State Profile – Delaware

About This Profile

Across the United States, the charitable sector generates incredible impact on both communities and economies. This profile is a snapshot of major statistics about Delaware’s charitable community. It’s designed to give you a broad sense of the scale and diversity of nonprofits, foundations, and charities across the state. A downloadable PDF version is available above.



Number of Delaware Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 5,523
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 3,050
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,226
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 1,247

* includes civic leagues, chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, etc


Economic Impact of the Delaware Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 44,707 – almost 12% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates almost $6 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of nearly $16.8 billion
  • Delaware foundations annually give over $865 billion
  • Delawareans give over $476 million to charity each year, representing 2.74 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Delaware Communities

Deliver vital community services

The Red Cross Delmarva in Wilmington, DE spans 3 states, providing lifesaving services to more than 1.4 million people across the Peninsula. In Maryland and Delaware, the Red Cross and its partners have installed over 7,580 smoke alarms and served more than 7,233 people.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays addresses the environmental concerns of the state’s natural resources. The Stockley Center Stormwater Dry Pond Retrofit project of 2017 reduced 2.3 pounds/year of phosphorus, 17.1 pounds/ year of nitrogen, and 514.8 pounds/year of sediment to the stream and Inland Bays.

Contribute to vibrant communities

In addition to its wide-ranging seasonal offerings, OperaDelaware’s programs have provided quality arts education to underserved students in the past 6 years from various Title 1 schools throughout Wilmington, with specific focus on the Warner School.

Give voice to the people they serve

An essential part of Dupont’s corporate giving program is to connect with people and drive progress through community outreach, education partnerships, and a strong culture of volunteerism. This strategic approach to community impact is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and enables Dupont to meet local needs while empowering employees in the communities where they work and live.



Note: The “nonprofit sector” encompasses organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes both public charities and private foundations [501(c)(3)] and other nonprofits such as civic league organizations [501(c)(4)]. Exceptions are noted when relevant.

Employment Information

Best estimate based on available data from the following sources:

The 2019 nonprofit employment report, Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, Nonprofit Employment Bulletin #47, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 2019 {Data is 2016, page 3}

State employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, 2010 total employment by state


Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area

Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, Delaware’s Philanthropic Sector: A Post-Recession Assessment. Winter 2012. {Data are 2012}


Number of Nonprofits

Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, State Summary reports {Data is 2013}
Asset and Revenues
Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, “Registered Nonprofit Organizations by State (BMF 12/2015)” {Data are 2015}

Foundation Giving

The Foundation Center, FC Stats: “Foundation Stats: Total Grantmaking Foundations”{Data are 2015}


Individual Giving

How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. {Data are 2014}.


Nonprofit examples:

American Red Cross of Delmarva: and

Dupont Community Impact:

Opera Delaware:

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays: and


As of October 2019

Resource Types: Fact Sheet