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African-American Community Funds
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Wahid Abdullah Memorial Fund 1997 gives scholarships to Montgomery County graduating seniors to pursue studies in communications or journalism at a four-year institution. The fund was created by friends to honor Wahid Abdullah, a promising young man whose life abruptly ended in violence at the hands of another teen.
African-American Community Unrestricted Fund 1992 helps African-Americans overcome adverse social and economic conditions affecting their community. The unrestricted fund was the first of more than 20 funds under the umbrella of the African-American Community Fund (AACF) that addresses specific needs within the Miami Valley's African-American community. The AACF is presided over by an advisory board of 13 African-American leaders from the Miami Valley and is a national model for promoting philanthropy in the African-American community.
Charles and Barbara Jones General Purpose Fund furthers the charitable interests of former Dayton Foundation Governing Board Chair Charles A. Jones, and his wife, Barbara. Charles Jones worked for the City of Dayton for nearly 25 years before retiring as Deputy City Manager in 1994.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Fund 1993 fosters the scholastic and leadership aspirations of selected young people in the Miami Valley region. This fund was brought to the Foundation by three chapters of the fraternity, all located in Wilberforce.
Clarence E., Sr., and Olivia Bowman Fund 1993 honors the parents of Clarence E. Bowman, Jr., who wishes to encourage community service, youth service and leadership.
Louis M. "Lou" Brown Fund 2000 memorializes this former Cinfed Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors president and Xavier University alumnus by conferring scholarships upon African-American students enrolled in the University's College of Business. Additional fund income will support the African-American Community Fund.
Orlando V. and Leanora D. Brown Endowment Fund 2000 is set up to provide financial assistance to The Piney Woods School for troubled and at-risk students and to Central Chapel AME Church, where the donors have been tithing members for over 45 years.
Herbert M. Campbell Fund for the American Cancer Society 2007 provides assets to sustain the programs and services of The American Cancer Society in Montgomery County, Ohio.
Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton Fund 2008 supports efforts to improve the health of underserved individuals in the Greater Dayton Region by providing preventive and primary health care services, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
Fred Conway, Jr. and Anita R. Conway Endowment Fund 2013 advances charitable causes important to Anita Conway, a retired Dayton Public Schools teacher and her husband, Fred Conway, a retired United States Air Force civilian employee.
Marva Cosby Endowment Fund 2013 supports the charitable works of Marva Cosby, president of Cosby Consulting Group, LLC, an active community volunteer and one of Dayton's 2012 Ten Top Women.
Pearl A. Dale and Audrey Parker Scholarship Fund 2011 awards scholarships to Greater Dayton-area students wishing to further their education at an accredited college or university. The fund serves as a memorial to these two African-American sisters and longtime Dayton Public Schools educators, both of whom overcame odds to graduate with master’s degrees in the 1950s.
Dayton Chapter of the Links, Inc., Educational Fund 1993 provides African-Americans with scholarships, and agencies and organizations with grants, to assist with educational programs designed to enhance skills and the quality of life for individuals of all ages. The Links, Inc., a volunteer organization for women, established this fund.
Dayton YWCA Endowment Fund 2013 provides support for the organization’s continuing needs and helps sustain its financial health in order to carry out its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Dayton Youth Golf Academy Fund 1998 generates operating revenue for Dayton Youth Golf Academy (DYGA). DYGA was founded to teach area boys and girls to play the game of golf. Golf is used to develop courtesy, discipline, integrity and self-esteem.
Dr. Stanley A. Earley, Jr. & Charity Adams Earley Fund 2002 was established to honor the memory of Dr. Stanley A. Earley, a longtime physician at Miami Valley Hospital and his wife, Charity, who was a strong advocate for higher education. This fund will contribute to educational and artistic programs that benefit African-Americans.
The Gem City Medical Society Foundation 2004 supports and promotes African-American health issues within the Greater Miami Valley community. The fund was established by five local physicians and dentists.
Gladys Turner Finney Social Work Scholarship Fund 1998 aids Wright State University students who are junior or senior African-American social work students and who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to community involvement. Gladys Turner Finney is a retired social worker.
The First 200 Fund 1995 honors Jeraldyne K. Blunden, founder and artistic director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and 1994 recipient of a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. This fund provides tuition assistance for minority young people to attend contemporary dance classes.
The Dr. Charles H. Fortson and Lois B. Fortson Family Scholarship Fund 2006 awards scholarships to African-American students pursuing a course of study in surgery at the Wright State University School of Medicine.
Henry Garcia Fund 1998 furthers the advancement of minority students by providing an annual scholarship to Wilberforce University. Henry Garcia was a retired faculty member of Wilberforce and Central State Universities.
The Waverly Glover Scholarship Fund 2003 will assist African-American students in pursuing a business or accounting degree at Central State or Wilberforce Universities. Waverly Glover is a retired certified public accountant.
Golden Thirteen Naval Scholarship Fund 1994 salutes the Golden Thirteen, the United States Navy's first African-American commissioned officers. Scholarships are to be awarded nationally to African-American students pursuing a career in the Navy.
The Ida M. Graves Memorial Scholarship Fund 2005 was established by the friends and family of Ida M. Graves, who was an inspiration to all who knew her. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals participating in the CLIMB (Credentials and Leadership in Management and Business) Program at Wilberforce University.
The Charles, Ronald, and Reginald Hall Fund 2003 will furnish annual unrestricted operating revenue for Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. Charles Hall and his sons, Ronald and Reginald, are trustees of the church and 33rd Degree Masons.
Major John F. Harris, Jr., Memorial Scholarship Fund 2006 affords Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) graduates from Dayton Public Schools the chance to further their education at an institution of higher learning. Major Harris, who was a JROTC instructor at Grace A. Greene Military Academy before his passing in 1995, believed that all students deserve a chance to earn an education to become self-sufficient.
Lorenzo and Nadine Harris Family Fund 2000 makes plans to benefit Mary Scott Nursing Home, Summit Christian Church and the University of Dayton Scholarships for Minority Students, three charities of interest to Lorenzo and Nadine Harris, former owners of Ren's Supermarket in Dayton, and their family.
Frank and Rosa Hawes Commercial and Residential Real Estate Scholarship Fund 2000 will encourage the pursuit of real estate education by awarding college scholarships to African-American students. RoNita Hawes-Saunders, president and owner of WROU/WRNB, established the fund in honor of her parents' 50th wedding anniversary.
Edward Taft, Jr., & Carol J. Hinton Family Fund 2001 remembers Edward Taft, Jr., a former flight simulator designer, by continuing his passion to provide African-American youth with opportunities for higher education and an appreciation of fine arts.
Sean House Youth Development Fund 1996 was founded in memory of seven-year-old Sean Roberts, who passed away after a struggle with cancer. Sean House addresses many unmet and debilitating needs of families and children in the inner city, especially families with young males between the ages of 7 and 15.
Moses H. Jones Fund 1984 remembers a prominent African-American attorney who came to Dayton from West Virginia in 1900. The fund was established through his 1926 bequest to aid YMCAs in Dayton's primarily black communities.
Helen and Tom Kelley Family Fund will perpetuate the donors' life-long commitment to children by broadening area youths' world view and enhancing their self-sufficiency through culture, education and travel. Helen Jones-Kelley is a member of The Dayton Foundation's Governing Board. Tom Kelley is the director of the Office of Family and Children First.
Knights of St. Peter Claver - Northern District Scholarship Fund 1995 assists African-American students from the Northern District States in attaining further studies at a Catholic high school and/or at an accredited institution of higher learning. The fund founders are the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, established in 1909 as a fraternity for blacks who were barred from membership in the Knights of Columbus.
Lloyd and Edythe Lewis Fund for Black Children's Health Care 1989 will respond to pressing needs in our community, as identified by this couple. Lloyd Lewis, Jr., was a Dayton City Commissioner and an emeritus member of the Foundation's Governing Board. Edythe Lewis is retired from the Miami Conservancy District and is an active community volunteer.
George W. and Irma D. Lucas Fund 1992 assists high school graduates, who are members of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, in pursuing a college education.
Irma D. Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund 2008 helps female African-American graduates of Dayton Public Schools to attend historically black colleges or universities.
The Mattie Lyle Fund to Benefit Bethel Baptist Church 2006 celebrates the 100th birthday of Mattie Lyle by providing resources to support Bethel Baptist Church's missionary work.
The Mattie W. Lyle Fund to Benefit Mary Scott Nursing Center 2006 assists the center in improving and maintaining quality care, while honoring the memory of Mattie Lyle, an emeritus member of its governing board.
The Lorena Xavier Madison Camp Fire Fund 2005 distributes funds to the Greater Dayton Area Council of Camp Fire USA for awarding camperships to those individual who aren't financially able to attend camp.
Madden Women's Association Fund 2013 provides annual income for this nonprofit organization to support the Greater Dayton Youth Golf Academy and continuing education for African-American female students. Madden Women's Association was founded in 1983 by women who love to play golf.
C. J. McLin, Jr., Scholarship Fund 1992 provides for college scholarships to help Montgomery County residents who have demonstrated academic success or financial need, as well as an interest in their community. The Fund is dedicated to the memory of this 22-year Ohio State Representative.
John and Hester Moore General Purpose Fund 1992 pools resources to help overcome adverse social and economic conditions affecting the African-American community. John E. Moore is an emeritus member of the Foundation's Governing Board.
National Forum of Black Public Administrators Scholarship Fund 1994 makes plans to assist African-American students. The Dayton chapter of this national organization looks to the future by using an insurance policy to sow the seeds of this fund.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Cal Lynn Crawford Scholarship Fund 1991 provides scholarships to local college-bound African-American students from the Delta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Alvarene N. Owens Endowment Fund 2010 will support charitable activities of the donor’s choosing. Alvarene Owens, a longtime Dayton attorney, was the first woman and minority to be appointed to the Board of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.
PARITY Education Fund 1994 helps this organization realize its mission of improving the economic, educational and social conditions of African-Americans.
Samuel Proctor Endowment Fund 2002 honors the memory of this former Rutgers University and United Theological Seminary professor. The fund will award grants for the Seminary's Dr. Samuel Proctor Chair of Ethics and for a lectureship series for African-American doctoral students focusing on ethics in American leadership.
The Residence in Praise Fine Arts Center Fund 2003 will help fund this West Dayton fine arts center's new facility and state-of-the-art theatre.
The Residence in Praise Operating Fund 2003 will assist in carrying out the Residence in Praise Fine Art Center's mission to provide an avenue for youth and adults to discover, learn and improve their God-given talents through music, performing arts and creative writing.
Robert P. Ross, Sr. Foundation 2012 honors the founder of the Bob Ross Auto Dealerships by awarding grants to the Sinclair Community College Foundation and the American Heart Association. Among his many career accomplishments, Robert Ross was the first African-American Mercedes-Benz dealer in the world.
Norma J. Ross Youth Foundation 2012 benefits nonprofit organizations in Greater Dayton, with a special emphasis on supporting programs that expose African-American youth to the arts. Norma Ross was a longtime educator, who received numerous professional recognitions and community service awards. She assumed command of the Bob Ross Dealerships in 1997, upon the untimely death of her husband, Robert P. Ross, Sr.
Mary Scott Nursing Home Endowment Fund 1991 nurtures quality health care and a pleasant living environment for senior citizens in the city of Dayton.
Sigma Boule Fund 1994 was established to endow educational and social-action initiatives sponsored by the members of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity's Sigma Boule Chapter.
Scott Neal Simpson Scholarship Fund 1999 memorializes this gifted athlete and scholar by furnishing scholarships to Montgomery County high school graduates attending an accredited college or university. Scott Simpson died after lapsing into a diabetic coma while in his sophomore year at The Ohio State University, majoring in rehabilitation therapy.
Estus and Dorothy T. Smith Scholarship Fund 1992 exists to offer scholarships to local residents wishing to attend Jackson State University,a historically black college. Dr. Estus Smith is an emeritus member of the Foundation's Governing Board.
Emma Brooks-Smith and Estus Smith Wiley College Fund 2001 encourages the pursuit of higher education for Ohio students wishing to further their studies at Wiley College in Texas. Dr. Smith is an emeritus Governing Board member of The Dayton Foundation and retired vice president and COO for the Kettering Foundation.
Stratos Wealth Partners Foundation 2013 provides unrestricted operating support to the American Cancer Society. The fund was created by Eugene D. Heflin, a wealth advisor at Stratos Wealth Partners, as part of his company’s initiative to encourage employees to give back to help others.
Thyrsa Frazier Svager Scholarship Fund 2000 honors with scholarship assistance African-American women majoring in mathematics at an accredited college or university. Aleksandar Svager established the fund in memory of his wife, Thyrsa, a former provost and executive vice president at Central State University.
James, Jr., and Betsy L. Thomas Endowment 1992 benefits Bethel Baptist Church and the initiatives of the African-American Community Fund.
Robert E. Turner Scholarship Fund 2004 was established by friends and family to honor Robert E. Turner's many years of public service with former Congressman Tony Hall's Congressional Advisory Councill, which now is called the Fifth Senate District Advisory Council of Ohio. Scholarships will be awarded to Montgomery County students pursing a public service-related field of study.
Willis and Mary Bluford Turner Memorial Fund 2003 was established by Gladys Turner Finney in remembrance of her parents. The fund will assist individuals and organizations that affirm the values of peacemaking and work to bring about understanding and acceptance of one another and the elimination of conflicts or barriers of race, culture and language.
Twentig Incorporated Endowment Fund (Willis "Bing" Davis Scholarship) 1990 pays tribute to this son of Dayton who has achieved acclaim as an internationally famous visual artist. Individuals eligible for this scholarship are African-Americans pursuing studies primarily in the visual and/or graphic arts. This fund was established by Twentig, a volunteer women's organization.
Diane D. and Rodger D. Walker Fund 1998 benefits charitable, educational, religious and community activities, as advised by the founders. Rodger D. Walker was a pharmacist and businessman; his wife, Diane, is a speech pathologist and community volunteer.
Dr. Yvonne Walker-Taylor Women for Women Scholarship Fund II. 2008 will perpetuate this former Wilberforce University president emeritus' lifelong commitment to higher education and to promoting women's leadership in the pursuit of freedom. The fund assists women majoring in natural sciences, humanities, business, social sciences and engineering at Wilberforce.
Daryl Ward Scholarship Fund 2002 honors the president emeritus and dean emeritus of African-American Ministries at the United Theological Seminary, by awarding scholarships to Seminary students who are preparing for a Pan African ministry.
Herman and Nancy Williams Scholarship Endowment Fund 1991 awards college scholarships to members of the Dixon United Methodist Church. Nancy C. Williams is a retired educator, and her husband Herman was a retired chief master sergeant with the Air Force.
Miley O. Williamson Endowment Fund 2007 was established by the women of Trinity Presbyterian Church to support youth Christian education and to honor the memory of Miley O. Williamson, a legendary leader in Dayton's early Civil Rights Movement and a devoted church member.
Doris H. Wilson Scholarship Fund 1997 grants scholarships to graduating Montgomery County high school seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year school in the state of Ohio. This fund honors Doris Wilson, the founder of Multi-Cultural Supporters.
Henry and Hazel Wilson Endowment Fund in Memory of Booker T. Webster and Bernice W. Wilson 2014 honors the memories of Central State University (CSU) alumni Bernice W. Wilson (Class of 1949), the late wife of Henry Wilson, and Booker T. Webster (Class of 1953), the late husband of Hazel Wilson, by providing annual income to the University. Grants will be awarded to support the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering at CSU.
Deloris L. Winslow Scholarship Endowment Fund 2013 helps selected Clark or Montgomery County minority students majoring in social work, political science or substance abuse treatment to further their education. The fund honors the memory of this Springfield native and retired City of Dayton employee, who provided many years of dedicated community service to support senior housing programs, drug rehabilitation and educational programs.
Alphonso Wofford Endowment Fund 2014 furthers the donor’s charitable interests, such as supporting institutions that focus on African-Americans pursuing entrepreneurial education and development or STEM education. Al Wofford is a community leader and founder of two successful technology solutions companies.
James Wright Family Fund 2001 remembers James O. Wright, Sr., Essie D. Wright and Dr. James O. Wright, Jr., who were tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1999. The fund will provide scholarships to students through the United Negro College Fund, the Gem City Medical Association and the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.
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IN HIS WORDS
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– Al Wofford, African-American Community Fund donor
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