Strategic Response Fund Impact
2021 State of the Foundation
At the Delaware Community Foundation,
our focus is on supporting our community.
At the Delaware Community Foundation, our focus is on building opportunity and advancing equity. We do this in three key ways:
- Helping Donors – We partner with generous people to help them achieve their charitable goals and maximize the impact of their giving, by managing charitable funds and administering grants.
- Making Grants – Through our direct grant programs, we identify and invest in nonprofits’ most powerful work to serve the people of Delaware.
- Providing Leadership – We inspire, convene and facilitate conversations about important community issues, shining a light on opportunities to make a difference.
Who We Serve
Donors & Fundholders
The DCF has the expertise and resources you need to achieve your charitable goals, maximizing both impact and tax advantages. We help donors like you establish charitable funds and award grants to benefit causes you care about.
We are passionate about Delaware’s diverse communities, from Selbyville to Claymont. We connect leaders from nonprofits, government and the private sector to explore our communities’ assets and challenges, shining a light on important issues and opportunities to drive lasting change.
The DCF helps nonprofit organizations by awarding grants, managing endowed funds, and providing community events and activities that build knowledge and relationships. More than 180 nonprofits organizations have funds at the DCF, which strengthens their financial stability, empowers them to accept complex charitable gifts, and instills confidence in their donors.
Thanks to our donors, the DCF awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. Scholarships help lay the groundwork for a more equitable and prosperous Delaware for the future.
We partner with professional advisors who want to help their clients achieve their charitable goals and maximize tax advantages, both during their lifetimes and through their estate planning. By providing highly personalized service, the DCF strengthens and reinforces the advisor-client relationship.
In the past year, the DCF:
Helped 800+ fundholders give charitably
Welcomed 25+ new fundholders
Invested $30,419,900 in the community through 2,076 grants
Raised $5,000,000 and awarded $3,300,00 to date in COVID-19 pandemic relief alone
Awarded $306,800 in scholarships to 165 students
Currently at the DCF
Fund for Women Releases Third-Year Grant Funds of $25,000 to Delaware Girls Circles
Community Needs Grants Program Accepting Applications For August 2021
$165,000 in Vision Grants will build capacity to innovate
The DCF connects with Delaware communities’ FUTURE needs, devises mechanisms to satisfy those needs, and then skillfully enables those who want to do good to proceed as they wish.— Adly & Sheila Gorrafa, Gorrafa Family Charitable Funds
Being a supporting organization of the DCF is like having a support net. They have been a wonderful resource for us and a great partner.— Susan Budinger, Rodel
Working with the Delaware Community Foundation, I’m able to do the charitable work I want to do without the administrative costs and responsibility of a private foundation.— Louise Cummings, who established the Ballard Community Fund at the DCF in memory of her husband, the late Corporal Stephen Ballard
The DCF takes the hassle out of philanthropic giving, leaving the ‘fun part’ for the donor. They simplified everything.— Ed Wilchinski, Roy Klein Education Fund