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Public Policy

Advancing Nonprofit Excellence in Delaware

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Government and nonprofits work together to advance social impact within local communities.  DANA informs Delaware nonprofits on the implications of government policy change, while advocating for the needs of its members to policy makers that county, state, and federal level.

Each year, each administration brings new opportunities for DANA to advance nonprofit interests. The past two years have been a focus on aiding Delaware nonprofits navigate and survive during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Through its advocacy, DANA partnered with philanthropy to send over $5 million in private donations to Delaware nonprofits and secured an allocation of $25 million in Federal CARES act funds to reimburse nonprofits for Covid-related expenses.  Today DANA is educating government officials on the opportunity to invest in nonprofits through Federal ARPA funding.


“I want to thank Melissa, JL, Hannah, and the entire DANA team for providing hands-on attention and guidance during my first visit to the Legislative Hall representing NAMI Delaware. I attended the Sub Sector Advocacy Event-Health and Human Services on March 13th and could not have had a better experience thanks to DANA.

Melissa Hopkins took personal time to introduce me to various legislators and aides in the hallways, hearing rooms, and waiting areas to help promote our essential work in the community. I look forward to attending their next event now with a better understanding of how to navigate these powerful hallways effectively.”

Dr. Doug Ferguson, ED
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware)

Contact Person

Melissa Hopkins

EVP Sector Advancement

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Jalissia Haynes

Public Policy and Advocacy Manager

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Public Policy Partners

DANA partners with other sector leaders to educate government leaders on the value and role of nonprofits in Delaware. Through our collective efforts, we seek to partner with government officials to advance policy that will strengthen the nonprofit sector’s ability to deliver effective and efficient services.

The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through its powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – thus the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – it serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. They identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

For more information about the National Council, please visit their website at

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