Spring 2018

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

Listed within this issue are those organizations that recently received a Greenlight Grant from The Dayton Foundation. Greenlight Grants are small grants awarded to help local nonprofits in need of quick funding to help their project 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.

Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc. | Outdoor Drama Trilogy Feasibility Study
$20,000 Total Project Budget | $3,400 Granted

Caesar's Ford Theatre

Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc., is looking to expand its outdoor theatre to attract a larger and more diverse audience to its productions. Funds will be used for a feasibility study to provide the organization with valuable information that can be used to secure community support as well as demonstrate the role that outdoor theatre plays in educating audiences, bringing people together and strengthening the local economy..

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Timothy A. Haney, Executive Director, Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc., (937) 352-2300

Daybreak | Lindy's Bakery
$16,000 Total Project Budget | $5,000 Granted

Lindy's Bakery/Daybreak

Funds will be used to help Daybreak purchase a new extruder for Lindy’s Bakery to replace its current one, which cuts 300 pounds of dog treats per day. An estimated 75 youth each year work at Lindy’s, where they earn minimum wage and develop self-respect and work ethic. They also gain valuable experience and skills that employers look for in individuals such as a positive attitude, punctuality, respect for authority and how to manage stressful situations. The new equipment will help the bakery to generate additional revenue to move more youth toward self-sufficiency.

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Linda L. Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, Daybreak, (937) 935-4600

The Foodbank, Inc. | Expanding Food Production Using Aquaponics
$27,881 Total Project Budget | $4,800 Granted

The Foodbank, Inc.

For more than 40 years, The Foodbank has worked to alleviate hunger in Greater Dayton through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing more than 11 million pounds of food annually to hungry individuals and families. Funds will be used to design, build and activate an aquaponics system to produce leafy greens and herbs that currently are not readily available through The Foodbank’s food sources.

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Michelle L. Riley, Chief Executive Officer, The Foodbank, Inc., (937) 461-0265 ext. 11

Reach Out of Montgomery County | Physical Therapy Program Expansion
$11,500 Total Project Budget | $3,000 Granted

Five Rivers MetroParks

Funds will be used to support a collaboration between the University of Dayton and Reach Out of Montgomery County to treat underserved patients through physical therapy services. The program will allow Reach Out to offer holistic care for pain management to chronically ill patients as an alternative to pain medication. Services will include evaluation and development of treatment plan, instructions on self-modification practices and exercises at home, as well as follow-up care to maximize patient outcomes.

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Sharon Sherlock, Executive Director, Reach Out of Montgomery County, (937) 258-2000

Sunlight Village | Capital Improvements
$6,250 Total Project Budget | $6,000 Granted

Sunlight Village works to aid inner city youth and young adults by providing them with comprehensive mental health services, holistic wellness programs, and developmental and training opportunities. Funds will be used to support the remodeling and updating of Sunlight Village’s current office space, including updating the electrical system, converting a sunroom into a work space for staff and creating a more welcoming environment for clients.

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Robbie Brandon, Founder and Executive Director, Sunlight Village, (937) 640-1679

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File date: 08.15.17


Janet and Don Grieshop

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