Donor Stories from the The Dayton Foundation’s 2008-2009 Annual Report

Tracy H. & Irvin G. Bieser, Jr.: The Thread of History

John W. & Beth H. Ey: A Desire to Help Children

Caryl D. Philips: An Earth Worthy of Protection

Jerry F. Tatar: Giving as a Statement of Belief

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms: Strengthening Community Through Partnerships

Tracy H. & Irvin G. Bieser, Jr.: The Thread of History

Tracy H. & Irvin G. Bieser, JrThe thread of history runs through the Bieser family. Intertwined with a passion for arts and the environment, the thread links generations of the families of Tracy and Irvin G. Bieser, Jr.

Tracy Bieser moved to Dayton as a young career woman. She carried with her the memory of her mother’s love of gardening and the arts, and her family’s support for local charities. “I learned about volunteerism early on,” Tracy said. “It became a part of who I am.”

“It’s important to understand what made this region great - great, hard-working people with great ideas,” said Irv Bieser, a Dayton Foundation donor and 2009-2010 “I Believe!” Partner.

Her volunteerism and philanthropy span a long list of Greater Dayton arts, environmental, social service and historical organizations, where she's held numerous leadership positions. Her work on the creation of Sunwatch’s Interpretive Center is close to her heart, in that it “helps children understand the history of our region. Early exposure to the arts and history is all-important,” she said. “It can shape the lives that shape communities.”

Irv Bieser grew up in Oakwood, hearing the noon NCR whistle blow and playing football in nearby fields with schoolmates he still sees today. From his parents and grandparents, he learned the importance of serving the community. Years ago, his parents established endowed funds with The Dayton Foundation as vehicles for their charitable giving and for honoring family members. Irv and Tracy followed suit, establishing a Charitable Checking AccountSM and urging their daughter, Sidney, to contribute to and volunteer for organizations of interest.

Over the years, Irv, a partner in Bieser, Greer & Landis, has helped The Dayton Foundation as its lead attorney. “I’m really proud of my Foundation work,” he said. “The Foundation makes a huge difference by providing knowledge and guidance for more and more people who desire to support their community financially. The Foundation sees things from a broad perspective and is adept at building collaborations and minimizing duplication of efforts.”

Irv’s volunteer efforts have helped to protect miles of local river corridors, pioneer development of the Oregon District, deliver the Ponderosa Collection to The Dayton Art Institute, and support the work of Five Rivers MetroParks and area arts organizations.

Tracy and Irv believe deeply in preserving a community’s culture and history. “It’s important to understand what made this region great - great, hard-working people with great ideas,” Irv said. “We have one of the strongest histories of creativity in the country. We can’t appreciate the evolution of our cultural life without understanding what brought it about.”

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John W. & Beth H. Ey: A Desire to Help Children

John W. & Beth H. Ey Having lived throughout the country, Beavercreek residents Beth and John Ey never lost touch with their childhood Midwestern values that have guided them through their lives. It’s also what led them to Greater Dayton to pursue careers and raise a family.

“We love the feeling of community here and the commitment to hard work and family values,” said Beth Ey, a pediatric radiologist and president of Dayton Pediatric Imaging, Inc. (DPI).

Beth and her husband, John, president of Radiology Business Managers, Inc. (RBM), have made their love for children the focus of their careers and of their giving through their Dayton Foundation Charitable Checking AccountSM.

“What’s most important to us - our ’big rocks,’ as we call them - all involve children, including giving to our church, the arts, Children’s Medical Center of Dayton and the Miami Valley School (MVS),” said John Ey, who serves on the boards of MVS, Dayton Children’s Foundation and Westminster Presbyterian Church. “Children are our future. It’s our responsibility to help them succeed.”

“Children are our future. It's our responsibility to help them succeed,” said John Ey, a Dayton Foundation donor and 2009-2010 “I Believe!” Partner.

The Eys combined their passion for children and the arts by creating Physicians for Kids, which DPI supports through a separate Dayton Foundation Charitable Checking Account. Each year since 2006, Physicians for Kids, a partnership between DPI, Dayton Children’s, RBM and six other pediatric physician groups, has underwritten the cost to send more than 40,000 children to the Victoria Theatre Association’s Discovery Series.

“Live theatrical performances expose children to a new way of learning. It’s experiential and complements traditional teaching methods,” Beth Ey said. “It’s something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

Whether it’s by providing charitable gifts or volunteering, the Eys believe in the power of helping others. “It's not about how much money you give,” John said. “It's about how to give more effectively. The Dayton Foundation helps us do this. They have the expertise to help you grow in your philanthropy over time.”

“At the end of the day, Beth and I remember our 'big rocks,'” John continued. “Our Foundation Charitable Checking Account is so simple and keeps our giving organized. Everyone should have one of these funds.”

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Caryl D. Philips: An Earth Worthy of Protection

Caryl D. PhilipsIt's a long way from the young girl who loved exploring the creeks, catching water creatures near her Springfield home. Today she has become a major philanthropist who has retained her passion for the environment and all of earth's varied creatures.

“I've seen many parts of the world,” Caryl Philips said. “It's wonderful to travel, but also heartbreaking to see what's happening to our earth. It can't support the population explosion we're experiencing. We need to be more responsible. Animals are so helpless and dependent upon us to do the right thing. When they're gone, they're gone. Future generations may never get to see what we have.”

The word “responsibility” has a deep and abiding meaning to Caryl Philips. Her Catholic upbringing taught her to give. Her father was adamant that his family give a percentage of their income back, mainly to the church. But when she met her future husband – Jesse Philips – she was exposed to a whole new scale of giving.

“We have an obligation to keep intact for the future all the wonderful things that are here on this earth,” said Caryl Philips, a Dayton Foundation donor, former Governing Board member and 2009-2010 “I Believe!” Partner.

“Giving was in his blood,” she said, “and he encouraged so many others to give.”

Having served on The Dayton Foundation's Governing Board for many years, she found that “it's critically important to have a community foundation that addresses local needs from a grassroots approach and provides a mechanism to channel gifts without having to set up private foundations. It creates a culture of giving and a real sense of community.”

Sh has helped many other charities in profound ways, from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where she serves as a board member, to Dayton's Humane Society and Planned Parenthood, to helping to found The Human Race Theatre Company.

Of her Foundation endowment funds, she said, "I like the idea they will be here long after I'm gone, that Foundation people who care about the community will take care of them in perpetuity – a kind of insurance policy for the future. I like that we're doing what people before us did, passing on something for the community's future.

“If we are fortunate to be in a position to help others, we bear a responsibility to help the community that has been so good to us. Jesse did this. His company was headquartered here. He worked to make Dayton a better place – he always could envision potential.”

“Any legacy you leave for future generations is a wonderful tribute to your life and how you lived it,” she said.

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Jerry F. Tatar: Giving as a Statement of Belief

Jerry F. TatarIt has been said that out of tragedy can come great good. But it takes a certain kind of person to make this happen.

When Lorelei's Place, the new care center for Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, recently opened its doors, Jerry Tatar and his daughter Julia, were there. Jerry helped make possible this facility, which bears his beloved late wife's name. It fulfilled his dream to support the organization that showed his family such kindness in Lorelei's last months – and memorializes her giving spirit. “I've visited it several times,” he said. “It reminds me of her.”

For Jerry Tatar, giving is personal. It's a statement of belief and an honoring. Retired MeadWestvaco Corporation chairman and current Dayton Foundation Governing Board member, he has made significant contributions to numerous area charities, including Sinclair Community College, Kettering Medical Center and Dayton Opera. He does his giving through a Dayton Foundation Family Foundation PlusSM fund, a private foundation alternative. “It's so easy to set up. I didn't have to deal with all the regulations around private foundations. And I was able to get the maximum charitable deduction while realizing my charitable goals.”

“I've become a big proponent of The Dayton Foundation, which makes sure every dollar is put to good use,” said Jerry Tatar, a Dayton Foundation donor, Governing Board member and 2009-2010 “I Believe!” Partner.

He organizes his philanthropy around three areas of community need. The first is the front lines, safety-net organizations like The Foodbank. The second is spiritual well-being – his church. The third is education – “the great equalizer” in particular, Sinclair with its mission to make a first-class education accessible to everyone. Upon his passing, his children will be successor advisors for half of his family fund, The Dayton Foundation the other half, to use where most needed in the community at any point in time.

“The Foundation is in a unique position to understand the community's greatest needs. To do more, the Foundation must increase its unrestricted funds. I hope others will join me in helping the Foundation to undertake important community projects.”

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Dayton Crayons to Classrooms: Strengthening Community Through Partnerships

Crayons to ClassroomsTeamwork is a value most individuals learn as children in school, such as working together on a science project or leading a sports team to victory. But teamwork in the form of collaborative business partnerships can be equally effective, if not invaluable, in solving important community issues.

One such effort involving The Standard Register Company in partnership with The Dayton Foundation, Mathile Family Foundation and other funders is putting school supplies in the hands of teachers for their students in need. Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C), a Dayton Foundation and Mathile Family Foundation leadership initiative launched in 2008, today is its own not-for-profit organization and the first free store for Dayton-area teachers.

“ have a vibrant, resilient region, we need people and organizations to work together. That's why partnering with The Dayton Foundation and others makes good sense,” said Joe Morgan, president and CEO of The Standard Register Company.

“Thousands of local children go to school without the supplies they need to learn effectively. Many parents can't afford them, so teachers are spending as much as $1,000 a year to purchase items so their students can have a chance to be successful in school,” said David Clapper, director of facilities management and security for Standard Register and chair of the Standard Register Communities Contributions Council that has helped to fund DC2C along with Sherman Standard Register Foundation. David also serves as chair of DC2C's Board of Directors.

“Collaborative efforts keep programs like this growing,” he continued. “By utilizing the resources and expertise of others, we saved significant dollars and developed relationships that are building a better community.”

Rather than just “giving something back,” Standard Register sees themselves as corporate citizens embracing the educational challenges facing tomorrow's leaders.

“It's our responsibility to help area young people through education,” said Joe Morgan, president and CEO of Standard Register. “In order to have a vibrant, resilient region, we need people and organizations to work together. That's why partnering with The Dayton Foundation and others makes good sense.”

According to David Clapper, the need reaches beyond Dayton's urban core. “Throughout the Greater Dayton Region live students who can't afford basic school supplies,” he said. “It'll take time, but through DC2C, we'll get to them. This is absolutely the right thing to do.”

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File date: 7.31.17


Helen Jones-Kelley

“It’s important to me that my children understand just how much their actions can help others, and why they must give back some part of themselves to the community.”
– Helen Jones-Kelley, Governing Board member and donor, on the Helen and Tom Kelley Family Fund.

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