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  • October 23, 2019 3:18 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 23, 2019 by Allison Levine, Delaware Community Foundation) Cindy Zheng, a 2019 graduate of Sussex Central High School, received this year’s Don and Nancy Edwards Scholarship through the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). Cindy was the co-president of Students in Action, was involved in Math League and Health Occupations Students of America, and volunteered for Beebe Hospital, but she balanced her school activities with other obligations most of her fellow students don’t share.

    Cindy is the only one in her family fluent in English – her parents and grandfather speak Chinese.  At a young age, Cindy began translating for her parents in their restaurant and in day-to-day doings such as visiting the bank. When her grandfather in NY was in the hospital for an extended time, Cindy would travel to visit him and translate for him with the doctors and staff.

    Between traveling and translating, Cindy often missed school. Though she worked diligently to make up for her absence, balancing familial obligations and school affected her grades and she was almost unable to complete her junior year of high school. She rebounded during her senior year and was able to graduate with her class in the spring of 2019.

    The Don and Nancy Edwards Scholarship is awarded each year to a high school student recommended through the Upward Bound program at the University of Delaware or Delaware Technical Community College, and provides up to $5,000 per year the recipient is enrolled in college.

    The Edwardses, who do not have children of their own, wanted to provide young people with an opportunity to get an education they would not have had otherwise. They knew they could not do it independently, so they talked with their financial advisor, who connected them with the DCF.

    “We provide the funds, and the DCF does all the work,” Nancy Edwards said. “It’s been a very rewarding experience for us.”

    With the Edwards Scholarship, Cindy is attending the University of Delaware and plans to major in biology and psychology.

    The DCF awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year, thanks to generous donors who care about education. For more information about DCF scholarships, visit delcf.org/scholarships.

    The application for the 2020-21 Edwards Scholarship is open now, with a deadline of Oct. 31. The general application for all other DCF 2020-2021 scholarships will open Dec. 1.

    Click here to read article on Delaware Community Foundation's website

  • October 23, 2019 9:28 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 23, 2019 by Delaware Business Times) Forty of the region’s best and brightest young professionals – all of them under the age of 40 – have been selected to be part of the Delaware Business Times’ 2019 DBT 40.

    “Each of these honorees are making contributions to our community through their professional and community achievement,” said DBT Publisher Rob Martinelli.  “They represent a great cross-section of the entire Delaware community and are making a difference with their intelligence, initiative, and innovation.  I look forward to meeting them and thanking them for the impact they’re having.”

    View all 2019 honoree profiles

    Join Delaware Business Times as we honor the DBT 40 — a select group of the region’s best and brightest young professionals, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference with their intelligence, initiative, and innovation.

    Highlighting Philanthropy Delaware's Board Member - Amy Walls, Principal, Community Affairs with Discover Financial Services

    DBT40 Honoree: Amy Walls, Principal, Community Affairs, Discover Financial Services (New Castle)

    What her nominator said about her: Amy is an advocate for the underserved. During her tenure at Discover she has leveraged her position to increase opportunities for the disadvantaged and to promote economic development and community revitalization throughout the state while meeting the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act goals. She has served as a leader within the organization and as a leader in the community who is often called upon to solve complex problems.Amy’s work has touched the lives of thousands of Delawareans through her team’s efforts to create and preserve affordable housing and historic properties, the creation of an immigration loan program for people seeking citizenship or family unification, the creation of new economic development loan programs to grow and retain businesses in the state and the launch of a Social Impact Fund that yielded the state’s first Pay for Success initiative.

    Professional accomplishments: Amy’s has been recognized in the community with the James B. O’Neil Award for Excellence in Economic Education by the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship in 2019, Leon N. Weiner Fair Housing Award by Housing Opportunities of North Delaware’s (HOND) in 2013, the James H. Sills Jr. Leadership Award by the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council in 2011 and Savings Star Award by the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute in 2005. Additionally, the bank was honored by the Consumer Bankers Association with its Joe Belew Award for Community Development in 2011, 2014 and 2018 for projects where Amy served in a leadership capacity. In November 2019, Amy will be awarded the Stanford L. Bratton Award by First State Community Action Agency. Amy is a 2010 alumna of Leadership Delaware and continues to serve on the Advisory Board. During her tenure at Discover, she has received multiple leadership awards at Discover including three President’s Plate Awards and the Pinnacle of Excellence Award.

    Leadership examples: Amy recognizes the value of creative financing to ensure that economic and redevelopment opportunities are realized throughout Delaware. She established a robust State Historic Tax Credit purchase program at Discover that facilitates investments in the preservation of historic properties throughout the state including those at the DuPont Building, the Grand Opera House, and The Ursuline School. She has led, from her position as chair of the NCALL Loan Fund, an effort to bring an allocation of New Market Tax Credits to Delaware and serves on Cinnaire’s New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Committee. Finally, her team worked with the City of Wilmington to launch Grow Delaware, a small business loan program that the City can utilize to grow and retain businesses in the city. The economic development loan program has since expanded to a statewide initiative, Grow Delaware, and a Sussex County initiative, ExciteSussex.

    In the philanthropic sector, Amy serves on the board of Philanthropy Delaware. She has utilized Discover grant funds to create training opportunities for nonprofits through the creation of a matching scholarship fund at DANA that helps organizations obtain needed consulting services. Amy is a strong advocate for affordable housing in Sussex County, leading the advocacy efforts of the Sussex Housing Group to impart strategies into the affordable housing and land use section of the Comprehensive Plan.

    Next on the horizon: Delaware communities are ever-changing and I look forward to developing new ways that I can leverage the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act resources and goals with outside programs so that I can make a meaningful impact in Delaware. Local, state and federal governments continue to develop and deploy new tools like Opportunity Zones, Downtown Development Districts, tax credits and loan programs to spur opportunities for people and communities. I believe that there is a role for the private sector, and for me from my position, to support and grow those opportunities.

    Community service: To support affordable housing she currently serves on the board of the Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation, an organization that’s dedicated to providing education and enrichment opportunities to residents of affordable rental housing throughout the state. Each year Amy spends time teaching the children financial education and helps with at least one enrichment activity for the children and their families (this year it was a Dress for Less fashion show). She also serves on the board of NCALL, an organization that provides housing counseling services, technical assistance and loan programs. From that position Amy chairs the Loan Fund Committee that manages a portfolio of over $50 million in loans for affordable housing, community facilities, economic development and community revitalization.

    Amy serves on Cinnaire’s New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Committee and CDFI Advisory Committee, helping to bring investments and loan capital to projects in Delaware. Amy is also a board member of Philanthropy Delaware, where she enjoys working with other philanthropic organizations to develop best practices in grant making.  (Picture Right: Amy with her mother.)

    She’s an advocate for people of all abilities and has served as a board member of Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore for over six years and currently chairs the Resource Development Committee. Amy is also a member of the Delaware Technical Community College Development Committee, the Advisory Board of Leadership Delaware, the Consumer Banker Association’s CRA Committee and volunteers with Housing Alliance Delaware for the annual Point in Time homeless count.


  • October 23, 2019 8:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 19, 2019 by Meredith Newman, Delaware News Journal) Then-90 year-old Sonia Sloan, a prominent Delaware Democratic activist, sat down for an interview in March 2019. Sloan discussed her decades of activism and long-held support for Joe Biden. Jennifer Corbett, Wilmington.

    Sonia Schorr Sloan — a prominent Democratic activist in Delaware who worked on every one of Joe Biden's campaigns — has died at age 91.

    The former vice president, who referred to Sloan as "Sonny," released a statement about her death. Sloan was active in Delaware politics for decades and was most recently honored at the First State Democratic Dinner in March.

    Biden spoke to Sloan on the telephone on Saturday morning, just before she died, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

    Update: Joe Biden to leave campaign trail to return to Delaware for Sonia Sloan's funeral

    "Sonny was called a firecracker, a hummingbird, the kind of person you never say no to," Biden said in his statement. "It was one of the greatest gifts of my life to have had her by my side – since the very beginning when I was just a kid running for the Senate at 29, and throughout the decades that followed.

    "She’d call up and always, always, give it to me straight. Sonny taught us what it means to be a Democrat, to be a Delawarean, to be an American, and to be devoted to something bigger than yourself."

    Sloan was a woman of several firsts: She was the first woman to receive a degree from Thomas Jefferson University, where she earned her master's in microbiology, according to the university's website. She was also the first woman on the research staff at DuPont in the 1950s.

    But she left that work behind to become a Democratic advocate. She protested for the end of the Vietnam War and became engrossed in Delaware politics. She served as Planned Parenthood of Delaware's board president and was a founding member of the Delaware chapter of the ACLU.

    She helped raise more than $140 million for Delaware nonprofits, Biden said in his statement. Sloan was active in all of Biden's campaigns, including his first bid for the U.S. Senate in 1972.

    “It’s hard to imagine that anyone else has contributed as much to improving the lives of Delawareans," former Gov. Jack Markell wrote in an email.

    "I literally can’t imagine life without her.”

    Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm called Sloan a "transformational icon the likes of which we may never see again."

    "She cared about progress, to be sure, but she also cared about people, and always took the time to forge real connections with everyone who crossed her path," he said in a statement.

    Paul Calistro, director of the West End Neighborhood House, described Sloan as a "powerhouse who fought for social justice her entire life."

    "She was a great friend," he wrote in an email. "But her greatest trait was her love of her family and especially her life long partner Gil. Delaware and I will miss this amazing woman."

    Democratic Gov. John Carney called Sloan a "mainstay of Delaware Democratic politics" who "spent a lifetime on the front lines in the fight for justice and equality."

    "Her passing leaves a huge void," Carney said in a statement. "She was one of the ‘wise women’ of the Party, and I was one of dozens of would-be officeholders to seek her advice. While Joe was undoubtedly her favorite son, she found satisfaction and happiness in the success of all of us."

    Although she was a petite woman, she was certainly not meek. This August, she co-authored an op-ed for Delaware Online/The News Journal about President Donald Trump.

    "One of Sonny's old friends once said that when you hugged her, it felt like you were hugging a sparrow; but inside, you knew that she was eight feet tall," Biden said. "To us, Sonny will always be that giant."

    Sloan and her family were close with the Bidens. She helped Ashley Biden find a rabbi for her wedding and attended Beau Biden's funeral. In her home, she had photos of her and Joe Biden throughout and had kept letters from him over the years. The two talked on the phone regularly.

    Sonia Sloan appears with Joe Biden in a photograph from earlier years in his political career.

    Sonia Sloan appears with Joe Biden in a photograph from earlier years in his political career. (Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Sloan)

    Before he announced his latest bid for the presidency, Sloan had publicly urged Biden to run for president. 

    "I've helped with every campaign he's ever run and I've got one campaign left in me," she told Delaware Online/The News Journal this spring. 

    Sloan leaves behind her husband, Gil, and their two sons, five granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

    Esteban Parra contributed reporting to this article. 

    Contact Meredith Newman at (302) 324-2386 or mnewman@delawareonline.com and on Twitter @MereNewman. 

    Click here to read on Delaware Online

  • October 16, 2019 1:39 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 14, 2019 by Delaware Business Now) A report commissioned by the Delaware Community Foundation shows indicates that Latino immigrants in Sussex County are making a sizable contribution to the economy. Latinos do face high poverty rates, with undocumented immigrants facing exploitation that can include unreported pay, long hours and poor working conditions.

    Based on U.S. Census figures, the Latino population in Sussex totals more than 20,000 or about 9.3 percent of the county’s 229,000 residents.

    The report was authored by two University of Delaware faculty members and covers a number of areas including education, services and housing.

    Incomes climb

    As a whole, Latinos in Sussex County are faring better than they were in 2013. The authors noted that the total aggregate income showed a 165 percent increase in the Latino community from 2013-2017, a higher rate of income growth than the county as a whole.

    Labor force participation among Latinos in Sussex County averages 67.5 percent compared with 56.3 percent in the county as a whole.

    A large percentage of all Latinos living in Sussex County report an income below the poverty line. However, in at least 14 census tracts, Latinos report an income above the poverty line and a significant number report income up to 200 percent above the poverty level.

    An estimate of annual tax contributions indicates that Latinos in Sussex County are contributing nearly $50 million in tax revenue, with nearly $4 million contributed to Social Security and $1.2 million to local and state tax revenue.

    The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (2019) estimates that the annual economic contributions of Dream and Promise Act households (immigrants with temporary status) in Delaware amounts to $36.5 million in federal taxes, $12.2 million in state and local taxes, and nearly $160 million in spending power.

    As the population in Sussex County ages, the solvency of government-supported retirement and medical programs will be directly dependent on the future productivity and payroll tax contributions of a youthful workforce that is increasingly comprised of Latinos, the report noted.

    A group of study participants who work and interact with the Latino community noted the significant economic contributions that Latinos are making in Sussex County, primarily referring to first- and second-generation families.

    While poultry plants are widely seen as employment centers for newer Latinos, restaurants along the coast are employment hubs.

    Others noted that many first-generation Latino entrepreneurs who have been able to successfully operate businesses that cater not only to the Latino community, but also the wider communities of Sussex County.

    These include brick and mortar businesses in Latino hubs such as Georgetown, and landscaping and construction businesses operating throughout the county.

    It was noted that a difference exists between the opportunities available to a bilingual Latino with secure immigration status (citizenship or authorization) and insecure immigration status (unauthorized).

    For newcomers who are undocumented getting paid “under the table” may be one of their only options, as industries’ hiring practices change in response to the current immigration policy environment.

    As several participants pointed out, cash is preferable and “… restaurants, they pay in cash.” Former avenues for steady employment, the poultry industry in particular, are more difficult for newcomers to access.

    It leaves unauthorized workers open to potential abuse in the unregulated workplace, whether through negligence or intentional harm. As one participant noted:

    “They’ll start at these entry-level positions and do the hard labor, to the best of their abilities. And sometimes that results in them being abused and working many, many hours or working many hours and not having a break …”

    At least one study participant suggested that some industries are not particularly interested in employees building new skills that would allow them to be promoted or move to a better job.

    Study participants suggested that even Latino bilingual professionals also experience barriers in Sussex County.

    Click here to read article from Delaware Business Times. 

    Click here for the full report.

  • October 16, 2019 9:44 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 16, 2019 by Nick Ciolino, Delaware Public Media) Rebecca Vitelli is in her fourth year teaching prekindergarten for the Colonial Early Education Program. She grew up in New York, but went to the University of Delaware for both of her degrees. Her bachelors is in early childhood education; her masters in autism and severe disabilities.

    Vitelli says she’s never leaving Colonial School District. 

    “To be in a district that values early childhood education and loves the work we do and sees it and believes in it—wow—there’s just nothing like it,” said Vitelli. “So I love where I teach and I love what I do.”

    Her classrooms are a mixture of students with disabilities and typically developing students.

    Vitelli says teaching is not a one size fits all model and developing a relationship with students is the core of learning.

    (Picture right: Delaware’s 2020 Teacher of the year is an early childhood educator in the Colonial School District.)

    “Safety and security is important—that wires the brain to be able to learn. But when we feel connected, that’s when we’re willing to learn,” she said. “So making those connections and making those relationships is so valuable and getting to know your students and imbedding their interests in your instruction. That’s where you will see the growth that’s where you will see the change, that’s where you will see your students being inspired.”

    Vitelli goes on to be Delaware’s candidate for the national teacher of the year award. She will also receive a $5,000 grant for the education benefit of her students. She also receives a $2,000 personal grant.

    She won the award in a field of 20 district and charter teachers of the year - each of whom will receive awards.

    Click here to read article from Delaware Public Media. 

  • October 16, 2019 9:41 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 15, 2019 by News.Delaware.Gov) For the fifth year in a row, the Delaware Department of State has received a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.) This year’s award totals $268,096 and will be used to support the state’s efforts to assist small Delaware companies in entering and developing markets overseas.

    The program’s objectives are to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that export, increasing sales and ultimately generating jobs in Delaware. The STEP Grant program makes matching-fund awards to states to assist small businesses in the international marketplace. Delaware will match the SBA grant with $89,365, bringing the total available for export efforts to $357,461.

    To date, 96 Delaware small businesses have participated in the program. As a result, these small businesses report $48 million in new export sales, and project over $180 million in additional export sales in the next two years. In addition, 27 Delaware jobs have been created.

    “The STEP Grant funds from the SBA have proven instrumental to Delaware entrepreneurs in yielding new international business. This program is a direct source of new growth for our state’s economy,” said Delaware Secretary of State Jeff Bullock.

    As with previous STEP grants, a significant portion of the grant will be used to directly reimburse small- and medium-sized companies for eligible, pre-approved export expenses such as international travel, trade show activities, translation of international marketing materials, and overseas interpreters. Without STEP grant funds, the costs of these services would otherwise prohibit many Delaware small businesses from entering certain international markets.

    Export Delaware, the state’s official export resource for small businesses, will use the grant to finance export-related marketing activities. Delaware small businesses that are interested in applying may learn more about the program at export.delaware.gov.

    “We are thrilled to continue to support Delaware’s small businesses as they begin to export and grow through increased international sales. We expect to build upon the success of this tremendous SBA program in 2020 and the years to come,” said Beth Pomper, head of Export Delaware.

    This year, Export Delaware is offering business trips to Israel, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Chile, Peru, and the Philippines. These trade missions are designed specifically for Delaware small businesses and provide the opportunity for their teams to meet one-on-one with potential customers and distributors overseas.

    Delaware’s international trade representatives work with Export Delaware to organize meetings with targeted customers tailored to each participant’s needs. Delaware’s trade representatives abroad have wide networks in their countries, enabling them to secure meetings with high-level decision makers. Export Delaware staff accompany Delaware businesses in their meetings to help facilitate discussion and work toward deals.

    Delaware small businesses that have joined Export Delaware trips in the past have successfully identified new distributors and partners. Export Delaware has helped small businesses achieve significant growth. Recent highlights include:

    ● $4.2 million purchase order as a result of a grant-funded business trip to the UK

    ● $3.5 million in sales as result of a trip to Germany

    ● $3.5 million in sales as a result of trips to Canada and Mexico

    To learn more about the STEP Grant and how to apply, visit export.delaware.gov or contact Beth Pomper at beth.pomper@delaware.gov

    Click here to read article from News.Delaware.Gov. 

  • October 15, 2019 7:52 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 14, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) Delaware small businesses that are entering and developing markets overseas may soon get a boost via the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For the fifth year in a row, the Delaware Department of State (DDS) has received an SBA State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) award, this year totaling $268,096, to be used to support the state in its efforts to help small Delaware companies that do business internationally.

    The DDS is working to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that export, along with the sales and Delaware job creation that comes with it.

    The STEP Grant program is a matching-fund award; Delaware will match the SBA grant with $89,365, bringing the total available for small businesses that export to $357,461.

    The funding is granted to eligible businesses to cover up to $50% of pre-approved expenses.

    “The STEP Grant funds from the SBA have proven instrumental to Delaware entrepreneurs in yielding new international business,” said Delaware Secretary of State Jeff Bullock in a press release. “This program is a direct source of new growth for our state’s economy.”

    Ninety-six Delaware small businesses have participated in the program, resulting in a reported $48 million in new export sales with over $180 million in additional export sales projected in the next two years, and 27 new Delaware jobs have been reported to have been created as a result of the program, per the release.

    Most grant money will be used to directly reimburse small- and medium-sized companies for eligible, pre-approved export expenses such as international travel, trade show activities, translation of international marketing materials, and overseas interpreters, services that often prohibit small businesses from entering the international market.

    According to Export Delaware, an initiative of the DDS that organizes trade mission trips for Delaware small businesses, travel can help businesses secure new partners, distributors and foster growth. Some recent notable deals include:

    ·         $4.2 million purchase order as a result of a grant-funded business trip to the UK

    ·         $3.5 million in sales as result of a trip to Germany

    ·         $3.5 million in sales as a result of trips to Canada and Mexico

    Companies with a physical operation and employees in Delaware that export (or are looking to export) U.S.-made goods are eligible. Click here to apply.

    Click here to read article from Technical.ly Delaware. 

  • October 14, 2019 8:42 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (October 11, 2019 By Christopher Jason, EHR Intelligence) Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is searching for applicants from Delaware healthcare providers for a one-time mini-grant to receive full range of health information exchange (HIE) tools offered by the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN).

    The DHIN, Delaware’s HIE, consists of more than 2.9 million patient records. The DHIN securely sends clinical results and reports for patients, along with admission and discharge data from all Delaware acute-care health systems and more than 46 long term health facilities.

    “This mini-grant opportunity will help primary care practices to serve their patients more effectively by enriching the electronic data they have available for each patient,” said Kara Odom Walker, MD, department of health and social services secretary.

    Mini-grants are currently being accepted from small primary care and other medical practices, behavioral health providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs), or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are not benefiting from the DHIN tools.

    “The mini-grants also will help primary care practices to prepare for value-based care and improving health, which are critical to reducing the overall cost of healthcare across the spectrum,” explained Walker.

    Awarded practices would be able to expand their use of data with DHIN and will benefit from new payment models, highlighted by Total Cost of Care (TCC) and risk-sharing arrangements. The practices must support investments in EHRs, proper technology infrastructure, and DHIN-bundled services. However, they must contribute data to the DHIN and receive data to be eligible.

    When the one-time funding occurs, the practices can adopt the full range of HIE tools.

    These tools include access to the Community Health Record, which shows patient health data; a results-delivery interface that connects to the EHR; a Care Summary Exchange, which sends data to the DHIN; Event Notification Services that tracks admissions or discharges across 200 hospitals; the Patient Portal, where the patient can access their personal health data; and medical history, which looks at 12-month prescription fill history.

    “DHIN is thrilled to work with the Department of Health and Social Services to bring data services to the healthcare providers of Delaware in support of treatment decisions at the point of care as well as care coordination, patient engagement, and data analytics,” said Jan Lee, MD, CEO of the Delaware Health Information Network.

    The Delaware Health Care Commission will evaluate all applicants and they are prepared to award up to 25 applicants, with the maximum award up to $8,000 per awardee.

    HIE allows for interoperability of healthcare data, which helps enable care coordination and achieve positive outcomes. In a value-based care setting, health information sharing allows different systems to communicate and share data.

    Most executives believe interoperability is crucial for value-based care practices, and 73.4 percent of hospitals report having the technology for HIE and interoperability. According to Definitive Healthcare data, Epic System Corporation’s Care Everywhere is the most common product, accounting for 50.4 percent of the interoperability tools used.

    Cerner Corporation and MEDITECH were other commonly used vendors for interoperability tools, accounting for 17.3 percent and 6.5 percent of the tools.

    Hospitals reported over 80 unique vendors for HIE and interoperability tools.

    HIE and interoperability platforms allow providers to share patient medical information through a secure exchange network. This often can occur regardless of the underlying EHR system so a provider can see every encounter the patient has had.

    A more complete picture of the patient population can help providers better coordinate care. Identifying gaps in care and working to close these gaps can help hospitals improve the quality of care they deliver, which is a staple in value-based care.

    Click here to read full article from EHR Intelligence. 

  • October 11, 2019 3:42 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (September 25, 2019 by Delaware News Desk, Dover Post) Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute earned a $10.56 million six-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue its participation in the NCI’s Community Oncology Research Program.

    The Christiana Care NCORP includes affiliate programs at Beebe Healthcare and Nanticoke Health Services in Southern Delaware.

    NCORP is an elite network of cancer centers across the U.S. that brings cancer research to people in their own communities. The Graham Cancer Center is one of only 32 community sites, 14 minority/underserved community sites and seven basic research sites to receive these latest grants.

    The NCORP award bolsters the Graham Cancer Center’s cancer clinical trials program in the areas of prevention, screening, supportive care and symptom management, surveillance, quality of life and care delivery. The program will also participate in cancer treatment and imaging clinical trials conducted by the NCI National Clinical Trials Network.

    The NCI has continuously funded cancer research at Christiana Care since 1987. Since then, more than 10,000 Christiana Care patients have taken part in a treatment or cancer control clinical trial. In 2007, the Graham Cancer Center was chosen as one of the first NCI Community Clinical Oncology programs in the nation. That program expanded into NCORP in 2014.

    The new funding builds on a 2014 NCORP grant that helped drive down cancer rates. In 2002, Delaware had the highest cancer mortality in the nation. Today, the First State is number 18 on that list.

    As a result, Graham Cancer Center has consistently been rated among the top in the nation for enrollment in cancer clinical trials. More than 27% of its patients enter a research clinical trial, compared with a national average of only 3-5%.

    In a summary statement accompanying the award, the NCI praised the Graham Cancer Center for its “robust infrastructure” and “implementation of effective screening programs for minorities, which have resulted in decreased cancer mortality in those groups.”

    Owing to a unique statewide partnership, in 2012 the Graham Cancer Center helped eliminate the racial disparity in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality between African-Americans and Caucasians in Delaware.

    The NCI also singled out the program’s “novel partnership with The Wistar Institute to facilitate expertise and contributions to basic and translational research.”

    The Graham Cancer Center and The Wistar Institute, which began a formal collaboration in 2011, will pursue the next phase of their historic partnership by applying to become the first-ever NCI designated community cancer program/basic science cancer center.

    For more, visit christianacare.org/cancer.

    Click here to read article from Dover Post

  • October 11, 2019 3:36 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (September 30, 2019 by Alex Vuocolo by Delaware Business Times) The U.S. Small Business Administration on Sept. 30 announced new funding for the Blue Hen Proof of Concept, a startup incubator program under the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship.

    The Blue Hen Proof of Concept program provides gap funding, mentoring and training during the initial technology commercialization activities of researchers and inventors across campus.

    The program is one of 60 winners of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) to win a $50,000 grant. The federal initiative supports accelerators and incubators across 39 states with a total of $3 million awards to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations.

    “Over the past five years, (GAFC) has provided awards to many innovative and promising accelerators and incubators,” said Acting SBA Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “This includes entrepreneurs located in Opportunity Zones – where job creation and investments are revitalizing communities.”

    In 2018, startups in the Blue Hen Proof of Concept program generated more than $1.3M in sales and received more than $10.2M in grants or investment.

    “Each $50,000 award will infuse a winning accelerator or incubator with additional operating capital to provide focused assistance to entrepreneurs,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Acting Regional Administrator Steve Bulger. “This assistance includes support for company formation as well as awareness and education on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.”

    This year’s award recipients will focus at least 60 percent of competition-related work to entrepreneurs who represent women, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, entrepreneurs living or operating in states with fewer SBIR/STTR awards, or are located in an Opportunity Zone.

    Click here to read article from Delaware Business Times

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