March 17, 2020

Our Commitment to Community During the COVID-19 Response

Our community - and the world - are facing an unprecedented health crisis. As we all continue to navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to update you about the steps that The Dayton Foundation is taking to protect the health and safety of our staff, donors and visitors, as well as to support the Greater Dayton community.

The Dayton Foundation staff currently are working remotely from home.

For the health and safety of our visitors, staff and community, the Foundation's office is temporarily closed to walk-in visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our team of experts are continuing to work remotely from their homes in an effort to practice safe distancing, as recommened by public health officials and Governor Mike DeWine.

  • You may continue to reach our staff via their direct dial phone numbers and email;
  • For Foundation donors, Donor Express is available online 24/7 for recommending grants from your fund and to contribute to your fund. Contributions to funds and grant recommendations will be processed as quickly as possible; and
  • All previously scheduled in-person meetings or events will be cancelled, rescheduled or conducted by phone.

COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton established to help meet basic human needs

The Dayton Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, along with a coalition of philanthropic, government and other individual partners, have joined together to establish this fund, which will help provide flexible resources to nonprofits that are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. The Dayton Foundation is waiving all administrative fees and is paying all credit card processing fees so that 100 percent of donations will be used to assist others.

The Foundation’s is open to possible collaborations with other funders.

The Dayton Foundation and other area funders are discussing opportunities for collaboration and coordinative efforts that will help us better respond to the increased needs of local nonprofits, as well as benefit the broader community as a whole.

We will continue to provide additional updates in the coming days and weeks via email, our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn).

By doing our part - washing our hands, staying home if we’re ill and following social distancing measures - each of us can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our community has shown time and again its resilience to rise above the challenges before us. We shall overcome this challenge as well.

We are deeply grateful for your support, generosity and resiliency, and we wish you good health.

~ The Dayton Foundation Team

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File date: 03.17.20

Mike Parks

– Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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