Accomplishing more together than we can do alone we can create a more vibrant Delaware County. Through smart philanthropy and informed decision-making, we’re a catalyst for change – mobilizing resources and providing leadership to solve community challenges. Our programs and initiatives inspire ideas and ignite action. Please join our email list and consider donating to support our efforts. The foundation is grateful to people like you who want to make a difference.
Invest in Delaware County Through Grantmaking
The foundation supports its grantmaking partnerships with a growing, permanent charitable endowment for Delaware County. We invest that endowment wisely for the long term, and each year we use a portion of the endowment, supplemented by generous contributions to make gifts to nonprofits serving our community.
We provide grants through:
Current priorities for the competitive grantmaking process include children’s health and well-being, community and economic development, food security, and hospice and homecare. The FY21 Impact Grants RFP is available here and grant awards will be announced in late April, 2021. FY20 grant awards announced in March 2020 can be found here.
Grants are awarded from donor-advised funds, designated funds, scholarships, field of interest funds and more. Gifts from these funds are used to support cancer programs, hospice, programs for seniors, the arts, the environment, education and more.
Our goal is to inspire philanthropy and to assist donors who wish to achieve a positive impact. We are dedicated to raising awareness of needs across the community and to helping you support the causes you care about most.
Whether it’s the arts, health care, education, human services, the environment, or another cause, we have flexible giving options that can help you do good in the communities you love. Join us:
Advance Public Health
Our roots are deep – the foundation’s inherited programs have addressed critical needs in Delaware County for over 25 years. Our portfolio of public health programs focused on improving the health of mothers and children includes Healthy Start, Nurse-Family Partnership and WIC – all federally funded maternal health programs. Restricted funds inherited from the sale of the Crozer-Keystone Health System enable us to focus on several other public health issues including supporting people with cancer, helping seniors age in place and inspiring teens to succeed. Public health is also addressed through our special projects and grantmaking.
Serve as a Convener and Catalyst
The foundation serves as a leader addressing issues of importance in county life, bringing together partners who share similar goals, lending a county-wide perspective to important conversations, and providing a model of effective practices for other nonprofits.
Delaware County Funders Group: We established the Delaware County Funders Group to promote collaboration and share information. For more information, please reach out to Frances Sheehan.
Center for Nonprofit Excellence: We are creating capacity building opportunities for nonprofit leaders serving Delaware County. Learn about our new peer learning circle program and nonprofit management certificate program. Stay tuned for future opportunities. To learn more contact Katie Kenyon.
Census: The foundation provided grants management for the 2020 Census. Learn more.