Momentum – Good
Whether paying forward their blessings or giving others opportunities they didn’t have themselves, Dayton Foundation donors and their charitable funds are a force for good in Greater Dayton and beyond.
Last fiscal year, new contributions and assets were at an all-time high, with more than $85 million contributed to Dayton Foundation funds and total fund assets reaching $819 million as of June 30, 2021. More than 19,000 grants totaling $57.9 million were awarded from 4,032 Foundation funds, the second highest total in grant dollars awarded annually to date.
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This spirit of generosity was demonstrated throughout the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration in 2021 when 100 of The Dayton Foundation’s fund holders awarded special, one-time grants to the organizations of their choice based on their personal area of charitable interest. The 100 Gifts to the Community campaign, which aired throughout the year on WHIO News Center 7 at Noon, showcased a variety of nonprofit organizations and the work they are doing to help the Greater Dayton region. Gifts ranged from $1,000 to more than $100,000 and resulted in $2.1 million in grants awarded to community organizations during the campaign.
Among these gifts was one from Foundation donors Pam and Gary Smiga to Because of God’s Grace (BOGG) Ministries, a nonprofit organization that was started to help provide the people of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the Greater Dayton area with food, clothing and other essentials to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Both retired educators, the Smigas designated their $1,000 gift to benefit the mobile food pantry, where they volunteer their time each month.
“We’re so grateful for the 100 Gift donors and the more than 4,000 other donors who are making significant investments in our community through their Dayton Foundation funds,” said Michael M. Parks, CFRE, president of The Dayton Foundation. “It’s this type of generosity that inspired our founding 100 years ago by D. Frank Garland and the Patterson family, and demonstrates how The Dayton Foundation is here to help you help others and do good things for the community.”
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IN THEIR WORDS
“Our mission is to enrich the lives of children, so we decided to give the scholarships in honor of The Dayton Foundation’s 100th anniversary to high school graduates attending college. This award is based on the applicant’s community service. The MAK student ambassadors blindly chose the three recipients and is one of the many service projects in which our ambassadors participate” – Suzie Kreusch, Mark Andrew Kreusch Fund