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. The fund allows The Dayton Foundation to distribute funds to charitable organizations that are addressing long-term and immediate needs for our friends and neighbors affected by these storms, and assisting in rebuilding and recovery efforts in our region. One hundred percent of donations to the fund will be distributed to vetted nonprofit organizations that are helping others get back on their feet after catastrophic events, now and in the future.

If you are interested in supporting community relief and rebuilding efforts through the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund (GDDRF) of The Dayton Foundation, here’s how:

How to Donate:

We have witnessed an amazing outpouring of generosity and support in response to the devastation of the Memorial Day tornadoes. To date Dayton Foundation donors, community members and individuals from all over the world collectively have contributed nearly $1 million (and counting) to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund (GDDRF), with several significant gifts pending. More than $400,000 in grants have been awarded from the fund to organizations, including Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., the American Red Cross, The Foodbank, Miami Valley Community Action Partnership and St. Vincent de Paul, that are working help individuals with immediate needs, such as housing and legal assistance. That is an impressive number, but we also know that it will take more resources to help our neighbors with long-term recovery and rebuilding needs.

The Dayton Foundation welcomes contributions from the community, and hundreds of generous people and businesses have already contributed. If you would like to help community relief efforts through the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund but do not currently have a Dayton Foundation fund you can make secure credit card donation by clicking the link below. You may also contribute by check, instructions are listed below.

If you are a fund holder with The Dayton Foundation and are signed up for Donor Express, you may a gift through your fund by clicking the “Make a gift through your Dayton Foundation Fund” below.

  • Make a secure, online credit card donation »
  • Make a gift through your Dayton Foundation fund »
  • Make a gift using your IRA Required Minimum Distribution »

  • 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.

    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.

    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.):



    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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