How To Donate

Investing in your community, one step at a time.
Thank you seems too simple, but how else can we express our gratitude for your gift to Friendship House? As we help the lives of those in need in our community, we know it is only possible because of the investment of our supporters.

Online Donations: If you are interested in making a tax deductible online gift to Friendship House, you can visit our Donation Page. You can select the donation dollar amount. You can also choose to make your gift a recurring gift. This matters to us because as we do our planning, we do so based on expected income. Most of our individual donations come to us the last two weeks of December. However, if you gave your gift on a monthly basis, this enables us to add or make changes to the programming best fitting to the community when needed with confidence. You can choose to cover the cost of the processing fee by choosing that option on the Donation Page. This fee is tax deductible because we use Network For Good to help process our online transactions and they are also a not for profit organization.

You can also make an online donation in honor or in memory of someone and we will send a person of your choice an email or letter acknowledging the gift from you with no dollar amount named.

Physical Donations: Another way to help us manage our funds is to donate frequently used items. Please fill out the Get in Touch With Us form to get more information about types of donations. Or call the main office at 302-652-8133 to speak to one of our staff members about donation opportunities.

Check Donations: If you would like to send a tax deductible gift to Friendship House through the mail, please make the check or other payment out to Friendship House, Inc. and mail to P.O. Box 1517, Wilmington DE 19899. We will send a letter, which can be used as a tax receipt, in the mail to you verifying we have received your contribution.

Stock Donations: Donating stock to Friendship House is a very simple process. You can contact your broker with instructions to transfer by DTC 0443 the number of shares to Friendship House, Inc. account number AZD945574, M & T Securities. After making the transaction, you or the broker should contact our office (302-652-8133) so that we can instruct M&T Securities to sell the stock. The value of each tax deductible stock donation is based on the market value of the stock at the time of transfer.

United Way Giving: If you are making a United Way contribution, you can designate Friendship House as your charity of choice for that donation. Although Friendship House is not a United Way agency, Delawareans can make a United Way pledge to Friendship House by using the code 9033. Residents of other states may do the same things by writing in the following address: Friendship House, Inc. P.O. Box 1517, Wilmington, DE 19899

Matching Funds: Many businesses will match the cash donations of their employees to their favorite charity.  People making cash donations to Friendship House should always inquire whether their company has such a matching grant program.  Companies that have sent Friendship House matching funds include IBM, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Verizon and Delmarva Power.

Acknowledgment Grants: Each year Friendship House receives grants from corporations in recognition of the volunteer service that one of their employees has provided to our ministry.  Sometimes it has been the result of a human service award that the employee has won within his or her company.  In other cases, however, the grant has come from the company’s community outreach funds that are available upon request.

Employee-generated Grants: Most corporations have grant foundations that can be accessed directly by non-profit agencies. An increasing number of companies also administer grant programs that are linked to their employees’ community involvement.  These grant programs only accept program grant proposals from employees on the behalf of the human services agencies where they volunteer. To submit a Friendship House grant proposal to one’s employer, a person should:

  • Contact one’s supervisor or the company’s community outreach person about the availability of community grant money, the grant program criteria and the application process.
  • Meet with the Friendship House resource team, who will prepare an appropriate grant proposal with attachments.
  • Submit the proposal through the appropriate corporate channels.
  • Serve as an advocate and  liaison person between the company and Friendship House.

However you choose to donate, please know that we honor that donation and our management spends each dollar with our clients and our supporters in mind first. You can witness our fiscal responsibility by reviewing our annual 990.