CenDel Foundation and DANA Launch Program to Help Nonprofits Apply for Grants
    Grant writing is an essential part of any nonprofit’s survival; however, with the growing demand for services, the funds are very limited. Many local organizations do not have the proper training to be competitive in this process, so the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) and the CenDel Foundation decided to step in and start the “Fellowship for Fundraising Excellence.”   “We have some incredible nonprofits doing very impor ... READ MORE
Kent County Fund for the Arts holds Luncheon!
    The Kent County Fund for the Arts (KCFA), a fund of the CenDel Foundation, granted more than $24,300 in art awards in July.  The 2017 recipients were: Cancer Support Community of Delaware, C.E.R.T.S, Delaware Choral Society, Delaware Friends of Folk, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Dover Symphony Orchestra, Frederica Senior Center, Inner City Cultural League, Kent Chamber Choir, Mispillion Art League, The Children’s Theatre, The Cathed ... READ MORE
CenDel Foundation Announces Funding Milestone!
  $2 Million Distributed to Central Delaware Since 2008    The CenDel Foundation, based in Dover, reached an important funding milestone in September. Since its founding in 2008, the Foundation has distributed more than $2 million in grants and funding to non-profits in central Delaware. The money has helped numerous organizations with a variety of important projects, improving the lives of those living in Central Delaware.   Funding recipients have included  ... READ MORE
Grants Available for Arts Organizations in Central Delaware
The Kent County Fund for the Arts will award over $20,000 in grants in 2018.  Applications are now being accepted from schools, non-profits, and civic and community organizations for programs that help to foster the growth of arts organizations in Kent County.   To be eligible, the organizations must be a public institution and maintain a qualified 501(c)( 3) status with proper documentation of nonprofit status from the IRS.   Grant requests must be submitted on a 20 ... READ MORE
Exciting News!
Exciting news! Companies with employees who contribute to the United Way through regular payroll deductions can now designate CenDel as the recipient of those funds!  CenDel is a charitable organization whose purpose is to foster philanthropy in Central Delaware, improving the lives of those living in our communities. In just a few short years, the CenDel Foundation has distributed over $1 Million in grants to charitable organizations in Central Delaware. Please share this wonderful news  ... READ MORE
CenDel Foundation Announces New Scholarship Fund!
The CenDel Foundation is proud to announce the opening of a new fund to benefit outstanding high school students from Central Delaware. The Dr. C. Edward Graybeal Scholarship Fund, with an initial donation of $100,000, will fund scholarships to exceptional students at Milford High School. Dr. Graybeal intends to offer additional annual contributions to the fund.   “I grew up on a small dairy farm in Rising Sun, Maryland. We always had plenty to eat, but not much money. With so ... READ MORE
First Graybeal Scholarship Awarded Through the CenDel Foundation
The CenDel Foundation is proud to announce the first recipient of a scholarship from the Dr. C. Edward Graybeal Scholarship Fund. Milford High School senior Valeria Coverdale was awarded the scholarship at the High School’s Senior Night in May. Dr. Graybeal, the scholarship’s namesake, understands the value of financial aid in helping further students’ academic careers. He established the scholarship fund with the help of the CenDel Foundation early in 2017. Dr. Graybeal g ... READ MORE
We Have A Winner!
The 2017 Gourmet Dinner at the Parks' residence was a huge success... we have a winner!   Congratulations to Michael "MJ" Lofland.  Thanks to all that supported the Gourmet Dinner Fund.  Pictures to follow.
Kent County Nonprofits Receive Grants To Help Low-Income!
Benjamin Potter Trust Fund supports groups with $220,000 in grants   Low-income Kent County residents will have increased access to emergency housing and home repairs, health care, and more with the support of $220,000 in grants from the Potter Charity Trust Fund at the CenDel Foundation, a fund of the Delaware Community Foundation.   Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc. – $11,000 to provide support to low-income working families for the holidays with toys, clo ... READ MORE
Gourmet Dinner Tickets are now Available
Tickets are now on sale for the Gourmet Dinner! Tickets can be purchased through a  CenDel Board Member or at the CenDel office. For more information contact the office at 302.724.7538 or by email!      To view or print flyer click below!
Read Across America!
On Thursday, March 2, the CenDel Foundation partnered with United Way of Delaware to sponsor books for the National Read Across America Day in Kent County.  The annual event is held in March in honor of children's book author Dr. Seuss, whose birthdate is March 2, 1904. Events are held across the country to promote reading and literacy.      Photo:  Governor John Carney reading to children at the Delaware State University Lab School.  ... READ MORE
Grants Available for Kent County Nonprofits!
Benjamin Potter Charity Trust provides grants to serve those in need   Nonprofit organizations supporting the needy in Kent County are invited to apply for grants from the Potter Trust Grants Fund at the CenDel Foundation a fund of the Delaware Community Foundation. The application deadline is June 15, 2017. The mission of the Potter Charity Trust, created in 1843, is to aid the economically underprivileged in Kent County by supporting charitable organizations serving these indiv ... READ MORE
Potter Trust Forum hosted a Plan4Health!
The CenDel Foundation hosted a Plan4Health presentation on January 25th, at Christ Episcopal Church in Dover to inform nonprofits in Central Delaware about the Plan4health Initiative.  About 14 organizations attended the event.  Presenters David Edgell and Mary Ellen Gray spoke about the grant that has funded this project and the process that has been made so far.  Delaware Plan4Health is a statewide initiative to look at how state, county, and city planning offices can change h ... READ MORE
Support CenDel
You can now support CenDel when you shop at   Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at    ... READ MORE
Kent County Fund for the Arts Grants Available for Nonprofits !
  Nonprofit organizations throughout Delaware are invited to apply for grants from the Kent County Fund for the Arts (KCFA), a fund administered by the CenDel Foundation based in Downtown Dover.  $20,000 in grants will be awarded to qualified 501 (c)(3) programs and organizations that create art and produce artistic events in Kent County.   Grant requests must be submitted on a 2017 Kent County Fund for the Arts application form. The KCFA application form is available at  ... READ MORE
CenDel Board Members and Staff Volunteer at the The Food Bank of Delaware
  On December 12, 2016, CenDel Board members and staff set out to help make a difference in the lives of children in need in Central Delaware by donating time to stuff book bags for the “Backpack Program” at the Food Bank of Delaware.   The Food Bank of Delaware was awarded $30,000 from the Benjamin Potter Charity Trust, a fund of the Delaware Community Foundation in partnership with the CenDel Foundation. The grant will be used to fund and operate the Food  ... READ MORE
Kent County Fund for the Arts holds luncheon!
Kent County Fund for the Arts holds luncheon!   Left to Right: Tonda Parks, Rosemary Twilley, Joshua Twilley, Reuben Salters, Terry Cipolla,  Margery Cyr, Nancy Pikulk, Richard Satter, Stephanie Holyfield, Ryan Grover, John Kidd     The Kent County Fund for the Arts a fund of the CenDel Foundation granted more than $21,300 in art awards for the 2016 grant cycle.  This year’s recipients were: Biggs Museum of American Art, C.E.R.T.S, Delaware Cho ... READ MORE
Special Potter Trust Forum a Success!
  The CenDel Foundation president Kathleen Hawkins welcomes everyone in attendance to the second floor parish hall of Christ Episcopal Church for a special Potter Trust Forum open to all non-profits in Kent County. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)   DOVER - Ever wondered how many children in Dover have just one parent? The sheer prevalence may be a shock. That fact, one of a myriad of census-related statistics available online, can be hard to track down, but now, m ... READ MORE
Kent County Nonprofits Receive $240K in Grants to Help Low-Income Residents!
Low-income Kent County residents will have increased access to health care, emergency housing and home repairs, and more with the support of $240,000 in grants from the Benjamin Potter Trust Fund. Grants are made annually from this fund of the Delaware Community Foundation, with the help of a grants committee convened by the CenDel Foundation. Grantees  -  BACK: Bruce Kelsey, Delaware Guidance; Christina Richter, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition; Mic ... READ MORE
Gourmet Dinner FUN’d Supports the CenDel Foundation!
  Back: Charlie Sterner, Melville Warren, Richard Gentsch, Judi Pflaumer, David Clendaniel, Patricia Key Front: Tenish Gregory, Jeremy Tucker, Tonda Parks, Joseph Parks, Kathleen Hawkins, Rebecca Kidner     In October 2016, Tonda and Joe Parks granted $10,000 from their CenDel Foundation Gourmet Dinner FUN’d to the CenDel Foundation, an organization which fosters philanthropic giving in Central Delaware.  Over the years, the Parks have sponso ... READ MORE
2016 Gourmet Dinner Tickets Available NOW!
The 2016 Gourmet Dinner tickets are available for purchase from any CenDel Board Member or at the CenDel office.   Please call Tenish Gregory at 302.724.7538 or by email at  Please use the view or print button for the form to submit with your payment!
DCF Launches Statewide Community Indicator Project
DelawareFocus, which will be Delaware’s first comprehensive statewide indicator project, is an initiative to help the community develop a data-driven, statewide civic agenda and align actions and resources for community benefit.  The DCF has taken on the new initiative as part of its expanded mission “to build a shared vision for Delaware, grounded in knowledge, inspired by the common good and advanced through philanthropy.” “The DCF is a strong organization  ... READ MORE
Special Potter Trust Forum!
You’re invited to learn about 2 opportunities for non-profits in Kent County!    The CenDel Foundation will be hosting a special Potter Trust Forum open to all non-profits in Kent County on Wed March 9th from 9-11am.  Typically the Potter Trust Forum works with non-profits in the areas of health and human services but this meeting will be open all non-profits due to having two special speakers.  The two presentations we will have will be as follows:    ... READ MORE
CenDel Foundation achieves $250,000K fundraising milestone!
DOVER –– The CenDel Foundation reached an important fundraising milestone and celebrated Thursday evening at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. The achievement was reaching a target goal of $250,000, matching a gift from Rosemary Twilley dedicated in her late husband’s honor to the Kent County Fund for the Arts. “My husband was a lover of the arts and a self taught painter and my stepson is a sculptor so I thought supporting the arts would be a nice gesture to do i ... READ MORE
Local Non- Profits Benefit form CenDel Foundation Seminar
Local Non-Profits Benefit from CenDel Foundation Seminar   The CenDel Foundation, based in downtown Dover, hosted a grant writing workshop on October 5th, helping dozens of not-for-profits in Central Delaware learn about the grant writing process. More than 50 people attended the event at Christ Episcopal Church in Dover. Grant writing is critical for charitable and service organizations to receive funds.   The seminar was part of a series of worships organized by the Cen ... READ MORE
Potter Trust Forum Returns!
The Potter Trust Forum returns from summer hiatus!!!  Please join us Wednesday, Oct 5th from 9-noon for a special session on grant writing.  Many local non-profits cannot afford professional grant writers and may have a hard time competing with larger non-profits who have resources to dedicate to grant writing.  You may have staff writing grants at night or around their other responsibilities or a board member who volunteers their time to write grants.  We have arranged thr ... READ MORE
KCFA Awards $21,300 in 2016 Grant Cycle!
  The Kent County Fund for the Arts awarded $21,300 to local arts programs and organizations that help to foster growth of the arts in Kent County.    2016 KCFA Grants Recipients are:   Biggs Museum of American Art                 $1,500.00 CERTS, INC.              &nb ... READ MORE
DANA Training Held in Kent County!
Join nonprofits around the state who have already taken advantage of these instructive and cost-effective courses! 
CenDel Promotes Reading Literacy in Central Delaware
CenDel partnered with Read Aloud Delaware to promote literacy in Central Delaware.  In effort to encourage reading by children in the community, 500 books were distributed to children attending the Restoring Central Dover Community Fair on June 11, 2016,  "Many children have never owned a book" said Mary Randall of Read Aloud Delaware.  Giving a child a book opens up reading to them and reading for themselves, children are exposed to new idea and possibilities they may never have considered.   ... READ MORE
We Have A Winner!
Thanks to all that supported the 2016 Gourmet Dinner Fundraiser for the CenDel Foundation.  We are pleased to announce the winner!  Congratulations to Councilman Roy Sudler.   Gourmet Dinner May 2016    
Making the holidays Brighter!
  Tiffanee Lee-Scott promotespart the Nov. 29 Fill-A-Bus Toy Drive at Grotto's Pizza,... [+] From left: Lucas Mayfield, Sue Gentsch, Tenish Gregory, Mary Edgison    A mother in need   Three organizations came together this year to elp a struggling mother of six in the Capital School District.  Mary Ann Edgison, a family crisis therapist, noticed that one of her students was struggling in an ... READ MORE
Restoring Central Dover Kicks off Back to School Event
The Restoring Central Dover Resident Engagement Committee is teaming up with local salons, barbers and other nonprofit organizations for a back to school event on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11am-4pm on Loockerman Way Plaza. The highlight of the event is the first 100 kids ages 6-13 will receive free hair services.  Registration will begin from 10am-Noon where children will receive vouchers from local barbers and salons for a free haircut or style. Participating salons and barbers incl ... READ MORE
Potter Trust Forum Returns!
About 17 nonprofit organizations attended the Potter Trust Forum on October 7, 2015.  DANA provided a free training session on the importance of Collaborations in the nonprofit world; Peggy Geisler of PMG Consulting, LLC was the trainer.  Collaboration has become a frequent mandate in the grant making process and in the nonprofit world in general.  The group learned about the specifics of collaboration and how it can benefit their organizations. The topics covered in the trainin ... READ MORE
KCFA Awards $18,100 in Grants
The Kent County Fund for the Arts awarded $18,100 to local arts programs and organizations that help to foster growth of the arts in Kent County.    2015 KCFA Grants Recipients are: VSA Delaware                                               &nb ... READ MORE
Restoring Central Dover awarded $750,000 for restoration plan.
DOVER, Del.- The National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc. (NCALL) has been granted a $750,000 community development grant from Wells Fargo, funding that will help to revitalize central Dover. The grant was awarded to NCALL after a lengthy application process and the submission of the Restoring Central Dover plan, which laid out NCALL’s plan on how to use the grant money.   NCALL’s Executive Director, Joe Myer, says the CenDel Foundation, a char ... READ MORE
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CenDel is now accepting grant applications for the Potter Trust. All applications must be mailed to the CenDel office and postmarked by June 15, 2015.
Potter Trust Awards Breakfast!
On November 5th, nine non-profit organizations were invited to a breakfast meeting at the CenDel Foundation Community Building on Loockerman Street.  Invited guests included Communities in Schools of Delaware, Catholic Charities, Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Human Services Council,  Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Milford Housing Development Corporation, Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Cancer Support Community Delaware and the Lake Forest Church Associatio ... READ MORE
CenDel awards $319,000 in grants from the Potter Trust.
The Board of Directors of the CenDel Foundation, in conjunction with the Delaware Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the grant recipients for awards from the Potter Trust for the 2014 grant cycle. The grantmaking committee for the Potter Charity Trust made the following award recommendations: Kent-Sussex Human Services Council - $50,000 For support to families in financial crisis who have do not qualify for state aid. Awards are limited to $500 per family. (Partners: Delaware Housing a ... READ MORE
CenDel Board Member dances with the stars to raise money for Mom's House.
Not only did Board Member, Tonda Parks, dance with the stars, but she and her dance partner won the event and raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit, Mom's House of Dover.
Governor and first lady perform at the Schwartz Center to benefit Kent County Fund for the Arts.
Governor Jack Markell and first lady Carla Markell performed the Pulitzer-nominated play, "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney at the Schwartz Center in Dover on September 27, 2014. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Kent County Fund for the Arts.


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