Program areas at CCF
Grantmaking: the Foundation for Delaware County, the largest charitable organization in Delaware County, operated several grantmaking programs in fy20. First, the Foundation continued its annual competitive impact grants program, infusing the Delaware County nonprofit community with valuable new financial resources totaling $1,027,779. The 44 grants were awarded across 10 priority areas that align with the Foundation's mission and address critical needs faced by Delaware County's residents. The priorities and number of grants awarded in each area included: 1.) Economic stability (3 grants); 2.) Vocational and job training education (5 grants); 3.) Early childhood education (8 grants); 4.) Behavioral health (3 grants); 5.) Children's health and nutrition (8 grants); 6.) Services for cancer survivors (2 grants); 7.) Services to vulnerable seniors (7 grants); 8.) Preventative care (4 grants); 9.) Neighborhood and built environment (3 grants); 10.) Community-based grants (1 grant). Grants ranged in size from $500 to $60,000. These grants are a key element of the Foundation for Delaware County's mission and demonstrate how collaboration and partnerships are key to moving Delaware County forward. By funding a broad range of strong Delaware County nonprofit organizations, these grants are achieving positive outcomes for Delaware County's children, teens and adults.in response to the impact of the new coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, the Foundation for Delaware County launched the Delaware County covid-19 response fund and committed $100,000 to the fund allowing the Foundation to address immediate needs. The fund's purpose is to help minimize the economic hardship and disruption of safety-net services in Delaware County. In fy 20, the fund provided 58 grants in the amount of $472,034 to help nonprofits provide ppe for frontline workers, food boxes and gift cards for food-insecure families, as well as diapers, and essential supplies such as cleaning and basic hygiene products. The Foundation for Delaware County, in partnership with the united way of greater philadelphia, the philanthropy network and the Delaware County complete count committee established the delco counts 2020 action fund. In fy 20, the fund provided 14 grants in the amount of $58,009 to Delaware County nonprofit community-based organizations that agreed to advance the work of the 2020 census in neighborhoods that are identified to be at risk of being under-counted.the above grants supplement $358,475 in donor advised contributions and charitable care, for a total of $2,016,296 awarded in Delaware County in one year as shown in schedule i.
Internal programs: the Foundation's programs in Delaware County save lives and improve the futures of residents throughout our community. Our staff members are regional leaders in their fields. They address such critical problems as high rates of infant mortality and morbidity, low birth weight, food insecurity, substance use and the success of teens. These programs work together and complement each other for greater impact. Of particular note are three maternal and child health programs that serve more than 10,000 Delaware County residents each year:healthy start and nurse-family partnership are home visiting programs that partner pregnant women, new mothers and young families with case managers and visiting nurses who focus on helping women have healthy pregnancies and ensuring families access health care, connect to needed community resources and benefits, and learn and build parenting skills to get the best start in life. These programs are driving down the inordinately high and racially disparate infant mortality and morbidity, and low birth weight rates in our County's poorer communities. Recent research suggests that several factors contribute to poor birth outcomes. These include where a woman lives, adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and preconception care. Black women with less than a high school diploma are particularly at risk.several unique components of the programs are leading to improved outcomes. Widener university Delaware law school medical-legal partnership: this is a unique partnership between healthy start/nurse-family partnership and widener university Delaware law school. It provides direct civil legal representation, systemic advocacy and training to support program participants, staff and the community. El centro center for hispanic resources: the center is a "one-stop-shop" that connects program participants and other individuals with a range of services. Among these are case management, translation, appointment scheduling, health education, assistance with applications and agency referrals. Perinatal periods of risk (ppor): the ppor project, in collaboration with the Delaware County child death review team, is collecting data and analyzing fetal and infant deaths. The purpose of the project is to better understand why infants are dying during certain periods of risk; and develop an action plan to reduce infant death. Housing stability program: the housing stability program, works with families enrolled in healthy start and nurse-family partnership programs to assist them in accessingaffordable housing, public housing and where eligible the housing choice voucher program. The program provides assistance with credit readiness, housing searches and tenant education to facilitate the transition to stable, permanent housing. The housing stability program also has a partnership with the chester housing authority.the Foundation offers the nurse-family partnership (nfp) because over three decades of research show that it works. In at least one of nfp's randomized research trials, the following results have been observed: 48 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect; 56 percent reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings; 67 percent reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems by age 6.nfp also saves money. A study by the rand corporation found that $5.70 is returned to a community for every dollar it invests in the program.the third program, the Foundation's women's, infants', and children's supplemental nutrition (wic) program provides nutritious foods and encourages breastfeeding to over 9,500 low-income women, infants and children up to the age of 5 each year in Delaware County. Nationwide, the program has decreased the percentage of low-income children ages 2-4 with obesity by 9%, provides the following critical services: access to nutritious foods nutrition counseling breastfeeding information and support health and nutrition screenings referrals to health and social service organizations access to the farmers' market nutrition program (fmnp)