Momentum – Our Message to the Community

As we conclude our year-long Centennial Celebration and launch our next century of service, we reflect on the vision of our founders and the thousands of individuals and families over the last century, who, through their charitable funds, have joined with The Dayton Foundation to help others. Thanks to the efforts of those who have come before us and by building on the generosity that was set into motion in 1921, the Foundation stands today as the region’s community foundation and a force for good.

The momentum that began with the Patterson family’s initial $250,000 seed contribution has grown over the last century to include more than $818 million in assets and $1.1 billion in grants distributed from Foundation funds since inception. These grants represent so much good work happening in the community, enabling the Foundation to convene and collaborate with others on numerous ground-breaking community efforts, including the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, the Institute for Livable & Equitable Communities and the Northwest Dayton Partnership. You can learn more about these leadership initiatives, which aim to create a more equitable, age-friendly and livable community for all our region’s citizens, throughout this report.

This and other important work wouldn’t be possible without the thousands of Dayton Foundation fund holders who entrust us to steward their charitable funds. In fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021), 273 new funds were established through the Foundation, bringing the total number of active and deferred funds to 4,032. Assets and new contributions hit a record-high, totaling $818.7 million and $85.1 million respectively. Grantmaking from Foundation funds also remained strong, exceeding $57.9 million awarded through 19,073 individual grants. Additionally, through our 100 Gifts to the Community campaign, which featured 100 Foundation fund holders who gave special one-time gifts in honor of our Centennial Celebration, more than $2.1 million was awarded to area nonprofit organizations. This extraordinary display of generosity – particularly as our community continues to deal with the economic challenges of a worldwide pandemic – powerfully demonstrates that the spirit of giving is alive and well in Greater Dayton.

Because of caring individuals like you, The Dayton Foundation has represented all that is good in Dayton for 100 years. On behalf of our Governing Board and staff, we hope you will help us continue the momentum of building a better community for all. Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to help you help others, today and in the future.

– Marva Cosby, SHRM-SCP, Chair, Governing Board

– Michael M. Parks, CFRE, President

Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6  Download the full report here »

^ top of page
File date: 04.06.22


BOGG Ministries

“I want to thank Gary and Pam Smiga and The Dayton Foundation for enabling us to fulfill our mission to love and feed people throughout the Dayton area with our mobile food pantries. This gift helped BOGG continue to get food to our community. Without donors and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many people as we do.” – Jason Johnston, executive director for BOGG Ministries

  • foundation
  • foundation
  • foundation