At Delaware Investments, our passion for performance extends into the community. Year after year, we work to strengthen our partnerships with local initiatives that make a difference in and around Philadelphia.
Through corporate sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, Delaware Investments continues to strengthen its long-term community involvement with a wide array of local civic, charitable, educational, and cultural organizations, as well as volunteer programs.
Adopt a Family program
For the second year in a row, Delaware Investments partnered with Cityteam, an international nonprofit organization that provides housing, food, and other necessities to lower-income families. Through employees’ participation, Delaware Investments "adopted" 195 deserving children and presented them with gifts for the holiday season, including toys and clothing.
With Delaware Investments employees' help, Cityteam provided toys and clothing for 2,772 children during the 2013 holiday season, donating about 13,860 toys.
Delaware Investments Charity Classic IX: YESPhilly
On October 14, 2013, Delaware Investments awarded $213,614 (including a matching donation of $100,000* from the Macquarie Group Foundation), to YESPhilly, a nonprofit organization that develops opportunities for the many youth who drop out of Philadelphia schools. Currently, there is a pool of about 50,000 Philadelphia high school-aged youth without diplomas or GEDs, of which the School District of Philadelphia was only able to fund about 5,000 alternative education slots for high school dropouts.
The donation will go toward the YESPhilly School and GED Program, where students ages 16-21 have the opportunity to meet high school graduation standards or prepare for GED tests. Students participate in a combination of academic courses and workshops that also develop media, technology, and life skills.
Since its launch in 2005, the annual Charity Classic and Macquarie Group Foundation have successfully raised more than $1.4 million, benefiting a number of deserving Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations, including:
- 2012: Rock to the Future
- 2011: Habitat for Humanity®
- 2010: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
- 2009: After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP)
- 2008: The Cradle of Liberty Council, Philadelphia Futures
- 2007: Philadelphia Society for Services to Children
- 2006: Neighborhood Bike Works, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
- 2005: Operation Warm
*AUD. Conversion rate at time of approval applies.
Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2013
Delaware Investments employees participated in both fundraising efforts and the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the fifth year in a row. Money raised (and matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation) totaled $3,990 and will help fund more MS research than any other non-profit in the world, as well as mobilize people in the Greater Delaware Valley living with this unpredictable disease.
Philabundance food drive
In July 2013, Delaware Investments employees conducted a food drive for Philabundance, a nonprofit organization that provides food to approximately 65,000 people each week in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance serves low-income individuals at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens. In total, Delaware Investments donated 45 boxes, weighing in at 1,145 pounds — enough to prepare more than 3,000 meals.
Delaware Investments sponsors Eagles Flight Night
For the second consecutive year, Delaware Investments has become an official sponsor of the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP). EYP serves more than 50,000 low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia area, focusing on health and education programming. EYP brings services directly to kids — at their schools and in their neighborhoods.
April 2013: Raising funds to fight disease, provide meals, and more
Throughout April, Delaware Investments employees conducted a variety of fundraising activities, benefiting organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Philabundance. Funds were raised through events that included a bake sale, a book sale, and raffles for Phillies tickets. Employees raised a total of $5,300, which will be matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation.
Other partnerships and volunteerism
With volunteer opportunities in abundance, Delaware Investments initiated its Community Advisory Committee (CAC) in March 2010 to help cultivate volunteerism at all levels of the organization and accelerate the fostering of relationships throughout our local community. The CAC meets quarterly to assess potential opportunities and encourage Delaware Investments employees to provide volunteer support for projects of nonprofit organizations. Many of these projects focus on providing educational opportunities and improving the health and welfare of our underserved children.
Together, Delaware Investments and the Macquarie Group Foundation share the simple belief that a company has a responsibility to work for the betterment of the communities in which it operates. With the growth of our business comes the duty to give back, to help make a difference, and to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we do business — a responsibility borne out of the core principles on which our company was founded.