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  • October 29, 2018 9:37 AM | Kurt Foreman

    The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund have pledged $250,000 to the Salvation Army for immediate support of the organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

    Through its emergency disaster response teams, the Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding sites and shower trailers, helping Florida’s Gulf Coast residents secure access to food, water, personal hygiene and emotional care. 

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  • October 26, 2018 3:42 PM | Kurt Foreman

    From the FTC's Consumer Information Blog and the The FTC's official statement can be found here.


    Cybersecurity Resources for Non-Profits

    October 25, 2018
    By Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

    Do you work for a charity or other non-profit? If so, you know that your organization collects all sorts of private information, including details about people you serve and financial information related to donors. Your own personal information, too, is probably in your organization’s employee records. Cyber criminals would love to get their hands on that data. You can help protect your organization using the information at

    At you’ll find resources on 12 different topics including cyber scams like ransomware and phishing, key considerations like physical security and vendor security, and more technical guidance on things like email authentication. The guidance in these new materials is based on the FTC’s expertise in the area of data security, privacy protection, and scam prevention. The materials are designed for small businesses, but the same tips and information apply to charities and other non-profits.  If you collect information about people, you need to protect it.

    Imagine if your donors’ credit cards are exposed because of a phishing scheme, or if your network gets blocked by a ransomware attack. That can be devastating — not just for the organization and employees like you, but also for the communities that rely on your services. To help protect your organization’s network and data, make cybersecurity part of your business routine.

    You can start with these basic cybersecurity tips:
    •    Use security software and set it to update automatically
    •    Back up important files offline, on an external drive or in the cloud
    •    Encourage your organization to have policies covering basic cybersecurity and to train employees on those policies
    •    Visit and share the fact sheet, quizzes and videos with your colleagues.

     The FTC's official statement can be found here.

  • October 26, 2018 3:40 PM | Kurt Foreman

    A generous gift from the estate of David Rockefeller has raised the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) endowment from approximately $960 million to over $1.2 billion.

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  • October 26, 2018 10:26 AM | Kurt Foreman

    Incyte Corporation announced that it has been named one of the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry’s top employers by Science magazine, ranking second on the list of only 20 companies recognized in the publication’s annual Top Employer’s Survey.

    The Science and Science Careers’ 2018 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics. Respondents were asked to evaluate companies based on 23 different characteristics, including financial strength, easy adaptation to change and a research-driven environment. Incyte was specifically recognized by its team members for its innovation, work culture and respect for employees.

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  • October 25, 2018 3:33 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Steve and Connie Ballmer have announced that Terri Ludwig, a housing and community development leader, will join the Ballmer Group as president of philanthropy, as the couple continues to pour millions of dollars into anti-poverty programs.

    For the past seven years, Ludwig has served as chief executive of Enterprise Community Partners, a nationwide nonprofit.

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  • October 25, 2018 2:46 PM | Kurt Foreman

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees today announced that Lisa Hamilton will become the Foundation’s next president and chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2019. Hamilton is the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief program officer. She will succeed Patrick McCarthy, who announced his retirement after 25 years at the Foundation, nearly nine as its top leader.

    “We are fortunate to have someone with Lisa’s experience and vision step into this important role,” said Michael Eskew, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Lisa is an enormously talented leader who brings a deep understanding of the needs of kids and families, and she is the ideal leader to build on the terrific accomplishments of Patrick McCarthy. Her ability to use research and data to develop innovative strategies, and to partner with communities and decision makers to spread what works, will enable the Foundation to help all children realize their potential.”

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  • October 25, 2018 2:38 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Widely respected for her significant role in creating an even more robust, effective philanthropic and nonprofit sector over two decades as a mission-driven leader and coalition builder, Enright joins the Council after 17 years as President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). 

    Under Enright’s leadership, the Council will sharpen its focus on shaping the public view of philanthropy as positive agents in advancing the public good, providing important public policy and advocacy and engaging in national programs that add unique value in the current landscape. Ultimately, the Council will prioritize giving its members more of the support they need to strengthen the mission of philanthropy to ensure a vibrant democratic society and create a more equitable world.

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  • October 25, 2018 2:35 PM | Kurt Foreman

    JDRF, which raises money to support scientists seeking a cure for Type 1 diabetes, announced today that Derek Rapp plans to step down as the group’s leader. JDRF raised nearly $200 million in private support last year. Rapp, who has been CEO since 2014, will rejoin the group’s international Board of Directors after a new leader is hired, a spokeswoman said in an email.

    The board plans to recruit a seasoned nonprofit leader to help accelerate programs, leverage big data, form strategic partnerships, and continue to drive commercial investment.

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  • October 25, 2018 2:32 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Six Kent County nonprofit organizations have completed the first phase of an intensive training course designed to enhance their ability to secure funding through grants. The program, launched by the CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), focused on improving the grant writing skills for individuals involved in the process of applying for critical funding.

    Representatives from Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Arise, Hope Medical Clinic, Mom’s House, Minds Over Matter Initiative and Uplift the Community attended the Fellowship for Fundraising Excellence Program, which consisted of three half-day seminars.

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  • October 25, 2018 2:28 PM | Kurt Foreman

    Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Medical Foundation are proud to announce that the Derrickson family and Atlantic Theatres’ The Movies at Midway will launch a multi-year fundraising initiative in support of the I Believe in Beebe campaign. 

    The Movies at Midway will unveil a newly designed, refillable popcorn bucket, and will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bucket to the construction of Beebe Healthcare’s new Specialty Surgical Hospital at the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus.

    The funds raised from the popcorn bucket initiative are in loving memory of the Derrickson family’s sister, Rosemary Burton (Jan. 17, 1955-March 2, 1974). The Derrickson family’s goal is to contribute $500,000 with this five-year effort.

    “This is another example of a strong and loyal partnership with a locally owned family business which truly believes and gives locally to make the lives of Sussex County residents better! The Derricksons are lifelong supporters of Beebe and know the importance of giving back to the community which supports their business. It’s truly an extraordinary example of families helping families and neighbors helping neighbors,” shared Judy L. Aliquo, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation. “As moviegoers enjoy their popcorn, they will also enjoy the fact that part of their payment is going to help Beebe create the Next Generation of Care.”

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