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  • November 30, 2018 10:09 AM | Kurt Foreman

    In part of his statement on LinkedIn, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote, "We recognize that our planet is in peril. We are committing all $10 million to groups committed to protecting air, land and water and finding solutions to the climate crisis. We have always funded grassroots activism, and this $10 million will be on top of our ongoing 1% for the Planet giving. It will go a long way toward funding grassroots groups; including those dedicated to regenerative organic agriculture, which may be our greatest hope for reversing the damage done to our overheated planet."

    To read the full statement, click here.

  • November 30, 2018 9:21 AM | Kurt Foreman

    TD Bank is a Member of Philanthropy Delaware.

    Through its "Housing for Everyone" grant competition, TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, this week awarded 25 organizations throughout TD Bank's footprint from Maine to Florida a total of $3.125 million.

    The theme of this year's competition is Expansion of Access to Affordable Housing and the 25 grants of $125,000 each will fund programs from these 25 winning organizations that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable housing units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, Veterans, the disabled, women and youth. The competition will also look to fund the development and maintenance of programs that educate and assist individuals in finding permanent or transitional housing opportunities that meet their needs.

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2018 1:43 PM | Kurt Foreman

    SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware, which provides nutritious food to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty.

    For the fiscal year 2014-15, the organization distributed 1,199,792 pounds of food in Sussex County, 1,340,434 pounds in Kent County and 3,620,036 pounds in New Castle County. “We appreciate all the work that the Food Bank of Delaware does in our community,” said Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based SoDel Concepts, which owns eight coastal-area restaurants, Plate Catering, the food truck Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, and hospitality consulting and management divisions.

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2018 1:39 PM | Kurt Foreman

    It’s astoundingly rare for foundation leaders to make statements about national political issues, but yesterday, through the Democracy Fund, leaders of 42 major philanthropic organizations across the United States joined together to publicly call for the protection of the independence of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2018 1:37 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Bezos — the wealthiest man in modern history, with a net worth of more than $125 billion, estimated by Forbes — launched the $2 billion "Day One Fund" in September.

    At the time, Bezos said the fund would be split between the Day 1 Families Fund, with the goal of helping homeless families, and the Day 1 Academies Fund, with the aim of creating high-quality, nonprofit preschools for low-income communities. Tuesday's announcement was for the recipients of the Day 1 Families Fund grants.

    The 24 organizations are spread throughout 16 states and the District of Columbia. 

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2018 1:33 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Governor Carney on Tuesday signed Executive Order #25 establishing health care spending and quality benchmarks. This Executive Order will form a subcommittee of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council to focus on reducing the cost of health care for Delaware families, taxpayers, and businesses. The subcommittee will advise DEFAC and other relevant state agencies on spending, and will work closely with the Delaware Health Care Commission (DHCC) on improving the quality of health care in Delaware.

    Read more here.

    Governor Carney on Tuesday signed Executive Order #25 establishing health care spending and quality benchmarks
  • November 29, 2018 1:30 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Gov. John Carney announced on Nov. 14 more than $438,000 in federal grants to expand high school career pathway programs.

    The statewide Delaware Pathways initiative aims to prepare students to excel in key that offer good job opportunities in today’s economy.

    Carney joined Sussex Technical High School students and administrators in the school’s automotive technology shop to announce the 42 awards, which will benefit 20 districts or charter schools across the state. Sussex Tech is using its grant to support its new automotive technology career pathway, which provides youth with the opportunity to earn a pre-apprenticeship certificate from the Delaware Department of Labor, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence entry-level certification, the ASE G1 certification and college credits through Delaware Technical and Community College. This type of pre-apprenticeship program is the first such offering in Delaware.

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2018 1:29 PM | Kurt Foreman

    For Deb Buenaga, it all started with a dream – a dream that her son, Preston, could have a way to play on a playground with other kids.

    That dream snowballed into an unprecedented community-wide philanthropic effort and culminated Monday morning with the grand opening of Preston's Playground at the base of the Newark Reservoir.

    “Everyone is differently abled, and we all want to play together,” Buenaga said to a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered to celebrate the playground's completion. “It’s not a playground for children with special needs; it’s a playground for everybody.”

    Read more here.

  • November 20, 2018 8:33 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that assets in donor-advised funds grew by nearly one-third in 2017, to surpass $100 billion for the first time, as contributions to the funds continued to account for a larger share in total philanthropic giving in the United States, according to a study released today.  

    Stock-market gains, an uncertain tax-policy environment, and deep political divisions helped encourage contributions to, and grants made from, the funds, according to the National Philanthropic Trust’s annual donor-advised-fund report.

    Read the full article here.

    Members of Philanthropy Delaware can read the National Philanthropic Trust's full report here.

  • November 19, 2018 4:25 PM | Kurt Foreman

    The Philadelphia-based Springboard Collaborative this summer helped students at Kuumba Academy and Great Oaks Charter avoid the “summer slide,” meeting ambitious growth goals toward grade level reading. The 211 students who attended the six-week program gained an average of 2.3 months of reading growth, while preventing the three-month loss in reading skills that’s often expected during summer break, for a net gain of 5.3 months.

    The Community Education Building, the first educational partner to bring Springboard Collaborative to Delaware, sponsored the program with support from the Capital One, the Fanz Foundation, and CSC.

    Read more here.

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