The Foundation for Delaware County is a community foundation founded in 2016 with a mission to create a vibrant future for Delaware County by promoting generosity in and for the people of our county, improving the well-being of our residents, and energizing participation and partnership across our communities. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we rely on donations to help us address opportunities and important issues across Delaware County. With your help, we will continue to support the nonprofit community, manage our high quality maternal health programs, and convene and collaborate with partners who align with our mission.

Join us in moving Delaware County forward.

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Give to the Foundation
  Donate 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Thank you for supporting our 5th anniversary celebration on May 19, 2022.
  Donate Delco Forward Fund
Support for the Delco Forward Fund provides unrestricted support to the foundation. Your donation is an investment in our community, enabling The Foundation for Delaware County to serve as a leader in addressing pressing community issues like improving our county’s emergency food system and launching a public health department, while also supporting our core operating budget, our programs, and our grantmaking.
  Donate General Support
  Donate The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  Donate Women's and Children's General Services
Nonprofit Funds
Donate Circle of Giving 2020
Circle of Giving 2020 was established in March 2020 when it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would severely impact local families. Since that time, more than $55,000 has been raised. Donations to Circle of Giving help to provide groceries, gift cards, meals and school supplies to Delaware County families.
  Donate Circle of Giving - Community of Giving Sponsorship
Your $1,500 donation will provide ten families with a meal from a local restaurant and a $100 Acme gift card. In appreciation of your support, Circle of Giving 2020 will recognize your business on social media and add your logo to their website.
  Donate FCSDC Maria Shelmire Fund
An endowed fund to help FCSDC provide essential services that address vulnerable residents' mental health, food insecurity, homelessness, and other social service needs. Over the last 100 years, FCSDC has helped individuals in our community meet their basic needs and build stronger communities through healthy, empowered individuals. The Maria Shelmire Endowment Fund will help sustain our organization and work for the next 100 years.
Donate Library Foundation of Delaware County, Pennsylvania
The mission of the Library Foundation of Delaware County, PA is to secure resources and funding that will enhance basic library services provided by member libraries of the Delaware County Library System. Your generosity provides support for programs and services of the 26 public libraries that serve residents of Delaware County. The Foundation for Delaware County is honored to provide accounting and finance support for the Library Foundation.
Donate Refugee School Supplies
Refugee School Supplies provides school supplies to refugee families in the Philadelphia area. Specially curated packages for elementary, middle, and high school students provide essential school needs.
Donate The Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a life-changing program that transforms local middle and high-school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. As a fiscal sponsor, the foundation is honored to provide accounting, financial oversight, and administrative services for YEA!. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s fiscal sponsor, The Foundation for Delaware County is a 501 (c)(3) organization with Tax ID# 22-2540853. Donations may be made online or via check. Checks may be addressed to The Foundation for Delaware County, 200 East State Street, Suite 304, Media, PA 19063 (indicate YEA! on the note section). Online donations via credit card will display as The Foundation for Delaware County on the credit card bill. You can also make a transfer of stock using the foundation’s DTC #0141. Please be sure to notify us if you are making a transfer so that we are aware that the transfer is being made. Check with your employer for matching gift opportunities.
Other Funds
  Donate Cancer Care Programs
For support of cancer related programs and services.
Donate CASA Youth Advocates Children's Futures Fund
An agency endowed fund to help CASA fulfill their mission to help abused and neglected children live well, achieve academic excellence, and experience the joys of childhood by providing them with trained volunteer advocates who speak for their best interests.
  Donate Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids provides contactless safe sleep education and a crib for qualified families.
  Donate Delaware County Public Health Fund
The Foundation for Delaware County has established the Delaware County Public Health Fund to support the development of our county’s new Public Health Department. Funds raised will be used to support efforts such as educating the county’s residents about what a public health department means for our community, for pilot programs designed to create the highest quality public health department, and other costs not covered by tax dollars.
Donate Girls Night Out
Girls’ Night Out raises money to help women with cancer in Delaware County. Every year in October they hold a benefit - the Girls' Night Out Fashion Show - to raise money for women with cancer. The foundation manages the Women Helping Women with Cancer fund.
  Donate Hospice and Home Care Fund
For support of hospice and home care services.
  Donate James Hayes Memorial
In memory of James Hayes.
  Donate Margaret M. & Frederick J. Dougherty Education Fund
This fund, created by the Dougherty family in honor of Peg and Fred Dougherty, will provide financial support for high school students pursuing higher education opportunities by covering application, testing fees, and other related expenses.
Donate Senior Community Services, Inc. Endowment Fund
An endowed fund to help Senior Community Services (SCS) fulfill their mission to help older people in Delaware County live healthier, more active, and more independent lives. Over the last 45 years, SCS has developed an extensive portfolio that includes four nationally-accredited senior centers, the county’s oldest and largest home-delivered meal program for frail elders, and a Cognitive Stimulation program that improves brain health.
  Donate The Delco Greater Good Fund
An endowed fund established by the Dumont family for general philanthropic and charitable giving in Delaware County.
  Donate The Fund for Food Security
Funds will be used to support the SHARE food program’s launch of a centralized food bank, to strengthen the emergency food response system, and to support our county’s emergency food providers, all in Delaware County.
  Donate The Musical Performance Arts and Education Fund
This fund, created by Alice and Walter Strine, shall provide financial support for community arts programming that engages young people to further their study and practice of musical performing arts.
  Donate Thomas Wolfarth EMS Training Fund
Thomas “Wolfie” Wolfarth was a dedicated paramedic from Havertown, who died in 2009 after a long battle with brain cancer. The Wolfie Fund was established to provide support for training and education of Delaware County’s first responders.
  Donate Women & Children's Emergency Funds
The Women and Children’s Emergency Fund supports program participant’s enrolled in the foundation’s maternal health programs including Healthy Start and Nurse-Family Partnership. Funding can help families with unforeseen emergency needs such as repairing/replacing a broken refrigerator, buying cribs, beds or other essentials, paying for a car seat to transport their child home from the hospital after giving birth, an emergency heating repair or heating oil order, purchasing diapers, baby formula, covering health insurance or prescription copays and much more.
  Donate Youth Development United
Providing youth from under-served communities with experiences that inspire them.
Other Funds