Recent Discretionary Grants Fall 2023

The Dayton Foundation recently awarded $750,000 in discretionary grants that were approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to assist Greater Dayton charities. Additionally, grants totaling $36,513 were awarded through the Foundation’s Greenlight GrantsSM program to benefit area nonprofits.

The Foundation’s discretionary and Greenlight Grants programs are made possible by donors who have provided unrestricted or lightly restricted funds. These funds enable the Foundation to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region.


Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley ($75,000) to help construct a 6,000-square-foot pantry that will include additional storage space, new refrigeration and a welcome center.

The Conscious Connect Community Development Corporation ($75,000) to revitalize and transform the Delaware Avenue park into a vibrant neighborhood asset.

Crayons to Classrooms ($60,000) to secure a 10,000-square-foot warehouse space to securely store educational items and special stock items, such as socks, underwear and menstrual hygiene products.


4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability, Inc. ($15,000) to expand the number of dog runs, add a play yard and increase functional outdoor space for dogs being trained for individuals with disabilities.

Homefull ($75,000) to assist in building a 48,000-square-foot Health, Food and Jobs Center on Gettysburg Avenue.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region ($75,000) to help fund upgrades to a new, piloted staff training center within the Dayton Health Center.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton ($75,000) to support the construction of a 38,000-square-foot facility that will deliver wraparound services to address the social determinants of health that pose barriers for caretakers to participate in pediatric healthcare.

Sunlight Village ($75,000) to create the Healthy Family Market, which will provide West Dayton’s low-income women and families with access to affordable and healthy food products.


Victory Project

United Church Homes ($75,000) to help develop a 126-unit, age 55+ residential community that will be welcoming and enriching for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

Victory Project ($75,000) to help renovate a West Dayton facility for a Boys Campus that will aid in empowering young men through afterschool programs.

Wild Hearts African Farm ($75,000) to support a new, 27-acre Education Center, including an EcoDome, pastures, STEM barn, livestock buildings and cropland, that will encourage discussions on water quality, sustainable agriculture and endangered animals.

Greenlight Grants Awards

Family Violence Prevention Center ($2,500) to help repair the Safe Housing program building, creating a safe and healthy living environment.


Good Neighbor House

Good Neighbor House ($7,500) to purchase two, reach-in freezer and refrigerator units and a pallet scale.

Good Samaritan Foundation Dayton ($5,000) to build a new, cloud-based database to track student screening outcomes for hearing or vision, depression and drug and alcohol issues.

Little Art Theatre Association ($5,000) to upgrade, replace and add technology and software, as well as expand the types of programming, that will increase services and create greater work efficiency.

Miami Valley Nonprofit Collaborative ($2,656) to incorporate technology that will enable the organization to grow and effectively serve the community.


Single Parents Rock

The National Conference for Community & Justice of Greater Dayton ($7,500) to create a three-year strategic plan that identifies future revenue sources, program opportunities, grant directions and potential new development positions.

Single Parents Rock ($6,357) to purchase a vehicle for transporting victims of domestic violence, especially African-American females with children.

These grants were made possible thanks to the following unrestricted or field-of-interest funds of The Dayton Foundation.

Dr. Khurshid Ahmad Charitable Fund
Soma S. and Veni Avva Endowment Fund
Joyce M. Bowden and Adam M. Lutynski Fund
W. A. Chryst Fund
David H. and Edith W. Clark Family Fund
Francis Crosthwaite Fund
The Joan F. and William H. Eicher Fund
Emerging Community Needs Fund
Richard D. Fullerton Fund
Greater Dayton Jaycee Fund
Dorothy M. Herbst Fund
Kenneth O. Huntingdon Charitable Trust Fund
William and Joanne Hussey Fund
Robert H. and Enis N. Kissinger Fund
Edward L. and Esther B. Kohnle Fund
The Kuntz Foundation Fund
Monarch/Genesis Fund A Jean E. Nicholas Fund
The Robert and Jean Penny Endowment Fund
The Mary and Richard Pryor Fund
Frederick and Louis N. Reibold Fund
Phil Rizzo Fund for Students in the Miami Valley
Harry A. & Phoebe Shaw Charitable Fund
Marianna F. Slanker Family Fund
Donald M. and Dorothea Hunt Spindler Endowment Fund
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund
Tri-River Employers Healthcare Coalition Endowment
Richard E. Wilson Memorial Fund
Herman and Dorothy Worsham Fund
The Signa W. Zimmerman Memorial Trust Fund