Help Your Neighbors Through the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund of The Dayton Foundation

The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund was established in response to the devastation left in the wake of tornadoes that swept through Greater Dayton on May 27, 2019. The fund allows The Dayton Foundation to distribute funds to charitable organizations that are addressing our community's long-term and immediate recovery and rebuilding needs. One hundred percent of donations to the fund will be distributed to vetted nonprofit organizations that are helping others get back on their feet this catastrophic event.


How to Donate:

If you would like to join the thousands of other donors who have made contributions to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund of The Dayton Foundation, you can make a secure credit card donation by clicking the link below. You also may contribute by mailing the Foundation a check.

  • Make a secure, online credit card donation »
  • Make a gift through your Dayton Foundation advised fund via Donor Express »
  • Please specify in the "Grant Purpose" section on the "Grant Recommendation" screen of Donor Express that your contribution is to be made for local tornado relief efforts.

  • Make a gift using your IRA Required Minimum Distribution »

  • If donating by check, please mail it to The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45409. “Greater Dayton Disaster Relief” should be designated on the check or in the fund name field in Donor Express.

    Grants Awarded to Date:

    Grants awarded from the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund have been awarded to the following organizations to assist in their efforts to help our community.

    Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.

    American Red Cross

    Catholic Social Services

    Community Action Partnership

    The Foodbank

    Good360

    Salvation Army

    St. Vincent de Paul


    How to Get Tornado Relief Assistance:

    If your home was damaged in the Memorial Day tornadoes, call United Way's 211 Helplink to get started with a disaster recovery case manager.

  • www.211.org/
  • www.mvstrong.org
  • Hosting a Fundraiser:

    If you are interested in hosting a fundraising for the GDDRF, please contact Carrie Dalrymple, community relations program officer, for details on how to get started. Additionally, we have developed a GDDRF Toolkit to help you with your fundraising efforts. Download the materials below.

    Other Ways to Help:

    The following links provide more information on how to contribute to other charitable organizations that are working to help our friends and neighbors.

    In Kind/Volunteer Opportunities (Organizations Accepting Clothing, Goods, Etc.):

    Donations/Assistance:

    HERE TO HELP

    Deanna Zikias

    For more information about making a grant or how you can help those impacted by the tornadoes, please contact Deanna Zikias. Deanna Zikias, director, Donor Services, (937) 225-9926

    Nonprofit organizations looking for assistance from GDDRF in helping tornado victims should contact Michelle Brown. Michelle Brown, community engagement officer, (937) 225-9965

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