A Capital Campaign to Build a New Shelter
for the Delaware Humane Association
2010 - 2014
Proud DHA alumnus Reggie enjoys time with Tatiana and Gerrett Copeland, the couple lucky enough to have adopted him. Reggie's mother, father, and siblings were all adopted through Delaware Humane Association.
|To date, we have received more than $3 million in gifts toward the construction of DHA's new home. We are extremely grateful to all of our donors who have made this possible.
We want to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the new facility, whether it be to name a room in the building or to purchase an entrance way commemorative brick. We've therefore decided to continue to receive gifts through to the opening of the building in late 2014. We are happy to host visits at DHA throughout construction.
Check out the options for making a gift at dehumane.org/newshelterdonate
In September 2010, DHA initiated a capital campaign to raise
funds for a state-of-the-art animal shelter and adoption center to replace the current 40 year old
facility. Early on, DHA resolved to remain in the City of Wilmington and create a new home
for the animals on our present site.
In October 2011, the Major Gifts phase of the campaign
concluded and the Public Phase commenced. At
the beginning of the campaign, to encourage giving, Campaign Chairs
Tatiana and Gerret Copeland pledged to match every dollar donated by
individuals up to $750,000, and we have more than met that challenge
with $848,013, thanks to our many generous donors to the campaign.
speaking at a DHA campaign event last summer, the Copelands pledged an
additional $250,000, bringing their very generous gift to $1,000,000. The Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Animal Care & Companion Center will be the name given the new shelter in honor of their commitment to DHA and its future.
are incredibly grateful for the guidance and expertise we received from
our campaign fund raising consultant, Mr. Lee Daney of North Star
Strategies. We could not have come this close to our goal without him
and we anticipate reaching it soon. We also want to thank the Capital
Campaign Committee for their diligence and able assistance in
fundraising for the new shelter.
DHA's Capital Campaign Honorary Chairs Mike and Jane Castle walking along the Brandywine with Rex. The Castles enjoy dog sitting a variety of friends' dogs.
Preparation for the new shelter began in April 2012, with soil being delivered and stockpiled to the east of the present
building. This soil then required time to compact
to a desired consolidation, and grass was planted to help
After a long wait, it was finally time to move to the next exciting step! On June 25, 2013, as DHA celebrated its 56th birthday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new shelter. Construction has begun, and we anticipate moving into our beautiful new home in late 2014.
In order to effectively
manage cash flow throughout the building project, we secured a
construction loan from TD Bank, which includes a $500,000 loan through
the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Bancroft Construction
Company of Wilmington, DE is heading up the project and has been very
generous and supportive. Repp Schaefer Architects of Villanova, PA have
designed a number of animal shelters on the east coast and continue to
work with us to provide specifications for the state of the art shelter.
provided a generous grant of $1,000,000 to assist with
environmental clean up of the property and to help us prepare it for
construction. We would like to extend many thanks to our partners
Brightfields, Inc. and Duffield Associates. The building committee,
headed by Anthony Bariglio, continues to provide guidance and insight.
When Should I Give?
You may contribute whenever you wish! Please also continue to support our quarterly appeals that support DHA’s ongoing programs and services.
How Do I Give?
Your gift to the Capital Campaign for DHA’s new shelter can be made by check, credit card, or by donating stock. You can make a one time donation, or pledge to give over a period of up to three years. You can also give by participating in the Brick Recognition Program.
Important Information About the Capital Campaign