Honoring Sherman L. Townsend
2022 Building Opportunity Keynote Presentation
Building Opportunity in Delaware Podcast: Season Four
2023 DCF Journalism Internship Application Deadline Extended
COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
Donor Impact Report
We’re On a Hybrid Schedule!
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 600+ fundholders give charitably
Welcomed 50 new fundholders
Invested $30,419,900 in the community through 2,076 grants
Awarded the final grants from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, totaling $5,300,000
Awarded $408,388 in scholarships to 142 students
Currently at the DCF
Delaware Community Foundation Announces New Specific Interest Grants
Grants Available from DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Boards
The Circle in Georgetown to be Lit in Green for National Philanthropy Day the Week of Nov. 14
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
The DCF is an important partner in our philanthropic work in Delaware. They help us maximize our impact on the health and well-being of people throughout the First State.– Nick Moriello, president, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
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