Mission Statement

Originally formed in 1930 by Pierre S. du Pont and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the Welfare Foundation is a IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses its assets and the income they generate to promote the social welfare of people and communities across the State of Delaware and in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. 


The Welfare Foundation was proud to provide a grant in December to the Wilmington Institute Free Library to assist them with executing their expansion of the North Branch Library, located at 34th and Market in Wilmington.

Grant Recipient Spotlight

The Wilmington Library and the North Wilmington Branch Library operate as a single public library system serving residents of Wilmington and New Castle County.


There is evidence, via a hand-written receipt for dues, that the Wilmington Library was first incorporated in 1754. Today, the Library is determined to be a driving force behind the stabilization of North Wilmington.

With help from Welfare Foundation and other funders, the North Wilmington Library branch is expanding and more than doubling its space.