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Cornerstone West Community Development Corporation


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Mission

Cornerstone West CDC's mission is to improve the health status and economic viability of neighborhoods in New Castle County, Delaware, beginning with serving as a proactive catalyst for positive change.

Ruling year info

2000

President & CEO

Sarah Lester

Main address

710 North Lincoln St

Wilmington, DE 19805 USA

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EIN

51-0387484

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wilmington Strong Fund

In order to support small businesses citywide during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed The Wilmington Strong Small Business Fund. Through a public-private partnership, local economic development organizations quickly came together to ensure Wilmington businesses will remain open for years to come. The Wilmington Strong Small Business Fund offers $1,000 grants to small businesses located in the City of Wilmington in order to cover specific expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utility & supplier bills, and digital marketing costs. The fund not only builds the capacity of small businesses to recover from the impact of COVID-19, but also builds out a community-driven network to serve our favorite shops, restaurants, stores, and cafes citywide. We have listened to the needs of small business owners, and are taking immediate action to ensure Wilmington businesses will remain open for business.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people

Cornerstone supports existing low income and elderly homeowners improve their quality of life by providing standard household repairs and facade improvements. The majority of homes in our community are row homes over 100 years old. A roof or major structural failure in one house can impact multiple row homes on a block which share common walls, contributing to neighborhood vacancies and blight. To date, the program not only helps individuals stay in their homes—by improving living conditions—but has also contributed to neighborhood stability by promoting reinvestment from other owners on the same block.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Cornerstone West Community Development Corporation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Westcott

Capital One

James A. Brunswick

Resident & Community Ombudsman, DNREC

Alyssa Pietrobono

Controller, Richards, Layton & Finger

Paul F. Calistro

Executive Director, West End Neighborhood House

David Holden

Development Principal, Ingerman Group

Joe Westcott

Resident & Senior Director of Operations, Capital One

Joshua J. Novak

Director, Richards, Layton & Finger

David Kim

Resident

Da'Shon Jones

Acting Program Manager, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Sciene, Delaware Technical Community College

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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