About the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht and S. Samuel Arsht

The Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht was just the fifth woman to pass the Delaware Bar Exam in 1941, and went on to become the first woman appointed judge in Delaware. Judge Arsht was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Trailblazer Award, the First State Distinguished Service Award, and the Josiah Marvel Cup, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

S. Samuel Arsht was a partner in Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnel, and was a prominent corporate attorney who chaired the committee to revise the General Corporate Law in 1967, making Delaware a more favorable place for businesses to incorporate.

A History of Philanthropy

Created in 2004, the Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Fund is a donor-advised fund directed by Adrienne Arsht, Chair of the Arsht-Cannon Foundation’s advisory committee. Originally planned by the Honorable Roxanna Cannon Arsht and S. Samuel Arsht, involved citizens of Delaware who endeavored to give back to their beloved home state through their service and wealth, the fund was created to “preserve, support, protect, and defend the best interests of a civil society.” The Christiana Care’s Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter and the University of Delaware’s Arsht Hall – home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – are a tribute to their charitable legacy.

Since 2004, a number of non-profit organizations such as Cancer Care Connection and Best Buddies Delaware have received funding to start up their organizations, assisting families facing health and intellectual deficits.

In 2010, the Arsht-Cannon Fund partnered with the Nemours Foundation’s BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative to provide a three-year statewide screening program to identify and teach pre-kindergarten Latino students at risk for reading problems.

May 2014

The Latino Mental Health Workforce Program began for the purpose of improving access to high quality mental/behavioral health care.

May 2013

Arsht-Cannon Fund’s Executive Director is honored with Discover Award while the Arsht-Cannon Fund receives the 2013 Community Partner Award from Girls Inc.

April 2013

Promotoras for Healthy Families program, a collaboration between the Christiana Care Health System and Latin American Community Center, began with a grant of $104,000.

October 2012

Arsht-Cannon Fund’s Executive Director receives the Hispanic Community Hero Award from the Latin American Community Center in addition to tributes from the Office of the Governor and the Delaware House of Representatives.

July 2012

Arsht-Cannon Fund’s Executive Director elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza.

October 2011

Delaware Community Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebrated the philanthropy of the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht and her husband, S. Samuel Arsht, at the Chase Center with Vice President Biden and other dignitaries in attendance.

September 2011

Governor Markell established the Delaware Hispanic Commission to expand and improve representation of, and advocacy for Delaware’s Hispanic community, combining the work of the Governor’s Council on Hispanic Affairs and the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs.

October 2010

Arsht-Cannon Fund awarded Gonzalo Martinez Award for Philanthropy from La Esperanza.

May 2010

Nemours’ BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative brought to Delaware with a $300,000 over three years.

April 2010

Second group of grants to non-profits providing ESL programs given by the Delaware Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs with total of $250,000 from the Arsht-Cannon Fund in 2009-2010.

April 2009

First group of grants to non-profits providing ESL programs given by the Delaware Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs.

March 2009

Issue Brief (Delaware’s Hispanic Children & Families) released by Kids Count in Delaware.

October 2008

Publication of in-depth analysis of (supplemental report) Delaware’s Hispanic Needs Assessment; Three Delaware Hispanic Issue Briefs (Health, Education, Economics) disseminated.

August 2008

Press Conference at Arsht Hall to release findings of Delaware’s Hispanic Needs Assessment to the public.

May 2008

Delaware’s Hispanic Needs Assessment Report released to the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs.

September 2007

Bendixen & Associates began data collection for Delaware’s Hispanic Needs Assessment.

April 2007

First meeting of the newly created Delaware Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs.

March 2007

Best Buddies Delaware started with a grant from the Arsht-Cannon Fund of $750,000.

August 2006

Adrienne Arsht worked with Governor Ruth Minner to create the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs to fund programs needed in Delaware’s Hispanic communities.


$8.3 Million


Since 2004, the Arsht-Cannon Fund has donated more than $8.3 million to support non-profit organization programs that serve Delaware. With the mission focusing on Delaware’s Latinos in 2008, over $5.4 million has funded research, educational opportunities, access to healthcare and special youth programs.

Our funding focuses on providing:

Educational Opportunities
Investing in a Brighter Future

With the goals of immigrant integration and increasing educational opportunities, our funded educational programs lead to many important outcomes for participants.These include earning high school diplomas and college degrees, finding employment, earning promotions, and working towards fulfilling citizenship requirements.  The majority of these programs are considered family literacy programs, and include childcare during adult classes as well as parent-child education components.

Access to Healthcare
Creating Healthier Families and Communities

Since 2008, funding for Hispanic-serving nonprofit organizations focused on increasing access to bilingual healthcare has grown each year. Collaborative programs have provided access to health screenings, immunizations, education, and care to hundreds of families. We’ve also worked with non-profit organizations across Delaware to provide funding for bilingual and bicultural mental health therapy and behavioral counseling.

Along with increasing access to healthcare, we’re also investing in the future of healthcare in Delaware. With a shortage of bilingual mental health therapists and counselors, we began a comprehensive program, the Latino Mental Health Workforce Program, to recruit and support bilingual, Delawarean students as they pursue careers in mental and behavioral health counseling.

Special Youth Programs
Supporting Delaware’s Future Leaders

With a focus on special youth programs, our goal is to insure that our children and teens have opportunities to become healthy, educated leaders in Delaware. These youth programs provide high-quality activities that can be life changing for young girls and boys. Our programs are growing to include more goal-oriented programs for children and their parents. With the growth of the Hispanic population in Delaware, it is imperative that we invest in building tomorrow’s leaders.