Recent Discretionary Grants Summer 2023

The Dayton Foundation recently awarded $280,244 in discretionary grants that were approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to assist Greater Dayton charities. Additionally, grants totaling $53,087 were awarded through the Foundation’s Greenlight Grants℠ 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.


Agape for Youth

Agape for Youth ($25,000) to expand the Bridging Hope and Futures program by including individualized case management services for foster youth and teens.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance ($50,000) to extend the Q the Music afterschool band program in Northwest Dayton.

Dayton Playhouse ($30,000) to help replace the roof over the theatre and the storage facility that houses props and furniture.


Glen Helen Association

Glen Helen Association ($75,000) to assist with the Campaign to Secure the Future of Glen Helen, reopen the preserve to the public and restart educational programs and ecological stewardship.

Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley ($25,244) to provide adaptive equipment scholarships for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Miami Valley Child Development Centers ($75,000) to help construct and attach a covered pavilion and drop-off canopy on the East Dayton facility.

Greenlight GrantsSM Awards

Black Brothers and Black Sisters Involvement ($6,000) to support African cultural programming and drumming instruction for students in West, Northwest and Southwest Montgomery County.

Boy Scouts of America, Miami Valley Council ($6,000) to provide the Gem City Scouting program at Emerson Elementary School.


Bradford Railroad Museum

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum ($5,000) to create STEM-focused interactive displays and educational programs for K-3 grade students.

Breast Wishes Foundation ($4,000) to fund its office relocation.

Brukner Nature Center ($1,087) to add an informational kiosk at River’s Edge Wildlife Preserve to educate visitors about Brukner Nature Center and its trail system.

Hatch Architects Design Center ($7,500) to offer design-build programming in Northwest Dayton in partnership with Omega Community Development Corporation.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton ($7,500) to purchase a multi-use animal trailer to rescue farm and larger domestic animals from dangerous living conditions.


League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area ($3,000) to help build the organization’s capacity by funding a strategic plan.

Mission of Mary Cooperative ($5,000) to replace the outdated water infrastructure so the organization may provide fresh, chemical-free produce to the community.

Rubi Girls ($4,000) to aid in the organization’s basement water mitigation project.

The Woman’s Club of Dayton Foundation ($4,000) to replace necessary kitchen equipment and add an entrance security keypad.

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

Lee and Judith Amundson Charitable Fund for Children
Catharine French Bieser Fund
Irvin Gruen Bieser Fund
Ted and Irita Black Legacy Gift
Jack and Emily Blake Fund
Steffen Brown Foundation Designated Fund
Hampden W. and Erma R. Catterton Fund
Children’s Charitable and Educational Trust Fund
Francis Crosthwaite Fund
The Joan F. and William H. Eicher Fund
Fresh Air Farm Society Trust Fund
Mary E. Gundersen Endowment Fund
Isabel Herbst Fund
James M. Hewitt Child Welfare Fund
James M. Hewitt Fund for the Blind
Kenneth O. Huntingdon Charitable Trust Fund
Mary J. & Frances P. Hussey Fund
Eleanor and John Kautz Fund
Robert H. and Enis N. Kissinger Fund
Ray Loughman Fund
Lucia Lee and J. Ramsey McGregor Fund
Mary Lou McKay Charitable Fund
Warren E. Miltenberger Fund
Leon Norman and Mildred Miriam Nizny Memorial Fund
Kenneth E. and Margaret E. Parnell Fund
The Robert and Jean Penny Endowment Fund
Willard E. Talbot Memorial Fund
Eleanor VanAusdal Children’s Fund