The foundation launched the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13, 2020, to provide resources for nonprofits serving vulnerable residents across our county.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors for immediately committing $100,000 to the fund so that we could provide an immediate response. We hope that you, too, will consider making a donation today—or pledge a monthly recurring donation—to help our neighbors in need. 100% of your donation will go directly to vulnerable communities. No amount is too small.

The COVID-19 crisis has had vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts on vulnerable citizens, particularly disadvantaged communities — including older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and the homeless. The Response Fund identifies local nonprofit organizations that have proven track records and are trusted by the communities that are most disproportionately affected by this crisis.

Through consultation with our community partners, we continue to gather information about how to most effectively provide immediate support, with the understanding that the impacts will be long-lasting and recovery for many will be a difficult process. The Response Fund’s community-based strategy complements government actions and other response efforts and will provide both immediate relief and longer-term recovery initiatives for maximum impact. An advisory committee comprised of business, foundation, government and nonprofit leaders will be formed to oversee the funds distributions. Members include:

Chair: Mike Magnavita, CPA, President of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union

Cyrise L. Dixon, Chief of Staff, City of Chester Police Department
Dr. Joy Gates Black, President, Delaware County Community College
Grant Gegwich, Director of Public Relations, Independence Blue Cross
Joseph McLaughlin, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Haverford Trust
Robert Simpson, BrinkerSimpson; Chair, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Kelly Thornton, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Malcolm Yates, Office of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon
Brian P. Zidek, Delaware County Council
Joanne Craig, Vice President for Programs, The Foundation for Delaware County

Funding Priorities & Application

Learn more about the organizations who have received grants from the Response Fund here.

Contact Us

  • General questions and inquiries about the Response Fund can be directed to Mischico Warren at or 610-744-1016.
  • For interested donors and partners, or for questions about donating via check or other assets, please contact Ellen Grill, at or 610-744-1015.
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Katy Lichtenstein at or 610-744-1017.