Nonprofit, philanthropic groups launch coronavirus initiative

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Four nonprofit and philanthropic entities have launched an initiative to generate resources necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Delaware. The group is coordinating fundraising, grantmaking and volunteer activities.

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and United Way of Delaware (UWDE) are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to donate to this collective response. Donations can be made to:

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, United Way 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 the 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.

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