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  • May 26, 2020 4:30 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Press Release, Delaware Community Foundation) The Longwood Foundation has posed a new $500,000 challenge grant to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, giving donors the opportunity to double the impact of their gift now through August 31.  

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund was launched on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match or for more information, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund or call 302.504.5226.

    This is the second $500,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation, bringing its total commitment to the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund to $2 million in the past eight weeks. The fund, managed by the Delaware Community Foundation in partnership with Philanthropy Delaware, was established on March 18 to respond to the state’s evolving and emerging needs arising from the pandemic.

    To date, the grants have fed, housed and provided healthcare for tens of thousands of Delawareans, in addition to providing critical funding for organizations supporting pets, the arts, education, libraries and more.

    Thanks to generous donations to from individuals, companies and foundations throughout the state, the DCF was able to match the first $500,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation a week before the May 30 deadline. 

    Longwood offered this second challenge grant because of the success of the fundraising effort and the powerful impact the fund has made so far throughout the state, said Longwood President There du Pont.

    "Alongside the United Way, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is helping to address immediate needs for many Delawareans,” du Pont said. “We are very pleased with the work so far and the DCF’s ability to match our prior grant so quickly. The needs remain great and therefore we’re encouraging further investment in the effort.”

    In the most expedited statewide grantmaking program in the country, the fund has so far awarded $2.3 million to 94 nonprofit organizations providing services to people throughout the state. Based on the nature of the applications, these early grants focused largely on immediate community needs like housing, food assistance, and healthcare.

    June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors throughout the state. The goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others. Deadlines are June 1 and June 15, and nonprofits can apply at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    The intent of the Longwood Foundation's challenge grant is to help fund additional grants in July and subsequent months for as long as community needs exist related to COVID-19. Details about future grant opportunities will be available soon. 

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President and CEO, Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JPMorgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Philanthropy Delaware and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis. 

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation

     

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

  • May 26, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Christy Fleming, Town Square Delaware) Nearly 100 nonprofits have been awarded $2.3 million in funding from the Delaware COVID Strategic Response Fund to keep seniors fed, to keep children engaged with virtual programming, and for things like emergency housing assistance and PPE for caretakers.

    The Fund issues grants weekly to a dozen or more organizations. In their most recent cycle of grants, the Fund awarded $260,592 to 19 nonprofit organizations. (See below.)

    Photo: The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund has awarded, more than $2 million to nonprofits including $10,775 to the Delaware Art Museum for educational art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.


    The bulk of the money has gone to food, housing and healthcare. “When we saw the needs in the applications we realized that the bulk of the money had to go to critical services and particularly mental healthcare have been overwhelmed,” said Allison Levine, a spokesperson with the Delaware Community Foundation.

    As immediate concerns were addressed, program administrators were then able to expand donations to other nonprofits desperate for an infusion to sustain remote programming.

    “Once we got several weeks into the program, we were able to address other quality of life issues such the arts, education and children’s needs,” said Levine.

    Delaware Children’s Museum ($25k), the Delaware Museum of Natural History ($10K), Delaware Shakespeare Festival ($7.5K), Delaware Theatre Company ($10k) and the Delaware Contemporary ($10k), for example, all received funding in the sixth and seventh round of grants.

    Levine says “the asks are incredibly detailed.” Organizations are asking for very specific needs, such as $300 for cleaning supplies; $185 for a Chrome book to be able to communicate with victims of sexual assault; $15 per educational art kit being delivered to underserved children by the Delaware Art Museum. 

    Here is a breakdown of the $2.3M in funding:

    Funding Targets
    38% Food & Supplies 
    24% Housing
    14% Mental Health
    13% Health Services
    5% Case Management
    3% Education
    3% Community Outreach
    1% Arts and Humanities

    The latest round of grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children – $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
    • Brandywine Valley SPCA – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
    • Code Purple Kent County – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
    • Delaware Art Museum – $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware College Scholars – $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
    • Downtown Visions – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
    • Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc. – $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
    • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
    • Fellowship Health Resources Inc. – $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
    • Georgetown Public Library – $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
    • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. – $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
    • Literacy Delaware – $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
    • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
    • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
    • Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming.

    Starting with an initial grant of $1,000,000 from Longwood Foundation, the value Strategic Response Fund  has been raised entirely from corporate and foundation donors as well as individuals.

    The Fund now sits at about $4 million, including pledges and a matching gift of $500,000 from the Longwood Foundation for pledges received through May 31st. It  

    The Delaware Community Foundation has just announced that Longwood has just proposed another matching grant of $500K for funds they can raise through the end of August.


  • May 26, 2020 11:30 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 26, 2020 by Press Release, Business Wire) Barclays US Consumer Bank is a  Member of Philanthropy Delaware. Nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Nevada and Ohio are latest to receive funds from the global $125 million Barclays’ COVID-19 Community Aid Package - Barclays US Consumer Bank today announced support to the communities in which the bank operates to respond to hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will be allocated to nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Nevada and Ohio that provide food, shelter and assistance to vulnerable populations, aid to first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic, and financial support for small businesses.

    “By working with charity partners that have a strong track record of providing care to people in need, we hope that we can help those impacted by COVID-19 access essential services and relief where it is most needed,” said Denny Nealon, president, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “At Barclays, we’re proud to be able to work with these incredible charities during this difficult time and grateful for all that they are doing to support the communities in which we live and work.”

    Barclays PLC, based in London, recently announced a $125 million (£100 million) COVID-19 Community Aid Package to support charities worldwide that are working to help vulnerable people and communities impacted by the virus, including contributions directed to trusted nonprofit organizations in the areas where Barclays US Consumer Bank operates in the United States. The donations announced today are the latest from Barclays’ COVID-19 fund and follow the recent announcement of support being provided by Barclays to 13 non-profit organizations that will help to provide assistance to communities across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

    Barclays US Consumer Bank charity partners include:

    • Delaware Community Foundation helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. Barclays is supporting the organization’s Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which will help to address the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis including the needs of vulnerable populations across Delaware, as well as other COVID-19 related projects below via the Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Fund at the DCF.
      • The Wilmington Strong Small Business Fund, a public-private partnership comprised of West Side Grows Together, Wilmington Alliance, The City of Wilmington – Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, True Access Capital, Cinnaire, Wilmington Community Advisory Council, Latin American Community Center, Collaborate Northeast and the Delaware Division of Small Business, will provide grants to small businesses located in Wilmington as they recover from the impact of COVID-19. Barclays’ $100,000 matching grant will not only help build the capacity of small businesses by providing utility and rent assistance, but also creates the foundation for a public-private partnership to serve Wilmington’s favorite shops, restaurants, stores and cafes citywide.
      • Wilmington is Working Technology Equity Fund will support local workforce programs and their beneficiaries by providing access to technology to help close the digital divide, highlighted further by the pandemic among the city’s most vulnerable populations. In response to COVID-19, Wilmington Alliance in partnership with NERDiT NOW has been focusing its efforts on rebuilding the local economy through coordinating a citywide assessment of workforce development programs readiness to offer online training and access to technology needed to provide employment opportunities. Barclays’ anchor funding will support the procurement, setup and delivery of technology hardware and other technology needs.
      • REACH Riverside aims to transform the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, into a healthy and vibrant mixed-income community while creating pathways out of poverty for the low-income families who live there. The Riverside Relief Fund was established for households in the Riverside public housing units that are facing economic hardship or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19. Barclays’ funding will support local restaurants to feed food-insecure residents as well as providing access to technology for the children and families of Riverside to access educational programming.
    • Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that aims to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Barclays funding will help to provide protective equipment and critical care medication to the health workers and medical facilities that need it the most across New York City, New Jersey and Delaware.
    • Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks across 50 states and Puerto Rico. Barclays is supporting Feeding America’s work to secure approximately 20 million meals per week on behalf of its network of local food banks, including in Ohio and Nevada:
      • Shared Harvest Foodbank collects, warehouses, transports and distributes contributions of surplus food and other grocery style products to 90-plus food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and similar nonprofits in five counties in Ohio, which provide hot meals or bags of groceries to people in need. Barclays is supporting Shared Harvest to provide 2.4 million meals to those impacted by COVID-19.
      • Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, aims to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while pursuing a hunger-free community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Three Square has increased weekly food distribution from 1 million pounds to 1.3 million pounds—the equivalent of 250,000 meals per week. Barclays’ support will allow Three Square to provide 1.2 million meals to families in need across the valley.
    • United Way of Delaware(UWDE) operates the Delaware 211 Helpline, which in cooperation with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, serves as the central hub for thousands of Delawareans seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the unprecedented need, UWDE created the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which leverages the expertise of community-based organizations and invests in those agencies that can meet the most critical needs during this trying time. Barclays’ funding will support these efforts, connecting families with resources by investing in key organizations, including:
      • The Food Bank of Delaware, a member of Feeding America, is a Delaware-based, statewide nonprofit agency whose mission is a community free of hunger. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank has distributed more than 3 million pounds to the community, nearly 4,300 meal boxes to seniors, and 19,171 weekend meal bags to children in need. Barclays’ support, through the United Way of Delaware’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, will aid the Food Bank in their COVID-19 efforts providing 750,000 meals to low-income families across the state.
      • West End Neighborhood House's mission is to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency, reach and maintain their maximum potential, and live responsibly and harmoniously in a healthy community and complex world. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, West End is working to provide emergency food, rental and utility assistance, as well as critical support to local small businesses. Thus far, West End has provided over 8,500 meals to more than 700 individuals, and rental or utility assistance to 100 families. Barclays' funding, through the United Way of Delaware's COVID-19 Response Fund, will allow West End to provide the pipeline and distribution of food staples, as well as an additional 5,500 meals and rental assistance to 500 families as the pandemic continues.
    • United Way of Southern Nevada stands in the center of the Southern Nevada community, taking immediate steps to help all those who are impacted by COVID-19 by uniting donors, volunteers, and nonprofits. Barclays will support their Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund, which provides food, shelter and utility assistance to help the most vulnerable residents of the Las Vegas valley during these challenging times.

    About Barclays US Consumer Bank
    Barclays US Consumer Bank is one of the fastest-growing top 10 credit card issuers in the United States. The bank creates customized, co-branded credit card programs for some of the country's most successful travel, entertainment, retail and affinity institutions, and offers online savings accounts and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com.

    Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customer and client, and geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group. For further information about Barclays, please visit www.barclays.com.



  • May 23, 2020 10:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 23, 2020 by Spur Impact)  Less than two months ago in mid-March, the Delaware nonprofit sector leaders agreed to come together around what was then an rapidly emerging public health crisis. Everyone agreed this virus could severely and negatively impact the Delaware economy and particularly the Delaware nonprofit sector. The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, led by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), was born from these discussions, and in short course became the most expedited statewide grant funding program in the country. Each week for the past eight weeks, dozens of volunteers throughout the state reviewed applications and made recommendations for funding. Over the course of these two months, the combined funds typically awarded 20 grants each week for an average total award of more than $415,000.

    Since March 27 and after its eighth week on May 22, the Delaware COVID-19 relief effort has collectively made more than $3.3 million in grants to 108 different nonprofits serving Delaware. Should more public or private funding be allocated to these programs, more money could be awarded and distributed. You can learn more or donate to either or both of the Delaware COVID relief funds at www.delcf.org/coronavirus or bit.ly/covidhelpde

    The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative is expected to continue during the summer and beyond as necessary. These efforts include supplementing and supporting efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies, generating funds and other support, and recruiting volunteers to address both the immediate and long-term consequences of the pandemic. Besides the COVID-19 Relief Funds, DANA is assessing the needs of the nonprofit sector statewide and advocating for short- and long-term funding and strategic service support. Volunteer efforts are also being coordinated statewide through Delaware 2-1-1.

    Nonprofits can apply to one or both of the COVID-19 relief funds and the grant application, review, and distribution cycle resets on a regular basis. To learn more or apply to the DCF COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, visit www.delcf.org/covid-grants. To learn more about the UWDE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund as well as the volunteer efforts being led by UWDE through its Delaware 211 platform, visit uwde.org/covid19-resources-and-information.

    The following table shows how much each of the 108 nonprofits have received over the first eight weeks from grants made from either or both of the COVID-19 Response Funds from DCF (Strategic Response) and UWDE (Rapid Response).

  • May 22, 2020 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 22, 2020 by Press Release) $2.3 million awarded in past eight weeks - In its eighth round of weekly grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $260,592 to 19 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children – $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
    • Brandywine Valley SPCA – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
    • Code Purple Kent County – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
    • Delaware Art Museum – $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware College Scholars – $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
    • Downtown Visions – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
    • Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc. – $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
    • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
    • Fellowship Health Resources Inc. – $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
    • Georgetown Public Library – $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
    • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. – $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
    • Literacy Delaware – $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
    • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
    • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
    • Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming in Wilmington.

    In this eighth and final round of weekly grants, 56 applicants requested $1.4 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2.3 million to 94 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, initial grants focused largely on immediate community needs. In recent weeks, the grants have broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    This week marked the final round of weekly grants. In June, the grants program will resume as follows:

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.

    While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.

    These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability and strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving underserved populations will be favored.

    The application for June grants will be available next week at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • April Birmingham, M&T Bank
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFSAlan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), CSC ($100,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.


  • May 21, 2020 5:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (May 21, 2020 by Press Release, the United Way of Delaware) - Funding for Seven Community Based Organizations Across Delaware – $1,084,750 Cumulative Total Released To Dat - The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (the Fund), managed by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), today released $453,000 in community investments to help seven community-based organizations across the state serve Delawareans needing food, shelter, utilities and other critical products and services in the wake of the COVID- 19 crisis. Much of the funding has been directed to assist low-income and/or homeless individuals and families. To date, the Fund has released $1,084,750, inclusive of today’s announcement. A sixth round of funding is expected on or around June 4th.

    To date, the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund has assisted 73,200 Delawareans in 30,600 households and has funded 1,163,000 meals. The category breakdown of community investments for all five rounds of funding is as follows:

    • Food 44%
    • Housing 34%
    • Utilities 12%
    • Other* 10%

    *Other includes transportation, medical and PPE supplies, food preparation supplies, technology and technology access.

    Fifth-round recipient organizations (see list below) were selected by a committee of funders including United Way of Delaware, the Santora Group CPAs, Delmarva Power, DuPont, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. Recipients were chosen for the strength of their on-the-ground operations in key population areas across the state, and because each has the scope, scale and experience to manage emergency relief efforts.

    United Way of Delaware President & Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor said, “Now in our third month of addressing urgent human needs across Delaware in the wake of COVID-19, United Way’s Rapid Response Fund today made its single largest community investment yet, thanks in large part to an exceptionally generous gift from Barclays, who is now the single largest contributor to the Fund. We are grateful to Barclays, and to all our donors, including each of our corporate partners and the hundreds of Delawareans who have stepped up in ways big and small.”

    Seven Community-Based Organizations Receive Fifth-Round From Rapid Response Fund

    Fifth-round recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund are:

    Catholic Charities ($25,000): Utilities, housing assistance, mental and behavioral health services for families.

    Family Promise of Northern New Castle County ($5,000): Technology, access and basic need essentials for homeless families.

    First State Community Action Agency ($25,000): Utilities and housing assistance for seniors and homeless.

    Food Bank of Delaware ($225,000): Food preparation and distribution service to individuals in need.

    Home of the Brave ($6,000): Food, utilities, and housing assistance for veterans and homeless.

    Neighborhood House ($17,000): Food, utilities, housing, and transportation for individuals and families in New Castle County.

    West End Neighborhood House ($150,000): Emergency rent and mortgage payments, hotel vouchers, rental assistance, emergency utilities and food for individuals and families.

    $250,00 Longwood Foundation Challenge Grant

    Taylor added that, earlier this week, the Rapid Response Fund received a $250,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation, which the Foundation will pay in full at the end of August if the Fund is able to raise the same amount from other sources by that time.

    Taylor said, “The challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation comes at a critical time. With summer approaching and with a dip in the number of COVID-positive cases, some Delawareans may lose sight of the fact that tens of thousands of our neighbors, including many who are newly unemployed, will be dealing with the effects of the pandemic for months, if not years to come. We are inspired by the Foundation’s generous challenge grant and we hope others who may not yet have donated to the Fund, and even those who have, will be similarly inspired to help United Way of Delaware meet the challenge.”

    Those wishing to support the challenge grant have three options:

    • Online, go to: uwde.org/give4covid

    • Text: derapid to 41444

    • Send a check payable to: United Way of Delaware Rapid Response Fund, 625 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

    Corporations, Individuals Support Rapid Response Fund

    A partial list of supporters of the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (to date):

    • Bank of America

    • Barclays

    • Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

    • Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company

    • DuPont

    • Exelon

    • Fund for Women

    • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

    • Jessie Ball duPont Fund

    • JPMorgan Chase

    • Longwood Foundation

    • M&T Bank

    • New Castle County Government

    • Procter & Gamble Company

    • Santander Bank

    • Target Corporation

    • United Way of Delaware

    • Wells Fargo

    • Wilmington University

    • WSFS Bank

    • …and hundreds of caring individuals

    Rapid Response Fund Background

    Shortly after the initial reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, United Way of Delaware convened a virtual meeting of more than 100 leaders from state government, nonprofits, foundations and community-based organizations to develop a comprehensive, coordinated response to the crisis. One outcome of the meeting was formation of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative. The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by UWDE, will address near-term demand for financial and other resources; the Strategic Response Fund, managed by the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), will address some of the operational and capacity needs of nonprofits whose resources are being strained in the current crisis.


  • May 15, 2020 2:04 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    May 14th, 2020 · by Mike FinneyDOVER – Levy Court Commissioners voted in solidarity at their combined business and committee meetings on Tuesday to establish the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund, which will help small business owners as they re-open their businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The business relief fund grew out of a request for assistance from the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) to help businesses acquire Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies.

    Initiated at the committee meetings on May 8, Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson asked his colleagues to consider allocating $50,000, of which $18,000 would cover Kent County’s contribution toward the CDCC’s Back to Business start-up kits request.

    The remaining balance would go to the newly established COVID-19 Business Relief Fund divided equally among the six Levy Court Districts to award grants to qualified small businesses, not to exceed $500 per applicant. The request moved forward for a vote at Tuesday’s business meeting. All commissioners agreed that establishing the relief fund is a step in a positive direction.

    To qualify, businesses must be located in Kent County and hold a valid business license. They must have been in business for at least one year, have a maximum of 20 employees, and the funds cannot be used to pay debts incurred before March 17. Other exclusions to grant funds are real estate and vehicle purchases.

    Businesses that are not covered under the grant include: any essential business that was open during the State of Emergency; franchises and national chain stores/restaurants; home-based businesses; internet-based businesses and virtual businesses, as well as payday loan businesses, tobacco stores, faith-based organizations, pawn shops, adult entertainment stores and real estate businesses.


  • May 15, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation.

    In its seventh round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $178,625 to 11 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Community Education Building – $2,800 to provide food to Wilmington families in need.
    • Delaware Shakespeare Festival – $7,500 to provide virtual programming.
    • Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education – $10,000 for art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.
    • Delaware Museum of Natural History — $10,000 to provide virtual programming.
    • Frederica Senior Center – $12,000 to deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
    • Progressive Life Center – $15,000 for technology to facilitate communication between staff and foster children statewide.
    • Blood Bank of Delmarva – $20,000 for lab supplies and pre-clinical testing of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s – $21,000 for case management and mental health services statewide.
    • Delaware Children’s Museum – $25,000 for virtual programming, delivering activities and snacks to children in Wilmington, and operations.
    • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project – $25,000 to pump septic tanks for low-income families in Sussex County.
    • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) – $30,325 to support mental health services for victims of sexual trauma statewide.

    Deadline Monday for Final Weekly Grants Opportunity

    In this seventh round, 40 applicants requested more than $1 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2 million to 91 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants initially focused largely on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The fund will provide the final weekly grants opportunity next week. The deadline is noon on May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.

    While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.

    These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability, strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving underserved populations will be favored.

    The application for June grants will be available late next week at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    • April Birmingham, M&T Bank
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    • Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards – the final weekly grants opportunity – is Monday, May 18, at noon.

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), New Castle County ($500,000), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), CSC ($55,000), M&T ($50,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, and credit card processor Stripe has waived fees up to $50,000, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.


  • May 08, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation

    In its sixth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $275,600 to 18 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are: 

    • Central Baptist Community Development Corporation – $9,000 to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families in New Castle County.
    • Delaware Contemporary – $10,000 to support virtual programming for at-risk children in New Castle County.
    • Delaware Theatre Company - $10,000 to support staff working remotely with clients and educational programming participants.
    • Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $3,700 to fund virtual programming statewide.
    • Elizabeth W. Murphey School – $15,600 to support pandemic-related precautions in housing foster children in Kent County.
    • Faithful Friends Animal Society – $28,000 to fund Community Pet Food Banks in partnership with Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA for families in need statewide.
    • Harrington Senior Center – $4,800 for a commercial refrigerator and freezer to facilitate meal delivery to homebound seniors.
    • Harry K Foundation – $15,000 to provide take-away meals for families at sites in Kent and Sussex County.
    • Home of the Brave Foundation – $10,000 to provide housing for veterans in Milford.
    • La Red Health Center – $42,000 to provide prenatal care for women in Sussex County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide families in New Castle County with emergency assistance.
    • Mary Campbell Center – $10,000 for personal protective equipment for staff at the Wilmington home for adults with disabilities.
    • Milford Housing Development Corporation – $10,500 for technology and supplies needed for staff to serve clients remotely in Greater Milford.
    • Music School of Delaware - $10,000 for support of programs. 
    • NCALL – $29,000 for technology and training to enable staff to serve clients remotely in Kent County.
    • Neighborhood House – $16,000 for case management, food and other direct support for families in Wilmington.
    • Square One Delaware – $17,000 to provide housing for individuals recovering from addiction in Seaford.
    • Wilmington Senior Center – $10,000 to deliver food to seniors in Wilmington.

     


    Weekly Grants to Continue through Memorial Day

    In this sixth round, 58 applicants requested a total of $1.7 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded more than $1.75 million to 80 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants have focused largely on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

     

    The fund will provide weekly grants through Memorial Day. Deadlines are at noon on May 11 and May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

     

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. These grants will be focused on strengthening sectors largely upheld by nonprofits, including the arts, culture, environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

     

    The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state. This program is still being developed, and additional information is not yet available. Specific guidelines and applications will be announced in May on the websites and social media channels of DANA, the DCF and PD.

     

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

     

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

    • Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    • Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    • Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    • There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation
    • Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    • Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    • Todd Veale, executive director, Laffey-McHugh Foundation
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
    • Amy Walls, Discover Bank

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

     

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, May 11, at noon.

     

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

     

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

     

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation 

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.


  • May 01, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    Matches needed for $500,000 challenge grant from Longwood Foundation

    In its fifth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $233,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state. 

    The grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

    • Arise Delaware – $4,300 to purchase sensory equipment to lend to families with special needs children in Kent County.
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware – $30,000 to provide food to families in Wilmington.
    • Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wilmington – $12,500 to provide case management for families in need statewide.
    • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity – $35,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Kent County.
    • Christina Cultural Arts Center – $15,000 to provide distance learning support for underserved families in Wilmington.
    • Communities in Schools Delaware –$12,500 to provide technology for staff supporting underserved students statewide.
    • Community Education Building –$5,000 to provide laundry services for low-income families in Wilmington.
    • Delmarva Community Services – $5,700 for technology to serve residents of group homes for developmentally delayed individuals in Sussex County.
    • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County –$25,000 for housing for homeless families.
    • Ingleside Homes – $30,000 to pay for staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
    • Rehoboth Art League – $15,000 to help pay for staff and maintenance of facilities.
    • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) – $3,000 for technology to support telehealth.
    • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity – $40,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Sussex County.

     

    Weekly Grants to Continue through Memorial Day

    In this fifth round, 35 applicants requested a total of $1.3 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $1.5 million to 62 Delaware nonprofits so far.

    Based on the nature of the applications, these grants have focused primarily on immediate community needs.

    Now, the grants have been broadened to address a combination of immediate needs and broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The fund will provide weekly grants through Memorial Day. Deadlines are at noon on May 4, May 11 and May 18. The grants program will then resume two weeks later, as described here.

     

    The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15. These grants will be focused on strengthening sectors largely upheld by nonprofits, including the arts, culture, environment, workforce development, animal welfare and others.

    The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state. This program is still being developed, and additional information is not yet available. Specific guidelines and applications will be announced in May on the websites and social media channels of DANA, the DCF and PD.

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, said Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the council.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

     

    About the Fund

     

    The Strategic Response Fund was established on March 18 to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council:

     

    Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    Vernita Dorsey, WSFS

    There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation

    Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First

    Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power

    Amy Walls, Discover Bank

     

    The fund will continue to award grants for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Through Memorial Day, applications are being processed weekly. Applications received by noon on Monday are reviewed, grantees are selected Friday morning, and funds are transferred Friday afternoon.

     

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, May 4, at noon.

     

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Fund for Women ($200,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

     

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

     

    To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.

    About Philanthropy Delaware

    Philanthropy Delaware serves as the state association of grantmakers to advance philanthropy in the first state by connecting key stakeholders to drive meaningful impact for all Delawareans.

     

    About the Delaware Community Foundation 

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

    Contact:  Allison Taylor Levine, MPA, APR,  Cell 302.345.0589



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