Do More 24 brings out the best in Delaware

March 10, 2023

Late last week, anyone with social media likely saw Delaware nonprofits asking for donations. Do More 24 Delaware is a unique fundraising drive that gives groups in the First State 24 hours to raise as much money as possible. The goal is to ignite a culture of community giving, allowing everyone to be a philanthropist, and nonprofits that garner the most money can also win prizes and matching dollars. 

This year’s Do More 24 Delaware drive raised more than $2.3 million for 500-plus nonprofits. There were more than 15,000 donors from all 50 states and 10 different countries. Of participating groups, 300 have offices in Sussex County or offer programs here. These groups received more than $1.2 million. 

Locally, the Shepherd’s Office in Georgetown had the most donations in the state, as 639 people contributed nearly $63,000. The Barbara K. Brooks Transition House raised nearly $73,000 from 541 donors. Other notable Cape Region nonprofits include Coastal Concerts ($17,000), Clear Space Theatre Company ($13,500), Southern Delaware Orchestra ($11,000), the Rosa Health Center ($8,500) and Pathways to Success ($7,500). 

Some nonprofits found unique ways to promote their participation in Do More 24 Delaware. One such example is Mark Carter, the new Delaware Center for the Inland Bays director of development. Carter ran two-mile loops across the Indian River Inlet bridge every two hours for the entire 24 hours. The center raised nearly $10,000. Philanthropy is not new to Carter. The former Dogfish Head beer and benevolence ambassador has organized many fundraisers through the years, including a 25-mile paddle to raise money for the canal dock in Rehoboth Beach. Carter is certainly someone who works hard for the money. 

The Cape Region has many great nonprofits that do everything from helping the homeless and feeding the hungry to preserving history and cleaning up the environment. Others celebrate and encourage audio, visual and performing arts. It’s our hope that every cent raised through Do More 24 improves and enriches lives in Delaware, and continues to make the First State a great place for all who live here, visit or just pass through, because among the keys to a thriving community are philanthropy and looking out for each other. 


  • Editorials are considered and written by Cape Gazette Editorial Board members, including Publisher Chris Rausch, Editor Jen Ellingsworth, News Editor Nick Roth and reporters Ron MacArthur and Chris Flood. 

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