Winter 2018

Connections provides information about Foundation initiatives and new programs and continuing needs of local charities.

Listed within this issue are those organizations that received a discretionary or Greenlight Grant during the last discretionary grant cycle. All of these organizations have been researched by our Grants Department, and a summary of their grant proposals is included. As you may see, for many of these requests, we were able to fund only to a certain level. The organizations may still have needs associated with their specified programs.

If you would like additional information about these programs, please feel free to contact the charities directly.


Discretionary Grants

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. | Comprehensive Legal Assistance Expansion
$1,000,000 Project Budget | $50,000 Granted

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.,

Funds will be used by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) to hire two to three new lawyers to work on building community partnerships and projects and provide essential services to an additional 1,000 clients. ABLE offers access to legal services for low-income individuals for issues such as avoiding homelessness, securing protection from domestic violence and elder abuse, and finding housing for individuals with disabilities. ABLE lawyers also assist immigrants and refugees in understanding their rights and address the noncriminal legal needs of veterans, among other services.

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Joseph R. Tafelski, Executive Director, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., (937) 535-4432


Agape for Youth, Inc. | Bridging Hope and Futures Program
$45,372 Project Budget | $7,000 Granted

Funds will be used to help with the start-up costs of Bridging Hope and Futures, a program to provide extensive and comprehensive services to prepare foster care youth ages 14 through 21 for adulthood. The program will educate participants on nine essential components, covering topics such as independent living, physical and mental health, the importance of education, and more. Each of the program’s educational components will offer life skills, resource options and hands-on activities which will provide participants with practical knowledge for living independently.

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Stephen M. Geib, Executive Director, Agape for Youth, (937) 439-4406


CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation | Lakeside Lake Restoration
$128,000 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Funds will be used to build support the Lakeside Restoration project, an effort to create a public park, with a fishing pier, dedicated trails and walkways, in the historic Pineview neighborhood in West Dayton. The restoration of the lake is a key part of CityWide’s development strategy to build confidence in this part of the community, support one of the region’s largest employers, the Dayton VA Medical Center, and encourage additional investment in West Dayton. The Dayton Foundation’s grant and other funds will help solidify the final phases of the project, which include the construction of a parking lot adjacent to the fishing pier.

Donate Now

Brian Heitkamp , President, CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation, (937) 853-2533


Girls Scouts of Western Ohio | Girl Scouts Support Academic Success Program
$89,083 Project Budget | $22,000 Granted

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Studies have shown that youth living in low-income households are more likely to struggle in school than their peers. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will use funds to pilot a program for 18 staff-led Girl Scout troops at Fairview, Edison, Cleveland and Kiser schools in the Dayton Public School district. The program seeks to impact the academic performance of economically disadvantaged girls in grades K-4, by expanding out-of-school learning opportunities and helping them to build life skills.

Donate Now

Lissa Brown, Major Gifts Officer, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, (888) 350-5090


Greater Dayton Union Cooperative | Gem City Market
$4,100,000 Project Budget | $75,000 Granted

Greater Dayton Union Cooperative

Funds will be used to support the construction of the Gem City Market, a full-service cooperative grocery store, in Northwest Dayton. The Market will promote investment and pride in the neighborhood and ultimately improve health outcomes for residents by significantly improving their access to affordable and healthy fresh food.

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Lela Klein, Executive Director, Greater Dayton Union Cooperative, (937) 262-4628


Omega Community Development Corporation | Hope Center for Families
$8,000,000 Project Budget | 75,000 Granted

Since 1997, the Omega CDC has a proven track record of successful implementation of several high-quality educational, life-skills and mentoring programs to strengthen families and children throughout Northwest Dayton. With the purchase of the former United Theological Seminary by its partnering organization, the Omega Baptist Church, Omega CDC is planning to develop the 30-acre site, which will house the Hope Center. Funds will be used to support the capital campaign for the Center, a facility which will allow Omega CDC to partner with other organizations to provide early learning, K-12 and adult education, workforce and economic development, and wellness services to both the parents and children of low-income families.

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Vanessa Ward, President, Omega Community Development Corporation, (937) 723-8254


Partners in Hope, Inc. | A Place of HOPE Facility Construction
$520,000 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Partners in Hope is a highly collaborative organization that has provided wrap-around services to low-income residents in Troy and surrounding areas for the past 27 years. The organization works with multiple agencies and volunteers to provide critical programming and assistance to those in need. Funds will be used to help build a new facility in an accessible area so the organization’s relief, education and development services for area families in need can be continued and expanded.

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Jessica Echols, Executive Director, Partners in Hope, Inc., (937) 572-0825


Toward Independence, Inc. | Adult Day Habilitation Program Expansion
$418,000 Project Budget | $12,500 Granted

Toward Independence

Funds will be used to support a facility expansion for the Adult Day Habilitation Program serving individuals with developmental disabilities. The added space will help Toward Independence serve more clients through programming that enhances their skills, maximizes their potential and moves them toward independence. The program also offers clients the opportunity to integrate into the community through partnerships with One Bistro restaurant and Coffee Hub bakery and coffee shop.

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Mark Schlater, Chief Executive Officer, Toward Independence, Inc., (937) 376-3996


We Care Arts, Inc. | Expanded Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
$124,513 Project Budget | $31,000 Granted

We Care Arts, Inc.

In response to the recent mandate from the Centers for Medicare and Medical Services, which states County Boards can no longer provide case management and direct services, We Care Arts, Inc., has seen an increased demand for classes and services. As a result, the organization plans to expand its studio space to accommodate as many as 38 additional adults with developmental disabilities and other physical challenges for the ArtWORK program. ArtWORK offers clients a place to heal, grow and interact with others, who, like them, are working toward achieving their personal goals. Funds will be used to help with renovation costs for the expanded studio space.

Donate Now

Darlene Langhout, Executive Director, We Care Arts, Inc., (937) 252-3937


Wesley Community Center, Inc. | Capital Improvements Project
$332,870 Project Budget | $35,000 Granted

Since 1966, the mission of the Wesley Community Center has been to meet the spiritual and basic needs of families of all ages by offering assistance in education, workforce development, and health and wellness to transition families toward self-sufficiency. Because its facility has not been updated in 30 years, the Wesley Center is conducting multiphase capital improvements to its building. The Dayton Foundation grant and other funds will be used to help complete phase two of the project, which includes repaving the parking lot and adding an entry way to the food pantry. Other phases include the renovation of the food pantry, painting the interior and exterior of the building and replacing flooring and ceiling tiles.

Donate Now

Yvette R. Kelly-Fields, Executive Director, Wesley Community Center, Inc., (937) 263-3556 ext. 214


Greenlight Grants

Alzheimer’s Association | Building Capacity through Technology
$31,150 Project Budget | $1,000 Granted

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Funds will be used to help purchase a software license for Grant Hub, a centralized grant system that will expand the organization’s capacity to research, cultivate, write, secure, track and report on grants. The license will allow the grant writer and reporter to work more efficiently on current and future grant opportunities.

Donate Now

Lorna Chouinard, Vice President Programs and Operations, Alzheimer’s Association, (937) 610-7005


Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc. | Wetlands Education Revitalization Project
$15,000 Project Budget | $4,000 Granted

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association (BCWA) is a volunteer-run organization tasked with helping to protect over 2,000 acres of green spaces in and around the wetlands of Greene and Montgomery Counties. Funds will be used to support a community outreach initiative to revitalize the wetlands engagement and education programs. The project will increase community outreach and awareness through in-field educational signage, educational programming for school children and civic organizations, and online educational content on the BCWA website.

Donate Now

Jim Schneider, President, Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc., (937) 371-5785


B-W Greenway Community Land Trust | Monitoring Conservation Easements Using GIS
$6,810 Project Budget | $4,000 Granted

The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust’s mission is to educate the public about the value of wetlands; to protect, preserve and steward open space; and to promote sustainable land use. Funds will be used to establish a contract with a Geographic Information System (GIS) professional to set-up a system and train the Conservation Easement Coordinator on how to use the GIS system efficiently. The GIS platform provides numerous ways to create engaging visual content that will inform and educate the public about the value of conservation.

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Chris Crowley, CEO, B-W Greenway Community Land Trust, (937) 609-2553


Centerville Washington History | Mannequin Purchase
$7,500 Project Budget | $2,500 Granted

Centerville-Washington History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the region’s historical heritage. Funds will help the organization purchase mannequins to exhibit textile artifacts and educate the public on local life from the past few centuries. The forms need to be properly sized to display clothing, and a larger quantity of forms is needed for more extensive exhibits.

Donate Now

Vickie Bondi, Executive Director, Centerville Washington History, (937) 433-0123


Dayton Crayons to Classrooms | Mobile Distribution Program Feasibility Study
$15,000 Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

The goal of Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is to enhance the readiness to learn of all students in need in Greater Dayton by providing them with tools that are essential to learning. The mission is to secure and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need. Funds will be used to help determine the feasibility of a Mobile Distribution Program that would broaden DC2C’s distribution methods in order to reach more disadvantaged, low-income students.

Donate Now

Steve Rubenstein, Executive Director, Dayton Crayons to Classrooms, (937) 528-6401


Piqua Arts Council | Facility Community Needs Assessment
$15,000 Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

Piqua Arts Council

The Piqua Arts Council is dedicated to making the arts accessible to the community through education, support and presentation. Due to rapid growth over the past five years, the Arts Council is in need of larger space to better serve its constituents. Funds will be used to help with the first phase of relocating the Piqua Arts Council to a new facility. The first phase requires the organization to work with a consultant to conduct a Community Needs Assessment and determine the space requirements for a new facility.

Donate Now

Jordan Knepper, Executive Director, Piqua Arts Council, (937) 773-9630

South Community, Inc. | InShape Wellness Program
$62,242 Project Budget | $2,000 Granted

South Community, Inc.

South Community, Inc., is a behavioral healthcare organization serving Greater Dayton. People who suffer from severe mental illnesses typically suffer from multiple physical health issues that lead to barriers and delays in recovery. The InShape Wellness Program is an evidence-based program designed to reduce physical health issues and increase recovery through improved health and wellness activities. Funds will be used to provide assistance to clients for exercise memberships, active wear and healthy cooking supplies.

Donate Now

Carol Smerz, CEO, South Community, Inc., (937) 293-8300



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File date: 02.06.18

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