A Capital Campaign to Build a New Shelter
for the Delaware Humane Association 2011-2013
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.
In September 2010, DHA quietly initiated a capital campaign to raise
funds for a state-of-the-art shelter to replace the current 40 year old
In October 2011, the Major Gifts phase of the campaign
concluded and the Public Phase commenced. We are approaching the finish
line for the money needed to arrive at the $3,100,000 to build the
shelter. What an incredible accomplishment!
As of April 15, 2013, nearly 1,000
individuals, foundations and corporations have contributed $3,018,679
to DHA's capital campaign, just over 97% of our $3,100,000 fundraising goal! We are extremely grateful to all of our donors who have made this possible.
the beginning of the drive, 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.
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.
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.
As you are most likely aware, we
decided to stay here in the City of Wilmington and create our new home
for the animals on our present site.
Preparation for the new shelter began in April 2012 when soil started to be
delivered and stockpiled to the east of the present
building. This soil needed to sit and compact for a minimum of six months
to obtain the desired consolidation, and grass was planted to help
We expected to start construction in March 2013, but the dirt is
still settling. If all goes well we anticipate breaking ground on the new shelter
in June. Construction
is estimated to take nine
months to a year. Thus, we may be able to move into our beautiful new home between March and June 2014.
In order to effectively
manage cash flow throughout the building project, we have 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.
has 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