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Delaware, here are 15 ideas for your 2021 Giving Tuesday dollars

Where to give locally for Giving Tuesday? Here are more than a dozen ideas.

Get your cards out: Giving Tuesday is here. (Photo by Andrea-Piacquadio from Pexels)

You made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now it’s time for nonprofits to get the spotlight with Giving Tuesday, the nearly decade-old online giving holiday.

Delaware does not have an official Giving Tuesday organization, at least according to the U.S. map on But it does have Delaware Gives, a virtual fundraising platform created by Spur Impact that provides year-round fundraising as well as virtual events, such as the marathon Do More 24 Delaware event that returns on March 3 to 4. So far, more than 100 nonprofits have signed up for the 2022 Do More 24, Spur Impact Executive Director Charles Vincent told Incentives for that event include a $400,000 Delaware Division of the Arts Stretch Pool.

In the meantime, it’s Giving Tuesday, and Delaware nonprofits are putting on their fundraising hats and encouraging people to give what they can this year.

On the DE Gives platform:

  • Serviam Girls Academy, a tuition-free, donor-funded middle school for low-income girls in Wilmington is raising funds to build a “gym-a-caf-a-torium.”
  • Nativity Prep, another tuition-free middle school for disadvantaged boys, is running a campaign to support its high school and college preparatory program.
  • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, which serves homeless families and those who are at-risk, is launching its end-of-year fundraiser that will continue at least through the holidays.
  • The Brandywine Zoo has launched its “Support An Animal!” fundraiser.
  • A friend of Children and Families First has launched a fundraiser to support the organization, which helps children facing adversity.

One Village Alliance, Delaware Antiracist Alliance and Delaware Women for Inclusion have launched a holiday giving program that will directly help local families in need this season:

NAMI Delaware is fundraising to support mental health care in Delaware:

Delaware Libraries has an active Giving Tuesday campaign where participants can give to their local Delaware library to support programming, Wi-Fi hotspots, bookmobiles, supplies and kits for learning, and adding new books to the library system’s collection:

First Tee Delaware’s campaign supports using the game of golf to help youth develop confidence and skills:

Connecting Generations Delaware is raising funds to support its child-focused programming:

YWCA Delaware’s goal is to eliminate racism and empower women through programming, classes and community outreach:

Support Black prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal care with Black Mothers in Power:

University of Delaware is fundraising to support departments and programs that work hard on environmental issues:

Also connected to UD, the Delaware Sea Grant is raising funds for its work in the inland bays:

Policy scientist Troy Mix is using HenFunder to support the UD Institute for Public Administration:

To find more local Giving Tuesday campaigns, just search for #GivingTuesday on social media.

Companies: Spur Impact

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