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The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), formerly known as the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, was formed in the fall of 1986 by a group of 24 nonprofit executives and 54 charter members. In the early stages of the organization, the focus was primarily on group purchasing, with the first initiative being health insurance. As the organization grew, it expanded its group purchasing options, and also began offering occasional workshops on nonprofit management.

DANA experienced a lot of important "firsts” and ran a strong portfolio of member-focused programs and services throughout its first 20+ years. At the same time, funding challenges (due to DANA’s revenue being limited to membership dues and training income) always hampered the organization’s ability to fully actualize its mission. By late 2009, it became increasingly apparent that as much as DANA was doing, there was much more that could be done by DANA to make a significant and lasting impact on the nonprofit community in Delaware.

This realization was turned into action in March of 2010 when a statewide conference was held at the University of Delaware that brought together an array of experts from the nonprofit, philanthropic, business, and government arenas. The conference was called "The Future of the Nonprofit Sector” and the focus was not only to identify the challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, but also to make recommendations on how best to respond to them.

One of the key takeaways from the conference was that Delaware needed a more vigorous and more sophisticated support organization that focused on civic engagement of nonprofits and constituent education as much as on skill-building within the sector. With that as its vision, a working group was assembled to investigate best practices within support organizations in other states and to use what was learned to rebuild DANA.

This research, which took place in late 2010 and early 2011, included a detailed review of nonprofit support organizations in seven states. At the conclusion of its research, the working group developed an initial business plan framework outlining the key activities of a revitalized organization. The group’s findings also lead to the reconstitution of DANA’s Board of Directors in mid-2011 and the hiring of the organization’s first CEO in February 2012.

Shortly after his arrival, the new CEO, Chris Grundner, recommended to the Board that a strategic planning task force be assembled within the Board of Directors to help create and drive strategic planning process for DANA.

We are happy to report DANA's three-year strategic plan was approved in December 2012, and includes delivering leadership for nonprofits in the following three areas:

  • Skills Leadership:
    • Organizational governance consulting
    • Statewide curriculum-based training
    • New networking approaches for CEOs and Board Chairs
  • Voice Leadership:
    • Increased public policy presence
    • Awareness campaign for the sector
  • Information Leadership:
    • Drive research agenda for sector

The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Click here to read DANA's mission & vision

Click here to meet DANA's Board of Directors

Click here to view DANA's Ambassador Circle

Click here for DANA's staff list

Click here for DANA's legal documents

Click here for DANA's Alliance Partners

Click here to learn about the National Council of Nonprofits

Click here for DANA's Annual Reports