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African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware Launched

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More than 100 of Delaware’s black community leaders turned out Tuesday evening to launch the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, a new philanthropic initiative of the Delaware Community Foundation to establish a permanent source of funding for causes important to African Americans throughout Delaware.

“Our mission is to establish a legacy of leadership in promoting philanthropy to fund causes important to the education, social and economic empowerment of African American Delawareans,” cited Sylvia S. Banks, interim chairperson and Manager of Corporate Contributions and Memberships for DuPont.

The initial goal of the 30 organizers of the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware is to obtain 100 “founders” to contribute $1,000 or more to begin to build a lasting endowment. The effort mirrors the successful Fund for Women, a Delaware Community Foundation fund created to improve the lives of women and girls in Delaware. The fund which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year has more than 800 founders and an endowment exceeding $2.75 million. This year they awarded $130,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations.

“Many in this room have been talking about doing something like this for a long time,” noted Tony Allen, Bank of America’s Communications Executive who serves as the fund’s treasurer. “Now the opportunity is here. We have a successful model to follow. This fund will provide a way for members and friends of Delaware’s African American community to leave a long-term legacy to benefit causes important to us.”

“We are very excited to support this important new fund,” said DCF President Fred Sears, II. “Ultimately the fund will create an organized effort to support opportunities for job training and financial literacy initiatives and programs to help at-risk children and needy families. I truly believe that in a very short period of time, we will proudly look back and see this as a landmark event that started the flow of a significant source of funding to support African American causes and programs throughout the state of Delaware.”

The new African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware will be one of more than 800 funds established by families, individuals or organizations managed by the Delaware Community Foundation. The Foundation has total assets of nearly $240 million and gave 1,311 grants and scholarships worth $13.3 million last year.

The Delaware Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that connects people who care with causes that matter by managing charitable funds and awarding grants to nonprofits to benefit Delawareans. For more information, please call 302.571.8004 or visit


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  1. If I were to ask one question pertaining to Funds and scholarships, it would be…
    “Why do they seem so hard to obtain to people who would pour out their hearts and souls to go to college?”
    When all odds are presents and the currents of life beat against you because you are indeed destined to be great, a hand of obedience is needed.

    Think outside of the box and figure out where all of the worlds greatest leaders are. They’re stuck in a world of doubt, fear, and invisibility. No one hears their cries for help because they are muted and stagnate. Potential lays dormant inside of them.

    Reach Out beyond what you can see.
    -Tynnetta Bey

    Tynnetta Bey

    August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm

  2. Like many of you I am an African American looking to give back to my community. And I have gotten the opportunity to do so, not regionally but internationally, I’m talking about the mother land, YES, AFRICA. Last summer I dedicated 2 months out of my life to travel to Ethiopia to volunteer and teach at an HIV orphanage. It was the most fulfilling 2 months that I have ever spent. I know that not everyone is lucky enough to make the time to travel to Africa and volunteer and give back, but for those who are, they know how little it takes to effect a stranger in need.
    For the majority of you who are not able to travel to Africa, now there’s a way to help from here… I recently learned about a non-profit organization called Partners for Africa ( implemented by a nonprofit organization called Partners in Development. This amazing non-profit makes it so simple and so easy for you to affect the lives of many grassroots women at the poverty line and to support the growing number of HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa.
    Partners for Africa, is trying to raise funds for eight countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, Swaziland, Lesotho, DRC, Malawi, Rwanda, and South Africa) to scale up the critical work they are doing in empowering poor women as an HIV/AIDS prevention strategy and in supporting HIV/AIDS orphans.
    Become a PFA Philanthropist for as little as $25 and make a difference! When you make that donation, you are automatically a member and have:
    – access to a monthly e-zine on African music, books, investment information (12 issues)
    – the opportunity to network with like minded people through the Community Forum
    – create a profile and promote your cause, business on the PFA Philanthropist Corner section of the site and network with other philanthropists who share your interests in Africa and who are globally aware. To find out more just check out their site at


    August 12, 2008 at 6:58 pm

  3. The Partners for Africa Program (PFA)

    Fundraising Campaign Slogan Contest!!!
    The PFA Program is launching a fundraising slogan contest to help us in increasing the number of donations to our program. We ask everyone to look at our website and come up with a one line slogan describing the PFA program. Winners will receive the following prizes:
    First Prize – $200
    Second Prize – $150
    Third Prize – $100
    *The deadline for admissions is Friday November 7th, 2008*

    What is PFA????
    The PFA program is an exciting new initiative launched by Partners in Development (PID). We are a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization based in Alexandria, VA. Go to for more information about us and the latest news on Africa.
    **While you are at our site – find out how you can become a PFA Philanthropist and also publicize yourself and your cause/affiliation/business at the same time!!!

    Yodit Gebreyes
    Program Assistant
    Partners for Africa Program (PFA)
    Office: 703-354-1559


    October 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

  4. Praise GOD for your organization. My name is Jim Lites, I’m married with 5 children. We are trusting in GOD to provide us with $28,000.00 by October 9, 2009, so that we may pay this to our mortgage company to avoid our house being sold at the Sheriff Sale, on October 13th, 2009. Please allow GOD to bless us through your organization with whatever funds GOD will allow you to bless us with. We trust that GOD will supply our need. 302 722 0415, Please call me, GOD bless you and thank you for allowing GOD to bless people through you, amen.

    B James Lites

    September 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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