The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its June 2020 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Bellevue Community Center to assist with their critical gymnasium renovations: installing new HVAC, new flooring, new backstops for the basketball court, sound buffers, interior/exterior entry door replacement, and new gym equipment.
Cancer Care Connection to support their strategic combination with Jewish Family Services the extra costs that entails.
CHEER, Inc. to assist with their Commercial Kitchen Project to better enable them to prepare 1,900 meals/day (during COVID-19) and allow them to grow to a new capacity of producing 2,675 meals per day, as the largest provider of meals for low-income seniors in the state.
Delaware Center for Justice to support their Next Century of Justice project, in celebration of its 100 years of service to some of the most vulnerable Delawareans, including prisoners re-entering society, families of justice-involved youth, and victims of crime.
Kind to Kids Foundation to support their UGrad Education Advocate Program for foster children to assist with the growing waitlist they are seeing.
Primeros Pasos, Inc. to assist with their 5-Star (Delaware Stars) Early Learning Center and renovations to their third classroom building on-site to enable them to enroll more children from their growing waitlist into their bilingual curriculum for children ages infant to 5 years.
The Choir School of Delaware to support their new online learning project to help students meet grade-level benchmarks as well as keep students engaged during COVID-19 restrictions.
The Salvation Army to assist with facility and security upgrades to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking while also better protecting the on-site participants in their childcare, senior, and homeless programs.
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Grant Recipient Spotlight
Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation (NGCDC) was established in 2001 to increase opportunities for asset building, financial management, and entrepreneurship for low-to-moderate income clients. NGCDC is a project of Shiloh Baptist Church, Delaware's oldest Black Baptist church, and has a history of understanding community needs and providing essential services through their Economic Empowerment initiative. Their Delaware Tax & Financial Services Campaign, which assists individuals with free income tax preparation for both federal and state income tax returns, lifts more children out of poverty than any other social program, most notably accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
The EITC Initiative started with 400 tax returns and grew into one of the largest and most innovative in the country. Since inception, with the help of 5,554 volunteers, The Campaign has filed more than 180,660 tax returns for a total refund amount of $280M, yielding tax prep savings of $37.8M. NGCDC has opened 5,124 savings accounts, bonds, and other financial accounts totaling $894,731 & produced 7,600 credit reports. NGCDC’s tax program enables clients to meet their annual tax filing obligations and provides an opportunity to retain and save a portion of their refund in a timely manner.
The demand for their services continues to grow and, despite COVID-19 and their resulting change in service delivery from face-to-face to virtual, this year is no different with an anticipated record number of 12,500 clients. Welfare Foundation was proud to help them purchase new laptops and printers to further supplement technology loaned to them by the IRS.