Jessie Ball duPont Fund Trustees Make 22 Grant Awards Valued at $2.6 Million

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (February 18, 2011) – The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded 22 grants, valued at $2.6 million, during their February meeting.

Among grants awarded were:

Building Organizational Capacity

$200,000 to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, Kinston, North Carolina, to build the capacity of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministries by hiring a fundraising and development director.

$189,000 to Community Connections of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, to implement an innovative technology structure to significantly reduce energy, software, upgrade, maintenance, and technology support costs by replacing 68 workstations with thin terminal computers.

$120,000 to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland, California, to design and implement a new website and purchase and install a national donor management and tracking software and an intranet system across all NCCD office sites.

$75,000 to Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia, to complete the implementation of the public phase of a $17 million comprehensive capital and endowment campaign.

$75,000 to the Wilmington Senior Center, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, to provide core operating support as staff and board work to identify sources of new revenue in the wake of additional United Way and State of Delaware cuts to programs for senior citizens.

$25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, to engage consultants to determine the structural and cultural barriers in Northeast Florida that deter African-American males from volunteering as mentors and board members of the agency.

Expanding Access & Creating Opportunity

$196,740 to Wingate University, Wingate, North Carolina, to support the Student Success Coaching Initiative designed to increase student retention and graduation rates.

$151,900 to Milligan College, Milligan College, Tennessee, to increase the region’s level of educational achievement by providing increased support for community college students entering baccalaureate degree programs.

$150,000 to the Archdiocese of Miami, Miami Shores, Florida, to support two new solar/renewable energy projects in the Diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti and 50 percent of a Haiti Project Coordinator’s salary to manage the projects.

$150,000 to the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, to support Access to Justice, a partnership to build a permanent pro-bono program that provides legal services to low-income clients with a focus on the “new poor.”

$149,401 to the Diocese of Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to support and expand a partnership between the Diocese and Lugar de Reunion to provide educational programs, social services, cultural activities and indigenous leadership development for the Latino community within the Diocese.

$128,500 to the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, to develop an online statewide information system to strengthen referral resources and promote access to benefits and services to low-income populations.

$120,000 to Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford, Massachusetts, to implement the “Youth Apprenticeship Program” designed to provide mentoring, job training and academic enrichment to youth at risk of dropping out of high school.

$100,000 to Old Salem, Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to develop a Horticulture Center by renovating and upgrading an existing building, and to hire staff to consolidate educational programming and target retail operations that will feature existing historic gardens and landscapes.

$97,000 to Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, to support minority student entrepreneurs through the Student Business Incubator.

$82,700 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware, to pilot Money Matters: Make It Count, a financial education curriculum for youth ages 13-18 that was designed for the club by the Charles Schwab Foundation.

$53,350 to Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock, Virginia, to support management, engineering and start-up costs of construction phase of affordable rental housing apartments in Lancaster County.

$52,000 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to enable Campus Y to conduct a Community Needs and Impact Assessment Project to assess, evaluate and increase the social impact of student-initiated social justice work in three historically disenfranchised communities in Chapel Hill and Carrboro areas.

$43,488 to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, to implementing a pilot rural ministry program in two rural churches modeled after St. Andrews Episcopal Church’s outreach work in Interlachen, Florida.

Energy Conservation

$200,000 to Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, to partner with Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia, to hire an energy manager, conduct a comprehensive assessment of energy use, identify options to reduce energy, develop energy policies, and enhance curricular activities to improve conservation.

$150,000 to McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, to submeter 11 campus buildings and install energy efficient lighting and controls in the dining hall.

$100,000 to Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia, to purchase additional submeters, complete lighting retrofits, install motion sensors, identify insulation issues, hire a consultant to identify additional energy saving strategies, and incorporate faculty and students into energy awareness projects.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $281 million and has awarded more than $303 million in grants since 1977.


Sherry Magill, president
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Mary Kress Littlepage, KBT & Associates
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