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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Delaware

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We are working our way across the country week-by-week to feature some of the highly-rated organizations serving the people and communities of each state. This week we’re taking a look at some of Delaware’s top charities. These organizations are working hard to protect the history and culture of the First State and provide for its residents and families.

Delaware Nature Society (Hockessin, DE)
Educating today, preserving for tomorrow

Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) is the pre-eminent non-profit environmental organization in the state. DNS is unique in the way it integrates education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy. Currently, thousands of members support this important work and/or participate in programs while over 1,000 volunteers assist the 33 member core staff and interns so that annual programs continue to improve and increase. DNS works to foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural world through education; to preserve ecologically significant areas; and to advocate stewardship and conservation of natural resources.

Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
Collecting, preserving, and interpreting the unfolding history of American enterprise

Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. It is located on the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America, especially the Middle Atlantic region. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society. The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes and administers the Hagley Museum and Library's interaction with the world of scholarship. It brings attention to Hagley's research collections and generates intellectual dialogue at Hagley.

Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE)
Connecting people to art

The Delaware Art Museum's mission is to connect people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions, and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers, and inspires. Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. The Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a 9-acre sculpture park.

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware (Wilmington, DE)
Keeping children healthy through helping families

Founded in 1986, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a safe, affordable "home away from home" to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals and operates 3 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms within pediatric units of hospitals across Delaware. The House is a place where families can stay together and receive the kind of special care they need at such difficult times. Families find a bit of comfort and peace and a hot evening meal after a long day at the Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware's mission is to support families in reaching the hope of tomorrow from the challenges of today.

Delaware Humane Association (Wilmington, DE)
We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves

Founded in 1957, the Delaware Humane Association (DHA) acts as a voice for companion animals and enhances their welfare by providing temporary shelter, spay/neuter services, humane education programs, and adoption/placement resources. Each year, hundreds of animals come to DHA in search of a warm bed, a good meal, and most importantly, a new home. Staff members go the extra mile to prepare each dog or cat for a new home by keeping them well-groomed, giving them daily exercise and affection, providing obedience training and any necessary medical care. In addition, DHA hosts a number of programs which benefit the community, including rabies clinics, educational workshops, pet therapy, and an affordable spay/neuter program.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated organizations serving the people and places of Delaware.

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