Nonprofits, philanthropies coordinate fundraising

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March 24, 2020

Four leading nonprofit and philanthropic entities have launched a coordinated initiative to generate resources necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Delaware. 

In Delaware, many are doing their part to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 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. 

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Delaware Community Foundation, Philanthropy Delaware and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate fundraising, grants  and volunteer activities to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

The partnership seeks to do this by supplementing and supporting efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies by generating funds and other supports, and by recruiting volunteers to address both immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

United Way of Delaware has launched Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, an initiative to raise and manage funds that will address immediate needs resulting from the crisis. The fund will focus on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by supplementing and supporting efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. United Way will work with Philanthropy Delaware and will house and manage this fund.

Through the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, United Way will coordinate COVID-19-related volunteer activities throughout the state, using its 211 platform.

The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will target evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities. Delaware Community Foundation will house and manage this fund. The foundation and Philanthropy Delaware will work with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response that will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.

The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement is assessing what nonprofit organizations need to respond to community needs as the long-term impact of the pandemic evolves. Armed with information from this assessment, these groups will work together to allocate charitable dollars for the greatest statewide impact.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to donate to Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at United Way at and Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF at

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