A partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $3 million to 150 Delaware nonprofits so far. The fund awarded grants each week March 27-May 22, two additional rounds in June, and monthly grants in July, August and September. Additional grants will be awarded from the fund in early 2021.
- Stuart Comstock-Gay, president & CEO, Delaware Community Foundation (chair)
- H. Raye Jones Avery, retired CEO, Christina Cultural Arts Center
- Jeff Banning, Trinity Logistics
- Jennifer Cho, Barclays Bank
- There Du Pont, Longwood Foundation
- Chris Grundner, Welfare Foundation
- Daniel Okonkwo, JPMorgan Chase
- Karen Speakman, NCALL
Community Needs Council
- Leslie Newman, Retired CEO, Children & Families First (chair)
- April Birmingham, M&T Bank
- Don Brown, retired corporate counsel, DuPont
- Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
- Todd Veale, Laffey-McHugh
- Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
- Amy Walls, Discover Bank
Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.
The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.
The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.
To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund.
Please email questions to Sarah Grunewald.