Delaware Gives is an initiative of Spur Impact, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Delaware that is focused on connecting and inspiring young professionals to get involved and make an impact in their careers and communities. Thanks to funding from Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, Laffey-McHugh Foundation, and others, Spur Impact is advancing a statewide effort to connect the next generation of community leaders and other professionals and leaders to start thinking more critically about nonprofit and community service, including becoming more financially supportive of causes they care about. We hope the Delaware Gives platform becomes a key resource for the entire Delaware community to learn more about the great nonprofit organizations serving the population of our State.

Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative

The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. In Delaware, every sector of society is doing its part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19. These necessary actions are driving massive changes in daily life, which are especially hard on children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors, most of whom lack essential resources on a good day. 

At the same time, as Delaware nonprofits race to address the immediate local consequences of the pandemic, they are tapping funds earmarked for other needs, compromising the network’s capacity to address the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), United Way of Delaware (UWDE), Philanthropy Delaware (PD), and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) have partnered to align Delaware’s nonprofit community in a coordinated effort to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware. The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative seeks to supplement and support efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies, by generating funds and other supports, and by recruiting volunteers to address both the immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

You can help by donating to both funds on the COVID Help DE page or directly on the URLs linked below.

Donate to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will target evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer term needs of our community. DCF houses and manages this fund. The DCF and PD will work with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response. This response will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.

Donate to the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
The Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will raise and manage funds that will address immediate needs resulting from the crisis and focus on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. UWDE will work with PD and will house and manage this fund.

Volunteer Coordination
Through the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, UWDE will coordinate COVID-19-related volunteer activities throughout the state, using its 211 platform and its Volunteer4Covid website.

Assessing & Strengthening Nonprofits to Respond
DANA is assessing what nonprofit organizations require to be able to respond successfully to community needs as the long-term impact of the pandemic evolves. Armed with the information from DANA's assessment, the DCF, PD and UWDE will work together to allocate the charitable dollars to have the greatest impact throughout the state. Learn more at DANA's website.