Member news plus local and national philanthropic reporting

  • December 13, 2018 10:23 AM | Kurt Foreman

    In giving circles, donors raise money collectively and then vote to disburse it to mission-aligned recipients. The money involved is modest, but it is growing. A 2017 study estimated that giving circles may have disbursed as much as $1.29 billion in their entire history, but, naturally, this pales compared to last year’s one-year giving total of $410 billion. 

    Still, giving circles can be important—both as revenue for local causes too small for philanthropy to notice, as well as for the donors. In fact, for members, the experience can be identity-changing.

    Read more from NPQ's article here.

  • December 13, 2018 9:59 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The latest Burk Donor Survey offers both bright signs and warning lights for  charities.

    Among the bright signs: Young donors are starting to step up, and are most likely of all age groups to give more this year. 46% said they’re ready to dig deeper this year.

    Among the warning lights: 71% of donors supported no new causes in 2017, an indication that most donors aren’t seeking to add additional charities to their philanthropy.

    Read The Chronicle of Philanthropy's takeaways from the report here.

  • December 12, 2018 8:51 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration now bares a very familiar name. UD has renamed the school for one of its most prominent alumni, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    The university announced it’s changing the name to the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

    Biden says he’s honored and humbled by the school's decision.

    Read more here.

  • December 11, 2018 10:02 AM | Kurt Foreman

    United Way of Delaware, Wells Fargo, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are members of Philanthropy Delaware.

    On December 10, 2019, United Way of Delaware (UWDE) launched its Get Delaware Reading Wilmington initiative at St. Michael's School & Nursery on Walnut Street.

    The initiative's objective is to work collectively to move the needle on reading by the end of 3rd grade for our kids in Wilmington.

    Click here to see Michelle Taylor, CEO of UWDE, talk about the initiative on Comcast Newsmakers. 

    Collaborating supporters include Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City of Wilmington; New Castle County and County Executive Matt Meyer; First Spouse Tracey Quillen and her First Chance Delaware Initiative; Jessie Ball DuPont Fund;  Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine School Districts; DE Department of Education; Parents as Teachers; Delaware Health and Social Services; Wells Fargo; Nemours BrightStart!;  AutoTeamDelaware; Seeds of Greatness Bible Church; Reading Assist Institute; First Chance Delaware; Delaware Association for The Education of Young Children; and Delaware State Education Association. 

    UWDE's CEO Michelle Taylor

    First Spouse and First Chance Delaware's Tracey Quillen Carney

    Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki

  • December 11, 2018 9:21 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Christiana Care Health System is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour effective Feb. 1, 2019. The increase affects 500 current employees. With this pay increase, all Christiana Care employees will be at or above a $15 an hour wage.

    Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware with nearly 12,000 employees and is the first health system in Delaware to make this commitment.

    “Our extraordinary caregivers are our most important investment,” said Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH. “We serve together, guided by our values, Excellence and Love. In every position, at every level of our organization, each of our employees plays a vital role in the care of our patients and their families. This is the right thing to do for our employees, and we also believe that it will have a positive economic impact on our community."

    Read more here.

  • December 10, 2018 4:14 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Jewish Federation of Delaware is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Jewish Federation of Delaware has been named a Finalist in PR Daily’s 2018 Nonprofit PR Awards.

    PR Daily’s 2018 Nonprofit PR Awards celebrate teams and organizations who have redefined the field with their groundbreaking work and have found innovative ways of telling their story. Federation was named a Finalist from a wide pool of submissions for the ingenuity and impact of its successful branding campaign, We Are Stronger TOGETHER.

    “The We Are Stronger TOGETHER campaign resonates with our multiple constituencies as it embraces the power of working together and having a shared vision of community collaboration. It also reinforces the commitment and indelible partnership between our professional and lay leadership,” said Seth J. Katzen, Federation’s Chief Executive Officer.

    Read more here.


  • December 10, 2018 11:23 AM | Kurt Foreman

    With $10M in Funding From The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Communities Thrive Challenge Grantees From Missoula, MT to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Will Expand Their Community-Led Approaches

    Grantees Are Tackling Systemic Challenges Including Investing in Small Businesses in Low- Income Neighborhoods, Improving Access to Public Benefits, and Reducing Youth Incarceration and Recidivism.

    Read more here.

  • December 10, 2018 11:20 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Giving to Tulsa’s United Way reached almost $26 million last year, just $5 million shy of the giving total to the United Way of New York City — even though metro Tulsa’s population doesn’t even top 1 million.

    Tulsa’s major philanthropists set the pace for giving, with big investments in both the area and the work of the city’s nonprofits. The late Henry Zarrow, an entrepreneur, and his wife, Anne, established what is now one of Oklahoma’s biggest grant makers and targeted a lot of their funds to help Tulsa social-service groups, improve mental health, and lift people out of poverty. Last year, their foundation made a $6.7 million grant to the local Habitat for Humanity and opened a new building to house area social-service

    Read more here.

  • December 10, 2018 11:15 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Marmot Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware Open Space Council, Marmot Foundation, and Crystal Trust help save the site of Delaware's only Revolutionary War battle. 

    The site of that battle has been preserved as Cooch’s Bridge Historic District and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but the state announced plans Friday to further protect Delaware’s only Revolutionary War battlefield by purchasing the historic Cooch home and 10 acres of surrounding property.

    Read more here.

  • December 10, 2018 11:12 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Delaware State University is a member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware State University, formally elevated Wilma Mishoe to the school's presidency in an investiture ceremony at the Dover campus. Mishoe, a daughter of the school's seventh president, was named its 11th president.

    She is Delaware State University's first female president — a fact noted by speakers as often Saturday as were her deep ties to the school. Her father, Luna Mishoe, served as president of then-Delaware State College from 1960 to 1987. 

    Read more here.

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