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.


Fairview United Methodist Health and Welfare Ministries Fund – 1990 enhances Fairview United Methodist Church-sponsored programs aimed at supporting and improving the general health and welfare of citizens in the Greater Dayton area. The creators of the fund are H. Stanley Eichenauer and his late wife, Shelomith.

Feast of Giving Fund – 2009 helps sustain a long-standing tradition by supporting the Greater Dayton community's Thanksgiving dinner. The fund helps those who are hungry, homeless, lonely and financially disadvantaged enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and also may contribute to other basic needs organizations.

Edward W. Feldt and Joan F. Jones Fund – 2009 honors the memories and carries out the charitable wishes of the donors.

Gretchen W. "Jinx" Fensel Fund – 1993 assures unrestricted support for the community's arts and civic organizations. Jinx Fensel, a wonderful woman who was full of life and vigor, previously had a Charitable Checking AccountSM, which she used to support her favorite Dayton-area arts and civic organizations.

J. Howard and Josephine S. Fettro Fund – 1993 enhances operating revenue to the First United Methodist Church of Hillsboro, Ohio. This fund was established using a gift of appreciated securities.

Father Figaro Scholarship Fund – 1987 honors Father Egbert J. Figaro and defrays tuition costs for Montgomery County underrepresented students who choose to attend Chaminade Julienne High School.

The Final Salute Society Monument Maintenance Fund – 2019 generates income to clean, repair and restore the World War I and World War II monuments in Dayton, Ohio. 

Henry T. "Ted" Fink Memorial Fund – 1998 was established by the late Catherine E. Fink, in memory of her husband Henry T. Fink, a former civic leader of Miamisburg and owner of Fink-Jeske Chevrolet, to support the activities of charitable organizations.

Sarah Fiorita Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2008 celebrates the memory of six-year-old Sarah Fiorita, who died of leukemia in 2006. Her passion for ballet prompted her parents to establish this fund that will assist six- to eight-year-olds with tuition expenses for beginning ballet lessons at the Dayton Ballet School.

The Byron and Nancy Firsdon Foundation – 2005 enhances charitable, educational and community services as directed by the donors. Following his retirement as a U.S. Air Force Colonel, the late Byron Firsdon established his own building company, Byron Firsdon Construction Co., Inc., in Dayton.

George A. Fisher, Jr., Fund – 1996 supports charitable organizations, including The Dayton Foundation, as designated by the donor.

Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc., Fund – 2012 helps fund Fisher House, which provides military families with a temporary place to stay while receiving treatment at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center.

Five Rivers MetroParks Aullwood Fund – 1993 yields income for the maintenance of the Marie S. Aull residence and garden area, which she donated in 1977.

Rita A. Flahive Charitable Fund – 2008 was established from a bequest by Rita Flahive to carry on her charitable legacy.

George and Gail Forest Community Impact Endowment Fund – 2022 supports local nonprofits that are addressing critical needs in Greater Dayton, as determined by The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board. The fund was established by Governing Board Member and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George Forest, and his wife, Gail, a retired member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service and former Air Force Material Command director of Engineering and Technical Management. 

Foundation for Centerville-Washington Parks – 2022 generates revenue for projects, programs and conservation efforts directly related to the Centerville-Washington Park District’s mission, vision and values. 

Betsy Frabotta Educate and Engage Scholarship Q+ Youth – 2022 remembers Betsy Fabrotta, a longtime public school teacher, who found joy in her community and in creating a strong relationship with the Rubi Girls. This fund awards scholarships to Miami Valley students who demonstrate a commitment to community, with preference given to students of color who identify as LGBTQ+ or an ally. 

The Fraze Family Fund – 1997 furthers charitable activities and institutions as designated by the late Martha Fraze-Iams and her sons, Terry and Mark Fraze.

Ermal C. Fraze Fund – 1989 honors the founder of Dayton Reliable Tool and Manufacturing Co. and the inventor of the E-Z Open End Can. This fund is advised by members of his family.

Fresh Air Farm Society Trust Fund – 1926 dedicates its income to the welfare of sick and needy children living within the city of Dayton. The Fresh Air Farm Society, a youth service organization, transferred its remaining assets to the Foundation when it discontinued operations.

Friends Health Care Association Inc. Endowment Fund – 1999 will support the Friends Care Center nursing home in Yellow Springs by providing funds for the facility.

Friends of Aullwood Endowment Fund – 1979 receives contributions from community members to support the ongoing educational programming offered at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.

Friends of The Dayton Area Chapter of The American Red Cross, Preparedness Fund – 2008 provides unrestricted operating revenue to aid this humanitarian organization in its mission to help victims of disasters and other emergencies.

Friends of Dayton Early College Academy Fund – 2010 provides unrestricted operating revenue to the Dayton Early College Academy, a high-performing charter high school. Many of DECA's graduates become the first in their family to attend college.

Friends of Hawthorn Hill Fund – 2011 provides annual operating revenue for Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood home in which Orville Wright resided for nearly 35 years. Funds will be used to help maintain this national historic landmark, which hosted such visitors as Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Friends of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church Fund – 2010 seeks to support this longtime Kettering church by providing annual, unrestricted operating revenue. Established in 1939 with fewer than 50 parishioners, the church's current community includes 2,300 families.

Friends of the YMCA of Greater Dayton Junior Leadership Dayton Fund– 2007 develops the philanthropic spirit of Dayton area youth by giving them an active role in advising, fundraising and grantmaking for an endowment fund. The fund is directed by area high school students who comprise the Youth Advisory Council.

The Friendship Fund – 2000 awards Dayton-area youth who are making a difference in the fight against bigotry, bias and hate, with an annual monetary Friendship Award through The National Conference of Community and Justice. The fund was established by Dr. Philip Weisman and his wife, Charna, who were married for 67 years.

Friendship Village Residents Association Fund – 2016 provides annual income for this nonprofit organization, which enhances the lives of Friendship Village residents in Dayton, Ohio.

Leigh Ann and Joseph Fulford Foundation – 2021 furthers the charitable interests of these longtime community volunteers by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations important to them. 

Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship Fund – 1987 provides for scholarships to undergraduate students of photojournalism at Ohio colleges and universities. The late Ruth M. and Richard D. Fullerton established this fund in memory of their son, a photographer and managing editor of the Journal-News in Hamilton, Ohio.

Richard D. Fullerton Fund – 1990 salutes a 30-year veteran of WPAFB and author of 99 Years of Dayton Photographers. This fund is designated for improving Dayton-area neighborhoods.

Fund for Equal Justice – 2007 supports nonprofit law firms, such as Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., in providing quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio. The fund promotes self-reliance, equal justice and economic opportunity.

Fund for Higher Education – 1988 works to increase the range and quality of collegiate programs. The fund was created by the late Robert S. Oelman, former chair of NCR Corporation and an architect of the modern system of higher education in the Greater Dayton area.

Fund for the Homeless – 1987 provides for grants to organizations providing shelter, food and other services to homeless people in Greater Dayton. Anonymous donors created the fund.

Henry Funkhouser Farm and Log House Preservation Fund – 2006 serves to maintain, preserve and conserve the Henry Funkhouser Farm and Log House and to provide operating revenue for the Hardy County Historical Society.

William and Mary Furlong Scholarship Fund – 2007 awards academic scholarships to Tippecanoe High School graduates to further their studies at an accredited college or university.

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

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