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  • November 04, 2019 9:14 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 30, 2019 by Business Wire)--BJ's Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States, today announced a $1 million donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation is part of the retailer’s company-wide initiative that is working to end hunger in partnership with the Feeding America network of food banks.


    BJ’s Charitable Foundation helps expand access to quality food with $1 million donation to Feeding America on Oct. 29, 2019. (Photo: Business Wire)(Photo: Business Wire

    “BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $1 million to Feeding America to improve access to quality food and invest in long-term solutions for hunger relief. This grant will support innovative new models that will help us reach food insecure families in the future and complements our retail food rescue program that donates millions of meals every year.”

    As part of BJ’s $1 million donation, the company is awarding grants to ten Feeding America member food banks for programs that support direct food access in the Eastern United States, concentrating on the School Pantry Program and mobile pantries. Additional grants will go towards piloting new solutions to improve food access for families. Feeding America will also receive a grant for research, which will support program evaluation and local data collection to better understand the individuals served by food banks.

    According to the USDA, one in nine people in the United States is food insecure. Through programs like mobile and School Pantries, the Feeding America network operates programs that expand access to fresh, nutritious meals in order to put food on families’ tables.

    “Feeding America is grateful to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation for its investment in existing and forward-thinking solutions that will help more communities fight hunger,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “Millions of people face hunger in communities across the country and Feeding America member food banks are on the ground supporting our neighbors in need. This generous donation will help food banks provide more meals to people who need it most.”

    BJ’s grant marks the third yearly $1 million donation to the Feeding America network from the BJ's Charitable Foundation. Since 2011, BJ's has provided ongoing support to the Feeding America network through the BJ's Charitable Foundation and BJ's Feeding Communities program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider audiences.

    BJ’s Feeding Communities program is a food rescue partnership, where the company donates all unsold produce to Feeding America member food banks in its footprint, helping to get wholesome food onto the plates of more families. To date, BJ’s has donated more than 98 million pounds of food including meat, produce, dairy and bakery items – which is equal to more than 80 million meals* – to Feeding America member food banks.

    To learn more about the BJ's Wholesale Club, visit BJs.com.

    *Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, a meal is equal to 1.2 pounds of food and grocery product.

    About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.

    Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 217 clubs and 144 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states.

    The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).

    About Feeding America

    Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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  • November 01, 2019 4:50 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 1, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) Swim with the Sharks, the New Castle County Emerging Enterprise Center’s annual pitch competition, selected the social venture WilmInvest as its 2019 winner at its November 1 final round at Harry’s Savoy Grill in Wilmington. 

    WilmInvest impressed the judges — Keith Ellison of the Urban League of Philadelphia Entrepreneurship Center, Holly Flanagan of Gabriel Investments, Mark Olazagasti of Info Solutions and Dr. Sumedh Surwade of SAS Nanotechnologies —with a pitch that included a successful pilot application of the model. The venture acquires vacant and renovates vacant properties, then helps place houseless families in the homes under WilmInvest management. WilmInvest cofounders and Swim With Sharks Judges

    The pilot involved three houses in Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood that now house three families who receive assistance from WilmInvest and partners to help them become homeowners.

    (Photo: Holly Quinn)

    With the $10,000 cash prize, funded by NCC Innovates, Harvard Business Services and The Williams Law Firm, cofounders Joel Amin and Bryce Fender, both graduates of University of Delaware’s Lerner College, intend to renovate two more properties on Heald Street in Wilmington this year. That will bring the number of properties to five, with a goal of 12 by 2021.

    In addition to the cash prize, WilmInvest will receive a six-month membership at the Emerging Enterprise Center’s Virtual Incubator, a premium marketing package from the NCCo Chamber of Commerce, an Incorporation Formation Package from Harvard Business Services and one-year memberships with World Trade Center Delaware and the NCCo Chamber of Commerce.

    Four startups competed in the final round, which were picked out of an initial pool of 18 submissions. The other finalists were:

    • 2M, an advanced battery technology company that is working on battery technology for vehicles that charge faster, last longer and are safer than what is currently on the market
    • AnCatt, a patented heavy-metal free non-corrosive paint coating for sustainable use in transportation, energy infrastructure and aviation
    • Lignolix, a company that makes sustainable adhesive products using lignin, a waste product left over after processing trees into paper

    Click here to read article on webpage Technical.ly Delaware. 

  • November 01, 2019 8:07 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 14, 2019 by Delaware.Gov - Delaware News) Delaware will expand its supports for children who have experienced academic, social, and behavioral health challenges as a result of exposure to trauma and toxic stress thanks to a new federal grant. Governor John Carney announced on Monday that Delaware will receive almost $7.5 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Trauma Recovery Demonstration Project Grant Program. Delaware’s project aims to strengthen collaborations among families, schools and mental health service providers.

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    “We know that many Delaware children arrive at school each day with their own unique challenges. In many cases, that includes exposure to trauma,” said Governor Carney. “It’s our job to help those children cope with the effects of trauma, so they can focus on learning in the classroom. This grant will help us connect families, school leaders, and health providers to make sure that Delaware children are receiving the best services possible.”

    Through the grant, the Delaware Department of Education will:

    • Increase screening for a larger population of students to identify those experiencing trauma;
    • Augment immediately available support services for identified children;
    • Strengthen partnerships with agencies that can provide additional short- and long-term services for referred students; and
    • Enhance understanding by teachers, staff and providers about signs and symptoms of trauma and the broader adoption of trauma-informed approach.

    This new grant will build upon work already underway in the First State to support trauma-informed practices in schools, state agencies and other providers across Delaware. “We must support parents and families in understanding mental health challenges and delivery systems so they can be informed consumers on behalf of their children,” said Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.

    “We believe that this grant will have a significant positive impact on the learning outcomes of our students and will add to the evidence base around the effective trauma sensitive strategies in schools,” said Stephanie Ingram, President of the Delaware State Education Association. “The mental health and social services assistance provided by this grant will help in developing resilient, engaged, and academically successful students while also providing safe, stable, and supportive school environments.”

    In October 2018, Governor Carney signed Executive Order 24, directing the Family Services Cabinet Council to help mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and build resilience in children, adults and communities.

    The Family Services Cabinet Council is working to identify gaps in available services along the prevention and early intervention-treatment continuum for children and their caregivers statewide. Its members also are charged with developing a comprehensive plan focused on early intervention for children and their caregivers exposed to adverse childhood experiences in order to help prevent abuse and neglect.

    Governor Carney also worked with the General Assembly to pass a three-year, $75 million Opportunity Funding program that will support students from low-income families, and English learners. The Opportunity Funding package sets aside $15 million for additional mental health and reading supports in Delaware schools.

    Click here to read article on Delaware.Gov - Delaware News.

  • October 30, 2019 12:53 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 30, 2019 by Delaware Business Now) JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $4 million, three-year investment in Equitable Wilmington, a collaborative aimed at promoting growth in Wilmington’s West, East and Northeast neighborhoods. The collaborative includes Cinnaire Lending Corporation, True Access Capital and NCALL Loan Fund and will use the funds to support affordable housing development, small businesses and community facilities while addressing social determinants of health—including access to healthy foods, and health care facilities—through partnerships with the healthcare sector.

    “We’re very proud to make this investment in Wilmington, a community that’s so important to JPMorgan Chase,” said Tom Horne, JPMorgan Chase market director for Delaware. “This city has been making meaningful progress but we know there’s still a lot of work to be done. We want to show up in a big way to help address the challenges and we’re excited about the great work that this collaborative will do.”

    “We have worked hard in Delaware to support new affordable housing and small business development, and these investments in Equitable Wilmington will build on progress we’re seeing across our city,” said Gov. John Carney. “This is the kind of collaboration that can create real positive change in Delaware communities, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to the City of Wilmington.”

    Wilmington has one of the highest concentrations of poverty among small U.S. cities.

    The award will provide the group the opportunity to create additional amenities and community facilities and increase affordable housing. To help tackle neighborhood issues, Equitable Wilmington will build the capacity of community-based organizations to:

    • Preserve or rehab over 100 affordable housing units.
    • Provide 48 small business loans totaling $1 million.
    • Develop community facilities that create assets and resources for the community

    “Our collaborative brings together a depth of expertise in community-led development and inclusive growth,” said Dionna J. Sargent, Wilmington Community Development Market Leader. “As a cohesive unit, we can make a significant concentrated effort and investment in economically marginalized communities that surround the Central Business District to address some of the social inequities that have long been in place.”

    Wilmington has seen major investments in downtown and the riverfront but has troubled neighborhoods plagued by social ills that include gun violence.

    Equitable Wilmington was selected by JPMorgan Chase for its annual Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition, which aims to spark collaboration among community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to tackle neighborhood-specific challenges. Equitable Wilmington’s proposal was one of seven U.S. communities selected this year out of 75 applications across 49 U.S. cities.

    “Creating stronger and more prosperous neighborhoods is key to Wilmington’s current and future growth, and that’s why it’s a priority as important as improved public safety, said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “The complexity of neighborhoods, however, requires continuous effort and support which is why today’s announcement is so encouraging and appreciated.”

    JPMorgan Chase has extensive operations in northern Delaware.

    Cinnaire is a non-profit financial partner that supports community and economic revitalization initiatives through creative investments, loans and development services. Since 1993, Cinnaire has invested $4.2 billion to develop 717 housing communities in 10 states, providing 47,000 affordable apartment homes for more than 100,000 individuals and families.

    The NCALL Loan Fund is a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission to provide innovative lending and services targeted to affordable housing and community development. Since 2004, the Loan Fund has deployed more than $138 million in financing on the Delmarva Peninsula, resulting in the development of more than 860 affordable housing units; 400 rooms with supportive living services; 575,000 square feet of community facilities and 132,000 square feet of mixed-use/commercial space.

    True Access Capital is a community development financial institution based in Wilmington focused on driving community development and job growth by providing loans and technical assistance to underserved communities in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.True Access Capital’s role in the collaborative will be to lead the small business and economic development activities.

    Click here to read article on Delaware Business Now webpage. 

  • October 30, 2019 12:51 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 25, 2019 by Delaware State News) Even though Col. Benjamin Potter died almost 200 years ago, he continues to touch numerous lives in Delaware every day. Col. Potter (1769-1 843), the former owner of the Parson Thorne Mansion and farm in Milford, was not only a generous person, he also had a keen foresight that continues to help the economically underprivileged in Kent County today.

    The CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation, which administer funds from the Potter Trust — a gift left by Col. Potter — announced Thursday they have distributed more than $230,000 in grants to nonprofits this year focused on emergency housing, homelessness, hunger and health care during a luncheon at North Dover Elementary School.

    The grant amounts ranged from $4,000 to $28,000.
    This year’s Potter Trust grant recipients include: Food Bank of Delaware, Children’s Beach House, National Council on Agricultural Life & Labor Research Fund (NCALL), Communities in Schools, First State Community Action Agency, Peoples Place, Harry K Foundation, Milford Housing Development Corporation, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Catholic Charities, Caring Hearts Helping Hands and the YMCA.
    Charlie Sterner, a former CenDel board member and current chair of the Potter Trust Grant Committee, said he is always taken aback by the legacy that was left by Col. Potter.

    “Benjamin Potter, when he passed away, his will provided for a trust to be set up with the income from that trust to benefit underprivileged folks in Kent County,” Mr. Sterner said. “That’s where the funding comes from. The trust has several million dollars in it and the income from that trust that’s earned each year is distributed via these grants into the community to benefit underprivileged folks in our county. It’s been a huge benefit to those people that need it.”

    Mr. Sterner said this year the Potter Trust received 27 applications requesting more than $800,000 in total requests.
    However, the organization had only about $240,000 to distribute, which always makes the decisions on who receives the grants that much more difficult.

    “Decisions are very difficult. There’s a lot of need out there,” said Mr. Sterner. “There’s a lot of good organizations that put requests in but we cannot fully fund or fund everyone each and every year. Those decisions are very difficult.

    “There’s a lot of discussion and a lot of thought put in by the committee in arriving at the suggested grant awards.”
    Once the committee comes up with suggested grant recipients, they have to be approved by the CenDel Board and also by the Delaware Community Foundation board, which provide oversight for the grants.

    Jeremy Tucker, president of the CenDel Foundation, said the organization’s members are passionate about what they do.
    “I am very proud to serve in this role,” he said. “It’s a wonderful organization that I think has made a huge difference in our community.

    “Since our founding in 2008 we’ve been able to distribute approximately $3 million dollars in grants and funding to organizations and nonprofits across Kent County. It’s money that’s gone on to help so many people facing all sorts of issues.”

    Michael DiPaolo, vice president for the Delaware Community Foundation in southern Delaware, is new to the Potter Trust but he is still amazed by what it accomplishes.

    “Once I found out about the Potter Trust and the great work that it does in Kent County I was really excited that this gets to be a part of my job — helping people in Kent County to better their lives and help them through tough times,” Mr. DiPaolo said. “To think that we’re a part of something that’s been going on for 176 years, and will be going on 176 years from now, is pretty remarkable.”

    Easing hunger pains
    There was a reason that North Dover Elementary School was selected as the site of this year’s distribution of the Potter Trust.

    Several students at the school are members of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program, which received a $15,000 grant to fund North Dover’s Backpack Program, which provides meal items to food-insecure children from the school to take home for weekend nourishment.

    Larry Haas, chief development director for the Food Bank of Delaware, said this is the inaugural year for the Backpack Program at North Dover.
    “We’re very fortunate to have received a foundation grant to support our Backpack Program and it’s very cool to be here (at North Dover Elementary School) because this is actually the site of the Backpack Program,” he said.

    Click here to read article on site from Delaware State News. 

  • October 30, 2019 12:33 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 21, 2019 by JP Morgan Chase & Co. Press Release) JPMorgan Chase today announced the winning proposals to support neighborhood development projects and promote inclusive growth across seven U.S. communities, as part of the firm’s sixth Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition. This year’s winning collaboratives of community development organizations will be awarded $3-$6 million over a three-year period – for a total of $33 million – to help address the pressing challenges facing neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Texas, the Greater Washington region, Memphis, Tenn., South Florida, and Wilmington, Del.

    Additionally, today JPMorgan Chase opened its next request for proposals to support a broad spectrum of solutions to help solve social and economic challenges facing communities across the U.S.


    Picture Source: JP Morgan Chase & Co

    Advancing Neighborhood Development

    Economic opportunity is deeply rooted in neighborhood conditions. Yet many neighborhoods face persistent challenges ranging from concentrated poverty and disinvestment, to displacement of current residents. The PRO Neighborhoods competition, which aims to spark collaboration among community organizations to tackle some of the toughest neighborhood challenges, is part of JPMorgan Chase’s $125-million commitment to neighborhood development. To date, PRO Neighborhoods has hosted six competitions, awarding more than $131 million to over 95 community development organizations across the United States. The winners from the first five competitions have deployed more than $470 million in loans into low-income neighborhoods and raised an additional $870 million in outside capital – a 1 to 13 leverage ratio.

    “Resilient neighborhoods are critical to the long-term success of cities and in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing low-income families,” said Colleen Briggs, Head of Community Innovation at JPMorgan Chase. “By providing tools to local leaders and incentivizing collaboration, we’re helping transform underserved neighborhoods into neighborhoods of opportunity, where diverse individuals and families at all income levels can thrive.”

    This year’s winning proposals include:


    Picture Source: JP Morgan Chase & Co.  

    Equitable Wilmington (Wilmington, Del.): Wilmington, particularly in the West, East and Northeast neighborhoods, has one of the highest concentrations of poverty among small U.S. cities, is under resourced with a shortage of community amenities, and has significant land vacancy and a lack of affordable housing. Equitable Wilmington will support affordable housing development, small businesses, and community facilities while leveraging the healthcare sector to target social determinants of health. This proposal is led by a collaboration between Cinnaire Lending Corporation, True Access Capital and NCALL Loan Fund.

    In addition to the seven capital grant winners, the competition also included planning grants to provide seed funding for targeted early-stage neighborhood plans – nine planning grant winners across the U.S. will receive a total of $900,000. Overall this year, JPMorgan Chase received 75 applications covering 49 U.S. cities to support capital and planning projects.

    New Competition Now Open

    Based on the knowledge and experience JPMorgan Chase has gained working with partners in cities across the country, JPMorgan Chase is moving the PRO Neighborhoods Competition into the AdvancingCities Challenge. The AdvancingCities Challenge continues to emphasize the importance of collaboration, strong leadership, and bold and innovative approaches to help ensure that prosperity is more widely shared, and that all residents have opportunities to thrive.

    The expanded AdvancingCities Challenge will allow for continued sharing of best practices between cities as well as support for a broader spectrum of solutions, from targeted neighborhood-based initiatives that meet pressing demands to city-wide or regional strategies that tackle systemic challenges. The request for proposals is open now, closing on January 15, 2020.

    About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

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  • October 30, 2019 10:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 30, 2019 by The Atlantic) The Atlantic and Allstate are issuing a call for nominations for the 2020 Renewal Awards. Now in its fifth year, this nationwide competition celebrates local organizations that are finding creative solutions to America’s most pressing problems—and helps them make an even bigger impact.

    Five winners, to be announced at a special ceremony in spring 2020, will each receive $40,000 in funding over two years from The Atlantic and Allstate; one of the winners will additionally be presented with the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award.

    To nominate a nonprofit, please complete this short form by December 10, 2019.

    NOMINATE NOW

    If you have questions, please read our FAQ here, the rules here, or contact renewalawards@theatlantic.com.

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  • October 29, 2019 11:13 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 28, 2019 by the BUSINESS WIRESallie Mae, through its charitable arm, The Sallie Mae Fund, today presented a check for $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware during a ceremony at The Bancroft School in Wilmington. The grant supports the nonprofit’s school-based mentoring initiatives to connect at-promise youth with adult role models.

    This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191028005674/en/

    Raymond J. Quinlan, chairman and CEO of Sallie Mae, and Mary P. Fox, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, are joined by community leaders, staff, and students to celebrate Sallie Mae's grant of $100,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware's school-based mentoring programs. (Photo: Glazier Photography) Sallie Mae Presents $100,000 Contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware

    Raymond J. Quinlan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sallie Mae, along with Mary P. Fox, executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Kathy Jennings, Delaware Attorney General, and Michelle Harlee, Wilmington City Council Member, 4th District, were on hand to commemorate the contribution.

    “Through Sallie Mae’s ongoing support, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware is able to expand its reach and help more kids discover the endless opportunities that come from an education,” said Mary P. Fox, executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. “It’s partners like Sallie Mae that equip us with the means to continue making a difference in the lives of young adults.”

    For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware has worked to help mentees excel in school, improve their relationships within the community, and make positive life choices. In the 2018-2019 school year, the nonprofit reported 85% of mentored students demonstrated an improved attitude toward school, 71% experienced overall academic improvements, and 77% expressed a more positive sense of their future.

    “It’s particularly gratifying to partner with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware who share in the broader mission of building brighter futures for young people in our communities and helping them create the lives they imagine,” said Raymond J. Quinlan, chairman and chief executive officer, Sallie Mae. “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is central to our purpose at Sallie Mae. In addition to providing this funding, many of our employees volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and serve on their Board of Directors.”

    The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded more than $240,000 in grants to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware since 2014. Sallie Mae employees regularly participate in the nonprofit’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake signature fundraiser and the Clothes for Kids’ Sake program.

    Sallie Mae has more than 1,100 employees between its corporate headquarters in Newark and second location in Christiana. For more information about Sallie Mae’s efforts in the community, visit SallieMae.com.

    Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. As the leader in private student lending, we provide financing and know-how to help make college happen and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, possible. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

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  • October 28, 2019 8:59 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 25, 2019 by Delaware Business Now) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) DE/Brandywine Chapter announced the winners of the 2019 Philanthropy Day Awards:

    • Volunteer Award – Mary Bowler.
    • Youth in Philanthropy Award – Young Friends of Christiana Care;
    • Philanthropy Award – Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware;
    • Fundraising Executive of the Year Award – Janine G. Sorbello;
    • Corporate Award – Concordville Subaru.

    Fundraising and Communications Excellence (FACE) Award winners include:

    • Delaware Botanic Gardens (Annual Report);
    • Delaware Center for Horticulture (Annual Appeal);
    • Jewish Federation of Delaware (Annual Appeal/Branding/Newsletter/Special Publication)
    • Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington (Electronic);
    • Nemours Fund for Children’s Health (Special Event)
    • St. Michael’s School & Nursery (Website).

    The winners will be honored on Nov. 12th during the Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day activities being held at DuPont Country Club. The featured keynote speaker is Laura Fredericks, founder, and CEO of The ASK.

    The day-long event includes an awards breakfast, as well as educational seminars. For more information, call 302-778-1595 or go to www.afpnpd.org.

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals is a professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.

    Parks fund trust now managed by Delaware Community Foundation

    A private trust fund established by the Woodlawn Trustees nearly 40 years ago to benefit Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington is now managed by the Delaware Community Foundation. Transfer of the $2.2 million to the new Brandywine Creek Woodlawn Fund is now complete.

    In 1981, the Woodlawn Trustees transferred 350 acres to the State of Delaware, nearly doubling the size of the park. Woodlawn donated one half of this land to the state.With that gift, the state received matching federal funds, which were used to buy the second half from Woodlawn. The after-tax proceeds of the sale totaled $530,000 which the Trustees used to set up a permanent endowment for park maintenance. Income from the fund has been used each year by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks and Recreation to support park operations, maintenance and security. This has typically accounted for about one-third of the park’s annual operating budget.

    Woodlawn Trustees’ involvement in the Brandywine Valley began over 100 years ago when Wilmington Quaker industrialist William P. Bancroft established the not-for-profit corporation. His vision for the Trustees emphasized the preservation of open space, affordable worker housing, and planned community development. Both William Bancroft and Woodlawn Trustees have been heavily involved in the growth of the Wilmington park system and the preservation of open space in the Brandywine Valley since the late 1800s.

    “We’re working hard to continue the Bancroft legacy of preserving the environment and supporting local community institutions,” said Woodlawn Trustees President Rodney Lambert. “We have a high level of trust in the DCF’s knowledge and leadership to manage this important investment in the future of Brandywine Creek State Park.”

    With the addition of the Brandywine Creek Woodlawn Fund, the DCF is now home to more than $10 million of funds benefiting Delaware State Parks. To support your favorite state park visit delcf.org/delaware-state-parks.


  • October 25, 2019 11:53 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 25, 2019 by KIDS COUNT) KIDS COUNT in Delaware is proud to announce its 2020 KIDS COUNT Leadership Awards program to celebrate Delawareans who have been leaders in improving the health and well-being of our state's children and youth.  Please nominate a person in your community and encourage others to do the same. Awardees will be celebrated at the KIDS COUNT 25th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.


    Nominations may be made in the following categories:

    • Professional Leader or Volunteer (New Castle County, Kent County or Sussex County) - Given to a person whose services to children (paid or unpaid) has shown vision and excellence. Demonstrates exemplary leadership and commitment in articulating and championing the needs of children in his/her community.
    • Leadership in Government - Given to a city, county or state government employee or agency that has demonstrated consistent leadership, creativity and courage in their arena, advocating and developing and/or implementing public policies that have a positive impact on the lives of children.
    • Leadership in Philanthropy - Given to a private or corporate foundation or philanthropist that has consistently demonstrated their leadership and commitment to Delaware's children by financially supporting groundbreaking initiatives to positively impact children.
    • Leadership in Media - Given to a journalist, commercial or public media outlet that recognizes the exemplary media presentation of a critical issue related to children or family policy, program or advocacy topic.
    • Best Use of Data to Make Change - Given to an individual or organization that has utilized KIDS COUNT data to make a decision about a program, service or legislative change that has had a positive impact on the lives of children in Delaware.

    DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by KIDS COUNT in Delaware by January 31, 2020. Questions regarding these awards may be addressed to Janice Barlow at jls@udel.edu or (302) 831-3462.
     


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