The CenDel Foundation, based in Dover, reached a funding milestone in September:

since its founding in 2008, the foundation has distributed more than $2 million in grants and funding to nonprofits in central Delaware.

The money helped organizations with projects, improving the lives of those living in Central Delaware. Funding recipients have included the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, which used the funding to save lives through early detection efforts. Funds have also been distributed to Catholic Charities, Communities in Schools, the Milford Housing Development Corp., Cancer Support Community of Delaware and other organizations that provide funding, access to health care and meals for those in need. The organizations received funding from the Benjamin Potter Trust, established in 1843 to benefit Kent County’s most vulnerable citizens.

CenDel, in partnership with the Delaware Community Foundation, facilitates the yearly distribution of funds from the Kent County Fund for the Arts. In August, $24,000 was awarded to more than one dozen arts-focused organizations, including the Delaware Choral Society, Delaware Friends of Folk, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Dover Symphony Orchestra, Inner City Cultural League, Kent Chamber Choir, the Children’s Theatre and others.

In 2016, CenDel launched a series of educational seminars, aiding nonprofits with development and expansion within the communities they serve. These programs provided attendees the opportunity to network with each other and allowed many to identify ways to pool their often limited resources to reach a much larger audience. The seminars continued in 2017 and will be offered in 2018.

The foundation is also focused on education. Reading Literacy is the foundation for learning, and to encourage the love of reading, CenDel partnered with Read Aloud Delaware to promote literacy by distributing 500 books to the children who attended the Restoring Central Delaware Community Fair. In 2017, CenDel also announced the creation of the new Dr. C. Edward Graybeal Scholarship Fund, with an initial donation of $100,000, to fund scholarships to students at Milford High School. The first student was awarded the scholarship in May.

For more, visit cendelfoundation.org or call 724-7538.