Giving back: Fundraising Professionals, M&T support, WSFS grant; Urban Bike Project campaign

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Fundraising Professionals announce Philanthropy Day winners

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) DE/Brandywine Chapter announced the winners of the 2018 Philanthropy Day Awards: Volunteer Award –Rob Brokaw, III and Bob and Nancy Burd; Youth in Philanthropy Award –Reagan & Payton Garnsey; Family Legacy Award –The Modesto Family; Philanthropy Award –Suzanne B. Grant; Fundraising Executive Award –Judy Aliquo; Corporate Award –M&T Bank; and Volunteer Impact Award –The Junior League of Wilmington.

Fundraising and Communications Excellence (FACE) Award winners includeFamily Promise(Annual Report/Annual Appeal/Special Publication/Website/Electronic);Jewish Federation of Delaware(Special Event/Newsletter /Special Publication);Ronald McDonald House of Delaware(Branding/Video); andThe Independence School(Video).

The winners will be honored on Wednesday, November 15thduring the Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day activities being held at DuPont Country Club.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is a professional association of individuals and organizations who generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP has more than 30,000 members in more than 230 chapters throughout the world.The AFP/DE Brandywine Chapter represents over 160 charitable fundraising professionals in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

M&T hosts Special Olympics sports clinic

Last week, Special Olympics Delaware athletes participated in a sports training clinic hosted at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica with M&T Bank.

Athletes from local schools participates in technical and skills drills with Special Olympics coaches and M&T Bank volunteers.

The event commemorates the opening of DE Turf and the impact it has had on Delaware’s communities and economy. Nearly 90,000 out-of-state visitors have attended tournaments and booked approximately 16,000 hotel rooms.

Last year, M&T Bank announced it issued bondstotaling $20.7 million for the construction and development of DE Turf, which allowed the sports complex to take advantage of historically low interest rates by locking in long-term, fixed-rate financing over a 30-year term.

On hand for the event were Executive Director, Special Olympics Delaware Executive Director Anne Grunert, and M&T Bank Regional President Nick Lambrow.

WSFS grants aids art college, Cab Calloway

A $6,500 grant from WSFS Bank is helping to pay instructional costs of the dual-credit program recently launched byDelaware College of Art and DesignatCab Calloway School of the Arts.

Dual-credit – or dual-enrollment – programs allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school diplomas and their future college degrees. This saves students money on higher education expenses and helps them complete their associate’s or bachelor’s programs on time or even early.

DCAD, the Mid-Atlantic’s only two-year professional art and design college, offers associate of fine arts degree programs in animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration and photography on its downtown Wilmington campus. Also located in Wilmington, Cab Calloway is a magnet middle and high school for performing and visual arts students administrated by the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

Urban Bike Project launches fund drive for building

Urban Bike Project (UBP), a Wilmington-based non-profit organization whose mission is to build stronger communities with bikes, announced the public launch of a $500,000 capital campaign to restore a historic building at 1500 N. Walnut Street that will serve as its headquarters.

The building, built in 1907, was the former stables for the City of Wilmington’s mounted police unit and is located in the Eastside Brandywine Historic District.

The initiative is part of an expanded vision in partnership with Cityfest, Inc. and the city Office of Cultural Affairs to develop the grounds to host arts-based outdoor events and activities and convert the on-site stables into artists’ cooperative workspaces and galleries.

Cityfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation with a mission of improving the quality of life for citizens of Wilmington, primarily through cultural and arts programming; promoting economic development; and promoting City life.

The campaign has reached 60 percent of its targeted goal through corporate gifts, foundation commitments, historic tax credits, public donations and crowd funding. Renovations to the structure are scheduled to begin in December.

Renovations will be completed in partnership with The Challenge Program, a non-profit construction training program that provides vocational training and on-the-job experience to underserved young adults.

In 2017, UBP helped more than 800 adults access affordable or free repair services and used bicycles, and gave over 200 Wilmington youth opportunities through the Youth Shop program.

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