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  • 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. 

  • November 12, 2020 9:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 10, 2020 by - Wells Fargo is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Volunteers of America National Services with a $3 million grant. VOANS will use the funds to develop permanent supportive affordable homes for previously homeless veterans using innovative construction techniques while also supporting much-needed construction job training for veterans.

    “VOANS is grateful for Wells Fargo’s leadership in the housing market and its focus on vulnerable populations in need of a stable, safe home,” said Sharon Wilson Geno, EVP, chief operating officer, VOANS. “This is an exciting project to blend our areas of expertise and provide homes for our nation’s veterans.”

    Together VOANS and Volunteers of America’s geographic affiliates will build new properties and convert and repurpose existing structures to become permanent housing. Through innovative construction techniques—modular, container and 3-D printing— Volunteers of America will create homes for veterans. While developing the properties, Volunteers of America will also provide job training for previously homeless veterans in the construction trades. Over the next three years, VOANS will develop at least 125 units in Los Angeles, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. markets, beginning in Los Angeles in 2021.

    “Having a safe and affordable place to call home is an essential pathway for wellness, dignity, and economic opportunity,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, head of housing affordability philanthropy with the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Lack of affordable housing puts millions at the edge of crisis. Wells Fargo is committed to the importance of homes for everyone in our nation, especially veterans who have sacrificed so much, and we are proud to support Volunteers of America’s efforts to address veteran homelessness, job training and stable housing.”

    Since 2015, the Wells Fargo Foundation has provided more than $31 million in grants to support sustainable housing and homeownership for veterans. Wells Fargo’s collaboration on NeighborhoodLIFT® with NeighborWorks America has resulted in helping veterans across the country achieve the dream of homeownership by providing down payment assistance grants. To date, over $7 million in grant assistance has been provided, resulting in more than 525 veterans purchasing a home. Additionally, Wells Fargo donates homes and vehicles to wounded veterans or Gold Star families, who also receive financial mentoring. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than 400 homes valued at over $60 million to support veterans and their families in all 50 states.

    As part of the national Volunteers of America organization, VOANS serves to advance, support, promote and administer health, housing and supportive services, employing more than 3,000 professionals across the country to operate its housing and health care programs.

    In addition to developing affordable housing, VOANS owns and operates one of the largest housing portfolios located in 42 states and Puerto Rico, which includes more than 240 properties containing more than 15,000 affordable housing units. It also operates six comprehensive campuses (skilled nursing and independent/assisted living), five skilled nursing facilities, four assisted living facilities, three licensed home health agencies, three Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly sites and one senior meals program.

  • November 11, 2020 11:30 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (November 9, 2020 by - The fundraisers and philanthropists in the Greater Philadelphia region hold November’s National Philanthropy Day in a prominent place on their calendar. Rarely can we pause our work furthering incredible missions, causes, and needs in our community to celebrate the generosity and hard work of others.

    For many in the region, our awards breakfast at the Bellevue Hotel is the first introduction to the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP-GPC). This gives us the opportunity to share our goal of being the organization others turn to for answers in fundraising, in Philadelphia and beyond.

    This year will be the 35th celebration of National Philanthropy Day for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. We started 2020 making plans for another breakfast with wonderful award nominees of organizations, philanthropists, and fundraisers as before. Yet, as with each of our organizations, since March 12 we’ve seen the world turn upside down because of COVID-19.

    For many of us, our fundraising goals became a precarious uphill climb. Events were cancelled. Programs and services were suspended. Staff had to pivot and adapt — both words we all want removed from our vocabulary after this year!

    AFP-GPC was no exception. We transitioned all of our educational programming online to ensure that we were reaching our members at home, providing the analysis, professional development, and support needed in a time of crisis. As spring led into summer, our creative thinking and adaptive programming prompted us to think how to memorialize this year and share the significant stories of our sector with our members and philanthropic community.

    It is for this reason that the 35th National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration will be recognizing five organizations that have made a significant impact in the city of Philadelphia through their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each of our organizations fit within a sector of our nonprofit community. They span the arts, social services, and healthcare and capture the philanthropic landscape that has provided the necessary resources to ensure that the unique missions of our various Philadelphia nonprofits remain intact despite COVID-19:

    • We’re thankful to highlight the work of the Philadelphia Orchestra serving as a beacon of hope, promise, and joy through music.
    • We are excited to tell the story of the PHL COVID-19 Fund, facilitated by the Philadelphia Foundation, that stepped into a newfound role of disaster relief in a region unaccustomed to this need.
    • We want to share how the Satell Institute facilitated the fundraising efforts to ensure their nonprofit affiliates were supported and prepared for the coming months after March 12.
    • We want you to hear about the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, the only rescue mission that provides a meal to those in need 365 days out of the year — and continued to do so in the midst of the pandemic.
    • We hope you will see how the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium saw a significant need in the Black communities of our city and now to provide free COVID-19 testing to the most vulnerable neighborhoods in our city.

    AFP-GPC cannot wait to celebrate these organizations on Friday, November 13. Their resiliency, ingenuity, creativity, and proactive behavior has helped the nonprofit sector to weather the initial storms of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we want you to be a part of this celebration!

    First, we hope that you will register for this event and invite others to join us. Not only will you hear these inspiring stories from the organizations themselves, but you will also be supporting the continued educational work of our chapter. You can sign up for the 35th National Philanthropy Day by following this link.

    Second, we hope that you will join us before the ceremony for our virtual networking event. We know the opportunity to reconnect, share stories, and celebrate our own successes is a highlight each year of our National Philanthropy Day gathering. In the midst of a pandemic, knowing that we are part of a broader community of fundraisers matters more than ever.

    Finally, you can still get involved for National Philanthropy Day. There remain sponsorship opportunities to say, “Thank you!” to these organizations in a special way. You can also volunteer for National Philanthropy Day, as well as many other committees needs at AFP-GPC. You can contact with any inquiries.

  • November 04, 2020 10:54 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 26, 2020 by Press Release) - Bank of America is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. On June 2, Bank of America made a $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, of which $50 million is dedicated to support minority depository institutions (MDIs) and community development financial institution (CDFI) banks. As part of that commitment, today the company is announcing it has now completed 10 equity investments in these institutions, acquiring approximately 4.9% of common equity in each organization as part of the broader $50 million commitment. These investments will facilitate benefits across multiple states and in the communities that these institutions serve through lending, housing, neighborhood revitalization, and other banking services.

    “By providing equity capital to minority depository institutions, critical projects can be scaled. MDIs are closely connected to the needs of their communities, and these investments will help transform and enable more positive change and economic opportunity,” said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.

    Today’s announced investments, plus those previously completed, bring the total number of investments to 10.

    • Carver Bancorp, Inc.
    • Carver Financial Corporation
    • CNB Bancorp, Inc. (parent of Commonwealth National Bank)
    • CSB&T Bancorp, Inc. (parent company of Citizens Savings Bank and Trust)
    • First Independence Corporation
    • Liberty Financial Services, Inc.
    • M&F Bancorp, Inc.
    • SCCB Financial Corp. (parent company of Optus Bank)
    • Southern Bancorp, Inc.
    • Unity National Bank of Houston, N.A.

    These equity investments are in addition to approximately $100 million in deposits from Bank of America in MDIs. It also operates a $1.6 billion Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) portfolio with 255 partner CDFIs across all 50 states, providing access to capital to thousands of individuals and small businesses who do not qualify through traditional lenders.

    Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:

  • November 04, 2020 10:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)
    (November 3, 2020 by DJ McAneny WDEL) - Delaware's novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases are above 25,000 for the first time since March, Governor John Carney announced Tuesday during his weekly press conference to detail the First State's response to the pandemic. 

    Total deaths associated with the virus now stand at 712, Carney said, and hospitalizations have climbed to 107 currently. Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services Molly Magarik said, even as the state's numbers climb, a decreasing number of people showing up to testing sites is likely leading to undercounting of real COVID-19 cases. 

    "We really urge people in these towns to take advantage of the many free and easy test sites available," she said. 

    As the number of positive cases increases in all three counties, officials continue to monitor the situation at nursing homes, where cases continue to spread.

    "The higher cases are actually driven by outbreaks in long-term care facilities, which is why our recent...latest efforts around supporting long-term care facilities are going to be so important," Magarik said. 

    The DHSS's Dr. Susan Levy will now be the Division of Healthcare Quality's Long-Term Care Medical Director, and support the state's Health Operations Center, beginning November 9, 2020. She'll be providing technical assistance directly to facilities. 

    "She's a specialist in internal and geriatric medicine, and she has extensive experience not only in Delaware, but specifically in long-term care facilities," Magarik said, adding, "We know that our long-term care facilities and the workers in those facilities are working very hard, but they too are struggling and sometimes they are positive themselves, and so they have to be out of work while...the facility is managing outbreaks with residents."

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