Category: Nonprofit

Deep Dive Delaware: Neighborhood Revitalization

REACH Riverside has partnered with Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities to bring radical, systemic change to Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood. REACH Riverside is implementing a model that offers a three-pronged approach to change with high-quality mixed-income housing; a cradle-to-college education pipeline; and community wellness programs. According to REACH Riverside, the neighborhood today has 70% of children living…

Wesley College president: Future success depends on finding efficiencies, building partnerships

Wesley College President Bob Clark is well aware of the challenges that colleges — from small private schools like his to larger university systems — are facing due in large part to declining enrollment.  He’s also heard the rumors swirling lately about his own Dover-based school, although he does point to a recent observation by…

Wilmington Renaissance, Leaders Alliance combining to focus efforts

WILMINGTON — Two business-centric downtown organizations — the Wilmington Renaissance Corp. and the Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA) — have consolidated into a new organization called the Wilmington Alliance that will be an “ally for the city of Wilmington (at a level) that has never existed before.” In an Aug. 5 press conference in the heart…

By Roger Morris Chemours president and CEO Mark Vergnano lauded the “unlimited potential” of six Wilmington high school students awarded scholarships to historically black college and universities (HBCU) Monday evening in a joint ceremony with the city of Wilmington. “But potential alone isn’t enough,” Vergnano said. “They also need opportunity.” Providing that opportunity is the…

As negotiations for the 2020 operating budget near their conclusion, the nonprofit community is making a final advocacy push for increased funding to the grant-in-aid bill. The appropriations bill is the life blood of the sector and has suffered severe cuts in recent years. The legislature will meet for the final time this session on…

United Way of Delaware (UWDE) recently elected eight new members to its board of directors, including Delaware business, academic and cultural leaders and the first representative from Salem County, New Jersey, which is now part of United Way of Delaware’s service area. The board of directors sets policy and provides oversight and guidance for UWDE,…

By Patrick Callahan and Patrick Callihan Over the past few years, a spotlight has been put on measuring the efficacy of a nonprofit and its mission. This has come about partly because of the ease of new tools in capturing and analyzing data. It is now expected, by most funders and supporters, for a nonprofit…

By Ken Mammarella The Blood Bank of Delmarva’s third bloodmobile — a roving donation center — was made possible by Delaware’s first social impact bond. The concept, also called Pay for Success, was introduced to the U.S. in 2012 and legalized in Delaware last August. These arrangements involve at least three entities: a service provider…

Delaware nonprofits are focusing  on ways to innovate through diversity and innovation, even as they struggle to maintain funding for key programs and create new ones. The Delaware nonprofit sector employs 45,307 people and generates $2.9 billion in wages, generating $5.4 billion in spending, says Sheila Bravo, president of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement…

By Dan Linehan Their goals are ambitious: Help Sussex Countians develop as children, graduate on time and find a good job, all while avoiding long-term physical and mental disorders like addiction, diabetes and obesity. If that sentence seemed overstuffed, then so does the mission of the Sussex County Health Coalition. Formed about 15 years ago…