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  • December 09, 2020 2:22 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (Decemer 3, 2020 by Holly Quinn - When COVID-19 hit last spring, forcing schools to close for the rest of the year, high school seniors got a lot of attention for a senior year full of canceled milestones. No prom, no senior trips and no graduation ceremony as we knew them.

    And then there was the question of whether college-bound students would be able to safely start their freshman year on campus.

    The class of 2020 faced a lot of challenges due to the pandemic, but one thing about the timing that was fortunate was that for students who did plan to attend college, the campus visits and application process — which normally happens between the spring of 11th grade through the fall of 12th grade — was finished.

    The class of 2021 has had that entire period disrupted.

    So, when New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer put out a call for education pitches for CARES Act grants, TeenSHARP and DelawareCAN founder Atnre Alleyne and his team came up with a proposal for a program that targets high school students who are interested in college, but have less access to college application resources due to the pandemic.

    The initiative, New Castle County Goes to College, was awarded $245,000.

    “For an organization of our size, that was a powerful investment,” said Alleyne.

    The goal? To reach 1,000 New Castle County students from early fall, when it began, through the end of December, the deadline for the funds. And not just teens who know they’re college bound — teens lacking support, knowledge or inspiration, who think college is not an option.

    Compared to TeenSHARP, which prepares small cohorts of marginalized students for acceptance at elite colleges, New Castle County Goes to College’s focus is broader and extremely accessible.

    For example, some of the funds are being used to produce the one-hour “College Knowledge” TV show on DETV, airing on Channel 28 on Tuesdays at 7:30 and streaming on DETV’s Youtube channel.

    This week’s episode discusses college affordability.

    Students can also text TeenSHARP at 302-581-8114 to receive updates and “nudges” to make sure they’re staying on track in their college application process, a service available in both English and in Spanish through a partnership with Ventas Latinas Delaware.

    The program has also been able to contract 1440 Films to produce some soon-to-be-released videos, in a full circle of sorts: TeenSharp was selected by 1440 Films as its annual Project Giveback pro bono project, a film featured at this year’s TeenSHARP Signing Day.

    “[The grant] was cool, because we would never be able to afford 1440,” said Alleyne.

    TeenSHARP was also able to help out some of the families in the program by hiring parents and students to do outreach.

    An all-virtual program that aims to uplift marginalized students has its challenges, Alleyne says, but he sees his students pivot and adapt as needed.

    “There is a digital divide, but there’s also what I call digital resilience,” he said. “One of our students, Daniela, lives in a trailer, in close quarters. She’s been accepted into prestigious programs that were now virtual. We’ll do whatever it takes to support you, but we recognize that the world is unkind and requires resilience.”

    While the initial county-funded College Knowledge initiative ends at the end of the month, Alleyne hopes to continue on with it, by obtaining sponsors for the DETV show and other projects. If you’re interested in sponsoring, donating or volunteering as a tutor or mentor, go to TeenSHARP’s Make a Difference page. Students interested in accessing College Knowledge resources should fill out the sign-up form.

  • December 09, 2020 2:14 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 3, 2020 bHolly Quinn -  Jordan Bonner, a University of Cambridge graduate from Middletown, has been named the DCS program director and community liaison. 

    Delaware College Scholars (DCS), a college prep program for high-achieving, under-resourced public high school students, has a new program director and community liaison.

    Jordan Bonner attended St. Andrew’s School in Middletown before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in psychology and education University of Cambridge in England this past spring,

    Bonner will direct the three-week summer residential portion of the DCS program, manage community partnerships, and serve as a resource for freshman and sophomore college students.

    Bonner was recently selected to serve as a National College Attainment Network advocacy fellow where he will engage in national policy discussion surrounding the Pell Grant, and has been selected for the 2021 Leadership Delaware class. He is also serving as the first research associate at Virginia Union University’s Center for the Study of HBUs, where he focuses on connecting HBCU education scholars for collaboration to “rewrite the narrative.”

    “Jordan is the embodiment of what we want for our program,” said DCS Executive Director Dr. Tony Alleyne. “To have his drive, energy, innovation and dedication full-time has already increased the capacity of DCS to a new height which is exciting for all of our scholars — past, current and future.”

  • December 02, 2020 11:50 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 24, 2020 by Rachel Lundberg - Bank of America is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. This move is part of a $1B, 4-year commitment to advance racial equity and economic mobility at HBCUs, community colleges.

    Bank of America selected 21 community colleges and historically Black colleges and universities, including Central Piedmont Community College, to give $1 million over the course of the next four years.

    "We were lucky enough to win the day and get an investment to Central Piedmont," Bank of America market president for Charlotte Charles Bowman told WCNC Charlotte. 

    Bowman said the money and collaboration are all part of a program to connect students of color to jobs.

    "Not only is this a great thing for Central Piedmont, which is a huge resource here for us, but it’s also a win for the students who are going to come through the program and a win for employers who will get job-ready people," Bowman added.

    Bowman believes many best practices will be shared nationwide between the selected schools in order to narrow gaps recognized at CPCC.

    Central Piedmont president Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer said equity is one of the school's strategic goals

    "When we examined our student data, we recognized that in three years, our African-American students were only completing at just around 19%," Dr. Deitemeyer said. "Our Latin students were only at 13%. Yet those students deserve equal access to opportunity and this grant and investment were calling a bridge to careers project."

    This investment from BoA will help CPCC utilize specific resources for these students to stay in school, better highlight career paths and create the foundation needed to have a successful, long-term career.  

    According to Central Piedmont, the road map for how these initiatives will roll out is already underway, and students will begin to see those changes in 2021. 

    The bank told WCNC Charlotte they are very proud to call Charlotte home and hope their efforts to create permanent change will encourage other companies, businesses and people to do the same. 

    "We know that philanthropy alone won’t solve those issues," Bowman said. "We need a lot of people to join in this effort to make Charlotte stronger, better, more vibrant than it was before."

  • December 02, 2020 11:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (December 1, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) - The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation today announced that it is giving $25,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware. This announcement falls on Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that encourages people and organizations to do good, which has deeper resonance amid the challenges presented by COVID-19.

    “As a result of the pandemic, food insecurity rates and reliance on food banks are skyrocketing like never before,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president for foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates in a statement. “Fighting food insecurity is not only the right thing to do for our communities during these trying times, but it also aligns with our mission to promote oral health.”

    Dental caries, or the disease that causes tooth decay, has been linked to food insecurity – a disruption in food intake or eating patterns due to a lack of resources – in numerous studies. Delta Dental of California and its affiliates, through the Foundation, employee support and corporate giving, have strengthened food banks across its enterprise states for years. As the economic crisis caused by the pandemic continues, it became clear it was time to increase that support exponentially.

    “We are so thankful for Delta Dental’s incredible generosity,” said Food Bank of Delaware Chief Development Officer Larry Haas in a statement. “Thanks to this donation, we will be able to provide 75,000 meals to Delawareans struggling to make ends meet. The pandemic has negatively impacted so many of our neighbors. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 121,000 Delawareans experienced food insecurity. Now more than 164,000 are oftentimes uncertain where their next meal will come from. Thanks to generous partners like Delta Dental, we are able to ensure that no Delawarean goes without.”

    Today the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is announcing $2.5 million in funding to food banks across 15 states and Washington, D.C.  This is in addition to $11 million in previously awarded grants in response to COVID-19. Foundation support in 2020 totals nearly $15 million, including $70,000 to nonprofits in Delaware.

  • November 25, 2020 12:36 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 23, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) - As part of its continual effort to make a difference in the community in which it lives and serves, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty’s Gallo Gives Foundation awarded its 2020 third-quarter donations to Lighthouse for Broken Wings, Zo Ministries, Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, Boardwalk Buddy Walk Fund, Cape Community Fund, New Life Thrift Shop, Special Olympics Delaware, Developing Artist Collaboration, and the Food Bank of Delaware.  The total donated this quarter was $14,000.00.  An additional $1,000 completed a 5-year pledge to Special Olympics Delaware.

    $2,000.00 was presented to the Lighthouse for Broken Wings. The organization is a nonprofit that works with the homeless, and it continues to increase its impact in Eastern Sussex County. Founded three years ago by a nurse, Lighthouse for Broken Wings is a program designed to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet and integrate back into society. Personal counseling, lifestyle and health coaching, and community service are some of the program components. Lighthouse volunteers 

    work with each individual until they can support themselves and be autonomous.  To help support this cause, contact Toni Short at

    $2,000.00 was awarded to Zo Ministries, Inc. The funds are specifically for the residential aftercare of Hannah’s House.  The mission of Zo・Ministries is to provide safety, healing and advocacy in Delaware for those impacted or potentially impacted by sex trafficking.  Zoë Ministries will be opening a safe home in 2021 for juvenile female sex-trafficking survivors, ages 12-17 years. Situated in an undisclosed location for long-term residential living and care, each resident will have a case plan with wrap around services to meet her needs. Every case plan will include individualized therapy and trauma counseling, equine therapy and mentorship, medical services, education, legal aid, employment and life skills, and spiritual studies, if desired. To assist or learn more about this cause, visit

    $2,000 was dedicated to Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, for their new Milford location.  The Fund builds and nurtures relationships with individuals and organizations that wish to advance the mission of Nemours through philanthropy. Thanks to the generosity of the founder, Alfred I. duPont, 100% of every contribution goes to support patient care, biomedical research, and prevention and education initiatives. To contribute, or learn more about Nemours, visit

    $2,000 was given to the Cape Henlopen Senior Center Inc.  The mission of the Cape Henlopen Senior Center is to enhance the quality of life of the area senior citizens by adding life to years and years to life. Within the Rehoboth, Lewes, and surrounding areas, the senior population is growing.  The membership now exceeds 1200 members. To benefit the Senior Center visit,

    $2,000.00 was donated to the Boardwalk Buddy Walk Fund.  The Boardwalk Buddy Walk was established to create a community where people with Down Syndrome, or any cognitive disorder, can live, learn, work, and play. Each year supporters walk the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk to raise awareness of the special qualities of individuals with Down syndrome and the need to include them in the communities.  To help with the annual walk or learn more about the organization, visit

    $1,000 was delivered to the Cape Community Fund.  In 2014, members of the Lewes High School Class of 1969 became aware of a classmate suffering from a prolonged illness which led to a catastrophic financial situation. Recognizing this need, members came together to raise funds to assist their former classmate.  As a result of that one case, awareness was acknowledged for the need to assist others in times of crisis within the local community. This led to the formation of the all-volunteer organization. To learn more about the group’s efforts visit,

    $1,000 was granted to the New Life Thrift Shop. The New Life Thrift Shop is a major source of funding for the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches (L.R.A.C.), a charitable organization that gives back 100% back to the community. L.R.A.C. is a voluntary collaboration of Churches in and around Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Delaware. To learn more about the shop and donate, visit

  • November 25, 2020 12:23 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 23, 2020 by - Wells Fargo is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. The perseverance of communities continues to be a shining light during these trying times, and Wells Fargo is celebrating the optimism and determination of our community anchors. From local food banks stepping up to meet the steep increase of people seeking assistance, to small businesses adapting to rapidly changing environments, to military service members and front-line workers committed to keeping our communities safe, Wells Fargo salutes those working together to support each other year-round, and especially during the holidays.

    “For many, this will be a challenging holiday season, and at Wells Fargo, we’re working to make the holidays a bit brighter,” said Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf. “From providing food for people in need, to supporting Main Street businesses, to reuniting military service members with their families, the holidays are about hope, gratitude, and family. We recognize that giving is not just needed one month out of the year — it’s something we’re committed to year-round — and we’re heartened by the resilience and strength of the communities in which we live and operate.”

    Social media campaign targets raising $1 million for the American Red Cross

    For decades, Wells Fargo and its employees have helped the American Red Cross prepare for critical needs ranging from blood drives and financial education to responding to disasters domestically and abroad. During the month of December, Wells Fargo will build upon this relationship by encouraging customers and employees to come together on social media in support of the American Red Cross. Wells Fargo will donate $5 to the American Red Cross for every post using the hashtag #WFGivesThanks, for a total donation of up to $1 million.* Social posts can thank front-line workers, teachers, military service members, and others who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic, as a collective demonstration of gratitude for their efforts in providing hope and comfort at a time when our communities need it most.

    Additionally, Wells Fargo will work with the American Red Cross and the Armed Forces program to unite military families this holiday season and in emergency situations all year-long. Support of veterans and military service members is at the core of Wells Fargo’s values, and the company is committed to empowering military communities to effectively navigate life’s transitions, achieve ongoing career and financial success, and positively affect their community.

    Helping to provide more food for holiday tables

    Wells Fargo has a deep commitment to support people facing hunger through its long-standing relationship with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Earlier this year, Wells Fargo launched a Drive-Up Food Bank program, in which the company helped reach families facing hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic by working with local Feeding America member food banks to distribute food at some of the company’s branches and corporate locations. To extend this effort during the holidays, Wells Fargo will host “surprise and delight” events by directing grants to Feeding America food banks around the country — ensuring there is food on the tables for people who need it most — and fulfilling upon the company’s commitment to help provide 82 million meals** to families in need. Wells Fargo will also contribute $250,000 to nonprofits feeding families in need in countries across our global footprint.

    Encouraging communities to ‘shop local’ during the holidays

    More than 30 million small businesses serve communities around the country. They are often the heartbeat of local neighborhoods — and they have experienced the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact. From local restaurants serving holiday meals to retailers making candy canes and children’s toys, many of their efforts may help brighten the holiday season in a year where hope and kindness go far. To support the efforts of small businesses, during the month of December Wells Fargo will use its online and social media platforms to shine a light on small businesses and encourage people to shop locally. Additionally, Wells Fargo will deploy approximately $50 million through its Open for Business Fund to nonprofits that help small businesses stay open and to provide relief for small businesses during this time of need.

    More details about Wells Fargo’s “Many Hearts. One Community.” holiday campaign can be found on the company’s social media channels and Wells Fargo Stories.

    * From 11/23/20 to 12/27/20 for every Wells Fargo card retweeted or shared on Twitter In-Feed, Instagram In-Feed, and/or Facebook In-Feed that includes the #WFGivesThanks hashtag, Wells Fargo will donate $5 to American Red Cross. (Maximum donation of $1,000,000, Wells Fargo is also guaranteeing a minimum donation of $500,000.) Social media user’s profile must be set to public in order for # share to count.

    ** 82 million meals calculation is based on 1) Actual number of meals distributed through Wells Fargo Food Bank Drive-Up events and 2) Wells Fargo’s financial contributions to support Feeding America food banks 7/20/20-12/31/20. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

  • November 25, 2020 11:59 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 19, 2020 by Holly Quinn ). - Bank of America and DSU are Philanthropy Delaware membersHistorically Black Delaware State University (DSU) and Bank of America (BoA) have announced a $1 million jobs initiative partnership, with a focus on helping Black and Latinx students go on to become successful members of the workforce in Delaware and beyond.

    This initiative is part of the bank’s recent $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, and its $25 million commitment to “enhance upskilling and re-skilling for Black/African American and Hispanic-Latino individuals.” DSU is part of the latter initiative that includes partnerships with nearly two dozen community colleges predominantly serving Black and Latinx students, public historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and public Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

    With the funding, DSU will boost its Delaware Executive Exchange Program to include more career readiness services, as well as increase internship opportunities related to needed skills identified by Bank of America and other companies, such as Delmarva Power.

    “In my career in private, public and nonprofit sectors, I have heard many leaders who called for more Black talent across their organizations faced with a common retort: ‘We are having trouble finding them.’ The earnest truth is that these organizations need to be more intentional,” said DSU President Tony Allen in a statement.

    “Today’s HBCUs represent only 3% of the nation’s colleges and universities, but are still graduating nearly 25% of Black college students, including 50% of Black engineers, 50% of Black teachers, 70% of Black doctors, 65% of Black attorneys and judges, and many, many more,” he said. “We are expecting our partnership with Bank of America to be a model of our community and welcome other committed companies to the table.”

    In 2020, BoA provided nearly $4 million to Delaware nonprofits focused on economic mobility and connecting individuals with opportunities to obtain skills and employment, the bank said.

  • November 18, 2020 3:28 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 17, 2020 by Press Release) - United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact aim to break record for Delaware’s biggest day of giving – Do more 24 Delaware to take place march 4-5, 2021

    The date for Do More 24 - Delaware’s biggest day of Giving is set for March 4-5, 2021. For 24 hours starting at 6 PM on Thursday, March 4, 2021, hundreds of nonprofits and their supporters will be raising money and awareness as part of “Do More 24 Delaware,” a 24-hour day of giving for nonprofits serving Delaware. The fundraising event is once again being organized by United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association.

    In March of this year, just days before the COVID-19 Pandemic shuttered businesses, produced mandatory stay-at-home orders and left record numbers unemployed, Delawareans united for 24 hours and raised nearly $400,000 to support the state’s non-profits – shattering the previous record and providing community-based organizations with critical financial support.

    With record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and thousands of children and families still struggling, it’s imperative that nonprofits are supported so they can continue to help Delaware communities.

    “The efforts of our community based organizations in response to COVID-19 have been nothing short of heroic.” said Michelle A. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware. “In the wake of the pandemic, nonprofits banded together, identified critical needs and pivoted quickly to meet those needs. From providing food, shelter and financial assistance to providing personal protective equipment, computers and internet and even standing up learning pods, community-based organizations.

  • November 17, 2020 9:54 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 15, 2020 by - Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity has received a $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to help build an affordable house in Kearney.

    It’s part of the foundation’s $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States.

    “We’ve had a rich history of working with the Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Kirk Kellner of Omaha, regional Wells Fargo president. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life.”

    Local Habitat for Humanity Fundraising committee member Jim McKenzie said, “This $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation is huge! These loyal supporters are paying for all roof trusses, all of the windows, all the drywall, plus every cabinet and 50 percent of the concrete for this year’s second home.

    “Combining their generosity with our amazing volunteer crews really accelerates having another much needed simple, decent affordable home become a reality.”

  • November 16, 2020 10:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 16, 2020 by Media Alert) - Energize Delaware announces that the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP), funded by the Exelon Merger for Delmarva Power Customers in Delaware, is awarding $80,650 to Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DEIPL).  In its application, DEIPL wants to help weatherize older rental properties by fabricating and installing custom Interior Storm Windows (ISW) in rental apartments. Labor to be provided from within community and include the faith community. 

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