Rescuing the Rescuers

Some of our most important nonprofit service agencies are in fiscal trouble—which could mean trouble for us all. Can they change their ways? More important, can we?



Illustration by Robert Burch
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As Joan Moallem plays an old upright at the Francis X. Norton Center in Wilmington, 200 people pile in from the streets of West Center City. Many are homeless. Some are HIV positive. Others are addicted to crack. They’ve come together to share a Thanksgiving feast.

Moallem, who’s spent decades in mental hospitals battling schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, identifies with her audience. “I’ve been there and back,” she says. Her walk is slow. Her hands shake. Yet Moallem’s trembling fingers produce a nearly perfect “Oh Holy Night.”

“The music is a gift from God,” she says. “But without my group, I’d be institutionalized for life.”

The group is Connections CSP, a statewide agency that provides treatment, housing, and rehabilitation services for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Last year, when Moallem was committed to the Delaware Psychiatric Center for the third time, Connections CSP picked up her case, then provided her with a managed apartment. “I owe them my life,” she says.

Executive director Catherine Devaney McKay assumes most folks have never heard of Connections CSP. “Homelessness and substance abuse are not exactly subjects people talk about openly,” she says. Yet without such charities, nonprofit leaders agree that Wilmington’s homeless situation could mirror Philadelphia’s.

“The amount of charities that are here and the amount that goes on, on a per capita basis, is phenomenal,” says Cam Yorkston, a consultant who has guided 150 nonprofits in 32 years. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, 5,233 operate in Delaware. Of those, 2,865 are 501(c)(3) public charities. The groups fall under myriad categories, from culture to social service.

And many are in trouble. The money needed to sustain them, it seems, is shrinking. And without them, people like Moallem will suffer.

So will any Delawarean who patronizes a theater, museum, Little League, community center, hospital, college or church.

“If nonprofits cease to exist,” says Pam Cornforth, chair of the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, “we all lose.”

What we’ve had to do in the last five to 10 years is change people’s thinking to make the individual donor a larger part of the revenue stream,” says Yorkston.

The economics are basic.

“If you don’t have charitable dollars flowing in from people who care, nonprofits will not meet their operational costs, will accumulate debt and possibly go out of business,” Yorkston says. “The business of providing services then falls to the public sector. There would be more unattended homeless people in Delaware.”

Charitable giving in Delaware is unique among states. In most, individual donations make up 70 percent of all funds, with the remainder donated by corporations and institutions. Here, that figure is reversed, according to Peter Morrow, president of the Longwood Foundation: Corporations have, historically, done 70 percent of the giving. Some have curbed their giving over the past couple years. Individuals have yet to make up the difference.

Why? Most of us—66 percent of those surveyed—don’t believe nonprofits operate efficiently, according to a 2001 study by DANA. The group’s Image of Nonprofit Sector Task Force also discovered that only 19 percent think charities actually help people.

“You’re talking about people (nonprofit workers) who’ve been trained not to toot their horns,” says Audrey Alvarado, executive director of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations. Their modesty and selflessness, it turns out, has harmed them.

“Nonprofits have to tell people what it means to give, who the giving serves and why it helps,” says Valerie Pletcher, chair of the DANA task force. “We also need to do a better job of showing how accountable we are and give colleagues tools to improve transparent operations.”

“The problem,” she says, “is that there’s confusion when groups appear to share the same mission.”

For example, art enthusiasts can support OperaDelaware, the Delaware Theatre Company or any of Delaware’s 314 cultural nonprofits. Education: 49 groups. Environmental groups, such as The Nature Conservancy in Delaware: 54. Religious, like The Ministry of Caring: 536. Community improvement, such as Wilmington Housing Partnership: 156.

Large nonprofits such as the University of Delaware and Christiana Care Health System employ specialists to perform marketing functions. Smaller groups have to be creative when trying to build awareness.

When the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition throws a gala, local breast cancer survivors become star attractions, proving that breast cancer affects everyone. Faithful Friends makes pet adoption easy by taking animals to shopping malls to show them off. The Reverend Thomas Laymon himself buys radio airtime to tout the Sunday Breakfast Mission. David Amado, music director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, is quashing snootiness by regularly appearing on cable access TV programs. And United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware gets ink as the official corporate charity of the Blue Rocks.

The duty of public relations at many nonprofits falls to executives and development directors, though most of their time is spent securing program subsidies. It’s easier to get funding for brick and mortar than it is for operating expenses. Fred Sears, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, which manages charitable funds and awards grants, says The United Way and the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee are the only groups that continually fund operating costs, unless the organization has a contract to perform services for the state, federal government or other groups.

“The vast majority of foundations will only provide funds for capital projects because they’re one-time requests,” Sears says. “Operating funds tend to be annual needs, and funders don’t want to get involved in annual requests.”

Medicaid, Medicare and the state fund Connections CSP, where McKay runs 325 units of housing and a fleet of 50 vehicles. Yet she can barely afford basic operating expenses such as gas and utilities. The nonprofit is the largest of its kind in Delaware, yet McKay did not meet capital campaign goals last year. “The total project cost was $10 million,” she says. “We borrowed $7 million. That tells you how well we did.”

The ramifications? Last year, Connections CSP served 5,000 people, most of them homeless. If the organization folded, the state would find shelter for some clients, but most would fall through the cracks.

Cornforth, of the DANA, says, “Nonprofits need to talk about the value they bring to the Delaware economy.” DANA reports that Delaware nonprofits have $9.1 billion in assets and represent 7 percent of the gross state product. “Good public awareness inspires donor loyalty.”

Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen and one of the 2007 NonProfit Times 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders, says people in Delaware are very generous.

“But it’s rare that nonprofits get any regular media coverage, save for seasonal stories or, in too many instances lately, when there is a scandal to report,” Egger says. “In that vacuum, folks don’t get a real accurate read on how influential and important the work of the sector is in every community.”

Recent bad press—The Red Cross 9-11 problem, the Washington, D.C., United Way scandal—is one reason nonprofit leaders have to prove their effect. Groups have to rebuild consumer confidence and boost transparency by quantifying and qualifying goals. “The old model a decade ago asked how many kids came through the door,” says former United Way of Delaware president John “Drew” Langloh. “Now we need to qualify how those kids are better off.”

The Beautiful Gate Outreach Center, a nonprofit run out of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church annex in Wilmington, has served 15,000 people affected by HIV and AIDS since 2000. “It’s a mixed bag,” says executive director Renee Palmore Beaman. “We’re faith based. We have medical on site. We teach. We can quantify most things. But some of our success is intangible. And intangible isn’t always measurable.”

Intangible doesn’t fly anymore, especially at the Longwood Foundation. To win a grant, presenters must clearly articulate the uniqueness of their missions. “We need to know the details of what [nonprofits] plan to do,” Morrow says. “Then we want to know where the money will come from to complete the project. Many fall apart at that juncture.”

Beaman knows collaborations ignite public relations. By pooling resources and sharing costs, there is less duplication of services, less public solicitation for the same dollars and more money to hire shared marketing professionals.

One merger proves how communities are impacted when nonprofits join forces. The Delaware Aging Network (known as DAN), a consortium of 30 agencies, serves older adults in the areas of transportation, health care, housing and advocacy. In two years DAN has provided individual support to 1,200 people in Kent and New Castle counties. The collaboration partners Jewish Family Services, the Modern Maturity Center, the Sussex County Mobility Consortium, CHEER, Easter Seals, Generations Home Care, Kent-Sussex Industries and Nanticoke Senior Center, among others.

“We’re creative and innovative because we have to be,” says DAN executive director Susan Getman. “Our resources are constrained by various factors, while the need for our services never goes away—and often increases in slow economic times.”

Helen Berman of Dover says DAN came through when the government didn’t. When she developed a narrowing of the spine called spinal stenosis, she had to stop driving herself to physical therapy. Medicare wouldn’t cover transportation, so DAN found her a van. “These are dedicated people,” says Berman. “I have to believe they get something back.”

They get lots back, says Peter Drexler, chairman of Connections CSP. Drexler, an attorney at Barclays Bank Delaware, brings legal expertise to the group. Other board members are accountants or writers. “I’ve been fortunate,” Drexler says. “I want to give something back.”

Though nonprofits are service oriented, they must be run like businesses. “If you’re good at what you do, you’ll succeed,” Yorkston says. “ If not, you’ll go out of business.

“What makes a nonprofit successful is its ability to articulate clearly, to be succinct and, in a compelling way, make its case for support,” says Yorkston.

Sears encourages Delawareans to visit community centers to see the good they do. “You can’t resolve the teenage dropout or drug issue by arresting people,” he says. “It takes mentoring, gyms. You have to give kids hope. And the hope is coming from organizations that are barely surviving.”

“No doubt about it,” says Cornforth. “Nonprofits have stories to tell. We have to tell them better.”

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February 2015

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Cost: Free

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Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

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Adventure Aquarium
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Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members

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Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
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Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
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Cost: Free

Where:
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Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
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Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
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1 Riverside Drive
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
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Christiana Care Smoking Cessation Classes 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark More info and to register: 693-2273 or...

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Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Cost: Free

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1001 Longwood Road
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
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Audiology Learning Seminars Month 6: New Hearing Aid Technology Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital Campus, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 5...

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Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
View map »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

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Cost: free

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, DE

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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STEPS to Healthy Aging Health Education Lecture: Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 3, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library, and Movies at Midway present, “The Auction” as February’s film for the Around the World series on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 pm in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Horticulturist and garden-writer Peggy Anne Montgomery leads a virtual tour of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal native plants, and considers the role of beneficial insects and...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Gateway Garden Center & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Horticulturist and garden-writer Peggy Anne Montgomery leads a virtual tour of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal native plants, and considers the role of beneficial insects and...

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Gateway Garden Center & Delaware Grounds Management Association
Telephone: 302-658-6262 x117
Contact Name: Bonnie Swan
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  Of the many hats worn by veteran entertainer John C. Reilly—actor, producer, comedian, screenwriter—American Roots music brings him to the stage. Tonight in collaboration with an...

Cost: $29

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Website »

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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Killens Pond Nature Center presents... Pondside Artisans: Gary Knox, Photographer February 6th, 2015 6-8 p.m. Join Gary Knox for a meet-and-greet and enjoy his breathtaking portfolio....

Cost: Free

Where:
Killens Pond Nature Center
5025 Killens Pond Road
Use Special Events Gate Across from Scrap Tavern Rd
Felton, DE  19943
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Sponsor: Killens Pond Nature Center
Telephone: (302)284-4299
Contact Name: Kara Okonewski
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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Guitarist Bruce Anthony plays timeless jazz standards from the American songbook, with an impeccable style that incorporates swing, ragtime and his own personal interpretation. Friends of Folk is...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
The Old State House
25 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
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Website »

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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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A highlight of Coastal Concerts' current season will be a recital by virtuoso pianist Ingrid Fliter who has received high acclaim throughout the world for her masterful interpretations of Chopin,...

Cost: $30. Ages 10-18 years free. Students 19 years and older $10.

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall
Fourth and Market Streets
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Coastal Concerts, Inc.
Telephone: 888-212-6458
Contact Name: Edna Ellett
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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Explore Alapocas Woods to find the animals that only come out after the sun goes down.  Worried you won’t see anything?  Use our night vision tools to help your search.  This hike will be on a...

Cost: $4 per person, $10 per family of four

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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  Imago Theatre’s original production have toured internationally for over three decades. Imago’s signature works FROGZ have appeared three times on Broadway in 2000, 2002 and 2010 at the...

Cost: $24

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Website »

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Grammy nominated pianist David Lanz enthralls music lovers around the world with his engaging playing style and original compositions. The well-known top instrumental recording and concert artist...

Cost: $35

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

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