Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dayton Foundation seeks to advance community philanthropy and provide leadership to meet changing needs in our region. We are committed to decreasing disparities and advancing equity in the communities we serve. The Foundation’s ability to achieve this commitment can best be pursued with staff and volunteers that include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives. The Dayton Foundation believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ethnicity, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophy.

The Dayton Foundation respects and celebrates diversity and its important role in contributing to a healthy, caring and equitable community. The Foundation commits its resources to change in ways that signal to groups with diverse cultures, philosophies, and experiences that they are welcome partners in the efforts to foster inclusion.

The Dayton Foundation’s commitment to fostering an organization that respects and appreciates diversity, equity and inclusion in its many forms, is defined above and outlined in its Values/Core Beliefs. To that end, we work to:

  • Equity Value: Eliminate barriers and create opportunities for all.
  • Commitment: Challenge disparities, foster inclusion and advance equity in the communities we serve.
  • Aspiration: Accelerate and influence change.

Read a discussion about DEI between Michael Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation, and Michael Carter, senior advisor to the president and chief diversity officer for Sinclair Community College here.

Read about our Mission and Values.

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File date: 09.6.22


Jeanne Holihan

“We invite you to learn more about our staff and focus on equity as we move forward into our next 100 years.” Jeanne Holihan, senior vice president, Operations, (937) 225-9949

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