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Greater Lewes Foundation

135 Second Street
Lewes, Delaware 19958
United States

Mission

To maintain and improve the quality of life in the Greater Lewes region

Most Meaningful Change

Our two major projects have been the creation of a $15 million waterfront park to replace the large retail/housing project planned in the heart of Lewes, and the acquisition of a key 5.5-acre property for a new Lewes Public Library. The site will also be the nexus for a state-approved emerging rail-trail system leading to and from Rehoboth Beach and inland. We have an excellent working relationship with the City of Lewes and manage 25 small but important funds and scholarships. We invest our endowments with the Delaware Community Foundation.

2000 Year Founded
$500,000 Endowment Value
$50,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

17,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationGreater Lewes Foundation
Address 1135 Second Street
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownLewes
State / RegionDelaware
ZIP / Postal Code19958
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone302-644-0107
Emailmichaelrawl@comcast.net
Websitewww.greaterlewesfoundation.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Michael Rawl, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameMichael Rawl
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2000
Mission StatementTo maintain and improve the quality of life in the Greater Lewes region
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced17,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)2
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members13
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$150,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$205,987
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$75,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$50,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$500,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyNone
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingImportant but not central
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationSlightly important
Board reflective of community diversitySlightly important
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsImportant but not central
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equitySlightly important
Accountability to local peopleImportant but not central
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentLittle
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesLittle
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentDid not answer
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLot
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingFair amount
ChildrenNot at all
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefDid not answer
Advocacy with authoritiesLot
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesRarely
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsRarely
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyDid not answer
CrimeDid not answer
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDid not answer
Social position of marginalized groupsDid not answer
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting much better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityDid not answer
Charitable giving through the community foundationNo change
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesMuch achievement
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsMuch achievement
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDid not answer
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationDid not answer
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery unimportant
More volunteersVery unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery unimportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyN/A
More responsive authoritiesN/A
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur two major projects have been the creation of a $15 million waterfront park to replace the large retail/housing project planned in the heart of Lewes, and the acquisition of a key 5.5-acre property for a new Lewes Public Library. The site will also be the nexus for a state-approved emerging rail-trail system leading to and from Rehoboth Beach and inland. We have an excellent working relationship with the City of Lewes and manage 25 small but important funds and scholarships. We invest our endowments with the Delaware Community Foundation.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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