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DCH is a recipient of GuideStar’s 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparencyits highest level of recognition. This seal is given to highlight progress made by an organization that has taken substantive steps to increase their transparency with donors, peers, and the media. To reach the Platinum level, DCH added extensive information about our goals and projects and mission-based measurables. We are incredibly proud of this important Platinum Seal designation, as we continually strive for excellence in all aspects of our organization. 

Giving Opportunities

The critical work DCH performs in communities throughout our cities and state is made possible by you –people dedicated to making a difference through the power of plants. Supporting DCH looks different for everyone. For some, it means contributing to DCH’s annual fund or including DCH in your estate planning; for others, it means becoming a member, volunteering, or attending a DCH event. Whichever way you choose to support our mission, THANK YOU, as your continuing community engagement is key to sustaining our work.

Year-round Giving

Your contributions to DCH’s annual fund help us meet a variety of needs, whether general operating support, upfront project costs and supplies for our education programs. Your contributions support our youth and community gardening programs, Arbor Day programs, volunteer tree plantings, and our public landscapes projects, among others. Individual gifts also help DCH offer our programs to people who may not otherwise be able to participate.

Make it easy! If you are an annual donor or someone interested in making your gifts on a more regular basis, please consider a recurring monthly donation. For as little as $10 per month, you can invest in DCH programs and reduce our administrative costs through your online contribution. Becoming a monthly donor is secure and easy to manage, and you can opt out at any time. Just select an amount, and then click ‘Monthly’ for your donation frequency. And as always, THANK YOU for your support.

Planned Giving

Named in honor of our co-founder Helen Ayers Detchon, DCH’s Planned Giving program recognizes individuals and families who have made a financial legacy commitment to DCH in support of our mission to inspire individuals and communities through the power of plants. Your planned gift of support is the greatest sign of your belief in our role as a leader in greening and ecologically beneficial efforts throughout our state and region.

There are a variety of ways to make a planned gift to DCH, and we have detailed some of those options below. Please talk to your attorney or financial advisor about a comprehensive review of all estate and planned giving options. If you have already included DCH in your estate plans, please let us know, so we may include you as a member in the Helen Ayers Detchon Society, which recognizes friends and benefactors who have included DCH in their long-term financial plans.

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Explore Your Options

Contact Marcia Stephenson, Director of Advancement


A bequest is a gift of personal property, securities, or cash. There are three levels of bequests:

    1. Unrestricted: DCH can use this gift for a variety of purposes, including contributing to the organization’s long-term sustainability through DCH’s building and operating endowment. Quite often, this is the most helpful, as we can freely determine when and how to use it depending on our changing needs.
    2. Restricted bequest: You, the donor, can specify how the funds will be used. This offers you the chance to donate to a special project or cause of personal significance. If you choose this option, please discuss your wishes with Marcia Stephenson to determine if and how your wishes can be best executed.
    3. Endowed bequest: With this type of bequest, the principal of your gift is held permanently by DCH, and only the investment income is used.
Charitable Gift Annuities
This is an easy contractual agreement between a donor and our organization, wherein the donor provides assets to DCH in exchange for our promise to pay a fixed sum to you for life. You can benefit from substantial income and estate tax benefits, if you choose this approach.
Charitable Remainder Trust

By creating a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT), you give money, assets, and securities to a trust created by you that will pay you an income for life (or a set number of years). The trust can also provide income to other beneficiaries of your choice. The remaining balance goes to DCH at the conclusion of the final beneficiary’s life.

Donating IRAs or Other Retirement Plans
Individual Retirement Accounts, company pension, and profit-sharing plans are other great sources for charitable gifts. If you are over 60 and discover you have more retirement resources than you need, you may choose to donate a portion as a charitable gift. This option could potentially reduce your estate and income taxes.
Gift of Life Insurance Policy

Giving the gift of your life insurance policy is one creative way of making a gift that might not otherwise be financially possible. If you have a life insurance policy and the beneficiary who originally owned it no longer needs protection, the policy can be transferred to DCH as both owner and beneficiary. This option of donating entitles you to an income tax deduction. This information does not constitute legal advice. Please speak with your lawyer or financial planner to discuss the option best for you.

Matching Gifts

Employee Matching Gift Program FAQs

When should I submit a matching gift form?

In general, you should submit the matching gift form immediately after making a donation. In case you forget though, most companies have a 3-12 month grace period.

What companies match gifts?

Over 65% of Fortune 500 companies match gifts and many smaller employers do as well.

My company does not match, but my spouse’s company does. Is my donation eligible to be matched?

It varies by company. If possible, when you submit your gift, make sure the eligible spouse completes the gift form and signs the check.

Sponsor Our Work

Getting involved with DCH as a sponsor provides you a unique opportunity to increase your name recognition and market your products and services to our members, our visitors and event attendees, and the thousands of people we reach through our newsletters and social media presence. And even more important, it shows your commitment to your local community by supporting DCH greening programs, which contribute to cleaner air, soil, and waterways for your neighbors.

Let us create a sponsorship package or opportunity that is customized to your own interests and priorities for brand recognition, reaching our audience of gardeners and the public. Sponsorships are available for our Public Landscape sites located throughout the city of Wilmington, DCH events and lectures throughout the year, volunteer events, our Member Discount program, and features at our facility and on our vehicles. Whatever your involvement goal may be, we have a sponsorship that fits the bill!

Inspire Individuals and Communities

Contact Marcia Stephenson, DCH’s Director of Advancement


DCH was founded as a volunteer organization in 1977. True to our roots, volunteerism is the engine that drives our success.

We offer many opportunities for you or your business to get involved –from tree plantings and grounds maintenance to event photography and urban farm harvesting.

Whatever your interest, we have a volunteer match for you!

View our available opportunities in the VolunteerEasy Calendar!

Questions or Comments?

Please contact Liz Davison, Membership and Volunteer Manager via email or phone (302) 658-6262 ext. 108.

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