January 20, 2015

The Dayton Foundation, Donors Achieve Milestone: More than $750 Million in Grants

The Dayton Foundation announced today that it has surpassed three-quarters of a billion dollars in grants awarded since its inception in 1921. As of December 31, 2014, more than 290,000 grants totaling $756 million has been awarded from more than 3,300 Foundation funds to benefit a wide range of not-for-profit organizations and initiatives throughout the region and around the world.

According to Ellen S. Ireland, chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board, “We’re so pleased to celebrate generations of donors who have supported us through the years and partnered with the Foundation to award more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to charity. This remarkable achievement says a great deal about the people in our community and the confidence they place in the Foundation to fulfill their charitable giving.”

During the 2014 calendar year, said Foundation President Michael M. Parks, The Dayton Foundation added 224 new funds, including 76 new current and deferred endowment funds and 148 new funds to the Foundation’s Charitable Checking Account℠ Service. This brings the total number of donor funds under management to 3,316.

“The spirit of giving is strong in Greater Dayton,” Parks said. “We’re very grateful for our donors’ faith in the Foundation’s ability to help them make a difference here at home and across this nation. Our founders would be so proud of what has been accomplished since their initial gift of $250,000 nearly 94 years ago. We are deeply grateful to the generosity and passion of our donors.”

In December, the Foundation’s Governing Board approved discretionary grants totaling $250,907 to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors in Greater Dayton. The Dayton Foundation’s twice-yearly discretionary grants program is made possible thanks to a small group of donors who have provided unrestricted or lightly restricted funds to the Foundation to be able to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region.

Organizations awarded a discretionary grant in December include the following.

Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter ($25,000): To launch a dementia coaching project to help reduce dementia and Alzheimer’s patients’ hospital readmissions and emergency room visits and improve caregiver well-being.

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley ($40,000): To support the food pantry improvement project by enlarging the pantry, creating classroom and consultation areas, and upgrading technology.

CityWide Development Corporation ($50,000): To help fund an inner-city public garden focused on wellness for children.

Dayton Playhouse, Inc. ($20,000): To assist in stage renovations for this community theatre organization.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County ($19,000): To support needed improvements and repairs to the Center’s safe housing shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest ($20,107): To better serve an increasing number of children in need by expanding services and hiring additional staff.

Kids in New Directions ($8,900): To help expand technology services for East Dayton children participating in after school programs.

Miami Valley Boy Scouts of America ($50,000): To assist in expanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with outdoor experiences.

The Woman’s Club of Dayton Foundation ($15,000): To help fund energy-efficient improvements to the Club’s historic downtown building.

WYSO Public Radio ($2,900): To help fund the WYSO Youth Radio program where students write, record and edit radio documentaries.

Learn how you can make a greater impact with your giving through our Partners in Giving Program.

Read more about Dayton Foundation grants at work in the community on our Grants in Action page.

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File date: 01.20.15


Debbie Wright

“The Dayton Foundation has been wonderful to work with. Their communication with doors is strong, and they really care about our scholarship fund.”–Debbie Wright, Dayton Foundation donor since 2006

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