April Centennial Donor Stories

Gift #41: Gift Helps Nonprofit Empower Individuals to “Achieve Their Highest Potential”
Dayton Foundation Governing Board Chair and longtime donor Marva Cosby had two reasons that motivated her to participate in the...

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100 Gifts to the Community campaign in honor of the Foundation’s Centennial Anniversary.

“There are many, very small not-for-profit organizations in the Dayton area that don’t get public recognition for the good work they are doing,” said Marva Cosby, SHRM-SCP retired, president, Cosby Consulting Group, LLC. “The gift I made had dual purposes - to help further the nonprofit organization’s mission and to help shine a light on the work and service being provided by the organization.”

Marva chose the Mustard Seed Foundation of Dayton to be the recipient of her generous $2,500 gift. Its mission is to empower teens, youth and families to achieve their highest potential by breaking the cycles of generational poverty through supportive programming that teaches parenting skills and builds healthy, stable families.

“I hope that others may see an opportunity to support a mission that has the potential of positively impacting future generations of families,” Marva said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Cosby for her generous donation and congratulate The Dayton Foundation on its Centennial Anniversary,” said Shondale Atkinson, founder and CEO of the Mustard Seed Foundation.

Marva made her gift through her Dayton Foundation charitable fund, which she established in 2012 to support the causes and nonprofit organizations she cares about most.

“The Dayton Foundation offers several convenient mechanisms to channel my charitable gifts into the community - the Charitable Checking AccountSM Service, Donor-Advised Funds, Field-of-Interest Funds and many more,” Marva said. “The Foundation provides lots of choices for me, and the very knowledgeable staff is there to help inform my decision making.”

Making a difference is what motivates Marva in both her career and her community commitments. In addition to serving on the Foundation’s Governing Board, Marva formerly served as chair of its Marketing and Public Relations Committee. She also serves on the boards for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Premier Health and LPGA-Amateurs Dayton, and formerly on the boards of Sinclair Community College and Antioch University.

“It is said that a person has one or more of three things to give: time, talent and treasure. Young children are naturally likely to help others,” Marva said. “However, as children grow up they are likely to model the giving behaviors of their parents. I am proud that such was my experience. I believe that I should do whatever fits my lifestyle to support the betterment of my community for current and future generations.”

So what would Marva like to see for Greater Dayton’s future?

“My hope is that as a community we continue to support works that will help us realize our region’s potential and value to our neighbors as demonstrated through our rich history of invention and innovation,” Marva said.

Gift #40: Gift Honors Two Nonprofit Centennials, Helps Serve More than 20,000 People In Need
When Janet and Donald Grieshop first were approached to participate in the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign in honor of The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial Anniversary...

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they knew just the organization to choose for the milestone event.

“We thought that since The Dayton Foundation’s 100th Anniversary is in 2021 and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s (CSSMV) 100th Anniversary also in 2021, this was a great way to honor both organizations,” said Don Grieshop, a longtime Dayton Foundation donor and former volunteer.

The Grieshops chose CSSMV to receive their generous $25,000 gift.

“CSSMV has been helping Dayton and the surrounding area for the last 100 years. It brings hope to the hopeless and love to the lonely, lost and desperate,” Janet said. “When the tornadoes came a few years ago and with The Dayton Foundation’s help, it moved into long-term disaster relief. CSSMV goes where the need is and helps so many people, both young and old, to live better and more hopeful lives.”

“I would like to give a big thank you to Don and Janet Grieshop for their very special gift that will help us serve over 20,000 people this year,” said Laura Roesch, CEO of CSSMV.

Janet and Don believe deeply in perpetuating their gifts to assist individuals and families who are less fortunate. They have established several charitable funds through The Dayton Foundation, including a scholarship fund in honor of Don’s parents and the importance they put on getting an education. They also use the Foundation for their regular charitable giving through a Charitable Checking AccountSM and have made plans for a legacy gift to one day be used by the Foundation to assist charities that follow the Grieshops’ religious beliefs.

“There is a saying, ‘To those whom much is given, much is expected,’” Don said. “We’ve received so much from our community. It’s our responsibility to give something back. The Dayton Foundation helps us to do this.”

So what would the Grieshops like to see for Greater Dayton’s future?

“We were both born and raised in Dayton and have seen it grow. We think that Dayton is a great place to live, work and play,” Don said. “We believe that with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the technological revolution that it causes, Dayton has a wonderful future to look forward to.”

Gift #39: Gift Helps Feed Hungry Children in Centerville
The Centerville-Washington Foundation, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation since 1998, works to support local nonprofit organizations that enhance Centerville...

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Washington Township and Greater Dayton for the better. This longstanding relationship, coupled with a desire to honor The Dayton Foundation’s milestone birthday, motivated the board of trustees to participate in the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign.

“The pandemic of 2020 brought an enlightened awareness to our foundation. As a board of trustees, we felt that we needed to support the organizations that were in real need of assistance through The Dayton Foundation,” said Mike Bevis, a trustee for the Centerville-Washington Foundation. “We were proud to support the 100-year anniversary of The Dayton Foundation.”

Centerville-Washington Foundation chose Food2Go, which provides weekend food to children in need who attend Centerville City Schools, to be the recipient of its generous $2,500 donation.

“With the closing of the schools and the remote learning, we learned that many students with food insecurities were approaching a level near starvation,” Mike said. “This was an intolerable situation, and we felt the need to respond even though the amount donated was over and above our usual donation level.”

Said Julie Lucente, director of Food2Go, “On behalf of Food2Go, I”d like to thank the Centerville-Washington Foundation for its generous donation and enabling us to feed hungry kids in the Centerville area.”

Since 1998, the Centerville-Washington Foundation and its family of funds has assisted thousands of donors and awarded hundreds of grants to charitable organizations. The board of trustees looks for new approaches and techniques that help solve important community problems and increase volunteer participation and citizen involvement in its community affairs. They partner with The Dayton Foundation to increase financial support of these efforts in order to help strengthen nonprofit organizations that are addressing community needs and enhancements.

“The Centerville-Washington Foundation is indebted to The Dayton Foundation for guidance, leadership, education and financial direction. This assistance has helped our foundation to become a larger and more important factor in Centerville and Washington Township in our first 20 years,” Mike said. “We thank the Foundation for this critical partnership and look forward to at least 100 more years.”

So what would Centerville-Washington Foundation like to see for Greater Dayton’s future?

“The primary goal of the Centerville-Washington Foundation is to help people help our community. We provide a source of funds for nonprofit organizations for both routine and emergency needs,” Mike said. “Our hope for the community would be to continue to assist organizations with more and more funds to make our community a better place to live, work and play.”

Gift #38: Gift Helps Build Bus Stop Shelter for Individuals Getting Back on Their Feet
For nearly 50 years, KeyBank has partnered with The Dayton Foundation to help its clients help others and the causes they care about most. This partnership, along with KeyBank’s...

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commitment to Greater Dayton and the markets in which it serves, led the financial services organization to participate in the Foundation’s 100 Gifts to the Community campaign and sign on as a supporting sponsor for its Centennial Celebration.

“KeyBank values our long-term partnership with The Dayton Foundation and joins the entire Dayton Region in saluting its milestone centennial anniversary,” said Stacy Thompson, senior vice president and regional manager for KeyBank. “The 100 Gifts to the Community initiative provided KeyBank an excellent opportunity to support the Foundation’s decision to celebrate its anniversary by paying it forward to the Dayton community. At KeyBank, we truly believe ‘Community is Key’ and welcomed the opportunity to join the Foundation in recognizing and financially supporting local nonprofits.”

KeyBank chose Miami Valley Community Action Partnership (MVCAP) for its generous $2,500 gift because of its long-standing relationship with the agency and the good work the nonprofit is doing in the community.

“During the 2019 Memorial Day tornado mitigation, KeyBank leveraged our Federal Home Loan Bank membership to provide Disaster Relief Program funds to homeowners and renters impacted by the tornadoes,” Stacy said. “We chose MVCAP as our nonprofit partner agency in this effort because of its connectivity to community and strong programmatic work in helping administer and execute programs in the housing renovation space. We also partner with MVCAP on its homebuyer education programming, which helps to move low- to moderate-income citizens to homeownership. MVCAP is a great community resource, and KeyBank is proud of our relationship.”

“On behalf of Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, we are so honored to receive this gift from KeyBank,” said Chelsie Wilkinson, director of Resources for MVCAP. “We’ll use this donation to help us build a shelter for our RTA customers outside of our Main Street location. Thank you, KeyBank, so much!”

KeyBank is committed to supporting communities in which it has clients and believes that good corporate citizenship and responsibility matters.

“Our support focuses on five key values: diversity; equity and inclusion where diversity is valued and inclusion is fostered; financial capability where we seek to help empower individuals with the skills; knowledge and access to tools needed to create financial wellness; and, transformational outcomes where we believe the basis of change lies in communities,” Stacy said. “KeyBank seeks community partners with whom we can help design innovative programs and approaches that solve the community's needs. We then fund those programs to create meaningful change in the community and individual lives, measurable impact where we focus on helping to create measurable improvements in quality of life and sustainability where we seek to work with community nonprofit partners to help maintain positive change over time with continual improvement.”

KeyBank has worked with The Dayton Foundation since 1973 as an investment manager, and currently is the largest money manager for funds held by The Dayton Foundation. KeyBank advisors have referred numerous client relationships to The Dayton Foundation to support the community, now and for future generations.

“KeyBank appreciates the role The Dayton Foundation plays as the region’s largest community foundation,” Stacy said. “It acts as a funder, convener, facilitator and educator to create a more effective and efficient philanthropic community. It also helps identify important funding initiatives, like the Dayton mass shootings, Memorial Day tornado mitigation and COVID emergency response, as well as helps quickly organize and execute effective response by bringing together the people and organizations that can find solutions for community needs.”

So what would KeyBank like to see for Greater Dayton’s future?

“KeyBank recently announced an extension of our groundbreaking $16.5 billion Community Benefits Plan and increased our commitment to $40 billion. The investment will continue our focus on economic access and equity for underserved communities and populations,” Stacy said. “Our hope for Greater Dayton is a continued intentional lean in economic equity, inclusion and sustainability, especially supporting small business and home lending in low and moderate communities; affordable housing and community development projects; and philanthropic efforts targeted toward education, workforce development and safe, vital neighborhoods.”

Gift #37: Gifts Celebrate Centennial Birthday by Showing Staff’s Connection to the Community
When members of The Dayton Foundation staff were presented with the opportunity to participate the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign, they jumped at the chance...

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to support their favorite nonprofit organizations in honor of the Foundation’s Centennial anniversary.

“For 100 years, the staff and volunteers of The Dayton Foundation have been helping you help others in Greater Dayton and beyond,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “Inviting our dedicated staff, who are active and caring members of the community themselves, to be a part of the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign was the perfect way to celebrate this milestone achievement.” More than $6,000, which included a matching grant from the Foundation, was donated to over # nonprofit organizations that are near and dear to the staff’s hearts.

“My gift is to the American Heart Association in memory of my brother George ‘Matthew’ Henry, who passed away from a heart-related issue in 2000 at only 25 years old. The American Heart Association is a large, national organization that impacts not only essential research and legislation, but also benefits our local community,” said Michelle Lovely, CFRE, vice president of Development and Donor Services. “One thing that I love about working for The Dayton Foundation is that I can combine my passion for helping others with my work life. There is absolutely no way that you can work here without feeling connected to our community and all of the great donors and nonprofits that help serve it. You also can literally feel the compassion from every single staff member. This is not just a job for any of us.”

Two other organizations that received gifts from Foundation staff are the Foodbank Dayton and The Human Race Theatre Company, both nonprofits that have enjoyed long relationships with The Dayton Foundation through the years.

“The Foodbank has been a proud partner with The Dayton Foundation for over 45 years. Its support makes our vision of ‘No one should go hungry’ possible,” said Lee Lauren (Alder) Truesdale, chief development officer for the Foodbank Dayton. “The last two years have been challenging for our community, yet time and time again The Dayton Foundation shows up with the financial support and resources needed to help our community rise again. For that, our team is grateful. A huge congratulations to The Dayton Foundation for 100 years of service and giving in the Miami Valley!”

“The Human Race Theatre Company is honored to be a 35-year partner of The Dayton Foundation’s 100 years. From our beginning, The Dayton Foundation has supported our artistic mission of exploring the human condition, both onstage and off,” said Kevin Moore, artistic director and founding member of The Human Race Theatre Company. “By making production, education and outreach programs possible through both designated project support and general operating, it has been the lifeblood of our growth and development.”

“To receive this support during the most challenging of times, we are humbled and grateful to all the generous donors who make up The Dayton Foundation,” added Kappy Kilburn, executive director of The Human Race. “Dayton is blessed to have The Dayton Foundation, and we are truly lucky to be part of this community.

The Foundation’s staff gifts collectively represent #37 of 100 gifts to be showcased during the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign announced on alternating weekdays, through September 2021, during WHIO News Center 7 at Noon. The 100 Gifts will showcase a variety of nonprofit organizations and the work they are doing to help the Greater Dayton region. Gift amounts range from $1,000 to more than $100,000.

“Generations of charitable individuals have partnered with The Dayton Foundation throughout our first century to enhance our quality of life and help others in times of need. The 100 Gifts to the Community campaign demonstrates The Dayton Foundation’s mission - We help you help others,” Mike Parks said. “We’re so grateful for our staff and donors, who are making significant investments in our community through their Dayton Foundation funds. It’s this type of generosity that inspired our founding 100 years ago by D. Frank Garland and the John Patterson family and keeps us building a better Dayton for future generations.”

Learn more about the Foundation’s 100 history in Greater Dayton. Visit our Centennial Timeline page.

Centennial Sponsors

The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial Celebration is presented by PNC.
PNC Bank


Lead sponsorship provided by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,
JPMorgan Chase


with Partner sponsors Buckingham Advisors and Fifth Third Bank.


Supporting sponsors include:

Bieser GreetUBSflagel huber flagelKey Bank
EBSJames InvestmentJohnson InvestmentMarch McClennanJP Morgan Chase

Media support provided by:
Cox Media Group   Key-Ads   Dayton Daily News

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File date: 04.15.21
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