Connections: Grantmaking Opportunities from The Dayton Foundation to Help You Help Others

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 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.

The Dayton Art Institute – Centennial Campaign
$12,000,000 Total Project Budget
$75,000 Granted

In anticipation of its centennial anniversary in 2019, The Dayton Art Institute has completed an extensive study identifying the deferred maintenance needs that must be addressed if the building is going to be viable for the next 100 years. Funds will be used for the renovation of the building front hillside, the school courtyard, the library and the Renaissance auditorium. Other plans include reinterpreting the Asian and European galleries, adding new meeting spaces, upgradin security, improving workspaces and increasing energy efficiency in the building.

Michael Roediger, Director and CEO, (937) 313-0741,

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company – DCDC and Beyond!
$165,000 Total Project Budget
$40,000 Granted

Funds will be used to help Dayton Contemporary Dance Company rebrand, broaden public awareness and expand its audiences and fundraising network through a two-year strategic advertising and marketing campaign. Consultants, including marketing and public relations specialists, will be recruited to implement a six-point strategic plan that includes growing the organization’s social media presence and marketing efforts. The campaign will coincide with the company’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2018.

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, Executive Director, (937) 228-3232,

Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton| – Levitt Pavilion Dayton
$5,000,000 Total Project Budget
$100,000 Granted

Funds will be used to assist Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton in building community through music, being a catalyst for economic development in downtown Dayton and providing free access to quality arts and cultural experiences through the construction of a new amphitheater on Dave Hall Plaza. Upon completion in 2018, the Pavilion will become the eighth signature Levitt Pavilion in the country and produce 50 free, family-friendly concerts for approximately 125,000 individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the Dayton Region each year.

Jeff Ireland, Board Chair, (937) 760-0515,

Greater Dayton Public Television – Local PBS: A Gathering Place
$75,600 Total Project Budget
$10,000 Granted

Funds will help Think TV to improve its meeting space, which is used by staff, the Board and local nonprofits. Plans include adding a wireless microphone, replacing studio curtains, adding security cameras, purchasing presentation equipment and installing an Automated Electronic Defibrillator. The improvements will help reduce travel costs for staff as they will be able to remotely conduct meetings with the Cincinnati office.

David Fogarty, President and CEO, (937) 220-1600,

Hospice of Dayton – Comprehensive Care Center
$10,000,000 Total Project Budget
$500,000 Granted

Hospice of Dayton’s mission is to provide superior care and services to each of its patients and their families. Funds will be used to further enhance care for aging and chronically-ill patients by assisting the organization in building a new four-story, 40,000-square-foot Palliative Care Clinic and an Alzheimer’s Center. The Center will serve those with complex health problems by offering the most comprehensive care management available.

Kent Anderson, CEO, (937) 256-4490,

House of Bread – House of Bread Expansion
$1,400,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

The House of Bread, which serves hot, nutritious lunches to individuals in need 365 days a year, has launched a capital campaign to renovate and expand its building. Funds will be used for a 4,800-square foot-addition, which will include a new family dining room and restroom, private consultation rooms, and a freezer and cooler area. The entrance and serving area also will be reconfigured to allow for families to be served together in a separate line.

Melodie Bennett, Executive Director, (937) 239-8859,

Humane Society of Greater Dayton – UnLEASH the Change
$7,000,000 Total Project Budget
$15,000 Granted

Founded in 1902, the Humane Society has worked to protect animals, prevent neglect and abuse, educate the community about humane treatment and find homes for animals through adoption programs. Funds will be used to support the Humane Society’s UnLEASH the Change capital campaign, which will increase the organization’s resources to combat cruelty and neglect, increase the capacity of the adoption center, and create a low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter clinic and a needs-based, full-service animal hospital.

Brian Weltge, CEO, (937) 268-7387,

SICSA – Our Future, Our Impact: The SICSA Capital Campaign
$5,000,000 Total Project Budget
$15,000 Granted

Since 1974, the Society for the Improvement of Stray Animals (SICSA) has promoted the welfare and adoption of companion animals and nurtured loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. SICSA has launched a capital campaign to build a new facility to help increase adoptions, add veterinary care services, improve animal kenneling options and increase efficiency of services. Funds will be used to support the new facility, which will serve Greater Dayton.

Nora Vondrell, Executive Director, (937) 294-6505 ext. 40,

Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services – Tri-County Board One-Stop Shop
$5,250,000 Total Project Budget
$25,000 Granted

Funds will be used to support a public and private partnership to construct a new facility in Miami County for mental health, addiction, recovery, public health and other support services. Creating a centralized location for clients will ease families’ burdens, reduce time away from school and work, and contribute to improved patient outcomes. The streamlined services also will make referrals easier and ensure more timely assistance. In addition, the partner agencies located in the building will save on rent costs and pay only a pro-rated share of utilities and maintenance of the facility.

Mark McDaniel, Executive Director, (937) 335-7727,

Victoria Theatre Association – The Arts Annex
$1,220,000 Total Project Budget
$40,000 Granted

In order to significantly expand its education and engagement programs, Victoria Theatre Association is transforming a vacant space in downtown Dayton into a creative space called the Annex. Funds will be used to support the construction of classrooms and a space for arts education programs, community events and performances. The facility will cater to productions requiring seating for audiences from 50 to 200 and will be designed to showcase the arts in flexible, yet intimate, state-of-the-art performance areas.

Ken Neufeld, CEO, (937) 228-7591,

Victory Project – Building Renovations
$65,000 Total Project Budget
$16,000 Granted

The Victory Project is expanding its programming to include both middle and high school-aged young men. Funds will be used to help the organization renovate its building to accommodate the additional students, while creating a home-like environment. Improvements include renovating the facility’s restrooms and replacing the flooring and carpeting in the educational area.

Monnie Bush, President and CEO, (937) 224-080,

Woodland Arboretum Foundation – Preserving Woodland's Treasures
$7,000,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

Founded in 1841, Woodland Cemetery is one of the nation’s oldest cemeteries and is the final resting place for some of Greater Dayton’s most famous citizens. Funds will support the restoration and preservation of several of its facilities, with particular focus on the Tiffanydesigned historic chapel, enabling it to open to the public for memorial services and other social gatherings. Other improvements include the restoration of the administration building to provide a welcoming sales office and comfortable meeting space for families and to allow for a proper visitor/information center for the thousands of visitors at Woodland each year.

Sean O’ Regan, CEO, (937) 228-3221,

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File date: 02.03.17


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