Young Philanthropic Group Looks To Repeat Success

Front Row:Leslie DiPietro, member, Kim Willson, president, Molly King, membership com- mittee chair, Christy Vanderwende, secretary, and Beccy Cooper, grants committee chair. Back Row: Brian Ellis, treasurer, Cindy Szabo, marketing committee chair, Jason Adkins vice president, and Tom Bain, development committee chair.
Front Row:Leslie DiPietro, member, Kim Willson, president, Molly King, membership com- mittee chair, Christy Vanderwende, secretary, and Beccy Cooper, grants committee chair. Back Row: Brian Ellis, treasurer, Cindy Szabo, marketing committee chair, Jason Adkins vice president, and Tom Bain, development committee chair.

After their first year in existence, The Next Generation young philanthropist group is looking to repeat their initial success. With roughly 30 active members and over $23,000 raised in just twelve months, the group continues to grow as it is still recruiting members from Kent and Sussex Counties.

The Next Generation (TNG) Southern Delaware was launched by The Delaware Community Foundation (DFC) in July of 2012, creating an organization where young professionals can experience the operations and governing of a Board of Directors. TNG Southern Delaware serves to engage Kent and Sussex Countains between the ages of 20 and 40 in philanthropic activities and charitable giving. One of the DCF’s three Giving Circles, TNG raises money each year to award grants to nonprofits and to contribute to its growing endowment fund.

The organization is currently raising money to support programs for child mental health services and programs including, but not limited to, victims of abuse, suicide prevention, anti-bullying efforts and to combat teen dating violence, are being considered. TNG received 18 applications from local non-profits for competitive grants and just last week visited five organizations in an attempt to further understand the mission and goals of each applicant. The grant committee, that oversees all grant decisions, will award $12,500 in scholarships to the chosen local non-profit organizations.

“The need is there in the community and I think everyone recognizes that,” stated Southern Delaware Next Generation President Kim Wilson. “It is enlightening to be able to visit these non-profits and hear about their needs first hand.” Wilson also stresses that the awarded grants will be given to organizations that dedicate their monies directly in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Members of the young professional board are as diverse as the organizations they are aiming to support. A great networking opportunity for future leaders, TNG is composed of government workers, legislators, attorneys, small business owners, professors, financial advisors and non-profit staff members.

“The group teaches you the structure and process of a non-profit or corporate Board,” commented Wilson. “It also gives you an opportunity to do good in your community and a chance to do some real networking.”

The group will continue to host fundraising events through the end of this year and into 2014. Last year’s Chowdown for Charity at Bethany Blues in Rehoboth and 5K with Crossfit in Dover raised over $15,000. They are accepting new members and looking for young professionals that can commit to helping the greater community.

“We have big shoes to fill in this second year,” commented Wilson. “During the first year we were able to raise over twenty thousand dollars and we need to continue this progress. We expect big things next year.”

TNG Souther Delaware is constantly hosting fundraising events in Kent and Sussex Counties and urge young professionals that want to get involved to visit the group during an event. For more information on the group, individuals are encouraged to visit TNG online at www.delcf.org/TNG or on Facebook. Perspective members are welcome to join TNG Southern Delaware during their monthly meetings, the second Thursday of every month at the Milford Library at 7:30pm.

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