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The Foundation for Delaware County, a 501 (c)(3) organization, offers a number of opportunities to direct your charitable giving to our local community. For additional information, learn more about ways to give or download our giving FAQ.

Giving to the Foundation

Your donation to the Delco Forward Fund is an investment in our community, enabling The Foundation for Delaware County to serve as a leader in addressing pressing community issues. You can give online or mail a check. Checks may be addressed to The Foundation for Delaware County, 200 East State Street, Suite 304, Media, PA 19063 (indicate on the note section if donation is for a specific fund).

Giving to Community Needs Funds

Cancer Care Programs Give to this Fund

For support of cancer related programs and services.

Cribs for Kids Give to this Fund

Cribs for Kids provides contactless safe sleep education and a crib for qualified families.

Delaware County Public Health Fund Give to this Fund

The Foundation for Delaware County has established the Delaware County Public Health Fund to support the development of our county’s new Public Health Department. Funds raised will be used to support efforts such as educating the county’s residents about what a public health department means for our community, for pilot programs designed to create the highest quality public health department, and other costs not covered by tax dollars.

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Hospice and Home Care Fund Give to this Fund

For support of hospice and home care services.

The Fund for Food Security Give to this Fund

Funds will be used to support the SHARE food program’s launch of a centralized food bank, to strengthen the emergency food response system, and to support our county’s emergency food providers, all in Delaware County.

Women & Children's Emergency Funds Give to this Fund

Support for this fund helps program participant’s enrolled in the foundation’s maternal health programs including Healthy Start and Nurse-Family Partnership. Funding can help families with unforeseen emergency needs such as repairing/replacing a broken refrigerator, buying cribs, beds or other essentials, paying for a car seat to transport their child home from the hospital after giving birth, an emergency heating repair or heating oil order, purchasing diapers, baby formula, covering health insurance or prescription copays and much more.

Giving to Nonprofit Partner Funds

CASA Youth Advocates Children's Futures Fund Give to this Fund

An agency endowed fund to help CASA fulfill their mission to help abused and neglected children live well, achieve academic excellence, and experience the joys of childhood by providing them with trained volunteer advocates who speak for their best interests.

Family & Community Service of Delaware County: Maria Shalmire Fund Give to this Fund

An endowed fund to help FCSDC provide essential services that address mental health, food insecurity, homelessness, and other social service needs. Over the last 100 years, FCSDC has helped individuals in our community meet their basic needs and build stronger communities through healthy, empowered individuals. The Maria Shelmire Endowment Fund will help sustain our organization and work for the next 100 years.

Senior Community Services, Inc. Endowment Fund Give to this Fund

An endowed fund to help Senior Community Services (SCS) fulfill their mission to help older people in Delaware County live healthier, more active, and more independent lives. Over the last 45 years, SCS has developed an extensive portfolio that includes four nationally-accredited senior centers, the county’s oldest and largest home-delivered meal program for frail elders, and a Cognitive Stimulation program that improves brain health.

Youth Development United Give to this Fund

Providing youth from under-served communities with experiences that inspire them.

Circle of Giving 2020 Give to this Fund

Circle of Giving 2020 was established in March 2020 by local residents, Kelly Yiadom and Aimee Rubin, when it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would severely impact local families. Donations to Circle of Giving help to provide groceries, gift cards, meals and school supplies to Delaware County families. As a fiscal sponsor, the foundation provides administrative services, oversight, and financial responsibility for the activities of Circle of Giving.

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Circle of Giving 2020: Community of Giving Give to this Fund

Your $1,500 donation will provide ten families with a meal from a local restaurant and a $100 Acme gift card. In appreciation of your support, Circle of Giving 2020 will recognize your business on social media and add your logo to their website.

Library Foundation of Delaware County Give to this Fund

The mission of the Library Foundation of Delaware County, PA is to secure resources and funding that will enhance basic library services provided by member libraries of the Delaware County Library System. Your generosity provides support for programs and services of the 26 public libraries that serve residents of Delaware County. The Foundation for Delaware County is honored to provide accounting and finance support for the Library Foundation.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Give to this Fund

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a life-changing program that transforms local middle and high-school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. As a fiscal sponsor, the foundation is honored to provide accounting, financial oversight, and administrative services for YEA!.

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Refugee School Supplies Give to this Fund

Your gift to RSS provides refugee children in the Greater Philadelphia area with the school supplies they need for success. After seeing firsthand the conditions in which refugees live and seeing their needs, Daniel Adibi and Advaith Kollipara, two passionate middle-schoolers, launched Refugee School Supplies with the support of the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA!).

This Is Probably a Really Weird Question Give to this Fund

“This Is Probably a Really Weird Question” is a new podcast co-created and co-hosted by Rebecca Davis, a historian, and Ronni Hayon, a family physician. With empathy, humor, and research-backed information, each episode addresses and demystifies questions such as “How do I know if I’m trans?” “Can I get pregnant if…?”. The hosts also expand their listeners’ understanding of the history surrounding these topics.

The Testimony Project Give to this Fund

The Testimony Project is a faith-based outreach ministry that focuses on building stronger communities and bringing people together. The organization aims to create a positive impact through film and community events.

Yeadon Community Coalition Give to this Fund

Yeadon Community Coalition’s mission is to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing opportunities to engage in interactions and activities that will minimize isolation, identify and connect to existing community, county, state and federal resources and implement and facilitate a Community Share Program.

The Period Project Give to this Fund

The Period Project was developed in the spring of 2022 recognizing that many women and girls cannot afford adequate period products. The Period Project raises funds to purchase these products for distribution through the St. Katharine Drexel Food Pantry in Chester, PA.

The Delco Dills Pickleball Club Give to this Fund

The Delco Dills Pickleball Club was formed by Pickleball-loving Delaware County residents looking to connect with others who love to play or who want to learn the game. Our mission is simple – to offer the sport of pickleball to all Delaware County residents, regardless of age or athletic ability level.

Delaware County Office of Sustainability Give to this Fund

The Delaware County Office of Sustainability aims to accomplish measurable goals in health, safety, environmental justice, energy efficiency, green open space, locally grown nutritious food, zero waste, healthy hydration, green career pathways, and preparing residents and businesses for the affects of rapid climate change, especially for our most vulnerable residents.

U-ROC Leadership™ Gap Year Program Give to this Fund

The U-ROC Leadership™ Gap Year Program bridges the gap between talent and opportunity, especially for young people ages 18-24 who come from under-resourced neighborhoods and/or School Districts, and do not possess the resources, fundamental workplace and communications skills, family support, confidence or clarity necessary to decide what to do with their lives after high school.

Chester ExChange Give to this Fund

Chester ExChange seeks to help in the revitalization efforts of Chester City by bringing the community together to uplift the lives of its youth. Its mission is to create the Chester Youth Network Coalition, a network of city-wide partners that addresses educational inequality by working together to provide learning and enrichment opportunities for the children in Chester. By providing services to the partners (e.g., consulting, sharing best practices, and offering professional development activities), and sharing any funds raised based on the collective impact of the coalition’s contributions, it’s expected that Chester ExChange and the Network Coalition will benefit the children and their parents/guardians, the coalition agencies, and the community at large.

Giving to Special Funds

Girls Night Out Give to this Fund

Girls’ Night Out raises money to help women with cancer in Delaware County. Every year in October they hold a benefit – the Girls’ Night Out Fashion Show – to raise money for women with cancer. The foundation manages the Women Helping Women with Cancer fund.

Margaret M. & Frederick J. Dougherty Education Fund Give to this Fund

This fund, created by the Dougherty family in honor of Peg and Fred Dougherty, will provide financial support for high school students pursuing higher education opportunities by covering application, testing fees, and other related expenses.

Delco Greater Good Fund Give to this Fund

An endowed fund established by the Dumont family for general philanthropic and charitable giving in Delaware County.

Musical Performance Arts and Education Fund Give to this Fund

This fund, created by Alice and Walter Strine, shall provide financial support for community arts programming that engages young people to further their study and practice of musical performing arts.

Thomas Wolfarth EMS Training Fund Give to this Fund

Thomas “Wolfie” Wolfarth was a dedicated paramedic from Havertown, who died in 2009 after a long battle with brain cancer. The Wolfie Fund was established to provide support for training and education of Delaware County’s first responders.

Start a Fund

Allow us to be your partner in giving by setting up a donor fund. One of our strengths as a community foundation is connecting generous donors to the causes that are most important to them. If you would like to start a fund, our professionals can help you decide how to have the most enduring impact in a manner that is most convenient and advantageous for you.

The Foundation for Delaware County was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2021 Platinum Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2021 Platinum Seal, the foundation shared important information with the public using our profile on Now, in addition to finding a number of donation options, our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out The Foundation for Delaware County’s GuideStar Profile.