Delaware Division of the Arts Grants $425,000 to Arts Organizations Through Delaware's Giving Day

March 19, 2021 11:32 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

(March 19, 2021 by Press Release) - Do More 24 Delaware, aka “Delaware’s Giving Day,” raised nearly $2 million in the 24 hours between 6 p.m. March 4 and 6 p.m. March 5. More than 40% of these dollars went to nonprofits in the arts sector, in large part thanks to a creative partnership launched this year with the Delaware Division of the Arts.

The Delaware Division of the Arts (DDoA) offered more than $425,000 in matching grants and donation incentives to dozens of its FY21 general operating support grantees. Eligible arts organizations competed in either the large or small nonprofit category, each of which shared in its own matching grant stretch pool and bonus structure for those organizations receiving the most number of donations. The DDoA also supported the event’s virtual benefit concert, which provided all donors who made a $50 contribution to any of the participating nonprofits with an exclusive opportunity to hear from Delaware’s own platinum-selling, chart-topping country music star Jimmie Allen after the event.

Including the support of the DDoA’s financial incentive, eligible arts organizations raised nearly $800,000 collectively and the state’s investment yielded a better than 82% return.

Paul Weagraff, Director of the Division of the Arts, was pleased that so many arts organizations participated, boosting their fundraising efforts, and encouraging individuals to donate to their favorite arts organizations. “It’s been difficult to watch the COVID-19 pandemic’s detrimental impact on the arts sector, particularly the performing and visual arts organizations, over the past year. The fact that nearly $400,000 was raised from the private sector in 24 hours to support the arts shows that the public remains strongly supportive of the arts community and recognizes how important the arts are to our economy.”

This year’s giving day total of $1.97M shatters last year’s grand total by nearly five times, and the 400+ nonprofits raising money were supported by more than 10,000 individual donors from around the country and internationally. All 501(c)(3)nonprofits serving Delaware are eligible to participate. Do More 24 Delaware 2022 is scheduled to take place on March 3-4, 2022.

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