Winter 2020

Connections provides information about community initiatives, new programs and nonprofit organizations that recently received a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation. Included in this edition are recently awarded Greenlight Grants, which are small grants awarded to local nonprofits in need of quick funding to help their projects come to fruition. 

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

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms | Capacity Build: Director of Development and Marketing

$75,000 Project Budget | $10,000 Granted

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

The mission of Crayons to Classrooms is to collect and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need throughout Greater Dayton. The organization currently serves over 42,000 students through 3,000 teachers from more than 100 area schools. Funds will be used to help the organization hire a Director of Development and Marketing to cultivate donors and secure additional funding to serve more students in need.

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Steve Rubenstein, Executive Director, (937) 528-6400

Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, Inc. | The Family Abuse Shelter Expansion Project
$2.3 Million Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

The Family Abuse Shelter in Miami County is the only agency in the county providing emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. In 2018, the shelter worked with over 450 victims of domestic violence and another 450 clients facing homelessness. Funds will be used to construct a new facility to house up to 40 people at a time and add more space to meet with clients.

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Barbara Holman, Executive Director, (937) 216-3425

Victoria Theatre Association | Rebranding Victoria Theatre Association
$500,000 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Victoria Theatre Association

Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) plays a leading role in the arts and quality of life in Dayton. Funds will be used to help create and communicate the organization's identity and reputation to patrons and the public with a new brand that reflects all aspects of VTA. The project also includes a digital outreach strategy and a comprehensive website where visitors can discover all that is happening in local venues, purchase and exchange tickets, make donations and more.

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Ty Sutton, President and CEO, (937) 228-7591

Greenlight Grants

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association | Beavercreek Tree Restoration Project
$15,000 Project Budget | $2,500 Granted

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association works to restore and preserve the biodiversity, flood mitigation capacity and public accessibility of the wetlands in Greene County. Funds will be used to restore a portion of the tree canopy lost in Beavercreek due to the 2019 tornadoes, insect attacks and diseases in recent years. The project will distribute trees to residents at no cost and educate recipients on proper planting techniques, selecting a proper location and caring for trees.

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Dave Nolin, CEO, (937) 320-9042

CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation | West Dayton Youth Programming
$14,500 Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

CityWide Neighborhood Development Corporation

Over the last few years, CityWide Development Corporation and West Dayton Strong have developed out-of-school programs at the DeSoto Bass and Hilltop public housing communities in partnership with residents and community volunteers. Funds will be used to hire a part-time coordinator to oversee the programs, coordinate and recruit new volunteers, reach out to families and look for new funding opportunities to ensure a higher quality experience for youth and families.

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Caitlin Jacob, Planner and Community Organizer, (937) 853-2561

Dayton International Peace Museum | Historic Front Steps and Light Safety Project
$10,000 Project Budget | $4,000 Granted

Dayton International Peace Museum

Since 2004, the Dayton International Peace Museum has been raising awareness of nonviolent strategies for achieving peace in a complex and diverse society. The museum is located in the historic 1865 Isaac Pollack House, a facility with maintenance issues that must be addressed for safety and aesthetic reasons. Funds will be used to repair the historic limestone front steps, handrails and exterior lighting entrance to the museum.

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Kevin Kelly, Executive Director, (937) 227-3223

Learning Tree Farm | CRM Software Implementation
$5,000 Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

Learning Tree Farm

Learning Tree Farm's mission is to engage people in hands-on, nature-based learning in a timeless farm setting. In recent years, demand for programming has grown rapidly. Funds will be used to cover Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software implementation and start-up costs to better understand stakeholder needs, maintain and develop relationships with current and future stakeholders, and grow financial and volunteer support.

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Heather Dorsten, Executive Director, (937) 886-8650

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton | Kitchen Improvements
$4,000 Project Budget | $4,000 Granted

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton's (RMHC) mission is to provide community, comfort and hope to families of seriously ill children. RMHC's programming provides families with safe, comfortable and affordable accommodations near the hospital where their children are being treated. RMHC supports families of hospitalized children through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. Funds will be used to purchase, install and maintain kitchen appliances for the Ronald McDonald House to replace its heavily used equipment in order to better serve its clients.

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Rita Cyr, CEO, (937) 224-0047

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File date: 8.13.2020


Janet and Don Grieshop

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