Delaware's Next Generation of Philanthropists

How do you turn ambitious young professionals into the philanthropic leaders of tomorrow? Many organizations have struggled to find the best way to harness the enthusiasm and creativity of young professionals who desire to give back to their communities. However, there is a long-established program right here in Delaware with a proven track record for grooming young leaders into tomorrow’s philanthropists — a program that requires hard work and dedication, but, at the same time, is exciting and rewarding.

The Next Generation of the Delaware Community Foundation is a group of like-minded young adults who work together to support Delaware charities and non-profits. Our mission is to develop young professionals into effective non-profit board leaders. Working under the umbrella of the Delaware Community Foundation, which manages the business of hundreds of area non-profit organizations, Next Gen is  an autonomous group responsible for executing two events per year and selecting the non-profit organizations which will share the proceeds from the fundraising efforts. The focus of our giving is in two-year cycles, with a change in focus at the end of each cycle.

We gain experience with administration, fundraising, grants, traditional education and community outreach — all key elements of future non-profit board membership.

In the current cycle, Next Gen is focused on funding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs in Delaware. We’ve awarded $24,550 to four deserving organizations in February, including the Delaware Adolescent Program (DAPI); First State Robotics, Inc.; the Latin American Community Center (LACC) and Serviam Girls Academy. All of these organizations will use the grant money to support youth education in the STEM field. Over the past ten years, Next Gen has granted over $280,000 to Delawareans in need.

Next Gen has developed a talent pipeline for the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow by encouraging philanthropic giving, with a perfect balance of education and enjoyment. Becoming the philanthropic leaders of tomorrow is a monumental task, yet members of The Next Generation have a leg up on the competition, and the network to match.

Please plan to join us this Saturday, March 1st for our fourth annual Next Gen Chips for Charity fundraiser. Held at the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas, party-goers can participate in table games, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, while enjoying plenty to eat, an open bar and a DJ. And, all chips are converted into raffle tickets at the end of the evening for large-ticket items such as flat screen TVs, vacations and plenty of spirits to stock your home bar. Visit or contact for tickets.

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  • Your comment “I really don’t see what’s in this for me” says it all. It’s volunteering and therefore it’s not about you. It’s about helping others and living the motto Service Above Self. And, when you help others, you make your community a better place. Obviously I’m passionate about this cause. I’m one of the original members of Next Gen. Keep up the good work Next Gen!