November 17, 2021

“Becoming Dayton’s Community Foundation”
To Air December 2

On Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m., WHIO-TV will air a 30-minute television special about The Dayton Foundation. “Becoming Dayton’s Community Foundation” will explore the roots of The Dayton Foundation, chronicling its start with an initial donation from the Patterson Family in 1921 until present day, with the Foundation encompassing more than 4,000 charitable funds from individuals, families and organizations and ranking second in number of charitable funds under management among all community foundations nationwide.

The program, narrated by Emmy award-winning actor and Dayton native Bruce Cromer, will feature interviews with various Dayton history experts, community leaders, Dayton Foundation staff and Governing Board Members. Throughout the special, these experts detail how the Foundation has grown over the last century into a force for helping our region respond to its most pressing needs, and become a place for people of all giving levels to do good for our community.

The special will air on WHIO beginning at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, it will stream for free on For more information, visit or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

The Dayton Foundation’s year-long Centennial Celebration - 100 Years of Helping You Help Others - is presented by PNC, with Lead sponsor J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Partner sponsors Buckingham Advisors and Fifth Third Bank. Additional support provided by Bieser Greer; The Cornell/Nicholson Team of UBS Financial Services; Eubel Brady & Suttman Investment + Wealth Management; Flagel Huber Flagel; The Hale Group at Morgan Stanley; James Investment; Johnson Investment Counsel; and Marsh & McLennan Agency, Inc. Media support provided by Cox Media Group, Dayton Daily News and Key-Ads, Inc.

About The Dayton Foundation

Established in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is the largest grantmaker in Greater Dayton, exceeding $64 million in grants in fiscal year 2020. Since its founding 100 years ago, more than $1 billion in grants have been awarded from its more than 4,000 charitable funds with assets totaling $771 million as of March 31, 2021. For more information about The Dayton Foundation or to follow our 100 Gifts to the Community, visit or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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File date: 11.16.21

Mike Parks

Explore the roots of The Dayton Foundation and how it became the organization that it is today. Tune in to WHIO-TV on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. for “Becoming Dayton’s Community Foundation.”

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