Despite all that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown at Delaware’s nonprofit sector — stay-at-home orders, supply shortages, limited capacity fundraising events, and more — our state’s nonprofits got creative in 2020 and found ways to step up for the people they serve. And now it’s time for Delawareans to step up and help our local nonprofits in 2021.
Do More 24 Delaware
For 24 hours, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021, Delaware will once again host its largest day of online giving: Do More 24 Delaware (https://www.domore24delaware.org). Hundreds of nonprofits and their supporters will be raising money and awareness as part of “Do More 24 Delaware,” a 24-hour day of giving for nonprofits serving Delaware. The fundraising event is once again being organized by United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association.
“In a healthy safe manner, giving online with Do More 24 Delaware can be a way for you to be a part of a statewide initiative,” said Charlie Vincent, Executive Director of Spur Impact. “Many of the fundraising events and activities of our local nonprofits have been cancelled over safety concerns. Despite additional federal and state grants over the past year, there is still a large need in our community for financial support.”
The Do More 24 Delaware planning committee has been working hard to secure corporate sponsorship and grants to go directly to local nonprofits. “We are excited to announce that we are on track to award over $500,000 in prize money to local nonprofits in various sectors of the community,” commented Vincent. “Nonprofits just need individuals to make the first step with an online donation!”
Delaware’s Giving Day
Founded by United Way of Delaware in 2016,Do More 24 Delaware is a one-day event during which nonprofits across the state participate in an around-the-clock friendly competition to raise funds that go directly to participating agencies. Nonprofits create their own outreach activities to engage supporters while also competing for additional matching donations and prizes funded by corporate and foundation donors.
Nonprofits benefit everyone
The amount of money donated to nonprofits in Delaware is more than funding from government, corporations, and foundations combined. These donations support the nonprofits that everyone typically thinks of, such as churches, colleges, and disaster relief organizations. But donations are just as vital to those community-focused organizations that many forget are also nonprofits.
For example, thousands of animals are taken in and later adopted each year from nonprofit animal shelters. Most of the 10,000+ babies born in Delaware each year are born in nonprofit hospitals. Tens of thousands of students enrolled in Delaware schools benefit every day from after school activities, summer camps, and music, arts, and athletics programs run by nonprofit organizations. These nonprofits would be unable to function without support from individual philanthropists.
Supporting our community
With record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and thousands of children and families still struggling, it’s imperative that nonprofits are supported so they can continue to help Delaware communities.
“The efforts of our community-based organizations in response to COVID-19 have been nothing short of heroic,” said Michelle A. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware. “In the wake of the pandemic, nonprofits banded together, identified critical needs and pivoted quickly to meet those needs. From providing food, shelter and financial assistance to providing personal protective equipment, computers and internet, and even learning pods, community-based organizations continue to provide vital support for our communities. Do More 24 Delaware is the one day we ask our communities to support these incredible nonprofits.”
How to donate
Visit www.domore24delaware.org during the 24 hours between 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, March 5. Once on the website, you can search for nonprofits in a variety of ways. You can also learn more about an organization’s mission, programs, financials, and more by clicking on the verification link or by visiting their website. You can then choose to donate or continue searching.
What if I can’t find my favorite nonprofit on the Do More 24 Delaware site? While we encourage participation in Do More 24 Delaware, it is not required that nonprofits participate. If your favorite nonprofit does not have a fundraising page set up, you cannot use the Do More 24 Delaware website to donate to them and they will not be eligible for prizes on the giving day. Instead, give them a call and encourage them to participate. Everyone is welcome!