October 15, 2019

The Dayton Foundation Awards $500,000 Discretionary Grant to Funds for Disaster Relief and Oregon District Tragedy

The Dayton Foundation Governing Board has approved a special $500,000 discretionary grant to support both the long-term recovery efforts following the Memorial Day tornados and the victims of the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting. This grant represents one of the largest discretionary grants awarded from the Foundation since its founding in 1921.

Of this grant, $400,000 will assist the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund in aiding organizations that are helping to rebuild the most impacted areas of the Greater Dayton region, and $100,000 will be transferred to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, which will be distributed to individuals who were physically injured and to the families of the victims who were taken in the shooting. Both funds were established through The Dayton Foundation within hours following these two tragic events.

“At the recommendation of the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee, the Governing Board approved this special grant to show their compassion toward our fellow citizens who are dealing with unspeakable pain in the wake of these tragedies,” said James Pancoast, chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board. “Rebuilding the hardest hit areas following the Memorial Day tornados is estimated to take as long as six to 10 years. These dollars are just one step in helping our community heal.“

Contributions to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund may be made at any time. The deadline to contribute to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund is October 31, 2019. Individuals may make a secure, online credit card donation at www.daytonfoundation.org or mail a check to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423. The fund name must be designated on the check or in the credit card form.

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 3,700 charitable funds that have provided more than $920 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. Ranked among the top 5 percent of all community foundations in the nation for total assets, The Dayton Foundation is second among them in the number of charitable funds and third in the number of grants awarded. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at www.daytonfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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File date: 10.15.19

Mike Parks

“Rebuilding the hardest hit areas following the Memorial Day tornados is estimated to take as long as six to 10 years. These dollars are just one step in helping our community heal.” – James Pancoast, chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board

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