September 23, 2016

New, $1 Million Leadership Initiative and $100,000 Grant Opportunity Announced to Engage and Support Greater Dayton’s Older Adult Population

Representatives for the New Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative
(left to right)Aiyana Marcus, Dayton Foundation Program Officer,
Don Ambrose, President of Del Mar Healthcare and Advisor to
the DMH-Fund, Jeanne Holihan, Senior Fellow, Barbra Stonerock,
Dayton Foundation Vice President of Community

Last night at its 2016 Meeting Celebration at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, The Dayton Foundation announced plans for a new, $1 million Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative and the third, $100,000 Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming. Both efforts are made possible thanks to the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation, which has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants since 2010 to Dayton-area not-for-profit organizations that serve the needs of older adults.

“Our vast population that is moving into midlife and beyond represents a powerful source of talent, wisdom and skills,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “By embracing them in this new initiative, we can learn from their decades of experience while they create an encore career for themselves. It also will lift a community conversation among business and nonprofit representatives and other community leaders about how we view midlife as an opportunity to make a difference. The Dayton Foundation is so pleased to once again partner with the DMH-Fund, which has dedicated significant resources to the betterment of the Dayton Region.’

Jeanne Holihan, retired vice president and treasurer for Dayton Power and Light, will lead the effort as the Senior Fellow. Holihan has an extensive background in financial and strategic planning, as well as human resource experience. She currently serves as president of the Board for Dayton Metro Library.

Additionally, The Dayton Foundation announced the third, $100,000 Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming. First awarded in 2014, the Del Mar Social Innovation Award by the DMH-Fund recognizes the best innovations from Greater Dayton nonprofits that demonstrate breakthrough thinking in helping to address issues facing older adults. In the last two years, nine nonprofits have received a total of $784,272 through this award.

All 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations with programs serving adults ages 55 and older in Greater Dayton are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent starting Monday, September 26. One or more organizations may be selected to receive the Del Mar Award and share the maximum grant amount of $100,000. Additional information, including the LOI form, will be available on The Dayton Foundation’s website at or by contacting Aiyana Marcus, program officer, at (937) 225-9964 or The deadline to submit a completed LOI is December 30. Organizations with LOIs that meet the funding guidelines will be notified to submit a full award application. Final awards will be announced in March 2017.

“We are excited to again partner with the talented staff at The Dayton Foundation and will be interested to watch the impact of the Encore initiative,’ said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare and advisor to the DMH-Fund. “We also are excited to be able to offer another Del Mar Social Innovation Award through the Foundation, as we’ve been very impressed with the creativity shown by area nonprofits in developing programs that serve and improve the lives of Dayton’s seniors.”

About The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 300,000 grants totaling more than $812 million to nonprofits over its 95-year history.

About Del Mar Healthcare/DMH-Dayton, Inc.

DMH-Dayton, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit whose charitable purpose is to meet the housing, health and financial security needs of older adults. DMH-Dayton is part of the Del Mar Healthcare family of companies. In 1996, Del Mar began providing housing and healthcare services through the ownership and operation of facilities serving senior citizens. To the extent these activities generate surpluses, Del Mar’s board has decided to invest these funds, not only in their own facilities, but into programs serving seniors in the communities they serve. This includes grants in Dayton, Ohio, and San Diego, California.

Download the LOI for the third Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming.

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