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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.


The Bach Society of Dayton Endowment Fund – 2013 awards grants to the Society, a choral ensemble of 60 singers dedicated to bringing the art of choral singing, both sacred and secular, to the community and to nurturing the next generation of singers. Contributors to the fund become members of the John Neely Encore Society that honors the group’s musical director since its inception in 2002.

The Paul David Bach Music Scholarship – 2019 awards scholarships to students pursuing a music degree at a four-year college or university. Established in remembrance of singer and songwriter Paul David Bach, this fund encourages young musicians to find their own voices. 

Annamarie Baig Memorial Fund – 2019 awards grants to nonprofit organizations in memory of this beloved wife and mother. 

Ronald D. Baker, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Fund – remembers the past chairman of Leisure Lawn, Inc., who believed in the necessity of continued educational opportunities for all individuals. This fund provides scholarships to Ohio State University students who are pursuing degrees in turfgrass management.

Marge P. Barge Fund – 2022 serves to promote the charitable interests of the donor.

David R. Barth Fund – 1988 represents part of an estate plan that will provide income for the care of sick and disabled children by designated organizations. David Barth is a former airline pilot, whose family has deep roots in the Dayton area.

Fred And Joy Bartenstein Fund - 2001 will one day provide unrestricted income for community needs as they inevitably change. Fred Bartenstein, the first full-time director of The Dayton Foundation, and his wife Joy, established this fund.

Suzy Bassani Advanced Teacher Training Seminar ATTS Endowment – 2019 generates operating revenue for the Muse Machine’s Advanced Teacher Training Seminar, a New York City based program that provides teachers from all subject areas with the highest quality professional development available in arts integration. These experiences help teachers infuse the arts into their teaching practice and their students’ lives.  

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene - Senior Adult Ministries Fund – 2015 assists in conducting programs in the Beavercreek community that benefit seniors. Founded in 1953, the church’s mission is to lead people to be formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association Endowment Fund – 2008 supports the organization’s charge to preserve the wetlands in the Beaver Creek watershed for natural habitat and water source protection, as well as educational, recreational and research purposes.

John A. Becker Electric Company Family Fund – 1984 honors the charitable legacy of the fund's initiator, Thomas E. Becker, Sr., former company president and son of the founder, who established the fund with shares of company stock.

Tom and Ann Becker Family Foundation – 2019 supports charitable causes that promote the well-being of the Dayton Region. Tom Becker is a longtime member of The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board. 

Tom and Marianne Becker Family Fund – 2007 was created by the Becker Family to honor the memory of their parents. Thomas E. Becker was the president of the John A. Becker Electric Company and son of the company’s founder. Marianne Becker was a Miami Valley Hospital volunteer for 20 years.

Pamela J. Beckett Environmental Fund – 2022 supports organizations that work to solve environmental issues in the Greater Dayton region.

The Roy and Patricia Begley Foundation Fund – 2022 was established by the Begleys to support the nonprofit organizations of their choosing. 

William E. Behm Family Fund – 2002 awards annual operating revenue to the Hospice of Dayton, Ohio.

Eugene and Georgette Belden Fund – 2003 serves to remember Eugene Belden, a devoted community volunteer, supporter of the arts and an expert gardener especially as a daylily hybridizer, by providing financial support to the American Red Cross Dayton Area Chapter and the Dayton Opera Association.

Robert T. Bell Family Fund – 1995 recognizes the retirement of Bell Vault and Monument, Inc., President Robert T. Bell and supports community activity around the Miamisburg area.

Bent Family Fund – 2022 supports the charitable interests of the donors by providing funding to Glen Helen Association and Yellow Springs Community Foundation. 

Bianca Bepler Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2014 helps Dixie High School graduates, who were four-year marching band members, to further their education. Bianca Bepler, a Dixie alumna who played trumpet in the school’s band, embraced life with a passion before her untimely passing at age 20.

Beran Family Fund – 2017 supports nonprofit organizations, as selected by the donors. John Beran, retired COO of Comerica Bank, and his wife, Kathy, established the fund because they care about making a difference in the communities in which they work and live.

Julie Clare Bergman Scholarship for Continuing Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Graphic Arts Fund – 1995 encourages young people with skills and talent, not necessarily academic achievement, to further their graphic art education. Julie Bergman was a partner with Oppenheim, Herminghausen, Finley & Bergman, Inc., advertising agency before her death.

Berry Fund – 1986 perpetuates community–wide grantmaking by the Foundation’s Governing Board by providing discretionary grants to local charities. The fund was established in response to a challenge grant from The Ford Foundation.

Berry Family Fund for United Way – 1991 provides annual contributions to the United Way campaign on behalf of the Berry family, which includes Marilynn Berry, John W. Berry, Jr., Shirley Berry, and Charles D. Berry.

John W. Berry, Sr., Endowment Fund for Miami Valley Hospital Foundation – 1999 was established by the estate of John W. Berry, Sr., a former member of the Foundation’s Governing Board, to provide annual grants to Miami Valley Hospital.

John W. Berry, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2001 awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Oakwood High School. Established by the friends and family of John W. Berry, Sr., the fund memorializes the former chairman of Berry Investments, Inc., and member of The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board.

John W. Berry, Sr., Scholarship Fund for Chaminade Julienne – 1994 ensures that families with significant financial need can have the opportunity to send their children to this downtown Dayton parochial school. This fund was created by the late John W. Berry, Sr., a former Governing Board member of The Dayton Foundation.

Rob Berry Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2017 awards scholarships to help graduating athletes of Carroll High School pursue a college education. Rob Berry, a loving husband, father and grandfather, was the head coach of the girls’ basketball team for 14 years, leading them to seven league titles and a 260-87 overall record.

Beta Eta Omega Community Scholarship Fund – 2021 established by the Beta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc..., provides scholarships to graduating seniors and/or current college students in need of additional assistance. 

Bettencourt Charitable Fund – 2017 supports the charitable interests of the Bettencourt family by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.

Cindy Beyerle Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2014 enables Bishop Leibold School to award scholarships to deserving sixth- through eighth grade students. Cindy Beyerle was a nurse, wife and mother and is remembered for her giving heart, humility, kindness and compassion for others.

Catharine Bieser Black Fund – 2011 celebrates the life of this successful businesswoman and community volunteer by awarding grants to area nonprofits. Though she had many interests, including world travel, horses and skiing, she cherished Dayton, “the Center of the Universe,” as she liked to call it, and her family most of all.

Catharine French Bieser Fund – 1986 honors Alfred W. French, founder of the French Oil Mill Machine Co. in 1901, and Grace Albers French, who outlived her husband by 50 years and took his place as head of the company and as a leading citizen of Piqua. Their daughter, Catharine French Bieser, initiated this advised fund to honor her parents.

Irvin Gruen Bieser Fund – 1985 honors Charles W. Bieser, politician and founder of Everybody’s Workplace Solutions, and Flora Gruen Bieser, a civic leader and churchwoman. Their son, the late Attorney Irvin G. Bieser, Sr., created this fund, which supports the performing and visual arts and conservation efforts in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dayton Endowment Fund – 2003 will further the programs and operations of this organization that works to bring magic to the lives of Dayton area youth by helping them to develop nurturing relationships with adult volunteers.

Eric P. Bigler Endowment Scholarship Fund – 2016 helps graduates of River High School in Hannibal, Ohio, further their education by awarding scholarships. Despite an injury that left him paralyzed at the age of 15, Eric Bigler completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, has enjoyed a successful career in software testing for the Department of Defense and is a longtime community volunteer.

Charles H. and Jayne Black Scholarship Fund – 1986 provides an endowment fund for scholarship assistance to needy children from the Greater Miami Valley region.

Helen J. Black Fund for Senior Citizens – 1999 provides annual unrestricted operating revenue for programs and projects benefiting senior citizens in the Dayton community.

Ted and Irita Black Legacy Gift – 2021 originally was established as a deferred fund to meet human needs and improve the quality of life in Greater Dayton. Ted Black, founder of Gem City Controls, and his wife, Irita, a longtime community volunteer, were married for 64 years. 

Jack and Emily Blake Fund – 1997 remembers this Miami Valley couple by providing unrestricted income to meet changing community needs.

The Blakeney Memorial Fund – 1963 honors William J. and Margaret S. Blakeney. Their daughter, Virginia Blakeney, who studied art in Europe and later designed jewelry for Tiffany & Co., established this fund for the benefit of the Dayton Art Institute.

Eleanor K. Blank Fund – 1999 furthers the charitable wishes of this lifelong Dayton resident by providing financial support to three local nonprofit organizations.

Basil F. Blizzard, IV, Memorial Scholarship Fund – 1999 praises excellence by awarding scholarships to Wayne High School graduates to continue their education at an accredited technical school, junior college or community college. Basil Blizzard, IV, a promising graduate of Wayne High School, died tragically in an automobile accident in 1998.

Boario Charitable Foundation – 2013 furthers the charitable interests of Gussie Boario and honors the memory of her late husband, William Boario, by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations. The Boarios, both retired Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees, were married for 40 years.

Ruth and Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio – 2009 honors the memories of the donors by supporting charities serving residents of Versailles, Ohio, as advised by a select committee.

Ruth and Emerson Booher Scholarship Fund – 2009 helps graduates of Versailles High School further their education by awarding scholarships to attend four-year colleges or universities in Ohio.

Fenton and Jessie K. Bott Fund – 1984 generates grants for the care and treatment of children with physical disabilities. This fund was originally established in 1949 and later transferred to The Dayton Foundation. The Botts operated a dance academy in the historic Pollack House, which has since been moved to West Monument Avenue.

Joyce M. Bowden and Adam M. Lutynski Fund – 1995 provides, in grateful appreciation, unrestricted income to meet changing community needs.

Dr. Michael Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2010 awards scholarships to graduating Northmont High School seniors who excel academically and are band members. The fund remembers Dr. Bowers, a longtime optometrist and Englewood mayor, who believed in serving the community for the greater good.

Clarence E. Bowman, Jr. Fund – 2021 honors the legacy of Daytonian Clarence E. Bowman, Jr., by meeting human needs improving the quality of life in the Greater Dayton area, as determined by the African-American Community Fund Advisory Board. 

Robert E. Bowman Endowment Fund – provides operating revenue to Trinity Community of Beavercreek, a full-service retirement center, and carries the name of this retired serviceman from the U.S. Air Force, who also established The Ohio State University Athletic Scholarship Fund of the Foundation before his passing in 1996.

Tim, Susie, Ben and Abbi Brabender Charitable Fund – 2007 supports the collective charitable wishes of the Brabender family. Tim Brabender is the co-chairman of McGohan Brabender, Inc.

Matthew Brackman Foundation – 2019 supports nonprofit organizations important to the donors. Lynne and Neal Brackman established the fund in memory of their son, Matthew, a weather and baseball enthusiast who had an interest in helping children in impoverished countries, especially Africa. 

Richard W. Brame, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2000 was established by the family of Richard W. Brame, Sr., founder of Dayton Steel Service, Inc., to award college scholarships to Montgomery County high–school graduates.

Brane Family Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2000 awards scholarships to West Carrollton High School graduates to further their studies at a four–year college or university. William R. "Bill" Brane was the owner and operator of Meiler Brane Insurance Co.

Breast Cancer Foundation Fund – 1996 supports the fight against breast cancer through education, providing access to improved mammography services and fostering preventive medicine for breast cancer and other diseases.

Carol and Tom Breitenbach Educational Assistance Program Fund – 2011 assists Premier Health Partners (PHP) employees, who have financial need and are using the company’s education tuition assistance program, in buying books and other educational materials. Tom Breitenbach retired as CEO of PHP in 2010.

Monsignor Breslin Fund – 2013 pays tribute to the memory of this beloved pastor, teacher and seminary rector by awarding grants in his name to Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering.

Marcia and Michael Bridges Family Foundation – 2019 furthers the charitable activities of Michael Bridges, founder and owner of Peerless Technologies, and his wife, Marcia. 

Brighter Tomorrow Foundation Fund – 2009 works to improve the lives of individuals and families in Montgomery County who are touched by developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of housing, day-to-day quality of life, education and recreation.

Brightwell Family Memorial Scholarship Fund – 1999 was established by the family of Thomas O. Brightwell, Sr., a Dayton City firefighter (1929–1953), and his wife, Naomi, to award college scholarships to children of current or retired full–time Dayton firefighters.

Joel Broering Memorial Scholarship Fund – 1997 gives awards to St. Henry High School graduating seniors who participate in community service and plan to attend a college or university. It was created in memory of 17–year–old Joel Broering, who died after a two–year battle with leukemia.

The Ken Broo Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2021 honors the 96-year life of Ken Broo by awarding scholarships to individuals who wish to further their studies at an accredited two- or four-year college or university and are planning to major in business or accounting. 

Adam Broock Fund – 1994 honors Adam Broock, an Oakwood High School student who died in 1990 at the age of 16. The fund supports nonprofit organizations in his name.

Brookhaven Benevolent Fund – 1997 aids the Brookhaven Nursing and Care Center by providing assistance to its retired residents to improve the quality of their lives.

JoAnn Brown Legacy Endowment Fund for VTA – 2019 provides annual income for Dayton Live to support the advancement of women in arts administration and venue management. This fund honors the legacy of JoAnn Brown, who began her VTA career as a part-time custodian and advanced to vice president of Facilities. 

Pete Brown Memorial Fund – 2021 helps high school students further their education by awarding scholarships. The fund was established in memory of Pete Brown, a professional golfer who was best known as the first African-American to win a PGA Tour event. 

Steffen Brown Foundation Designated Fund – 2016 provides income to six area nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, including The Dayton Foundation and the University of Dayton.

William T. Bryan Fund – 1998 honors the fund’s founder, who retired from the Duriron Company. He was a devoted volunteer, assisting elderly and disabled individuals in his later years.

Buechler Family Fund – 2002 provides charitable support to approved nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students at Wright State University. Lester Buechler founded Ohio Electronic Engravers.

Delilah B. and Lester W. Buechler Memorial Fund – 2021 allocates funds to assist organizations in improving the quality of life for individuals in the Dayton area. The Buechlers were married for 62 years and founders of Ohio Electronic Engravers. 

Si Burick Journalism Scholarship Fund – 1986 sponsors first–year college scholarships in journalism. The fund was created by 28 corporations and individuals to honor Si Burick’s 60th year as a nationally acclaimed sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News.

The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust Program Grants Fund – 2002 promotes sustainable land use by generating unrestricted operating income for the Beavercreek and Wenrick Wetlands greenway.

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

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