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  • February 14, 2019 10:57 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Sourced from WBOC and Delaware Business Now

    Demolition of an old Beebe Healthcare medical building has begun, with the property being turned into green space as part of a remodeling project on its newly-named Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. The project is made possible by a $10 million gift from the Ma-Ran Foundation.

    Beebe Healthcare COO & Vice President, Rick Schaffner, credited all the former building had done for the community and the company, but said plans moving forward will change the landscape in a positive way. "I think it allows us the opportunity to create a nicer expansion,” Schaffner said. “We are going to have some additional parking available as well. It really begins to propel our organization forward on this campus."

    Beebe is undertaking a number of projects in fast-growing Coastal Sussex County. Read more about it at the Beebe Medical Foundation website

  • February 14, 2019 10:50 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    From Delaware Business Times

    Gov. John Carney and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) on Thursday announced that eight new downtown revitalization projects in Milford, Dover and Wilmington will receive $4.6 million in rebate funding through Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts (DDD) program.

    Established in May 2014, the DDD program was created to spur private capital investment in commercial business districts and other neighborhoods and stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of cities and towns.

    Since 2015, the program has leveraged $29.3 million in rebates toward $551 million in private investment in designated downtown districts in all three counties.

    Read  more here

  • February 14, 2019 10:35 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    The Veteran Watchmakers Initiative received a grant from the Welfare Foundation to start the fit-out of training space. The Welfare Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    From Delaware Public Media 

    The Veteran Watchmakers Initiative and its 16-month old Odessa Center for Horological Excellence are receiving a $30,000 grant from M&T Bank just as its first class of watchmakers gets ready to graduate.

    Former Coast Guard Member Jim Gardner is one of five completing the program. “This has been a great opportunity for me. I fell in love with watchmaking,” said Gardner. “I can’t wait to get out in the field and take advantage of it.”

    Read more here

  • February 14, 2019 10:28 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    From Delaware Public Media 

    After about eight months of assessment, the Pew Charitable Trusts is making recommendations to Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium on how to further combat the opioid crisis.

    Pew’s data shows Delaware had the nation’s 5th highest overdose death rate in 2017 and less than half of the people in the state who need treatment for substance abuse disorder receive it.

    It also shows a lack of access to the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine. According to Pew, only five of the state’s 258 physician assistants have obtained a waiver to prescribe it.

    Read more here

  • February 12, 2019 2:52 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    M&T Bank is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    M&T Bank announced today more than $21 million in grants to support the construction or rehabilitation of 1,621 affordable housing units within 20 neighborhoods  in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    The grants for projects sponsored by M&T are provided through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Program.

    "Our community development lending helps many projects come to fruition, including affordable housing projects. We work closely with our partners to access a variety of different funding sources, in addition to our own bank loans. The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York has consistently provided outstanding grant support for these projects as an additional capital source," said Brad Dossinger, Group Vice President for Community Reinvestment at M&T Bank.

    Read the press release here.

  • February 12, 2019 2:37 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    There are some cutting-edge projects taking place at Delaware State University’s Department of Public and Allied Health’s Kinesiology Lab, a place where professors and students are working on finding ways to prevent hip, knee and ankle injuries before they occur.

    Gov. John Carney joined DSU President Wilma Mishoe in visiting three different classrooms and labs around the Dover campus on Wednesday, including the Kinesiology Lab, where they learned more about the research pursuits and hands-on experiences taking place at the institution.

    It was part of a day in which the governor also toured classrooms at Delaware Technical Community College’s Georgetown Campus and the University of Delaware on Wednesday, highlighting the innovative work taking place at each campus, and took the opportunity to discuss Delaware’s Higher Education Economic Development Fund. He met with students, faculty and administrations at all three institutions.

    For more, click here.

  • February 06, 2019 2:50 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    From Delaware Business Now:

    U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-DE, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter urging Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, to “protect the original intent of the Opportunity Zone policy, namely to harness capital and generate investment, new business, and well-paying jobs in economically distressed communities,” a release stated.

    There has been growing concern that the program’s rules may not allow it to reach the stated goal of bringing jobs and investment to distressed areas. Delaware has several Opportunity Zones. However, some areas in downtown Wilmington and the entire former GM Boxwood site is not eligible, with other rules making redevelopment more difficult. 

    Read more here.

  • February 06, 2019 2:42 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Christiana Care Health System is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, equally affecting both men and women. Each year there are 130,000 new cases in the United States, and 40 percent of those affected will die from their disease.

    The three-year grant will enable Boman and his team at the Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR) at Christiana Care to continue building on their discovery that stem cell overpopulation is the mechanism that drives cancer development and growth in the colon. This knowledge could ultimately aid in developing targeted and more effective cancer treatment strategies.

    Read more here


  • February 06, 2019 2:09 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Wells Fargo is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    To support greater economic empowerment in tribal communities, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded nearly $13 million to nonprofits supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities as part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to expand its focus on tribal philanthropy. The funding will help increase homeownership, energy sovereignty and workforce development on tribal lands, promote development of native owned small businesses, and help build capacity for nonprofits to better serve their clients in Indian Country.

    “Wells Fargo has been serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities for more than 50 years,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We believe it is important to support nonprofit and community organizations that empower tribal communities to determine their own way of life on their own lands — according to their time-honored cultures, traditions and beliefs — while also providing access to the tools and opportunities that can lead to financial success and well-being.”

    The grants to 25 organizations range from $50,000 to $5 million.

    Read more here. 


  • February 06, 2019 10:56 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Bayer’s sponsorship in the amount of $3,000 will  be used by the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation in an educational outreach program. Through the program, farmers will tell stories of how local Delaware farm families are utilizing science and technology to provide safe, affordable and nutritious foods to consumers.

    Read more here.


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