Winter 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

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm | Prairie Tower Reconstruction Project

$48,000 Total Project Budget | $12,000 Granted

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

The prairie tower is an invaluable resource in many of Aullwood’s education programs. Due to 30 years of weather, wear, decay and rot, the Prairie Tower has been evaluated as unsafe and currently is unusable. When teaching modules about birds, the Prairie Tower offers a birds-eye view. Children are able to climb to the highest platform on the prairie tower and visualize what it would be like to be a bird flying over the trees or a prairie. Funds will be used to support the complete reconstruction of the Prairie Tower, which is critical to Aullwood’s operations and service to the community.

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Alexis Faust, Executive Director, (937) 890-7360,

Bridges of Hope | Building Infrastructure Improvements
$355,000 Total Project Budget | $50,000 Granted

Bridges of Hope

Greene County currently has one emergency homeless shelter that is designated for adults, Bridges of Hope. To operate as a permanent homeless shelter, the primarily volunteer-run organization must make capital improvements to its current facility, the former Simon Kenton Elementary School building in Xenia. The organization is working with county, state and numerous local partner organizations to secure funding, operational support and resources for clients at the shelter. Funds will be used to support the capital improvements to the building so that it can be opened as a permanent shelter and serve as a place where ministries, community agencies, nonprofits and churches come together to help those in need.

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Mike Deis, Executive Director, (937) 867-4073,

Daybreak | CareLogic - Electronic Health Records Systems
$100,000 Total Project Budget | $25,000 Granted


Daybreak works to aid homeless youth in becoming emotionally, physically and financially stable to help them become contributing members of the community. Funds will be used to help purchase a new electronic health records system called CareLogic. The system will make Daybreak’s billing process more efficient and give staff more time to work with clients while increasing revenue for the agency. CareLogic will allow Daybreak to more effectively track data and client progress to understand the effects of its programming and better serve homeless youth in the future.

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Linda Kramer, CEO, (937) 395-4600,

Dayton Christian Center | School Age/Preschool Capital Improvement Expansion
$127,000 Total Project Budget | $31,750 Granted

Funds will be used to complete renovations in the current childcare building and in the vacant house next to the Center to build and expand classroom space. With this expansion, the organization will be able to serve 20 more preschool-aged students and 17 school-aged youth. In addition to the afterschool programming, the Center provides services to the neighborhood, such as free tax preparation and meals for families of children that attend the childcare and afterschool care programs.

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Tasha Johnson, Executive Director, (937) 275-7174,

The Foodbank | Fighting Hunger with Food Rescue
$133,250 Total Project Budget | $33,313 Granted

The Foodbank

With food waste accounting for as much as 21% of all waste produced in the United States each year, The Foodbank has developed a new project to reduce this problem. The Dayton Foundation grant and other funds will be used to support a two-year lease for a truck that The Foodbank will use for food rescue and local farm fresh produce gleaning. Food rescue not only helps provide a greater variety of product to feed the hungry, it also keeps edible food out of the landfill.

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Michelle Riley, CEO, (937) 461-0265,

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton | Senior Homeowner Assistance and Repair Program
$520,000 Total Project Budget | $40,000 Granted

Funds will be used to support the launch of the Senior Homeowner Assistance and Repair Program (SHARP). This home preservation project will afford families the opportunity to live in safe and well-maintained homes, serve to revitalize neighborhoods, foster community connections and help preserve an affordable housing inventory. It is estimated that 50 to 100 families will be served in the first year.

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Norm Miozzi, Executive Director, (937) 586-0860,

Preble County Arts Association | PCAA Relocation and Expansion

$1,367,000 Total Project Budget | $25,000 Granted

In August 2017 the Preble County Arts Association (PCAA) received funds to purchase a new property in downtown Eaton, Ohio. With almost twice as much space as the current facility, the new location will double the program capacity and enable the PCAA to expand to new mediums and grow audiences and participants. New classrooms will allow PCAA to offer classes focused in 3-D design such as metal work, sculpture and fiber art. Funds will be used to support capital improvements, including bringing it up to code and making the second floor operational and ADA compliant. The renovated space also will serve as a center of culture for Preble County residents and aid in the revitalization of downtown Eaton.

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Vicky Fanberg, Executive Director, (937) 456-3999,

Greenlight Grants

The Contemporary Dayton | Strategic Plan Facilitation

$15,000 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

The Contemporary Dayton

Building upon three years of streamlining and restructuring, The Contemporary Dayton (formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center), now intends to expand programs, audiences and donors. The organization is embarking upon a series of guided introspections to determine how to grow. Funds will be used to support the strategic plan facilitation.

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Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director, (937) 224-3822,

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County | Clinical Capacity Building

$900 Total Project Budget | $900 Granted

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been found to effectively address the effects of psychological trauma on individuals which manifests through many impeding and destructive symptoms. To better serve its clients, Family Violence Prevention Center seeks to offer this therapy method to its clients. Funds will be used to support the implementation of this innovative and effective therapeutic tool for trauma victims.

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Debbie Matheson, Executive Director, (937) 376-8526,

K12 Gallery & TEJAS | Hot Glass Studio

$31,960 Total Project Budget | $5,600 Granted

K12 Gallery & TEJAS

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is working to create a Glassworks Studio to offer hands-on glass working experiences to individuals enrolled in its classes and programming. The organization provides high-quality, hands-on art programs to Greater Dayton residents regardless of their age, artistic ability or ability to pay. Funds will be used to help purchase a glass melting furnace with glory hole, hand-working tools and mold materials.

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Jerri Stanard, Executive Director, (937) 461-5149,

Kids In New Directions | Wellness Programs Capital Improvements

$10,250 Total Project Budget | $4,000 Granted

Kids In New Directions (KIND) has provided educational and wellness programming for youth and their parents for more than 30 years. After receiving training from The Foodbank, it was discovered that the organization’s current facility is in need of upgrades. Funds will be used to support renovations to the kitchen and dining facilities, including improvements to the ceiling, lighting and flooring, as well as for the installation of Plexiglas over the building’s windows to protect them from playground activities.

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Aaron Kroggel, Executive Director, (937) 938-1991,

Mission of Mary Cooperative | Garden Outreach Program - Nursery Center

$35,000 Total Project Budget | $3,500 Granted

Mission of Mary Cooperative

Funds will be used to help the Mission of Mary Cooperative triple the size of its nursery greenhouse so that it may increase the organization’s capacity to provide education and plant seedlings for participants in the gardening programs and workshops. Additionally, an underutilized space in its building will be repurposed to create a dedicated space for storage and the distribution of gardening tools and materials to clients.

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Michael Schulz, Executive Director, (937) 824-0124,

Partners for Community Living | Fundraising Database Upgrade

$6,115 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

Funds will be used to help upgrade the organization’s outdated fundraising software to a more user-friendly, effective database that will enhance and increase fundraising opportunities, donor development and community participation, such as volunteers, sponsors and event participants. This includes funding needed for the transfer of data from the current database to the new database, as well as staff training. By increasing fundraising and donor development, Partners for Community Living can help Choices in Community Living and Resident Home Association to better serve their clients, which include more than 500 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in homes and programs in Greater Dayton.

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W. Thomas Weaver, Executive Director, (937) 898-2220,

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton | Empowerment Drumming for Children & Adults with Disabilities

$6,114 Total Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton

United Rehabilitation Services (URS) will add a new evidence-based Empowerment-Drumming program with intergenerational benefits for children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. Funds will be used for the development, implementation, equipment and training needed to offer this innovative program that uses drum circles for hundreds of clients that URS serves each day.

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Dennis Grant, Executive Director, (937) 853-5465,

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File date: 01.17.19


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