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Philanthropy Delaware's Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Last updated  on March 24, 2020

Philanthropy Delaware and our members are carefully monitoring the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the region. This webpage will be updated continuously.   Click here for more resources in Response to COVID-19.



A Nonprofit Collaborative Response to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic 

The organizations that are involved in the Rapid Response Fund are: Food Bank of Delaware, West End, LACC, Cheer, Modern Maturity, Wilmington Senior, First State Community Action, Catholic Charities, and  Jewish Family Services.


Philanthropy Delaware recommends all nonprofits apply for the following COVID-19 Small Business loans listed below ASAP:



The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. In Delaware, every sector of society is doing its part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19. 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.

At the same time, as Delaware nonprofits race to address the immediate local consequences of the pandemic, they are tapping funds earmarked for other needs, compromising the network’s capacity to address the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

The goal of this partnership is to align Delaware’s nonprofit community in a coordinated effort to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware. We seek 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 the immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.


A group of Delaware’s philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have launched a coordinated response, comprising four elements...

Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund United Way of Delaware (UWDE) has launched the 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 working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. UWDE will work with Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and will house and manage this fund.

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

Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund: The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will target emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer term needs of our community. The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) will house and manage this fund. The DCF and PD will work with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response. This response will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.

Assessing & Strengthening Nonprofits to Respond: The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) is assessing what nonprofit organizations require to be able to respond successfully to community needs as the long-term impact of the pandemic evolves. Armed with the information from DANA’s assessment, the DCF, PD and UWDE will work together to allocate the charitable dollars to have the greatest impact throughout the state.

Throughout this difficult time, United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Community Foundation, Philanthropy Delaware and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement will coordinate with each other, and with other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and individuals to ensure a comprehensive response throughout the state.

For information about or to contribute to either or both funds, visit uwde.org or delcf.org/coronavirus. For nonprofits wishing to share information for the DANA survey, visit https://www.questionpro.com/t/ALTU4ZgwmL.

COVID-19 Outbreak: How You Can Help Delaware Communities

  • CDC Emergency Response Fund to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans. Funds raised by the CDC Foundation will be used to meet emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.
  • Consider donating to these local funds and to other community philanthropy organizations who may not yet have a COVID-19 specific fund. This list will be updated continuously:
  • Please continue to support your nonprofit partners. These best practices have been crowdsourced from funders across the country. 

Please contact Cynthia Pritchard with information about how your organization is responding. Consult a trusted news source such as the Center for Disease Control, to track the status of the Coronavirus.

Philanthropy Delaware's Operational Status

Philanthropy Delaware's leadership has been carefully monitoring the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on the east coast. As an organization committed to supporting vibrant and equitable communities, we feel it is important to be aligned with the practices recommended by our local public health departments. Taking preventative measures now helps protect the health of our partners and community members, our staff and their families, and high-risk populations. Following recommendations from Delaware State Department of Public Health, we are asking our staff to stay informed, practice personal hygiene like handwashing and follow the directives of public health officials and medical providers. We are also asking our staff to work remotely for the next two weeks and move meetings with external partners to virtual. Our scheduled in-person events will be adjusted to virtual gatherings through the end of March.

We will continuously review the situation and update internal guidelines at the end of March incorporating any new guidance from federal and local public health authorities. We also understand that many non-profit organizations and the communities they serve don’t have the ability to work from home and we recognize the hardship this situation may cause.

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