January Centennial Donor Stories

Gift #15: Gift Helps Bring Grocery Service to Dayton Residents
Theresa Gasper, and her husband David Gasper, decided to participate in the 100 Gifts to the Community in honor of the Foundation’s anniversary because...

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“the Dayton Region has been hit hard in the last few years. This is our home, and we feel more than ever it is important to give back to our community.”

The Gaspers chose Gem City Market as the recipient of their gift, to give Dayton residents access to fresh, healthy food.

“The food desert in areas of our region is alarming and must be addressed,” David said. “We are extremely impressed with the efforts of Gem City Market to bring the community together to start solving this problem.”

Gem City Market’s mission is to serve, engage and empower our neighborhoods by providing affordable, high quality food in a clean and welcoming environment that is worker- and community-owned. The Market is located across the Salem Avenue bridge from downtown Dayton and will be the first full-service grocery store to serve Northwest Dayton in more than a decade.

“As we watch our Market being built, brick by brick, we see a visual representation of the solidarity of hundreds of Daytonians, including the Gaspers,” said Leah Bahan-Harris, general manager for Gem City Market. “From participating in our earliest community meetings and brainstorming strategy, to donating generously during our capital campaign, David and Theresa have been part of this project from the very beginning. We’re grateful for their passion and love for community.”

Theresa and David are both entrepreneurs who live in the Dayton area. They give back to the community through volunteerism and their Dayton Foundation Charitable Checking Account℠, which they use to support causes they care about most.

“The Dayton Foundation makes it easy for us to manage our charitable giving. With a few clicks on the website, we can donate,” David said. “The website makes it easy for us to track our giving as well. The Foundation helps increase awareness of causes that need our support.”

What are the Gasper’s hopes for Greater Dayton in the future?

“We have been fortunate to raise our families and operate our businesses in this region,” David said. “We are living the ‘American Dream,’ and we believe more people deserve that same opportunity.”

“We hope that the Greater Dayton region can work together to significantly reduce poverty and blight in our region,” Theresa continued. “We want prosperity for many more people. Poverty in our region hurts all of us.”

Gift #15: Gift Helps Youth Attain the “American Dream”
When the idea for the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign first was introduced to the Foundation’s Governing Board, Board Member Lisa Hanauer knew immediately that...

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she and her wife, Sue Spiegel, would want to participate in this historic celebration.

For their gift, Lisa and Sue chose to create four, renewable scholarships for graduating seniors at Dayton Early College Academy so that they could further their education after high school.

“For us, this was an opportunity to create a new gift, something that we had not previously done or supported. While we do contribute to DECA, we had not done anything with scholarships,” Lisa said. “We felt that creating these scholarships for well-deserving DECA graduates would literally be a ‘gift’ to those students that would keep on giving. It not only reduces a student's college debt, but creates new opportunities for the recipients, and our community, once the graduate with degrees.”

“Having gotten to know how dedicated the DECA kids and faculty are, we are confident that these scholarships will go a long way toward helping these amazing kids achieve their goals, while not straddling them with debt after they graduate,” Sue Spiegel. “With this help, they can hit the ground running once they graduate and launch their careers, hopefully in our community.”

Lisa, retired founder and president of MED-PASS, Inc., and Sue, also retired, currently is the organizational manager of the toy cottage at For Love of Children, are passionate community volunteers. They give back because “someone helped each of us in our lives and we have met plenty of people that simply did not have that one chance offered to them,” Lisa said.

“We feel a duty to pay it forward and do so by focusing nearly 100% of our giving and volunteering to organizations that represent the underserved in our community,” Sue continued.

They use their Dayton Foundation Donor-Advised Fund to give back today, and have established several deferred funds to support the causes and organizations they care about most after their passing.

“The Dayton Foundation makes it easy! They are a one-stop-shop for getting plugged into philanthropic initiatives in our community,” Lisa said. “Before I joined the Governing Board, I really didn’t know much about The Dayton Foundation, or embarrassingly, what was really happening in Dayton. The Foundation opened our eyes to all the truly good things in our community. This knowledge has been a motivating force for us to do more every year in support of the community we love.”

What are Lisa and Sue’s hopes for Greater Dayton in the future?

“I think if I had to choose one, it would be solving the educational crisis we are facing locally and nationally. The disparities between school districts in high-poverty areas versus more affluent districts is heartbreaking,” Lisa said. “The ‘American Dream’ is not available to everyone until these problems can be fixed. I know there is tremendous work being done locally, and we applaud those initiatives and the champions leading them.”

Gift #14: Gift Helps Honor Beloved Son and Brother’s Legacy
When the idea to participate in the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign first was suggested to the Hale family, it seemed...

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the perfect opportunity to fulfill a charitable giving goal they had been considering for some time.

“Our family has wanted to expand the scholarship we established in memory of my brother, Chase, to cover both one male and one female swimmer,” said Jon Hale, who works with his father, Rip Hale, in their wealth management practice. “The idea of participating in the 100 Gifts to the Community pushed us to get it done.”

The Hales established the Chase Hale Scholarship Fund in 2010 through the Kettering Education Foundation, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, several years after the passing of their beloved son and brother, T. Chase Hale. Chase graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School in 2002 and was captain of both the swim and tennis teams during his senior year. To date, the fund has awarded more than $50,000 in annual renewable scholarships to swimmers who most emulate the qualities represented by the Coaches Award.

“The Chase Hale Scholarship intentionally is not reserved for the best swimmers. It is awarded to the best team members on the Kettering Fairmont swim team,” said Denise Hale, a longtime community volunteer and master gardener. “We want to reward young people who give unselfishly to benefit something bigger than just themselves. These are life skills and invaluable to a thriving community and family life.”

The Hales follow this life philosophy of giving back. They have volunteered for many area nonprofit organizations and causes, and last year Denise and Rip were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Dayton Chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals. Both are former graduates of Leadership Dayton, a premier leadership development program in which Jon currently is participating.

In addition to the scholarship fund, the Hales use their Dayton Foundation Charitable Checking Accounts℠ to support other charitable causes. They also are strong advocates for The Dayton Foundation. Rip and Jon regularly promote the benefits of using its charitable giving vehicles and services to their wealth management clients. Jon also serves on the Foundation’s Development Committee.

“From the Charitable Checking Account, to the scholarship in honor of our son Chase, and now onto legacy giving, The Dayton Foundation has provided informed advice and ease of administration in every step of our charitable giving,” Rip said.

What do the Hales hope to see for Greater Dayton in the future?

“Dayton’s history is one of supporting, and actually expecting, people to work hard to achieve something for the greater good,” Jon said. “We’d like to see a return to this source of pride as it creates common ground for people of all races, genders and economic means to work together.’

“Most people share the goal of leaving the world a better place than we found it,” Rip continued. “While there is so much that is out of our control, helping people is 100 percent in our control and makes visible and lasting improvements in our community.”

Gift #13: Gift Helps Nonprofit to “Feed, Educate and Nurture” West Dayton Residents
For more than a decade, Flagel Huber Flagel (FHF) has partnered with The Dayton Foundation to help their clients help others...

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Charles C. Craft, CPA and partner for FHF, said the independent certified public accounting and advisory firm decided to participate in the Foundation’s 100 Gifts to the Community campaign, “to highlight and celebrate the incredibly important services the Foundation provides our community and support a local nonprofit organization with a gift.”

The firm’s generous $2,500 gift will benefit the Dakota Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a safe community atmosphere while engaging Dayton neighborhoods and people of all ages in programs that educate the whole person. According to the nonprofit organization’s executive director, Mike Miller, the gift will be used for a community garden to benefit West Dayton residents in need.

“We are so thankful for this unrestricted donation from FHF, which will be dedicated to our community garden project. This coming season will be year four, and these funds will help to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest the produce we grow,” Mike Miller said. “The fresh vegetables are then distributed to our clients, their families and to the community. This is our effort to address the serious food insecurity environment we have here on the west side of town.”

“FHF has worked with the Dakota Center for a number of years and seen firsthand the positive impact its programs have on the lives of the people in our community,” Chuck Craft said. “Our gift is made to help further the mission of the Dakota Center, so it can provide a safe community gathering place and offer programs for neighborhood children and seniors that feed, educate and nurture the whole person.”

Since 1933, FHF has been a fixture in Dayton and Cincinnati, and has grown to include 50 employees and more than 30 CPAs on staff. The organization’s vision, mission and purpose is to serve privately held businesses and individuals in order to build lifelong prosperity for themselves, their families and their employees for generations to come. It also makes it a priority to give back to the communities in which they serve.

“Built into the fabric of our firm and instilled into each one of us is a service-first mentality. We view the opportunity to assist others within our community as a responsibility and a blessing,” Chuck Craft said. “Through our relationship with The Dayton Foundation, we have been able to build relationships with numerous nonprofit organizations, investing our time and expertise into navigating the ever-changing business climate, allowing these organizations to focus on accomplishing their missions and serving the people of our community.”

What is the organization’s hope for Greater Dayton in the future?

“If there is one thing 2020 illustrated so clearly, it’s the power of connectedness. When organizations, leaders and citizens come together in collaboration, we see improvements that benefit the entire community,” Chuck Craft said. “Our hope is that we can continue to develop a vibrant, prosperous and thriving Greater Dayton through extraordinary collaboration.”

Gift #12: Gift Carries on Family’s Legacy, Love for the Arts in Greater Dayton
When the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign was in its preliminary stage, it only made sense that one of the first funds to be included was the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation...

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After all, the fund’s originator, Virginia B. Toulmin, left behind the Foundation’s single largest gift - more than $26 million - to her fund upon her passing in 2010.

“Foundation President Mike Parks suggested it to the Toulmin trustees before the program was announced,” said a trustee of the Toulmin fund. “We all agreed that participating would be a great way to honor Virginia’s wishes to support the performing arts, which were so important to her, as well as to celebrate the Foundation’s 100 years of service to Greater Dayton.’

The $100,000 gift will support the creation of a new production for Dayton Opera and honor Tom Bankston’s 25 years as artistic director of Dayton Opera.

“This opera will be a world premiere - another first for Dayton!” said the Toulmin fund trustee.“The Toulmin Fund gift specifically funds the creation of a new opera about Wilbur and Orville Wright’s sister Katherine Wright titled Finding Wright. It will tell the wonderful story about Katherine’s work with and support of her brothers as they built a plane that made the first manned flight. It is a story that shows how Dayton’s famous inventors and their sister changed the world.”

The project is a fitting one as Virginia’s father-in-law, Harry A Toulmin, Sr., was the famed attorney who secured and defended the Wright Brothers’ patent for their flying machine. Though originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Virginia was proud of her Dayton roots and the history that her husband�s family secured for the region.

“The support of the Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation for Dayton Opera’s creation of Finding Wright is integral to our success with this project. Important to the mission of any opera company is the promotion of new work that keeps our art form alive and forward moving, and it’s the visionary support of the Toulmin Fund that helps bring that mission to fruition,” Tom Bankston said. “Without that support, Dayton Opera would not be able to bring this opera, which is steeped in Dayton’s rich history and legacy of the Wright family, to the stage of the Schuster Center and to our community.”

The performing arts were near and dear to Virginia’s heart, as well as to her good friend, Bev Cowden, whom she often joined in Dayton as a judge of the Opera Guild’s Tri State Vocal Competition. The Toulmins’ fund has distributed more than $10 million in unrestricted grants to greater Dayton since 2010, including more than $6 million in grants to continue enhancing arts, culture and humanities programming locally.

Why did Virginia leave her gift as unrestricted to benefit Greater Dayton long after she was gone?

“Giving unrestricted funds is a wonderful idea that everyone should consider. Harry always said one shouldn’t try to dictate from the grave,” Mrs. Toulmin said upon establishing her fund in 2008. “If an organization’s management is good and strong, give them an unrestricted gift. They can decide how best to use it long after you have passed away. I think the world of Mike Parks and the staff of The Dayton Foundation, and I know that they will use these dollars wisely. I’m so glad to be doing this for the community that was so good to Harry and me.”

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: 01.18.21
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