Delaware nonprofits recognized in state proclamation [video]

 Gov. Jack Markell meets with officials from the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (Shana O'Malley/for NewsWorks)

Gov. Jack Markell meets with officials from the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (Shana O'Malley/for NewsWorks)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a proclamation making November “Nonprofit Awareness Month” in the First State.

The proclamation, which is supported by the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), raises awareness for the 1,000 not-for-profit businesses in Delaware that provide vital services to the state.

“I can’t imagine what like would be like in Delaware without the unbelievable contributions of the not-for-profit community,” said Markell during the signing. “Imagine what the impact would be on taxpayers. Because the fact is, there’s a lot of people who need services, and for so many of those neighbors of ours, friends and relatives, the not-for-profit community steps up and leads the way.”

From the Blood Bank of Delmarva to the Special Olympics to the Delaware State Parks, these are just a few of the 300 members of DANA. The agency provides support and training to nonprofit members to strengthen and enhance the sector throughout the state.

“If you live in Delaware you benefit from non-profits everyday whether you realize it or not and part of this is to hopefully get the folks to start thinking about it,” explained Christopher Grundner, president and CEO of DANA. “At this time of year where nonprofits are a little bit crunched at the end of the year, we’re hopeful that everybody will give back whether they’re volunteering or giving their dollars, their support is needed.”

Nonprofits in the state employ more than 60,000 Delawareans, making up 14 percent of the state’s workforce.

Grudner said he’s hopeful Delawareans will think of their local nonprofits on “Giving Tuesday” which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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