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Community Foundation week celebrates giving in Delaware The Delaware Community Foundation will join more than 600 community foundations across the country for Community Foundation Week, Nov. 12-18, to celebrate local charitable giving. With assets of more than $31.4 billion, community foundations are one of the fastest growing sec- tors of philanthropy in the United States today. In 2001, donors gave U.S.-based community founda- tions more than $3.5 billion in gifts. Grantmaking increased 18 percent during a period when many nonprofits struggled in an uncertain economy. "Donors of all kinds find that community foundations are an ideal vehicle for their philanthro- py, offeig people the opportuni- ty to give back to the community," said Dorothy S. Ridings, president and CEO of the Council on Foun- dations. "Despite the stock market drop, community foundations in- creased their grantmaking last year, a classic example of their ability to combine good invest- mere strategy with successful de- velopment and continued support of area nonprofits." Community foundations have far-reaching benefits for anyone interested in philanthropy. They are located throughout the nation and offer their services to all donors, including those of modest means. People can get involved by establishing a fund with their local community foundation, serving on an advisory committee or volunteering with an agency the foundation supports. "The Delaware Community Foundation is proud to be a source of philanthropic services and community support in Delaware," said D. Wayne Holden, Chairman, DCF Board of Directors. "The Foundation has been connecting people who care with causes that matter for the past 15 years. Indi- viduals from all backgrounds and from communities throughout the state have established funds at the Foundation to help them carry out their charitable giving and benefit the community." In fiscal year 2002 (July 1, 2001 Help make children's wishes come true Cape Region residents can help make holiday wishes come true this season by sending holiday cards to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of area children fight- ing life-threatening illnesses. The foundation is offering a holiday card featuring the artwork of an area 13-year-old girl fight- ing a life threatening illness who wished for an art studio in her basement. The foundation ful- filled her wish earlier this year. The cards can be printed with a holiday logo at no additional cost. A portion of the card purchase is tax deductible. For more informa- tion, about holiday cards to bene- fit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org.midatlantic or call 302-392-9474. Founded in 1983, the Founda- tion has fulfilled the wishes of more than 3,800 children from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia. Popu- lar wishes include visiting Walt Disney World, going on a shop- ping spree, owning a state-of-the- art computer system or meeting a celebrity. Masters o00vement %TAP JAZZ." HIP-HOP" BALLET" LYRICIU. 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During Community Foundation Week the Delaware Community Foundation is offering the first of a series of educational seminars to individuals and organizations that have charitable funds at the Foun- dation. Stephanie Clark Fitzger- ald, president and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation - Delaware, will discuss new initia- fives in public education that are being developed by the Rodel Foundation, a supporting organi- zation of the Delaware Communi- ty Foundation. Community Foundation Week began in 1989 with a proclama- 2002 Commemorative Tee-Shirts Sweatshirts Caps available for a limited A NEW COUNTERTOP IS AN ECONOMICAL WAY TO REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN. tion from former President_ George H.W. Bush and a congres- sional briefing on community foundation activities. The obser- vance has raised awareness of community foundation's charita-i ble activities and services to donors seeking to maximize their philanthropic dollars. The Delaware Community Foundation serves Delawareans install any type "T/.mnks for ae you do r he k/dL and nOdt  ImmO  ef*.  YJr erdhus/asm or dance M codtr' Tharlk y0ut studmls"/nme md dw/o" -Kimry Sp/er -Donfle de Kuypar Nicole Groli. (302)227-4434 nlcote@m-of- movemenL.com L .. .. , www.mastcrS-of-movemng.m statewide through offices in Wilmington and Georgetown. Richard A. Gentsch is the Founda- ti0n's interim director until Fred C. Sears H takes over as president and CEO in December. John Hol- lis serves as the Southern Delaware director. For further in- formation about the Foundation, please call 858-5448 or visit www.delcf.org. MuGS & 302..684-3026 A Great Holiday Gift/ 102 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE Colors, Inc. Countertops Wescoats Corner and Savannah Rd. Levk,lE lie " 644-9006 or g1151 ml ] - "t_!