The Dayton Foundation News

Foundation’s Governing Board Welcomes New Members

Rakesh Arora

The Dayton Foundation welcomes Rakesh Arora and L. Tony Ortiz to its Governing Board, which provides stewardship for the Foundation and its charitable activities.

Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Rakesh Arora has lived in Beavercreek, Ohio, with his wife, Avni, since 2006. He is the co-founder and CEO of CIC AMERICA, a multi-therapeutic medical practice and home health agency, and its group of subsidiary companies.

Rakesh is an active community volunteer, including serving as an Executive Committee member and former president of the India Club of Greater Dayton. He received the Club’s Community Service Award in 2017. He also is a member of the Hindu Temple of Dayton. The Aroras became involved with The Dayton Foundation in 2017, including serving as “I Believe!” Partners of The Dayton Foundation, after establishing a Charitable Checking AccountSM through the Foundation’s Asian-Indian Community Fund.

Tony Ortiz

A native of Lorain, Ohio, Tony Ortiz retired as the associate vice president of Latino Affairs at Wright State University in 2016 after 32 years and granted senior faculty lecturer emeritus status in 2017. During his tenure, he established the University’s Sports Medicine practice with graduates now employed worldwide.

Following his retirement, he served as the diversity liaison in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services: Office of Talent Management-Human Resources Division and, from 2016 to 2018, was the diversity liaison to Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Office of the Attorney General. He split his time at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and in community outreach. Also, from 2010 until 2018, he was a member of the Ohio Governors Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. In 2007, he established El Puente Educational Center where he serves as president.

100 Gifts to the Community Campaign Surpasses Halfway Mark

The Dayton Foundation’s 100 Gifts to the Community campaign surpassed the halfway mark in May with the awarding of gift #50 on May 19. The campaign, which features 100 Dayton Foundation fund holders who are awarding special, one-time grants in honor of the Foundation’s milestone anniversary, will conclude the end of September when gift #100 is awarded. Follow along as each donor gift is announced on alternating weekdays during WHIO News Center 7 at Noon.

The 100 Gifts to the Community showcase a variety of nonprofit organizations and the work they are doing to help the Greater Dayton region. Gift amounts range from $1,000 to more than $100,000. The Dayton Foundation’s year-long Centennial Celebration – 100 Years of Helping You Help Others – is sponsored by Presenting Sponsor 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 Dayton Daily News and Cox Media, with outdoor advertising provided by Key-Ads, Inc.