March 26, 2020

Five Grants Totaling $98,000 Awarded to Aid Basic Human Needs During COVID-19 Outbreak

The distribution committee for the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton announced today grant awards totaling $98,000 to five local not-for-profit organizations. These funds will aid them in providing emergency, basic human services to individuals and families throughout Greater Dayton during the COVID-19 outbreak.

These grants include:

Central State University ($5,000): to assist in providing food, personal hygiene supplies and transportation to students who otherwise would be homeless.

Pink Ribbon Girls ($10,000): to aid in providing transporting to patients actively seeking breast and gynecological cancer treatment.

St. Vincent de Paul Social Services ($50,000): to help purchase food and hand-washing stations for the Women & Families and Men’s shelters.

Wesley Community Center, fiscal agent for Dayton Cooks! ($27,000): to provide evening meals to children and senior citizens.

Yellow Springs Home ($6,000): to help provide food, toiletries and other basic human needs for low-income residents.

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton was established by The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA), in partnership with the Mathile Family Foundation, Montgomery County, The Physicians’ Charitable Foundation of the Miami Valley and Sinclair Community College.

Nonprofit organizations that are helping individuals and families with immediate, basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health and safety, in response to COVID-19, are encouraged to apply for a grant at or Applications are being reviewed by the distribution committee on an on-going basis to meet immediate funding needs.

Donations via credit card or Dayton Foundation fund transfers are preferred to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton and may be made online at The Dayton Foundation is paying all credit card processing fees and waiving administration fees so that 100 percent of donations go to charity.

Please note that The Dayton Foundation is operational during this time, however its physical office is closed until at least April 6, 2020. Postal mail will not be received until after that time. Any checks mailed to the Foundation will be processed as quickly as possible once health authorities lift the mandatory shelter-in-place restriction.

Individuals who are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA also may choose to support these efforts through a qualified charitable distribution to a Field-of-Interest Fund established at The Dayton Foundation. Visit here or contact Michelle Lovely or Joe Baldasare in our Development department for more information.

UWGDA’s HelpLink 211 also is available 24 hours a day for individuals needing information about community resources, basic needs assistance and other social services.

Other partners in the COVID-19 Response Fund coalition include the Mathile Family Foundation, Montgomery County, The Physicians’ Charitable Foundation of the Miami Valley and Sinclair Community College.

About The Dayton Foundation:
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,900 charitable funds that have provided more than $970 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About United Way of the Greater Dayton Area:
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) supports local health and human service programs and initiatives that serve Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. For over 100 years, UWGDA has been ensuring that the Dayton community has the tools needed to lead healthy and financially stable lives. Learn more at or call (937) 225-3001.

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File date: 03.26.20

Mike Parks

“We have shown time and time again over the past 10 months that we are a resilient and caring community, and all of our support and generosity is needed during this crisis. No gift is too small.”– Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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