Donor Stories from the The Dayton Foundation’s 2009-2010 Annual Report

Carol & Jack H. Adam: Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure

Leona E. & Jane A. Dunwoodie: A Devotion to Family and to Dayton

Don L. & Janet A. Grieshop: Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

John E. Moore, Sr.: A Passion for Dayton and Mending Human Need

Don J. & Marcy L. Schade: Investing in One's Home

Carol & Jack H. Adam: Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure

Carol and Jack H. AdamJack Adam always has felt fortunate - even when he was a little boy.

“I was born in the United States, in good health, with good intelligence and to parents who loved me. If you have those things, you are not poor,” Jack said.

Jack and his wife, Carol, are grateful for these and other blessings: their Catholic school and college educations and their four children and nine grandchildren. “It’s part of our faith to share our gifts with other people,” said Jack Adam, vice president and portfolio manager for Johnson Investment Counsel.

“Working with The Dayton Foundation makes giving to a multitude of organizations easy,” said Jack Adam, a Dayton Foundation donor and 2010-2011 “I Believe!” Partner.

Sharing their time is one way they show gratitude. Once a month for 10 years, the Adams served dinner to the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul Hotel Gateway Shelter. And once a week for five years, Carol washed laundry for the people there. “We wanted to do this hands-on work, because we could see all the good things St. Vincent’s was doing,” Carol said.

Jack Adam is grateful for his education at Xavier and Purdue Universities and his career managing clients’ investments. He uses his talents to manage funds for St. Vincent de Paul and the Diabetes Association of the Dayton Area. “If my professional abilities can help charities get the greatest return on their money, that’s a perfect match,” he said.

Carol Adam said education’s promise for a brighter future is why she and Jack give scholarships to Dayton-area Catholic schools and to freshmen at Cincinnati’s Elder High School, Jack’s alma mater. Jack mentors some of the Elder students; several have graduated from Ivy League schools, and two are orthopedic surgeons.

“Students who develop their minds can lead fulfilling lives, contribute to society and develop moral principles,” noted Carol, who taught in Catholic schools.

The Adams also give to St. Vincent de Paul, Elizabeth’s New Life Center, churches and human services organizations, and help bright, but poor, college-bound students in Bogota, Colombia, through the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers mission. “Working with The Dayton Foundation makes giving to a multitude of organizations easy,” Jack said.

The Adams began 30 years ago with a Charitable Checking AccountSM, moved to a donor-advised fund and now have a Family Foundation PlusSM fund. “We have new possibilities for funding, investing and giving,” Jack said. “By making a gift to the Foundation when stocks are high, we are able to give back even more.”

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Leona E. & Jane A. Dunwoodie: A Devotion to Family and to Dayton

Leona and Jane DunwoodieTo understand Leona and Jane Dunwoodie, you need to understand the impact of their family’s recent immigrant past, a story like that of millions of Americans who came here from humble beginnings to build a better life.

Leona Elef was the daughter of first-generation immigrants from Hungary. Leona married David Dunwoodie, whose father came over from Scotland. Their parents’ old-world appreciation for what America-and Dayton specifically-offered their families was very apparent to Leona and David as they grew up, and this was imparted to their daughter, Jane.

“The arts inspire people and give them a way to express what is important to them,” said Jane Dunwoodie, a Dayton Foundation donor and 2010-2011 “I Believe!” Partner.

Leona and Jane are passionate in their desire to help others in Greater Dayton, where they have resided since birth. When asked what motivates her to help her community, Leona simply said, “It’s my home!” For Jane, her reasons began in a childhood memory.

Jane’s father, David, was a mechanical engineer like his father, who chose to settle in Dayton because of his love of aviation. David early on became a draftsman for Orville Wright and was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the war, so aeronautics was in Jane’s blood.

“When I was five years old,” Jane said, “I told my father I wanted to be very wealthy and fly an airplane.” Her father understood well her desire to fly, but was curious about why she wished to be so wealthy. Young Jane replied, “I want to fly over the poor parts of town and toss the money out the window for the poor people.”

In a way, that is what Jane and her mother are doing through their Dayton Foundation endowment fund to help the Greater Dayton community.

Jane, who has had a long career with museums and libraries, also is an accomplished artist, best known for her intricate wood-carved and painted art boxes you may see in galleries. Leona, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University in 1937-almost unheard of for a woman at the time-played the piano for many years and always has loved attending live performances with Jane.

Among the organizations they support are Dayton’s arts organizations, which is why they created a field-of-interest fund with a portion of their endowed fund to assist the arts in perpetuity. “Food, health, safety all have to be addressed,” Jane said, “but eventually you need something higher. The arts inspire people and give them a way to express what is important to them. It’s reassuring to us to know that The Dayton Foundation has its ear to the ground and will have the flexibility to support the efforts with the greatest impact on the arts long after we’re gone.”

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Don L. & Janet A. Grieshop: Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Don and Janet GrieshopFor Janet and Don Grieshop, giving to help children obtain a good education just made sense. Growing up just a few blocks away from each other in the Walnut Hills area of Dayton, both Janet and Don had the importance of education instilled in them from a very young age.

Don’s mother was employed as a factory worker for Delco, and Janet’s father frequently held two or three jobs just to keep the family going.

“My mother didn’t want her six sons to follow in her footsteps,” Don said. “Some of her siblings didn’t graduate from high school, let alone go to college, so she felt strongly about us achieving more in our futures.”

“We weren't raised with silver spoons in our mouths, but we were taught to help one another in times of need,” said Janet Grieshop, a Dayton Foundation donor and 2010-2011 “I Believe!” Partner.

Janet’s parents felt much the same way. “My family struggled financially, much like many families struggle today,” Janet said. “We weren’t raised with silver spoons in our mouths, but we were taught to help one another in times of need.”

Like his father, Don attended and graduated from the then-Chaminade High School and later worked to pay for his tuition to the University of Dayton, something he is very proud of today.

“There are ways to pay for one’s college education. But getting through high school is a necessity,” Don said. “That’s why we feel strongly about giving to help students in need obtain their high school education through Chaminade Jullienne Catholic High School. It is a great institution with a great spirit of community that provides a strong foundation for a young person’s life.”

To honor his parents and perpetuate their educational values, Janet and Don Grieshop established the Mary Kathryn and Ernest L. “Hap” Grieshop Fund through The Dayton Foundation. They also utilize the Foundation for their regular charitable giving through a Charitable Checking AccountSM and have made plans for a legacy gift to one day be used by the Foundation to assist charities that follow the Grieshops’ religious beliefs.

Janet and Don believe deeply in perpetuating their gifts to assist others less fortunate. “There is a saying, ‘To those whom much is given, much is expected,’” Don said. “We’ve received so much from our community. It’s our responsibility to give something back. The Dayton Foundation helps us to do this.”

“Knowing that we’re helping young people and that they appreciate what others are giving to assist with their education, that makes me feel good,” Janet said.

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John E. Moore, Sr.: A Passion for Dayton and Mending Human Need

John E. Moore, Sr.John E. Moore, Sr., has lived in Dayton since he was a year old and loves this community. He says with a laugh, “I’ve got some skin in the game.”

“Dayton has its own special culture and has been shaped by its history and past leadership. It’s a resourceful and creative community,” he said.

A Dayton Foundation donor, past Governing Board chair and Foundation volunteer for nearly 40 years, John is one of our community’s most dedicated and intrepid volunteers. A retired chief, Civilian Personnel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he has been at the center of many complex and significant community efforts, a number of them leadership initiatives of The Dayton Foundation. Threads that run through the efforts to which he devotes his time are human need and wrongs that needs righting. “That is what I’m most passionate about,” he said.

Among these efforts have been leadership in The Job Center, the Foundation’s African-American Community Fund, the Commission on Minority Inclusion, the Minority Economic Development Council, the Out-of-School Youth effort, Sinclair Community College and United Way, the launching of the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship Program and of the Mentoring Collaborative, and helping pass the Human Services Levy and resurrect Mary Scott Nursing Home. “There’s always more work to do,” John said.

“Giving provides me an opportunity to practice my faith,” said John Moore, past chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board, endowment fund donor and 40-year Foundation volunteer.

What motivated John to be the giving person that he is? “It’s faith and fate,” he said. “My faith makes me open to sharing. Giving provides me an opportunity to practice my faith.” His fate was interwoven with living through the Depression and World War II. While in the military he traveled and saw poverty and need “in the most stretched dimensions,” he said.

He witnessed and experienced the effects of a segregated society during and after the war, which fired him up to find a solution to the social and economic inequities he saw. “I had a choice to be angry or be part of the solution. I chose the latter,” he said. “I’ve seen so many fellow citizens in need and not able to be self-sufficient. It has continued to motivate me to want to do more.” This formed the basis for a lifetime of action on behalf of others.

Not a wealthy man, John says he gives what he can monetarily, “but it’s not always about the dollars. Time and talent are just as important.” John’s life bears witness to precisely this.

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Don J. & Marcy L. Schade: Investing in One's Home

Marcy and Don SchadeWhen Don Schade moved to Greater Dayton in 1965 to teach economics at the University of Dayton, his father expected him to return home one day to run the family’s lumber business in Helena, Ohio. More than 40 years later, Don is still here, along with his wife, Marcy, a fourth-generation Daytonian. Together, they are proud to call the region home.

“I can’t see living any place else,” said Don, who today is a senior vice president for Merrill Lynch. “Dayton is just big enough to have lots of amenities, but small enough that it takes just minutes to get anywhere. Plus, it’s a great place to raise a family, with friendly people and a low cost of living.”

Longtime Dayton Foundation donors and charter members of the local chapters of 100+ Women Who Care and 100+ Men Who Care, the Schades’ say that their philosophy for giving evolves as time and needs change.

“The need is greater than ever in our community due to the economic situation. Giving to others helps us transform lives,” said Don Schade, Dayton Foundation donor and a 2010-2011 “I Believe!” Partner.

“We have a soft spot for lots of different causes, but when something attracts our attention and demonstrates a particular need, we’re likely to help,” Marcy said.

When Don Schade’s mother passed away in 2005, he and his family wanted a special way to honor her life and the life of his father, who had passed away a year earlier. They turned to The Dayton Foundation, who helped them establish a Family Foundation PlusSM Fund, a private foundation alternative, in their family’s name.

“The Dayton Foundation is a force for good in our community,” Don said. “It also is a very progressive community foundation. I have clients throughout the country, and I’ll ask if their communities’ foundations offer services similar to those of The Dayton Foundation. They don’t. The Dayton Foundation was the best solution for our family’s giving.”

Through this fund and their Charitable Checking Account,SM the Schades have made significant contributions to numerous area charities, including Kettering Medical Center, where their four children were born, Hospice of Dayton, Boy Scouts of America Miami Valley Council, St. Vincent Hotel, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and Culture Works, among others.

“For a community our size, we are blessed with a significant arts presence,” Marcy said of their giving to Culture Works. “This is so important to the life of our community, and we want to see them maintained for future generations.”

“The need is greater than ever in our community due to the economic situation,” Don added. “Giving to others helps us transform lives. We really enjoy this and look forward to continuing this for a long time.”

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File date: 10.21.14


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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