DFRC Inc.

Enriching the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES

aka Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES   |   Newark, DE   |  www.dfrc.org

Mission

The mission of DFRC is to enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Ms. Jada D. Little

Main address

640 Plaza Dr

Newark, DE 19702 USA

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Formerly known as

Delaware Foundation for Retarded Children

Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Cognitive Disabilities

EIN

51-0102390

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 66 years, DFRC has made a commitment to celebrate ABILITIES, acceptance, inclusion, relationships, and unconditional love, and rid society of negative attitudes about people who are intellectually challenged. DFRC is a well-respected foundation dedicated to raising funds and consciousness through quality events to support enrichment programs so that all Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES can maximize their potential, independence, and enjoyment of life. DFRC believes that disABILITY is part of the human experience and encourages accepting others who may look, learn, or behave differently from what is familiar.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

DFRC Blue-Gold All★Star Football Game

The first Blue-Gold Game was played on August 25,1956. DFRC’s founders, Bob Carpenter and Jim Williams, two local sports enthusiasts who were the parents of children with intellectual disabilities, inspired the game. They wanted to host a fundraising event that spread awareness about intellectual disabilities.

The Hand-In-Hand Program was added in 1974 to help the high school participants become more aware and accepting of those who the game benefits - people with intellectual disabilities.

Until 1994, the event included queen candidates representing each of the high schools. In 1994 this practice was replaced by the Ambassador Program to help build greater awareness, leadership and activity into the high schools. Today more than forty public, private, parochial, vo-tech and charter schools across the entire state participate, helping to spread DFRC’s message of diversity and acceptance throughout their schools and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 1974, the Holidazzle was created as a new fundraiser for DFRC. It started as a fashion show at Longwood Gardens, with well-known local personalities in sports, the arts and politics featured as models or serving as entertainers or hosts for the event. Holidazzle continued as a fashion show at Longwood Gardens for many years. In recent years, Holidazzle has broadened its appeal with novel events, including a gala at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House with a production of “The Boys Next Door.”
In 2005, Holidazzle returned as a fashion show at Longwood Gardens, entitled “50 Years of Fashion and Compassion,” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of DFRC. The event featured fashions from the past five decades and also explored how society has dealt with persons with cognitive disabilities during the past 50 years. It was a creative, heartfelt, entertaining evening and one of Holidazzle’s most successful events for DFRC to date.

Holidazzle was renamed the DFRC Blue-Gold Bash in 2018.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Every year, with the support of over 125 sponsors, 250 golfers participate in the Blue-Gold Golf Classics. The tournaments are held in Kent and New Castle counties during the summer. Many participants are both Blue-Gold alumni and financial supporters of DFRC who help to raise funds and awareness for citizens with intellectual disABILITIES on a statewide basis. Both tournaments feature a day of fun that includes a shotgun start in the captain's choice, lunch, awards, dinner and numerous prizes. More than 30 golf committee volunteers work with the local business community in Delaware to generate interest for their particular event. The tournaments have enjoyed enormous success for more than 30 years and have helped strengthen DFRC's presence throughout the state.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This event in June is for people of all ABILITIES in support of the mission of DFRC- from competitive runners in the 5k to families in the 1 mile walk.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex County Auction was spun off from the DFRC's Blue-Gold Golf Classic event for Sussex County, Delaware.  With this now a stand-alone event, the audience for the event has increased greatly, and the fundraising opportunities have increase proportionately.  The DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex County Auction event features highly interesting and unique items will be up for bid - vacation get-a-ways, one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, unique artwork and much, much more. The event also features savory hors d’oeuvres and exceptional wines to sample and enjoy with great friends, old and new.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

2009 National High Scholl Spirit of Sport Award - DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game - Hand-in-Hand Program 2009

National Federation of High Schools

Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award - DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game 1992

Office of the Governor, State of Delaware

Philanthropy Award 2010

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Brandywine Chapter

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DFRC Blue-Gold All★Star Football Game

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each DE high school is invited to select students of outstanding character & community involvement who are football players, cheerleaders, ambassadors, and band members, to participate in the program.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through the years, DFRC has distributed more than $6.3 million to other DE nonprofit organizations who serve people with intellectual disABILITIES. Funds were raised through DFRC's 7 signature events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DFRC’s goals focus on our core message of the importance and rewards of respecting, accepting, and befriending people with intellectual disABILITIES. We hope to alleviate the sense of fear and awkwardness that is often present when we encounter someone who is different from what is familiar to us. Through our programs, we strive to build bridges between people with and without disABILITIES, eliminating barriers, fears and negative attitudes. DFRC promotes inclusion, acceptance and relationships that create a better understanding of ABILITIES and positive attitudes for all people. We strive to enrich the lives of people who are intellectually challenged, which, in turn, enriches the lives of all people. Additionally, through the DFRC Blue-Gold All★Star Football Game and six other awareness and fundraising events, we raise funding for other organizations, our beneficiaries, that provide programs and services for people with intellectual disABILITIES.

Following the leadership, passion and commitment of DFRC’s Executive Director and Board of Trustees, seven major awareness and fundraising events are planned and executed by two office staff and approximately 200 core volunteer family members. Focusing on the DFRC Blue-Gold All★Star Football Game, DFRC’s founding event, DFRC invites involvement from every Delaware high school and includes more than 350 participants, their families, and volunteers. The DFRC Blue-Gold Game involves football players, cheerleaders, band members, and ambassadors from each high school throughout the state. The high school students are given the opportunity to be paired with a child or young adult who is intellectually challenged, their buddy, in order to create a better understanding of the ABILITIES they possess. This pairing is the Hand-in-Hand Program, and it is the very heart of DFRC’s Blue-Gold Program. From February through June, the DFRC Hand-in-Hand Program sponsors planned events and encourages participation in routine activities. These interactions allow the high school students and their buddies who are intellectually challenged opportunities to interact, bond, and nurture relationships that enhance the development of understanding and compassion for each other. We encourage our participants to open their hearts and establish relationships with their buddy that we hope will remain with them far beyond the end of the Game.

We pride ourselves in the success of the DFRC Blue-Gold Hand-in-Hand Program and the positive changes our participants discover and carry with them as they move into the next phase of their lives after high school. The Hand-in-Hand Program partners more than 225 volunteer high school participants with approximately 125 children and young adults with intellectual disABILITIES as “buddies” for the All*Star season. More than just a fundraiser or special event, this community program provides opportunities for youth leadership and development. Participants are also involved in community education and awareness regarding intellectual disABILITIES, athletic competition, inclusion activities of the Hand-in-Hand Program, and community/family participation. The funds raised by this event extend the impact of the DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game to the organizations, groups, and programs that receive grant monies from DFRC.

In our 66-year history, DFRC has distributed over $6.2 million into community programs and services throughout the state of Delaware. In 2021, we provided grant funding to 8 agencies totaling $50,000. DFRC is very proud to support the work of our beneficiary organizations statewide. Additionally, the DFRC Blue-Gold Committee has a continuous effort of recruitment of buddies and expanded training for the high school participants and their parents. This recruitment and training has helped develop the number of people participating in the program and the quality of their experience.
There are approximately 50 high schools involved in the DFRC Blue-Gold Program. We expect the number of high schools involved to continue to grow as new high schools open in our state. We also make a concerted effort to find additional buddies who will benefit from participating in the Hand-in-Hand Program and, in turn, expand the opportunities for high school participants to develop an increased understanding and awareness about people who are intellectually challenged. Training for the high school participants and parents is evaluated and improved on a continual basis. Follow-up on the partnerships, both during and after the Hand-in-Hand Program, is increased and strengthened. Orientation for the parents of participants and buddies with intellectual disABILITIES and the Blue-Gold Advisors from each school has successfully allowed us to share information specific to DFRC and our Blue-Gold Program. We provide one session in a northern location and another session on a different night in a southern location in order to accommodate everyone. We have received major positive feedback from the parents and advisors regarding the value of the orientation program.

Financials

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DFRC Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Martha McDonough

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Melissa Brady

No Affliations

Term: 2019 -

William Kelly

No Affiliation

Martha McDounough

No Affiliation

Lynne Sklar

No Affiliation

Anthony Glenn

Ruth Banta

No Affiliation

Bruce DiNardo

No Affiliation

Ann Haggerty

No Affiliation

Melissa Brady

Jill Green

John McCarthy

Anthony Soligo

Adam Webster

Kevin Jacobs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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