Discover believes in being a good corporate citizen, particularly in communities where our employees live and work. Honoring our Values of Doing the Right Thing and Collaboration, we work with employees, cardmembers, and community partners to provide critical support and resources in the cities and states where we operate and beyond. The charitable resources we deliver are an important part of funding for nonprofits, and they give our company, employees, and cardmembers purpose by working toward a collective mission. We supported several organizations and initiatives throughout 2020 and 2021, including the following:
Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation
Since 2011, Discover has partnered with the Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation to provide educational and enrichment programming to seniors and children living in affordable housing developments throughout Delaware. Annual grants of $100,000 in 2020 and 2021 enabled the seniors to remain engaged and connected to their community during the coronavirus pandemic and provided much-needed educational support and fun activities for children completing virtual education.
The Nora Project
Discover supports the The Nora Project, an early-stage nonprofit organization that offers an elementary-school curriculum, pairing students with a peer with disabilities in classrooms to teach empathy, normalize differences and create meaningful connections among students. Since 2018, we have provided $265,000 to The Nora Project, including $70,000 in 2021 to fund the launch of the organization’s Community Friendship Events program and its annual Teacher Training Camp. Both initiatives have impacted dozens of local schools and neighborhoods, hundreds of parents and educators, and thousands of students across Chicagoland area.
In 2021 Discover partnered with Conscious Alliance, a national organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment. Together, we provided 3,000 holiday meals to families in need surrounding our Chicago Chatham location.
First Nations Development Institute
Discover is supporting the First Nations culturally centered financial program to help Native Americans understand the basics of financial management, financial markets, and financial instruments for borrowing and saving to create brighter financial futures for themselves and for their families. In 2021, we helped provide webinars, virtual trainings, and workshops to nearly 300 individuals on topics including Financial Skills for Families, Fraud Awareness, Covid Scams, The Coronavirus in Indian Country, and Building Native Communities.
Delaware Small Business Development Center
Discover has provided $740,000 in support to the Delaware Small Business Development Center since 2014. Annual grants of $100,000 in 2020 and 2021 supported the delivery of small business resources throughout Delaware, including business plan preparation, financial education, intellectual property support, disaster recovery training, and consulting services.
Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans
After providing a $10,000 grant in 2019 to the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans to support their mobile outreach center, an additional $220,000 grant in 2021 will enable the organization to pursue the development of affordable multifamily rental housing. This will provide apartments and onsite social services for the veteran community.