Momentum – A Force for Good

What’s on the Horizon for the Foundation?

The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial was an amazing year. We shared with you stories of the many donors whose passion to help others has helped shape, grow and impact our region for the better over the past 100 years.

Now as we move into our second century, we look forward to the next 100 Years of Helping You Help Others, and we invite you to join us in impacting our region, our country and the world.

You can keep up with and be a part of the momentum that will launch us into our next century of doing good in our community. See an area of interest below and click to learn more.


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.... more »


Collaboration and uniting community partners for the greater good has been a prevailing theme throughout the Foundation’s history, and fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) was no exception.

As Greater Dayton continued work to rebuild and recover from challenging events that... more »


From supporting initiatives that build a community where every individual is valued, to lifting up programs that place highly skilled, recently retired professionals with nonprofits to address community needs, The Dayton Foundation and its more than 4,000 donors supported groundbreaking, collaborative and dynamic projects in fiscal year 2021. more »


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... » more


During its Centennial Celebration virtual kick-off program on November 12, 2020, The Dayton Foundation proudly announced that it surpassed the $1 billion mark in charitable grants since its inception in 1921. As of June 30, 2021, $1.1 billion has been awarded through 406,000 grants – an historic milestone that has impacted Greater Dayton for the better over ... » more


From collaborating on regional equity efforts designed to level the playing field for all Greater Dayton citizens, to putting youth on the path to higher education, Dayton Foundation donors awarded millions of dollars in grants in fiscal year 2021 to give life-changing opportunities to underserved and underrepresented individuals.... » more

Download the full version of the Foundation’s annual report or history book.

2020-2021 Annual Report to the CommunityMomentum: A Force for Good. The Dayton Foundation’s 2020-2021 Report to the Community.
Download The Dayton Foundation’s annual report, Momentum: A Force for Good.

2020-2021 Annual Report to the CommunityA Force for Good: 100 Years of Momentum. The Dayton Foundation’s History Booklet.
Download A Force for Good: 100 Years of Momentum, The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial History Booklet.

Learn how we’re using the past passion to help others as momentum to propel us forward into the future. Get started ».

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File date: 03.17.23


Marva Cosby

“Because of caring individuals like you, The Dayton Foundation has represented all that is good in Dayton for 100 years. On behalf of the Governing Board and staff, we hope you will help us continue the momentum of building a better community for all.” – Marva Cosby, SHRM_SCP, Chair, former Governing Board

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