Since 1997, our annual gala—held on the 2nd Thursday in October—marks the anniversary of the 1977 passage of the federal Community Reinvestment Act—U.S. law that ensures help meet the credit needs of their communities, especially in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Here in the First State, DCRAC helps hold banks to that commitment—and ensures that Delaware residents can participate in the financial systems rooted in our own community.
For individual clients, we advocate, educate, and interpret, so that each can manage their own financial future and thrive within mainstream banking and legal systems that weren’t necessarily designed for their needs. Working across the philanthropic space statewide, we proudly partner with other community organizations to match services with need, ensuring everyone who walks through our doors has the support, resources, and knowledge they came for—whether it’s at DCRAC or elsewhere.
Our experience proves that the most effective response to an extraordinary moment can look surprisingly ordinary: giving people of limited means access to the same mainstream institutions—a bank or a law firm—that their affluent neighbors take for granted. Let’s close the racial wealth divide in Delaware together.
Governments and philanthropy have simply not invested in shoring up and strengthening the nonprofit sector—the essential businesses of our communities—in a way that allows for flexibility, innovation, or sustainability during and beyond this difficult moment.
DCRAC’s landmark $5 million capital campaign for unrestricted grants and gifts is critical for our community to thrive.
A Community Thrives, a program funded by the Gannett Foundation and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, invests in community-building initiatives across the country. More than 24,000 people crowdfunded $3,703,911 and the Gannett Foundation distributed an additional $2,300,000 in grants to more than 200 organizations.
In recent years, DCRAC has successfully applied for funding through this program on the Mighty Cause platform providing donors an opportunity to support our initiative for the year.
Giving Tuesday started in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City. Held annually the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday has become a global day that encourages people around the world to celebrate nonprofits by donating their time and money to those causes in different ways. Do More 24 Delaware and Delaware Gives are distinct initiatives designed to create opportunities for new and existing donors to celebrate and support nonprofits serving Delaware in a way that can be complementary to an organization's existing efforts around how they engage their donors on Giving Tuesday.
The state's largest 24-hour day of giving is a great way to raise awareness and engage new donors. Do More 24 Delaware is designed to be a fun and easy way for the entire community to impact philanthropy and be inspired to donate to nonprofits serving Delaware. It is a unique 24-hour giving event that showcases the amazing and vital work of nonprofit organizations serving our state. The goal is to inspire Delawareans to come together for 24 hours and contribute as much as they can financially to the causes and organizations that they support. Please visit the website below for more information.