints
(March 5, 2021 by Press Release) - Do More 24 Delaware, aka “Delaware’s Giving Day,” raised nearly $2 million in the 24 hours between 6 p.m. March 4 and 6 p.m. March 5, shattering last year’s grand total and pumping more than 10,000 donations to nearly 400 nonprofits statewide. By every measure, this year’s campaign, conducted entirely online, surpassed all expectations and all previous years’ fundraising metrics.
The Do More 24 Delaware event in 2020 raised $390,691 in 24 hours across 276 participating nonprofits, with 41% of donors self-reporting as first-time donors.
All 501(c)(3)nonprofits serving Delaware were eligible to participate in Do More 24 Delaware. Nonprofits and individuals created fundraising pages to drive donor support and donors searched for their favorite nonprofit(s) and donated through a single portal. Nonprofits earned matching cash awards provided by foundations and corporate sponsors; many nonprofits offered their own matching prizes to generate donor support.
United Way of Delaware President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle Taylor says, “I’m humbled by and grateful for this outpouring of support for so many nonprofits across Delaware. These organizations are on the front lines, every day, doing the work that keeps our community vibrant and whole. To see their work so obviously valued and honored by thousands of donors in an overwhelming show of support is both heartwarming and encouraging. Thank you, Delaware.”
Charlie Vincent, Executive Director of Spur Impact Association, agrees. “The pandemic has hit the nonprofit sector hard, but to raise nearly $2 million for more than 400 nonprofits serving Delaware in 24 hours speaks to the generosity of all Delawareans, and particularly those young professionals trying to make an impact with their philanthropic dollars. We are proud that the Delaware Gives platform was able to power this event and look forward to seeing how much more we can do next year.”
For more information about Do More 24 Delaware, visit the www.domore24 delaware.org.
About Do More 24 Delaware
Founded by United Way of Delaware in 2016, Do More 24 Delaware is a one-day event during which nonprofits across the state participate in an around-the-clock friendly competition to raise incremental funds that go directly to participating agencies. Nonprofits create their own outreach activities to engage supporters and compete for additional cash incentives funded by corporate and foundation donors.
About United Way of Delaware
Founded in 1946, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) works to advance the common
good by focusing on three key areas: Grade Level Reading, College and Career Success and Financial Empowerment. UWDE is engaged in a long-term strategy to eliminate the root causes of the most pressing social problems in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. UWDE is also responsible for the United Way brand in Salem County, New Jersey. For more information or to support UWDE, visit www.uwde.org, follow us on Twitter @UnitedWayDE, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofDelawareor call (302) 573-3717.
About Spur Impact Association
Spur Impact Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on building a collaborative network for any individual, organization or affiliate group seeking to connect with and develop young professionals, the future lifeblood of any organization. Spur Impact is best known for the Millennial Summit, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and largest young professional conferences held annually in Wilmington, Delaware.
(March 5, 2021 by Press Release) - Delaware’s Giving Day “Do More 24” began last night at 6:00PM and has already raised more than last year’s grand total — surpassing last year’s grand total in just over 3 hours. More than 400 organizations are participating in this year’s Do More 24 Delaware event, and nearly 6,000 individual donations have been made as of 7AM this morning.
The grand total for the 2021 event will be announced tomorrow evening by 8:00PM.
As a reminder, last year’s Do More 24 Delaware event raised $390,691 in 24 hours across 276 participating nonprofits. 41% of donors self-reported as being first-time donors.
All 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving Delaware are eligible to participate in Do More 24 Delaware, and individuals can also create personal fundraising pages to support their favorite nonprofit as part of the event. During the giving day, donors can search for their favorite nonprofit and donate. Many nonprofits will have their own match prizes in addition to being eligible for the event stretch pool and other prizes. For more information, visit the website or the individual nonprofit’s fundraising pages.
(March 4, 2021 by Press Release) – (Highmark is a Philanthropy Delaware Member) Highmark has announced that members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not have to worry about paying cost-sharing such as deductibles, coinsurance and copays through June 30, 2021. This includes members covered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. The health insurer had previously made the decision to waive cost-sharing for in-network, inpatient COVID-19 related hospital care through March 31, 2021. Self-funded employer groups for which Highmark administers benefits may, however, opt-out of this waiver.
“Even though millions are getting vaccinated across the country, we are in a public health emergency and people are still being infected by COIVD,” said Deborah Rice-Johnson, President and Chief Growth Officer, Highmark Inc. “We recognize that our members are still going to need treatment for COVID-19, and we want to make sure that they won’t have to worry about copays or coinsurance through the middle of the year.”
With this announcement, Highmark is also extending the waiver of cost-sharing for in-network telehealth visits through June 30. As with COVID-19 treatment, self-funded employer groups for which Highmark administers benefits may also opt-out of this waiver.
Highmark is also covering the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines, enabling its members to get vaccinated at no cost to them.
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