In Times of Critical Need, Greater Dayton Community Responds Through Funds
Contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund Surpass $1 Million; More than $7.3 Million Total to Three Emergency Response Funds Since 2019
This week, The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area announced that contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton has exceeded the million-dollar threshold, with more than $1,061,000 received to date. In the past year, thousands of individuals locally and around the world have contributed a combined total of $7.3 million to three emergency response and relief funds established through The Dayton Foundation in collaboration with government, education and other not-for-profit partners. These funds have assisted area nonprofits and the individuals and families that were most impacted by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes, the Oregon District mass shooting and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
“Throughout history, Greater Dayton has faced its share of difficult and challenging times, but the last 12 months have been unlike anything we could have imagined,” said James R. Pancoast, chair of The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board. “Each time our community has joined together to rise above these trying times. While there is more work to be done, I cannot thank enough all who have given so far. We truly are a giving and generous community.’
The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund was established immediately following the tornadoes that swept through the region on May 27, 2019. More than $2.3 million has been contributed to the fund to date, with grants totaling $1.1 million to help with immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts.
The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund launched within hours of the August 4, 2019, mass shooting that claimed the lives of nine individuals in this historic entertainment district. The fund has received contributions totaling $3.9 million, with $3.8 million awarded to date to the victims and families whose loved ones were taken.
The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton has awarded grant distributions to date totaling $535,217 to 39 nonprofits. Organizations receiving funds are providing emergency assistance, such as food, housing, hygiene products and social services.
“Community foundations, like The Dayton Foundation, are a powerful resource to spread good, particularly in times of critical needs such as this,” said Michael M. Parks, CFRE, president of The Dayton Foundation. “We are so pleased to be of service to charitable individuals, families and organizations, and our experienced staff will continue to do everything we can to help individuals and families during this time of need and all year long. Last fiscal year we facilitated the distribution of $51.8 million dollars to charity. Just this week alone, grants totaling more than $3 million are being distributed from Foundation funds at the request of our donors. This is a remarkable expression of hope and charity.”
The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton was launched by The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) along with a coalition of philanthropic, government and education organizations. Individuals are urged to donate at www.daytonfoundation.org. The Dayton Foundation is paying all credit card processing fees and waiving administrative fees so that 100 percent of donations go to charity.
Nonprofits and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements may apply for a grant at www.daytonfoundation.org or www.dayton-unitedway.org. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis by an impartial distribution committee.
Individuals needing information about community resources, basic needs assistance and other social services may call UWGDA’s HelpLink 211.
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 www.daytonfoundation.org 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 https://dayton-unitedway.org/ or call (937) 225-3001.
“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