Christine Cannon of the DCF’s Arsht-Cannon Fund Elected as a New Board Director of NCLR

September 17, 2012

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation congratulates Christine Cannon, PhD, RN of Hockessin, Del., for her appointment to the board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Dr. Cannon serves as executive director of the Arsht-Cannon Fund, which has donated more than $5 million to help support nonprofit organizations. The Arsht-Cannon Fund supports a variety of English-language family literacy programs designed to address the needs of Hispanic Delawareans. Since 2003, the Arsht-Cannon Fund has partnered with major community centers to support access to mental health care and preventive screening and intervention programs. In 2011, the Arsht-Cannon Fund began its work with GIRLS, Inc. and organizations in Kent and Sussex counties to build smart and bold Latina leaders. “Chris Cannon’s appointment confirms NCLR’s continued commitment to adding insightful and dedicated leadership, which Chris has clearly demonstrated.  Her leadership is not only delivered with compassion, but she also supports proven programs and demands accountability. An appointment well deserved,” said Maria M. Matos, executive director of Wilmington’s Latin American Community Center, an NCLR affiliate. About NCLR The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) — the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States — works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. NCLR’s board is a 24-member body composed of elected officials and representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector, and academia.  Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the Hispanic population. By mandate, the board must include equal representation of men and women. “I am honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the NCLR and to have the opportunity to work with community leaders who so actively advocate for the major issues of Latinos in America,” Cannon said. “I believe that the benefits of collaboration for Delaware will include expanded access to English-language learning programs, preventive health services and quality care.” About the Arsht-Cannon Fund The Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation invests in the quality of life for all Delawareans through funding programs implemented by our nonprofit partners who address the issues and needs of, and opportunities for, Hispanic Delawareans. Collaborative efforts between the Fund’s management and the nonprofit programs’ leaders impact access to quality education (with a focus on literacy and English-language learning programs), health education, care and screenings, employment, and the delivery of afterschool programs to build youth into tomorrow’s leaders. About the Delaware Community Foundation   The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State. With more than 1,200 funds, $220 million in assets and annual grants of about $13 million, the Foundation provides a lasting source of charitable funding to benefit Delawareans today and for generations to come. For 25 years, the Foundation has been connecting people who care with the causes they care about, helping to make Delaware a better place to live and work. For information, please call 302.571.8004 in Wilmington or 302.856.4393 in Southern Delaware or visit   Contact Allison Taylor Levine, APR [email protected] Office 302.504.5226 Cell 302.345.0589