Philanthropy Delaware advances the growth of effective philanthropy that promotes improved quality of life in Delaware through education, networking, and collaboration.
Philanthropy Delaware leads the state and the region by influencing effective and strategic philanthropy that results in measurable gains for all Delawareans.
In 2006, a small group of donor leaders from the Delaware’s corporate, private foundation, and federative business and nonprofit communities began meeting to discuss the challenges of the gap between need and resources. A State of the Sector Report combined with a nonprofit collaboration survey analysis for Delaware found that collaboration and resource sharing could lead to improved mission outcomes. In 2008, it was determined collaborations among philanthropies could also be beneficial to the sector. This group, known as the Delaware Philanthropy Forum, commissioned a study of philanthropy in Delaware, which found that the state lacked philanthropic infrastructure. A year later, the Delaware Grantmakers Association (DGA) was formed and, with dedicated part-time leadership, convened its members and other nonprofit support organizations several times per year for learning experiences and collaborative work sessions. In 2015, DGA’s Board of Directors put forth a proposal to increase DGA’s impact, and in 2016 implemented a bold plan to deepen and broaden its mission by growing its capacity, increasing its programming, and building its brand. In 2017, with the hiring of a CEO and member engagement staff, DGA relaunched as Philanthropy Delaware.
Philanthropy Delaware exists to provide information, education, networking and collaboration opportunities to individuals, corporations, and foundations who make significant charitable contributions in Delaware, and to strengthen philanthropy through information and advocacy. It also works to increase the number of institutional donors supporting nonprofits in the state.