The Benjamin Potter Charity Trust, a fund administered by the CenDel and Delaware Community Foundations (DCF), has been named a 2019 Shining Light Award Winner by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC). Over the past several years, the DBCC has received tens of thousands of dollars in funding from the Potter Trust. The CenDel and Delaware Community Foundations were honored by the DBCC at an event on June 6 in Wilmington.
The Coalition has used the funding from the Potter Trust to provide emergency funding and support to Delawareans undergoing treatment for breast cancer, helping them pay for housing, utilities, childcare, transportation, and medical expenses.
According to Vicky Cooke, Executive Director of the DBCC. “It is impossible for some individuals to work while undergoing cancer treatment. Many lack paid medical leave and have trouble paying for basic necessities without a steady income. Grants from the Potter Trust have played a critical role in allowing the DBCC to help hundreds of women who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis and the financial difficulties it often brings.”
Velisa Scott, a two-time cancer survivor was helped by the DBCC as a result of the Potter Trust funding. “I had complications and ended up in the hospital and that’s when I had to reach out for financial help. If it wasn’t for the Coalition stepping in and helping me with my rent, I don’t know where my daughter and I would be,” said Scott.
The Potter Trust, established by Colonel Benjamin Potter in 1843, is one of the oldest trusts in the nation and has helped the economically underprivileged in Kent County for 175 years. A committee reviews applications and awards grants annually.
“The Potter Trust is an example of the power and wisdom of creating an endowed fund,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “Col. Potter made a charitable gift because he wanted to help people, and – because he made that gift as an endowment – here it is 175 years later, still helping people in Kent County by funding the outstanding work of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and other nonprofit organizations.”
Jeremy Tucker, President of the CenDel Foundation said, “Everyone at the DBCC really cares about people going through the cancer journey. They are passionate about what they do and that’s why the organization has become one of the most trusted and valuable resources in Delaware when it comes to breast cancer. We are proud to have been able to support the Coalition and their dedicated volunteers and employees.”
The CenDel Foundation, in partnership with the Delaware Community Foundation, is committed to helping generous people transform the community through charitable giving. Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in grants and funding to a variety of organizations in central Delaware, improving the lives of those living in Kent County. For more information, please call 302.724.7538 or visit www.cendelfoundation.org
The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org
or call 302.571.8004.
*Attached is a photo of the DBCC Shining Light Awards Reception at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington. Pictured left to right is CenDel Vice President Judi Pflaumer, Vicky Cooke, Executive Director of the DBCC and CenDel President Jeremy Tucker.