The Dayton Foundation’s Changemaker Challenge
Nominate a Changemaker for a Chance at a $1,000 Grant!

Are you, or do you know a changemaker?

Throughout our region, caring and generous individuals are working every day to make Greater Dayton - and the world - a better place. The Dayton Foundation’s 2017-2018 Annual Report to the Community highlights several changemakers who are devoting their time and resources to affect real change and make a difference in others’ lives. Now it’s your turn! Nominate your favorite changemaker for The Dayton Foundation’s Changemaker Challenge. At the end of the campaign, one changemaker will be selected for an opportunity to have his or her favorite charity receive a one-time $1,000 grant.

How to nominate a changemaker:

Now through noon on Friday, December 7, nominate a changemaker by uploading to the Foundation’s Facebook page the individual’s photo (action photos are recommended). Be sure to include a brief, but compelling story about how he or she is making a difference in the community and why you are nominating this person.

  • 1. Upload a photo of the individual you are nominating. (If possible, upload a photo of the person you are nominating, or yourself, in action.)
  • 2. Tell us why you feel this person is a changemaker in the community by answering this question, “How is this person (or you, if you are nominating yourself) making a difference in Greater Dayton?”
  • 3. Include in your photo post #TDFChangemakerChallenge

Submitted photos will be periodically shared on the Foundation’s social media pages and will be automatically entered into the Changemaker Challenge.

What type of photo should I submit?

We want to see your favorite changemaker in action! Whether they run a soup kitchen or make pillows for the homeless, share a photo that shows how they are making a difference. If you don’t have an action photo, a headshot of that individual will do.

Photo submissions should contain positive, uplifting images that highlight the changemaker’s work in your community. We encourage you to be as creative as possible in your submissions as this, along with your story, will be taken into consideration.

Please note that all photos entered into the Changemaker Challenge may be used by The Dayton Foundation for marketing purposes at no compensation to the photographer or owner of the photograph. The Dayton Foundation also reserves the right to remove from its Facebook page any photos or posts deemed inappropriate. Failure to meet these requirements may result in disqualification from the Changemaker Challenge.

What should I include in my nomination and does it have to be a specific length?

We are looking for heartfelt stories about people who are doing good things in our region. In your nomination, tell us what prompted this person to make a difference, describe what they are doing and how it is helping the community, or how it has inspired you. Not act of good is too small!

As for the length of the nomination, we are not specifying a character limit. However, Facebook’s character limit on a post is 63,206. That’s plenty of room to share why this person inspires you and how they are making your community, neighborhood, school or office a better place.

Does the nominee have to live in Dayton?

The nominee must live within The Dayton Foundation’s primary service area - Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Counties.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes! Individuals may nominate themselves as a changemaker.

What is the deadline for submissions and when will the grant be awarded?

The Changemaker Challenge will conclude at noon on Friday, December 7. The individual who shares the winning nomination and the person nominated will be notified prior to a news release and social media announcement at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Only one, $1,000 grant will be awarded to the charity selected by the winning changemaker. The charity must be a 501 (c)(3).

Questions or need more information?

Contact Soteria Brown at (937) 225-9959 or at

The Changemaker Challenge is a sponsored campaign of The Dayton Foundation. By participating in the challenge, each entrant agrees to abide by the campaign’s rules and regulations. The Chagemaker Challenge is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. Any questions or comments regarding the challenge should be directed to The Dayton Foundation.

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File date: 11.02.18


Barbra Stonerock

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Barbra Stonerock, vice president, Community Engagement, (937) 225-9951.

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