A Nonprofit Collaborative Response to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic
In March, 2020, a group of Delaware’s philanthropic and nonprofit leaders launched a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic comprising four elements:
Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF targets emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities for the longer term. The DCF, in partnership with Philanthropy Delaware (PD), works with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response. This response will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.
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.
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 and volunteer portal.
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.
Please direct questions to Sarah Grunewald.