Partners in Giving Program

Partners in Giving is an outreach program that gives Donor-Advised Fund holders the opportunity to join with The Dayton Foundation to support local projects and initiatives.

Twice each year, area not-for-profit organizations may apply for a grant from the Foundation’s discretionary pool of funds made possible by donors who have entrusted us to award grants from their unrestricted or lightly restricted funds. Because funding is limited, the process is highly competitive. Many worthy proposals often go unfunded or are funded at a much smaller amount than requested. To help fill the gap, the Partners review the eligible grant requests, vetted by the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee, and choose to provide additional support through their individual funds if they so wish. In this way, we are leveraging additional resources to make a greater community impact.

Since the program was started in 2012, the Partners in Giving have contributed more than $1,069,450 in grants to help worthy community efforts, many of which they may not have known about if not for The Dayton Foundation.

If you’d like to learn more about joining this special group of Foundation donors, contact Jill Koorndyk, director, Donor Services, or by phone at (937) 225-9944. Funding for projects in any grant cycle is completely voluntary, with a minimum grant amount of $500 requested.

See the types of projects you could support as a Partner in Giving. Read about our recent grants awarded to local not-for-profits.

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File date: 12.28.21


Janet and Don Grieshop

“There is a saying, ‘To those whom much is given, much is expected.’ We've received so much from our community. It’s our responsibility to give something back. The Dayton Foundation helps us to do this.”
– Janet and Don Grieshop, Dayton Foundation donors since 1995.

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