The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its December 2018 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity to assist with relocating their ReStore to a larger, more prominent location along Dupont Highway.


Community Legal Aid Society to upgrade security measures and repair safety issues in its Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown offices.

Delaware Nature Society to assist with converting their farming operations to bio-intensive organic vegetable production, with the ultimate goal of establishing Delaware's first regenerative farm.


Easterseals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore to add Applied Behavior Analysis services for children under age three diagnosed with Autism, where no providers are currently offering services for this specific age group.

Family Counseling Center of St. Paul's to support the renovation of their new headquarters, which they recently purchased at 301 N. Van Buren Street.


Green Beret Project to assist with their Simon Circle Youth Center (The Work Shop) project to expand and improve facilities to serve more at-risk youth in southern Delaware.

The Jefferson School to assist with their capital campaign to fund a building which will include a multipurpose space, visual and performing arts classrooms, and four additional middle school classrooms.


Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington to assist with a technology request to purchase 25 iPads to increase student technology skills and teacher iPad training to effectively instruct on the new subject matter.


Spur Impact to assist with the creation of Delaware Gives Day, a statewide day of giving, to unify those that live and work in Delaware to support Delaware-based nonprofits.


Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to assist with their Old Town Laurel Initiative that will result in six new owner-occupied homes that were rundown rentals.


Grant Recipient Spotlight

After many years of planning, Sussex Montessori School (SMS) will open in September 2020 with 260 children in grades K1-3, then add one grade per year until full enrollment with 455 students in K1-6 by 2023.

The Montessori Method creates students who are confident, persistent, adaptable, responsible, creative, and academically prepared. It is designed to educate the whole child, utilizing personalized learning, peer relationships, and real-life skills to develop innovative thinkers and global citizens. 

SMS will be unique among U.S. public charter schools because of the rural background of students and the cultural and economic diversity of the school’s enrollment. 

“Why Sussex County? Because there are very little choices in Sussex County,” said Linda Zankowsky, chairwoman of the Sussex Montessori board. “There is not really any significant variety in Sussex County for parents to make a choice about their education for their children. We are offering a choice for children,”

The 8.5-acre former farm and granary site for the school in Seaford was purchased in February 2019. The farm’s oversized barn, farmhouse, and various outbuildings will be readily converted with help from the Welfare Foundation, and are ideal for the Montessori curriculum, which utilizes indoor and outdoor experiences and responsibilities as key components of learning. 

Montessori School Planned for Sussex - Delaware State News, May 28, 2019

New charter school to offer free tuition in Sussex County - ABC 47 News, April 11, 2019