Dear Founder:
We hope you are staying safe and adjusting to these unprecedented times.  The Fund for Women thanks you for your continued support, which has allowed us to quickly change direction with our grant process to focus on supporting women and girls during this crisis.
Over a month has passed since the FFW donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF and $100,000 to Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at United Way of Delaware. Doing so acknowledged the fact that many of the programs proposed to the FFW in January would be stymied by COVID-19. In addition, we needed to act with a sense of urgency to address the newly created needs of Delaware's women and girls. By joining with DCF and United Way we could meet our mission of empowering women and girls without undue delay associated with creating a new application process. The need is enormous, and the response needed to be rapid!!

The data suggest we are supporting women and girls through this approach. For example, during the first 6 weeks the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund awarded 24 grants (totaling $480,000) to agencies that had applied to the Fund for Women this year. Also, The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund issued 7 grants (totaling $223,000) to 2020 FFW applicants. Overall, 48 grants have been issued to agencies the FFW has funded in the past. Our Founders continue to have a notable presence on the review and leadership team. Full funding details are below.
We thank you for your passion for improving the lives of women and girls in Delaware. Together we are making a difference! 
Please watch for additional updates on our social media sites, FFW website at and additional emails.

Warm Regards,

Lynn Kokjohn, FFW Chair
Cynthia Carter-Wedgewood, FFW Grants Chair
Louisa Phillips, FFW Vice Chair

Delaware Does More COVID - 19 Rapid Response Initiative
United Way of Delaware  (UWDE) has launched the  Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund an initiative to raise and manage funds that will address immediate needs resulting from the crisis. The fund will focus on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. UWDE will work with  Philanthropy Delaware  and will house and manage this fund. The Fund for Women donation to this fund was $100,000.
UWDE COVID - 19 Funding Committee
Michelle Taylor (F) President and CEO United Way of Delaware
John D'Agostino,  Director at Santora CPA Group

Enid Wallace-Simms (F), Public Affairs Manager at Delmarva Power

Patrick McCrummen,  Community Impact Leader, DuPont

Debbie Smith, Community Engagement Manager at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Denee' Crumline, Corporate Communications Manager at Highmark Health

First Release of Funds - Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund - $150,000
As part of its long-standing relationships with nonprofit agencies across the state, UWDE will integrate management of this Fund into its ongoing activities with the following organizations without fees of any kind.
  • The Food Bank of Delaware [2][3] - Statewide

  • Catholic Charities - Wilmington

  • First State Community Action Agency - Georgetown

  • West End Neighborhood House - Wilmington

  • Jewish Family Services - Wilmington

  • Latin American Community Center - Wilmington

  • Cheer Activity Center - Georgetown

  • Modern Maturity Center - Dover

  • Wilmington Senior Center - Wilmington

Second Round Recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Release Fund - $90,000
  • Catholic Charities - ($25,000) Wilmington
  • First State Community Action Agency - ($30,000) Georgetown
  • Latin American Community Center - ($25,000) Wilmington
  • Modern Maturity Center - ($5,000) Dover
  • Delaware 211 - ($5,000) Statewide
Third Round Recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Release Fund - $90,000
  • Boys and Girls Club ($15,000): Food program, grab/go meals, emergency childcare site, utility assistance for families
  • Catholic Charities ($20,000): Food, transportation, basic needs for families
  • Community Legal Aid - ($10,000): Secure protective orders for victims of domestic violence, court filings, continuing education and outreach efforts for families
  • Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans ($15,000): Food, housing (emergency, transitional, permanent), case management/planning for homeless veterans
  • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County ($10,000): Serve homeless families with essentials and basic needs
  • First State Community Action Agency ($30,000): Housing, food, utilities, transportation, medical, hygiene and cleaning supplies, replenish food pantry for families
  • Friendship House ($20,000): Shelter for the homeless, reduce wait list for the homeless
  • Jewish Family Services ($10,000): Food, utilities, baby products, basic needs for refugees and families
  • Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center ($5,000): Food, weekend care bags for children, hygiene products, thermometers for families
  • Latin American Community Center ($30,000): Food, housing & utility assistance, transportation, toiletries and cleaning supplies for families
  • Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center - ($2500): Fresh and shelf-stable foods, meal services, food preparation for seniors
  • New Castle County Head Start ($1,250): Face masks for families and staff
  • Opportunity Center Inc. ($10,000): Emergency food, housing support, other services for individuals with disabilities
  • Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center ($10,000): Food, food prep supplies for seniors, adults and individuals with special needs
  • The Shepherd Place -  ($10,000): Food, utilities, cleaning supplies, protective equipment for homeless shelter individuals and families
  • United Cerebral Palsy ($5,000): Food, medical equipment, case management services for individuals with disabilities
  • West End Neighborhood House ($20,000): Emergency rent and mortgage payments, hotel vouchers, rental assistance, emergency utilities and food for individuals and families
  • Wilmington Senior Center ($5,000): Food, utility bills, non-perishable food for homebound seniors
Fourth Round Recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Release Fund - $163,000
  • Boy Scouts of America - ($5,000): Food security programs and safety supplies statewide.
  • Catholic Charities    ($25,000): Utilities and housing assistance for families.
  • Children and Families First - ($8,500):For connectivity and technology for families statewide.
  • Delaware Center for Justice - ($12,000): Assistance with food, utilities, housing, and transportation for individuals and families statewide.
  • First State Community Action Agency - ($25,000):Housing interventions for homeless and seniors Kent and Sussex counties.
  • Food Bank of Delaware - ($25,000): Distribute 120,000 pounds of food through pop-up mobile pantry events statewide.
  • Friendship House - ($10,000):Emergency housing and basic needs for homeless.
  • YWCA of Delaware - ($10,000): Food, utilities, and housing assistance for families, homeless, in New Castle County.
  • Ministry of Caring - ($12,500): Food and personal protective equipment for families, seniors, homeless, disabled in New Castle County.
  • Latin American Community Center - ($25,000): Food, housing, and utility assistance for families statewide.
  • Home of the Brave - ($5,000): Food, utilities, and basic needs for families, seniors, homeless and disabled, and veterans statewide.

F = Indicates FFW Founders
[2] Previous FFW Grantees are Underlined
[3] Italicized agencies indicate 2020 FFW Grant Requests

COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation

The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF targets the evolving needs of the state's most-impacted communities for the longer term needs of our community. Since its launch on March 27, the fund has awarded $1.75M to 80 Delaware nonprofits providing services to communities throughout the state. The Fund for Women donation to this fund was $100,000.
Fund Director - Cynthia Pritchard (F), President and CEO, Philanthropy Delaware
Fund Manager - Allison Levine (F), Vice President for Marketing and Communications, DCF

COVID-19 Grants Council

Stuart Comstock-Gay (F) 
president and CEO, DCF

Sheila Bravo (F) president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio

Vernita Dorsey (F), WSFS
There du Pont,
president, Longwood Foundation

Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts

Leslie Newman (F), retired CEO, Children & Families First

Enid Wallace-Simms (F), Delmarva Power

Amy Walls (F), Discover Bank

Review Team Members
Week 1
  • Modern Maturity - $50,000 to deliver additional meals to seniors at their homes.
  • Brandywine Counseling - $25,000 to meet increased demand for recovery services.
  • Family Counseling of St. Paul - $22,000 to meet increased demand for family counseling services.
  • Westside Family Healthcare [1][2] - $50,000 for telehealth equipment to provide care for prenatal and chronically ill patients.
  • YMCA - $50,000 for childcare for essential workers statewide.
  • Easter seals of Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore - $29,000 for telehealth equipment to provide child intervention services.
  • CHILD, Inc - $36,000 to provide housing for battered women and their children, meeting increased demand because of social distancing requirements.
  • CHEER  - $38,000 delivering additional meals to seniors at their homes.
  • Housing vouchers for the homeless 
    • Friendship House for New Castle County - $30,000
    • Community Resource Center for Sussex County - $10,000
    • Catholic Charities for Kent County - $10,000
Week 2
  • First State Community Action Agency - $40,000 to provide for basic needs of low-income families statewide.
  • Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America - $5,000 to provide supplies for veterans with spinal cord injuries statewide.
  • Green Beret Project - $10,000 to support at-risk youth and their families in Kent County.
  • Ingleside Homes - $49,000 to pay for personal protective equipment, as well as staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
  • Jewish Family Services - $30,000 to provide remote counseling and support services statewide.
  • La Esperanza - $18,000 for technology upgrades to better provide emergency services to the Latino community in Sussex County.
  • Little Sisters of the Poor - $40,000 to fund personal protective equipment, cleaning and additional staff to control the virus and care for residents of the Newark facility.
  • Milton Community Food Pantry - $1,000 to provide emergency food to families in Milton and surrounding communities.
  • Nanticoke Senior Center - $32,000 to purchase, package and deliver food to seniors in the Seaford area.
  • Project New Start - $25,000 to provide remote case management to individual reentering the community after incarceration statewide.
  • Planned Parenthood of Delaware - $40,000 to fund personal protective equipment and staffing to provide reproductive health services statewide.
  • TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services - $25,000 to provide remote counseling to individuals in recovery in greater Wilmington.
  • YWCA - $35,000 to provide isolation for infected families at its Home-Life Management Center in Wilmington and provide remote counseling for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Week 3
  • Catholic Charities - Diocese of Wilmington  - $25,000 to provide case management for families affected by COVID-19 statewide.
  • Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. - $10,000 for secure technology to continue serving clients statewide while working remotely.
  • Delaware First Media/Delaware Public Media - $12,500 to address increased demand for statewide news coverage of the pandemic.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County  - $50,000 to complete two homes currently under construction and provide additional case management.
  • House of Pride - $9,000 to operate low-income housing in Dover.
  • Love INC of Mid-Delmarva - $50,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Western Sussex County.
  • Modern Maturity Center - $50,000 to deliver meals and grocery shop for seniors in Kent County who can no longer participate in congregate meals because of COVID-19.
  • Rosa Health Center, Inc. - $3,000 for technology and personal protective equipment to provide medical care for people in Sussex County.
  • Stop the Violence Prayer Chain $2,500 to help volunteers provide children in Wilmington with food and supplies.
  • Sussex Community Housing Services, Inc. - $15,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Sussex County.
  • Warriors Helping Warriors - $10,000 to provide case management to veterans in greater Middletown.
  • West End Neighborhood House, Inc. - $50,000 to provide food and housing assistance to families in Wilmington.
Week 4
  • A Wave of Healthy Meals - $2,000 to provide meals for medically fragile individuals in Sussex County.
  • Choir School of Delaware - $17,500 to provide virtual afterschool tutoring to students in Wilmington.
  • Children & Families First - $20,000 for technology to continue providing telehealth and state-mandated monitoring.
  • ContactLifeline - $7,000 to increase staffing meet increasing demand for the statewide crisis intervention hotline.
  • Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition - $15,000 to support social platforms and communications tools to provide survivors with mental health services.
  • Delaware Center for Justice - $25,000 to serve individuals statewide re-entering the community after incarceration.
  • Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Home of Hope - $25,000 to provide housing and services for individuals recovering from addiction in Sussex County.       
  • Frederica Senior Center - $10,500 to purchase food and personal hygiene items for seniors and veterans in Kent and Sussex County.
  • Friendship House - $30,000 to provide housing for homeless individuals in New Castle County.
  • Latin American Community Center - $25,000 to provide emergency support for low-income immigrant families in Wilmington.
  • St. Patrick's Center - $20,000 to set up outdoor distribution of food and hygiene kits for vulnerable populations in Wilmington.
  • What is Your Voice - $8,000 for technology to serve victims of violence in Sussex County.
  • YMCA of Delaware - $50,000 for food for the community statewide and the residents of the Central Y.
  Week Five
  • Arise Delaware - $4,300 to purchase sensory equipment to lend to families with special needs children in Kent County.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware - $30,000 to provide food to families in Wilmington.
  • Catholic Charities - Diocese of Wilmington - $12,500 to provide case management for families in need statewide.
  • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity - $35,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Kent County.
  • Christina Cultural Arts Center - $15,000 to provide distance learning support for underserved families in Wilmington.
  • Communities in Schools Delaware - $12,500 to provide technology for staff supporting underserved students statewide.
  • Community Education Building - $5,000 to provide laundry services for low-income families in Wilmington.
  • Delmarva Community Services - $5,700 for technology to serve residents of group homes for developmentally delayed individuals in Sussex County.
  • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County - $25,000 for housing for homeless families.
  • Ingleside Homes - $30,000 to pay for staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
  • Rehoboth Art League - $15,000 to help pay for staff and maintenance of facilities.
  • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) - $3,000 for technology to support telehealth.
  • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity - $40,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Sussex County.
Week Six
  • Central Baptist Community Development Corporation - $9,000 to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families in New Castle County.
  • Delaware Contemporary - $10,000 to support virtual programming for at-risk children in New Castle County.
  • Delaware Theatre Company - $10,000 to support staff working remotely with clients and educational programming participants.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Delaware - $3,700 to fund virtual programming statewide.
  • Elizabeth W. Murphey School - $15,600 to support pandemic-related precautions in housing foster children in Kent County.
  • Faithful Friends Animal Society - $28,000 to fund Community Pet Food Banks in partnership with Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA for families in need statewide.
  • Harrington Senior Center - $4,800 for a commercial refrigerator and freezer to facilitate meal delivery to homebound seniors.
  • Harry K Foundation - $15,000 to provide take-away meals for families at sites in Kent and Sussex County.
  • Home of the Brave Foundation - $10,000 to provide housing for veterans in Milford.
  • La Red Health Center - $42,000 to provide prenatal care for women in Sussex County.
  • Latin American Community Center - $25,000 to provide families in New Castle County with emergency assistance.
  • Mary Campbell Center - $10,000 for personal protective equipment for staff at the Wilmington home for adults with disabilities.
  • Milford Housing Development Corporation - $10,500 for technology and supplies needed for staff to serve clients remotely in Greater Milford.
  • Music School of Delaware - $10,000 for technology needed to provide distance learning to students throughout Delaware.
  • NCALL - $29,000 for technology and training to enable staff to serve clients remotely in Kent County.
  • Neighborhood House - $16,000 for case management, food, and other direct support for families in Wilmington.
  • Square One Delaware - $17,000 to provide housing for individuals recovering from addiction in Seaford.
  • Wilmington Senior Center - $10,000 to deliver food to seniors in Wilmington

(F) indicates a FFW Founder
[2]  Previous FFW Grantees are underlined
[3]  Italicized agencies indicate 2020 FFW Grant Requests