National Philanthropy Day brings green glow to The Circle in Georgetown

November 12, 2023

The Delaware Community Foundation and the Town of Georgetown will light up The Circle in green for the week starting Monday, Nov. 13.

This observance will celebrate the impact of philanthropy and especially the people who make it happen, increasing the quality of life in Sussex County.  The DCF’s southern Delaware office is located at 36 The Circle, Georgetown. 

“Philanthropy means more than writing a check or making a donation; it’s about wanting to see our community succeed,” said Mike DiPaolo, DCF vice president for southern Delaware. “Nonprofits in Sussex County make a difference in each of our lives every day, and their successes are our successes. Whether it’s in eastern Sussex or western, for the arts, churches, education, or helping to address homelessness and hunger, the resources nonprofits need to meet their goals come from individuals and businesses across our county.”  

“Organizations like the DCF play a unique role in advancing philanthropy in Sussex County, allowing individuals and businesses to structure their giving in a way that can bring maximum impact,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, DCF president and CEO. “By working with Sussex County nonprofits day in and day out, we can leverage our experience to help funding get to organizations that are doing the work on the ground.”  

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 15. It was first recognized in southern California in 1986, and has grown as a way to recognize the individuals and institutions who work in philanthropy and strive to better their communities every day.

The DCF was established in 1986 by a group of concerned citizens who saw an opportunity to improve the quality of life in Delaware. Its southern Delaware office was established in 2002 to bring DCF charitable giving opportunities, programming and resources to Kent and Sussex counties. For more information about the DCF, to inquire about grant resources or to establish a fund, contact Mike DiPaolo  at 302-355-6933. 

The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve Delaware through community-based philanthropy. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit or call 302-571-8004.

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