GEORGETOWN — Two Georgetown-based nonprofits were huge beneficiaries of philanthropy during last week’s Do More 24 Delaware campaign — the First State’s 24-hour period of giving geared to help nonprofits raise more money and engage new donors.
The Shepherd’s Office, whose mission is to help the homeless, hungry and lonely, and the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House, which provides a safe, sober and structured living environment for women in recovery, combined to garner more than $94,000 in support during the event, staged Thursday and Friday.
Overall, this year’s Do More 24 Delaware, organized by the United Way of Delaware and the Spur Impact Association, generated nearly $2 million for the approximately 400 registered nonprofits. The $1,946,001 raised this year shattered 2020’s mark of $389,452 for 276 nonprofits.
On the leader board, The Shepherd’s Office, counting bonus awards, totaled $51,837, good for fourth overall, and the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House was fifth with $42,710. Both monetary marks surpassed the organizations’ goals — $50,000 for The Shepherd’s Office and $20,000 for Barbara K. Brooks.
The two organizations also topped the small-nonprofit category in monetary support, and they also were highest overall in the number of donors, with Barbara K. Brooks nosing out The Shepherd’s Office by one, 404-403.
The overall leader in financial support was OperaDelaware ($82,153), followed by Sanford School ($61,170) and Family Promise of Northern New Castle County ($57,985).
Also cracking the top 10 overall recipients were Clear Space Theatre Co., based in Rehoboth Beach ($36,420) and Strive: How You Lead Matters, which facilitates the power of character-driven leadership in Kent, Sussex and New Castle counties ($28,541).
Combined Campaign for Justice ranked ninth on the large nonprofit leader board, with $24,268.
Also cracking the small nonprofit top 10 were Strive: How You Lead Matters, Supporting Kidds ($21,735), Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding ($10,540) and Code Purple Kent County ($10,530).
“It was a great day of our supporters coming together and showing us their love and encouragement for our mission and cause,” said The Shepherd’s Office Director Jim Martin. “We made our goal! Thank you all so, so much! We love you!”
By every measure, this year’s campaign, conducted entirely online, surpassed all expectations and all previous years’ fundraising metrics.
“I’m humbled by and grateful for this outpouring of support for so many nonprofits across Delaware,” said United Way of Delaware President/Chief Executive Officer Michelle Taylor. “These organizations are on the front lines, every day, doing the work that keeps our community vibrant and whole. To see their work so obviously valued and honored by thousands of donors in an overwhelming show of support is both heartwarming and encouraging. Thank you, Delaware.”
This year’s event pumped more than 10,000 donations to hundreds of nonprofits statewide.
“The pandemic has hit the nonprofit sector hard, but to raise nearly $2 million for more than 400 nonprofits serving Delaware in 24 hours speaks to the generosity of all Delawareans and particularly those young professionals trying to make an impact with their philanthropic dollars,” said Charlie Vincent, executive director of Spur Impact, which connects young people, inspiring them to get involved in their communities. “We are proud that the Delaware Gives platform was able to power this event and look forward to seeing how much more we can do next year.”
Mr. Martin offered congratulations to each of the participating organizations.
“A big shout-out to all the other nonprofits who participated and moved their important missions and causes forward in 2021, so that we all can help more people in need,” he said.
For more information and results of the event, visit the Do More 24 Delaware website.