Jessie Ball duPont Fund  ::  eNotes  ::  August 2018
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August 2018

Summer Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down in Port St. Joe, Florida

Thanks in large part to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, activities such as children’s day camp, youth internships, new home construction and a whole lot more are happening in Port St. Joe, Florida, in the summer months. The Fund’s investment in the community and continued support of the Christian Community Development Fund and CareerSource Gulf Coast has made this ongoing work possible. A visit to Port St. Joe includes some of these special activities.

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Jessie Ball duPont Fund Helps Families in Crisis at the U.S. Border

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) a $64,020 grant to provide case management services for families separated across country borders. This emergency funding will help ISS-USA staff locate, connect and verify relationships among separated family members, and develop long-term solutions for the future of these children.
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40th Anniversary Report

In observance of the Fund’s 40th Anniversary, the Annual Report looks at its history and evolution.

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Three New Webinars Scheduled

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has scheduled three new webinars to help organizations improve their operations. Topics are:

  • Telling Your Story with Blogs, Photos and Videos
  • Integrating Online Communications into Your Fundraising campaign
  • Measuring Your Mission: Using Data to track Organizational health and Success

The webinars will be offered between September 10 and December 15. There is no charge. For more information, please contact Katie Ensign ( at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Helping Children on the Path to Reading Readiness, Fund Supports New Brightstart! Early Literacy Programs

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded United Way of Delaware a $125,000 grant to launch the Nemours’ BrightStart! curriculum in its Moving the Needle literacy improvement initiative. BrightStart! is the first program of its kind in the nation that offers tools, resources, services and training to parents and educators to help America’s preschoolers read on grade level when they enter first grade.

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Fund Extends Support for 4th Friday for Life

Putnam County is the second poorest county in Florida with more than 27% of its residents living below the poverty line. Through its 4th Friday for Life program, St. Andrews Episcopal Church helps the county’s indigent rural residents with their hardships by providing food, medical screenings and treatment, and a connection to other essential social services.

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Fund Honors Retiring President Magill

At a June reception, the Fund’s trustees, staff, colleagues, family, friends, and grantees honored Sherry Magill, who led the Fund for the past 25 years. The event included special tributes in recognition of Sherry’s leadership, and was fittingly held in the Jessie Ball duPont Center, which was Magill’s vision for a community philanthropic gathering place. Interim President Mary Kress Littlepage will lead the Fund through the remainder of the year. Also, Trustee Elizabeth E. Kiss, Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, began her term of service July 1, filling the vacancy of Mary “Kitty” Phillips.

About Jessie Ball duPont Fund

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont.

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