January 29, 2019

Dayton Foundation Fund Holders Award $37M in Grants

Since July 1, 2018, The Dayton Foundation’s fund holders have awarded 10,714 grants totaling $37.1 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and across the country. This is a 41% increase in dollars awarded over the same time period in 2017.

Among these grants were discretionary and Greenlight Grants totaling $263,363 that were awarded by the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to address emerging needs and opportunities in the region. These grants promoted efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Discretionary grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm ($12,000) to assist in reconstructing the prairie observation tower for educational programs.

Bridges of Hope ($50,000) to aid in renovating the former Simon Kenton Elementary School building in Xenia, Ohio, to establish a permanent homeless shelter.

Daybreak ($25,000) to assist in purchasing a new electronic health records system to better collect client data and report service impact.

Dayton Christian Center ($31,750) to help complete renovations to the childcare building and expand classroom space to accommodate more preschool and school aged children.

The Foodbank ($33,313) to assist in leasing a truck to transport unused food from local retailers and farms.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Dayton ($40,000) to help support the launch of the Senior Homeowner Assistance and Repair Program.

Preble County Arts Association ($25,000) to aid in building renovations that will expand programming and grow audience participation.

The Foundation’s Greenlight Grants program assists organizations seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. In recent months, $46,300 in Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

The Contemporary Dayton (formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center) ($3,000) to help develop a strategic plan for expanding programs, audiences and donors.

County Corp ($3,000) in partnership with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, to create a more permanent housing solution for low- to moderate-income families.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County ($900) to implement a new therapy program for victims of trauma.

Good Shepherd Ministries ($2,500) to help with the housing program.

Homefull ($3,000) to develop a plan to repurpose vacant land into vibrant space focused on housing, jobs and food.

K12 Gallery & TEJAS ($5,600) to offer hand-on glass working programs.

Kids In New Directions ($4,000) to renovate its kitchen and dining room, as well as complete safety upgrades to windows.

Mission of Mary Cooperative ($3,500) to expand its greenhouse and repurpose space for storage and material distribution.

Oak Tree Corner ($4,800) to purchase an updated software system to better track families, volunteers and donors.

Partners for Community Living ($3,000) to purchase updated fundraising software to assist with donor development.

St. Vincent de Paul Society ($5,000) to purchase a commercial size refrigerator to provide healthier food options.

Therapeutic Riding Institute ($3,000) to develop an integrated sensory learning course.

United Rehabilitation Services ($5,000) to implement an innovative program using drum circles for children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities.

Funding for these two competitive grants programs is made possible by individuals who have established unrestricted or lightly restricted charitable funds.

More information about The Dayton Foundation and its competitive grants programs is available at www.daytonfoundation.org or by calling (937) 222-0410

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

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File date: 02.01.19


Fred Setzer

“Few people understand The Dayton Foundation’s central role in numerous community efforts, including education, The Job Center, the Schuster Center and RiverScape, to name a few. The Dayton Region might look very different were it not for the Foundation and its more than 3,500 donors and their charitable funds.” – Fred Setzer, Jr., donor and former Governing Board chair

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