Wilmington’s IndependentWorks exceeds goal for ‘A Community Thrives’


A Community Thrives

With a mission to help adults living with autism, IndependentWorks was one of many organizations who participated in the 2021 A Community Thrives, a $2.3 million initiative of The Gannett Foundation. 

The Wilmington-based nonprofit exceeded a $3,000 goal by raising more than $4,375. Funds will be used for “supported living” neighborhood with smaller homes in a courtyard development. Founded in 2019 by parents and friends of adults with autism, IndependentWorks helps them live independently.

“We are so thrilled that so many people in the community supported us during this campaign,” said Robert Ferber, treasurer for IndependentWorks.

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Members and supporters of IndependentWorks complete a garden bed project together.

Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the nationwide crowdfunding and grant program is to address social issues including education, housing, arts and culture, wellness and the environment. For 2021, more than 24,000 donors supported hundreds of nonprofits and helped raise $3.3 million for community building projects. This includes almost $50,000 in matching grants and $200,000 in Incentive Funds. Beyond this, the Gannett Foundation will be awarding more than $2 million in grants to select participating causes. 


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