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Our Endowed Funds

Since 1921, The Dayton Foundation has been helping donors and organizations help others and our community through endowed funds that preserve our donors’ charitable purposes, today and after their lifetimes.

Note: Due to the large size of this listing, it has been broken into multiple pages. Click on this pull-down menu to select the part of the alphabetical listing you wish to view.


Bill and Jan Abbott Scholarship for Broadwater Academy – 2015 aids students attending Broadwater Academy in Virginia. Jan Abbott and her late husband, Bill, were both longtime educators. They were inspired by Jan’s parents, Merritt and Dorothy “Dottie” Culp, whose generosity helped to establish this fund.

Abilities First Foundation Fund – 1998 provides unrestricted operating revenue for this nonprofit organization that has been empowering children and adults with disabilities to achieve increasing independence since 1958.

The ABLE Foundation – 2021 contributes funding to charitable organizations in the Greater Dayton area. 

Cheryl M. Abraham Scholarship Fund – 2014 memorializes this longtime Kettering Fairmont High School counselor who dedicated her life to helping her students. The fund awards scholarships in her name to students who have overcome challenges and plan to major in education at a two- or four-year college or university.

Helen and Charles Abramovitz Fund – 2007 supports the donors’ designated charities, including the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Family Services Association, among other organizations.

Helen and Charles Abramovitz Emerging Community Needs Fund – 1991 provides assistance to improve the quality of life in the Greater Dayton area through discretionary grants. The fund was made possible by and honors the memories of these longtime community leaders.

Barbara Kryter Ackerman Fund – 2012 celebrates the memory of this longtime West Carrollton Schools teacher by providing unrestricted operating revenue to 12 area nonprofits, including The Dayton Foundation.

Acute Care Foundation Fund – 1999 generates income to support the activities of charitable organizations.

The Jack and Carol Adam Family Fund – 2004 benefits charitable organizations, as designated by its donors. Jack Adam, founder of Mead-Adam & Co., Inc., and his wife Carol, a former school teacher, have a strong interest in education, especially Catholic education, as well as in many religious, humanitarian, social and cultural causes in the Dayton community.

Dave and Jean Adkinson Family Fund – 2019 supports the charitable interests of the Adkinson family by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations. 

Dr. Khurshid Ahmad Charitable Fund – 2021 honors the request of the late Dr. Ahmad’s estate by meeting human needs and improving the quality of life in the Greater Dayton area. 

AIA Dayton Architectural Scholarship Fund – 1991 was established to provide growth to an Architectural Scholarship Fund to encourage and assist students graduating from high schools in the Dayton/Miami Valley region and wishing to pursue a degree in architecture at an accredited school in Ohio. The fund is advised by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Dayton.

Scott A. Albright Charitable Fund – 2012 supports charitable organizations that help meet human needs and improve the quality of life in Greater Dayton, as determined by the Governing Board of The Dayton Foundation.

Allegro Fund – 1987 was the first arts fund in the Foundation. It was founded in memory of Hermene Louise Schwarz by her family and friends for the purpose of increasing and enhancing dance, music and drama, which she so loved, within the Dayton Area.

Allen Family Scholarship – 2022 awards scholarships to Central State University students seeking to further their education in chemistry and STEM-related fields. The fund honors the memories of William Rose, who specialized in nuclear medicine.

Charles S. Allyn, Jr., Foundation Fund - 2015 awards grants in the donor’s name to further health, education, youth and local historical causes in Greater Dayton.

The Altrusa Club of Dayton Kay Webster Scholarship – 2019 encourages students in Greater Dayton to attend an institution of higher learning by awarding scholarships. A member of the Altrusa Club of Dayton, Kay Webster was passionate about children’s literacy and served as the children’s coordinator of the Greene County Public Library for 38 years. 

The Altrusa Club of Dayton Ruth Richardson Scholarship – 2019 provides select graduating seniors in Montgomery County with scholarship assistance to further their education. A member of the Altrusa Club of Dayton, Ruth Richardson was an educator and counselor for Dayton Public Schools who advocated for her students’ college education. 

The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Legacy Endowment Fund – 2004 will enhance the care and support of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders, as well as their families and caregivers, through information, education, programs and services.

Marcos E. Amongero Memorial Fund – 2016 memorializes this longtime orthopedic surgeon by designating grants to the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center and the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation. Dr. Amongero was a dedicated family man who believed in helping others and living life to its fullest.

Lee and Judith Amundson Charitable Fund for Children – 2017 carries out the charitable intent of the donors by supporting nonprofit organizations that enhance the lives of local youth through nutrition, healthcare, education and other activities.

The William S. and Janice R. Anderson Foundation – 1983 benefits charitable organizations, as suggested by the donors. William S. Anderson was the retired chair of the NCR Corporation, who contributed more than $1 million to various funds and subsidiaries of The Dayton Foundation and was credited with establishing the Foundation’s first donor-advised fund.

The Antioch School General Endowment Fund – 2002 generates unrestricted operating income and support educational and charitable activities for the benefit of Yellow Springs. The Antioch School was established in 1921 and is one of the oldest alternative schools in the country.

R. C. Appenzeller Family Endowment Fund – 2004 supports the many diverse charitable interests of the Appenzeller family. Robert C. and Phyllis Appenzeller were married for 68 years before their passings in 2022.

R.C. Appenzeller Scholarship Fund – 1997 benefits deserving students of good moral character and majoring in Engineering at an accredited college, university or trade school.

Arabic Club Foundation Fund – 1996 was established by members of the Arabic Club for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of people of all ages who are disabled and provides education and funding to organizations serving these needs.

Archbishop Alter High School Funds – 2008 support the educational endeavors of this Kettering Catholic high school, founded in 1962. Campus improvements, tuition assistance, faculty compensation and technology upgrades are a few of the purposes the funds have helped sustain.

Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association Educational Fund – 1997 advances the number of capable scientists and engineers to enhance Free World security and promotes patriotic and educational causes.

Arrigo Scholarship Fund – 2017 helps Northridge High School seniors, who may not receive recognition for their efforts but show potential for academic success, further their education by awarding scholarships.

Artemis Center Funds – 2011 help support victims of domestic abuse by providing unrestricted operating revenue to the Artemis Center. Founded in 1985, the Center has helped more than 100,000 victims and their children since inception.

Arts and Cultural Development Fund - Restricted Fund – 1993 represents several sub-funds to enhance the arts in the Miami Valley and ensures future growth and support for arts in our community.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Dayton Region Chapter Fund – 2013 provides unrestricted operating revenue to this local chapter of AFP, a national organization for professionals committed to advancing philanthropy by promoting ethical and effective fundraising practices.

Marie S. Aull Fund – 1986 assists with the operating expenses of Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. In June 1989 the public exceeded Marie Aull's challenge to raise endowment gifts to help maintain the center and farm, for which she donated the original land in 1957.

Marie S. Aull Fund for United Way – 1992 contributes income to the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area during its annual campaigns. Local naturalist Marie S. Aull created this fund.

Aullwood Audubon Farm Fund – 1989 preserves the area that Marie and John Aull opened to the public in 1957, with its gardens, woodland, meadows and farm overlooking the Stillwater River. Marie Aull and the National Audubon Society donated the 120-acre farm to the Foundation in 1989, to be maintained forever as a natural area. The farm is leased for a nominal sum to the Friends of Aullwood.

Aullwood Friends' Fund – 1993 provides operating support for Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, dedicated to educating children and adults about the natural environment.

Dr. Edward G. Austin Fund – 1996 contributes support to charitable organizations, as directed by the donor and his daughter, Catherine Austin Rabe. He is recognized for his long involvement in orthodontic care, as well as service to the Beavercreek Rotary Club.

Soma S. and Veni Avva Endowment Fund– 2002 provides assistance in the areas of health, human services and education.

Dr. Soma S. and Mrs. Veni Avva Foundation – 2019 exemplifies the donors’ commitment to community by providing assistance to a variety of nonprofit organizations across Greater Dayton, the United States, India and beyond. 

While the size and purpose of each fund is different, our donors share the same goal – to make a difference.

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