Summer 2019

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

American Veterans Heritage Center | Statue to Honor President Lincoln's Promise to Civil War Veterans

$378,4000 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

American Veterans

Funds will be used to help the American Veterans Heritage Center and the Lincoln Society of Dayton complete the last phase of an effort to erect a bronze statue of President Lincoln at the Dayton VA Medical Center. The statue will enhance the healing environment of the historic campus and provide teaching and learning opportunities associated with the American Civil War.

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Bill DeFries, Lincoln Statue Committee Chair, (937) 228-4188

Brigid's Path | Family Center
$340,000 Project Budget | $75,000 Granted

Brigid's Path

Brigid's Path improves the health of newborn babies and mothers impacted by addiction. Only the second center of its kind in the United States, Brigid's Path employs the latest therapeutic techniques - both medicinal and nonpharmacological - to help babies be as comfortable as possible while they experience withdrawal. The organization works with community partners to provide resources for mothers to achieve the stability that will help them care for their children. Funds will be used to create additional laundry facilities, a kitchen to prepare and teach families how to make healthy meals, and more meeting and staff space.

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Jane Snyder, Development Director, (937) 350-1785 ext. 1003

Five Rivers Health Centers | Trotwood School-Based Health Center
$707,331 Project Budget | $75,000 Granted

Five Rivers Health Centers

Funds will be used to help Five Rivers Health Centers and Trotwood-Madison School District create a school-based health center to give students access to medical, behavioral, dental and vision services regardless of their ability to pay. The hope is that each student will have at least one medical and dental visit each year and receive behavioral and vision services if needed. These services will help reduce absenteeism due to medical illnesses and help alleviate health-related barriers for student success in the classroom. The health center will provide services to students, staff members and the community at large.

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Gina McFarlane-El, CEO, (937) 734-6846

Friends of The Castle | Accessibility at The Castle
$100,000 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Friends of The Castle

The Castle is requesting funding to improve its accessibility for clients, who are people with severe and persistent mental illness and possible physical limitations. This is necessary to increase safety and to develop more programming and services. The Castle is working hard to meet state and national requirements and regulations regarding people with disabilities, as well as accommodate more people in their program. Funds will be used to help create accessible parking spaces, handicap markers, ramps and curb cuts, water fountains, restrooms, 48-inch walkways and entryways, and more.

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Lisa Hansford, Executive Director, (937) 433-3931

Glen Helen Association | Rehabilitation Cage Rebuild
$110,650 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Glen Helen

The Glen Helen Raptor Center's mission is to improve the welfare of raptors in Ohio by educating the public about birds of prey, wildlife and conservation issues, and by rehabilitating injured raptors across Southwest Ohio. The organization is looking to replace current enclosures that no longer safely house injured birds. Funds will be used to help fund nine new raptor rehabilitation enclosures that will be used by about 200 raptors per year, as well as a camera system to monitor them.

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Rebecca Jaramillo, Director, (937) 767-7648

Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley | West Dayton Community Services Center
$1,900,000 Project Budget | $75,000 Granted

Goodwill Easterseals

Funds will assist Goodwill Easterseals in constructing a new facility in Trotwood to give families better access to services that are closer to home, therefore increasing the opportunities for success. Services will include Adult Day Services for older adults with age-related disabilities; employment services to help people overcome obstacles and find meaningful work; behavioral health services for people with mental illness or substance abuse disorder; and skills training to help individuals attain a job or advance in their careers.

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Kathy Rearick, CFRE, Vice President of Development, (937) 528-6329

The Human Race Theatre Company | Engage Onstage - Stages and Stories
$108,383 Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

Since 1986, The Human Race Theatre Company has been Dayton's premier professional theatre company, exploring the human experience, promoting enlightenment, inclusion and understanding through quality entertainment built from the ground up and produced exclusively for this community. The organization recently realigned its education department and created the Stages and Stories initiative in partnership with Daybreak. Funds will be used for the implementation of a 12-week program for at-risk youth that includes a trip to the theater, special presentations, and writing and acting activities.

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Katherine Kilburn, Executive Director, (937) 461-3823

Samaritan Health Center at St. Vincent de Paul | Health Clinic
$150,000 Project Budget | $37,500 Granted

Samaritan Health Center at St. Vincent de Paul

On any given night in Montgomery County, approximately 550 people are considered homeless. Samaritan Health Center treats 1,800 homeless patients each year, and nearly 100% of patients pay nothing. Funds will be used for the construction of a healthcare clinic inside the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families to give individuals experiencing homelessness access to high-quality healthcare.

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Jenny Lewis, President, (937) 208-4623

YWCA Dayton | Drop-in Early Childhood Learning Center
$4,005,228 Project Budget | $75,000 Granted

YWCA Dayton

Funds will be used to assist YWCA Dayton in creating a childcare center that will serve children six weeks to five years of age who reside in the YWCA's Domestic Violence Shelter, the St. Vincent De Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families or are referred by Daybreak. This program will offer two critical benefits for families experiencing homelessness - a safe setting for children to grow and learn, and the opportunity for mothers to look for and maintain work though job training, education and other programs essential to resolving their homelessness.

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Marshall Weil, Director of Development and Corporate Giving, (937) 461-5550 ext. 129

Greenlight Grants

Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area | Connecting Dayton-Area Holocaust Survivors to Trauma-Informed Support Services
$123,250 Total Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

Funds will be used by Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati Area, in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Dayton, to expand its Tablets & Technology program by including Dayton-area Holocaust survivors and Russian-speaking older adults. The program recruits volunteers who work one-on-one to help survivors learn technology skills that will improve their quality of life, including reducing isolation by using FaceTime and email to connect with others locally and internationally.

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Liz Vogel, Executive Director, (513) 469-1188

Yellow Springs Home, Inc. | Five-Year Strategic and Capacity Building Plans
$15,500 Total Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

Yellow Springs Home, Inc.

Funds will be used to help Yellow Springs Home, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to provide permanent, affordable and sustainable housing in Yellow Springs and Miami Township, to create a five-year strategic plan. The plan will focus on championing organizational growth, serving priority populations through affordable housing, expanded depth and breadth of client-focused programs and engaging in community relationship building to create strategic partnerships.

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Emily Seibel, Executive Director, (937) 767-2790

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File date: 7.29.2019


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