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

    The Arsht-Cannon Fund is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    A local nonprofit has launched a Spanish-language website to help families understand and navigate school choice in Delaware with greater ease than ever before.

    DelawareCAN: The Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now's mission is to strengthen Delaware's public education system. MiEscuelaDE, or My School Delaware, is part of its Juntos Delaware initiative, a monthly forum supported by the Arsht-Cannon Fund for organizations that serve the state’s Latino communities.

    “We built this website because we know Spanish-speaking families experience inconvenient, inconsistent, sparing or no access at all to well-translated school choice resources,” said Atnre Alleyne, executive director of DelawareCAN, announcing the new site.

    Read more here.

  • December 05, 2018 2:02 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Cover & Rossiter is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently welcomed Peter S. Kennedy, CPA to its Board of Directors.

    A director at Cover & Rossiter, Mr. Kennedy heads up the organization’s audit practice, where he has the opportunity to work with many of the region’s nonprofit institutions.

    “Pete’s extensive knowledge in and passion for nonprofit operations will truly be an asset to our organization,” said Dr. Tony Alleyne, Executive Director of DCS. He continued, “Ultimately, it is our scholars who will benefit from Pete’s time and commitment to the organization, and we are grateful to have him join us in preparing our next generation of future leaders for success.”

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  • December 05, 2018 1:57 PM | Kurt Foreman

    WSFS is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    American Banker has named WSFS Financial's Mark Turner Community Banker of the Year.

    By any measure, WSFS Financial in Wilmington, Del., has been a community banking standout under the leadership of its chairman, president and chief executive, Mark Turner.

    WSFS is also among the industry’s most respected banks, as evidenced by the stack of awards it has received for customer service and employee satisfaction.

    Read more here.

  • December 04, 2018 2:27 PM | Kurt Foreman

    As part of the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, the Delaware Health Care Commission has awarded eight additional value-based payment reform mini-grants to Delaware health care providers in order to facilitate data integration, improve the coordination of patient care or increase readiness to integrate into an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or operate through an Alternative Payment Method (APM)

    The awards, through the Value-Based Payment Reform Fund, range from $25,000 to $250,000 for work that must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019. The commission received a total of 45 applications from primary care providers, behavioral health providers, hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and clinically integrated networks, all of which must be licensed in the State of Delaware.

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  • December 04, 2018 2:17 PM | Kurt Foreman

    On the heels of new data showing an alarming decline in U.S. life expectancy over the past three years, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a $50 million investment in combatting the nation's opioid epidemic. The initiative—a first-of-its-kind partnership between Vital Strategies, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation—will help up to 10 states over the next three years implement solutions to strengthen prevention and treatment efforts that offer the most potential to address the root causes of opioid addiction and save lives.

    New CDC data show there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, including more than 47,000 from opioid overdoses. These are the highest numbers on record and a leading factor in the decline of U.S. life expectancy over the past three years. Today, more than two million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, which are responsible for more than 130 deaths in America per day.

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  • November 30, 2018 12:07 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Giving Tuesday, the annual day devoted to philanthropy, raised roughly $380 million for charities from 4 million people, organizers said. The results represent an increase of 27 percent from last year, when donors gave about $300 million.

    New York’s 92nd Street Y and the U.N. Foundation started Giving Tuesday in 2012 as a philanthropic alternative to commerce-focused Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since then, it has raised $1 billion online.

    Reports of this year’s results from online gift processors and individual charities were encouraging — and perhaps indicative of a strong fundraising nish to 2018.

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  • November 30, 2018 11:23 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) recently published the latest edition of its signature yearly report. Based on calendar year 2017 grantmaking, it  captures data on more than 6,700 grants, awarded by 472 foundations in 14 countries, in an effort to identify gaps, trends and opportunities in HIV-related philanthropy.

    This data supports funders in their efforts to make informed decisions about where resources would make the most impact and offers a unique snapshot of the HIV/AIDS landscape to help funders align available resources with critical needs, identify new partners to help leverage and strengthen their work, build support for a new project or issue in an under-resourced country, and inform efforts of grantees and partners.

    Read the report here.

  • November 30, 2018 11:06 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Sen. Tom Carper joined La Red Health Center officials earlier this month to announce nearly $4 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to La Red Health Center.

    La Red CEO Brian Olson also announced the two grants that La Red received for 2019. One grant, $3.5 million, will support La Red’s operating costs to meet the healthcare needs of Sussex County residents. The other $289,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will treat substance abuse patients.

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  • November 30, 2018 10:57 AM | Kurt Foreman

    DCF is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Delaware students are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

    In 2017, the DCF awarded 208 scholarships totaling $396,700 to individuals to assist them in pursuing higher education.

    Students can apply for most scholarships by completing a single online application, available on the DCF’s new platform at

    Read more here.

  • November 30, 2018 10:45 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Christiana Care Health System is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    The American College of Surgeons has recognized Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington for surgical excellence in caring for its sickest patients and named it one of 66 hospitals in the top 10 percent of outcomes after surgery.

    The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, or NSQIP, has long tapped the best available surgical data — adjusted for patients’ health status before their procedure — to help hospitals analyze their patient outcomes. Now, ACS has added a “High Risk Meritorious List” to help hospitals zero in on outcomes for their sickest patients.

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