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.


Della B. Gardner Fund – 2013 provides funds to organizations that aid the sick, aging and underserved population of Middletown, Ohio. Originally created through a will in the late 1940s, the fund was transferred to The Dayton Foundation.

Charles and Lucille Gebhardt Fund – 2013 memorializes this longtime couple by awarding grants to six designated charities, including Hospice of Dayton and the Salvation Army. Charles Gebhardt was a World War II veteran and former vice president for Mead Corporation. Lucille Gebhardt was a secretary and homemaker.

The George Geis Family Fund – 2005 was established through a bequest by Lois Geis to honor her family and the memory of her father. The fund provides annual revenue to Holy Angels Church, The Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA.

Generational Futures Fund – 2021 provides support for the Agraria Center for Regenerative Practices in Yellow Springs, whose mission is to cultivate community resilience by modeling regenerative practices that restore ecosystem health, heal our relationship with the land and grow just and equitable food systems. 

Dr. and Mrs. John Genovesi Fund – 2000 meets changing community needs in the Dayton Region by supporting its charitable organizations and programs. John Genovesi was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in the Dayton area for more than 40 years.

Theresa M. George Fund – 2003 honors the memory of this member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, The Christ Child Society of Dayton, the President’s Club and the Leo Meyer Society of the University of Dayton, and the Legacy Circle of Good Samaritan Health Foundation.

Amy Gerber Legacy Fund – 2022 helps address human needs in Greater Dayton as determined by The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board.

Gershow Family Fund – 1985 was established to benefit 12 area organizations, some of which serve the arts, health needs and religious facilities. The fund was founded by Fan B. Gershow.

The Thomas H. Gillaugh Fund for Youth – 1996 contributes support, as directed by the donor, to nonprofit organizations and programs benefiting youth. Thomas Gillaugh, a fourth generation Daytonian, was a longtime insurance professional who was very active on boards of organizations benefiting children.

Glen Helen Association Endowment Fund – 2007 provides ongoing financial support for this 1,000-acre nature preserve and outdoor educational facility in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Glen Helen Association Land Stewardship Term Endowment Fund – 2014 supports efforts to sustain this popular Yellow Springs nature preserve by providing income for land stewardship activities. The initial gift to establish this fund was made possible by Sture Fredrik Anliot, a botanist, conservationist and educator with a longstanding love for Glen Helen.

Glen Helen Ecology Institute Endowment Funds – 2012 provide financial support to Glen Helen for land stewardship, environmental education and facility maintenance. Hugh Taylor Birch gifted the nature preserve, now totaling 1,000 acres, to Antioch College in Yellow Springs in 1929.

Glennon Family Fund #1 – 1986 assures funding to nonprofit organizations selected by the family of the late Richard F. Glennon, Sr., former president of Riverain Investment Co. and member of the Foundation's Governing Board.

Glennon Family Fund #2 – 1987 is dedicated to the needs of the poor in the Dayton/Miami Valley region and was a response to a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation.

Patricia and Richard Glennon Jr. Charitable Fund – 2013 awards grants to nonprofit organizations, as selected by the donors. As lifelong area residents, the Glennons care about their community and established the fund to support Greater Dayton.

GM/Frigidaire Scholarship Fund – 1996 provides scholarships to active and retired Montgomery County GM, Delphi, and D-MAX employees, spouses, dependents and grandchildren who wish to attend specified accredited institutions of higher learning.

Christina Issa Gobrail Scholarship Fund – 2001 was established by Barbara Pflum Gobrail, M.D., in memory of her daughter, “Tina,” who was tragically killed at the age of 16. The fund awards scholarships to Archbishop Alter High School students and St. Albert The Great School students who possess strong leadership abilities.

Charles A. Gockel Family Fund – 2010 honors the memory of this beloved father by distributing grants to nonprofit organizations. Charles Gockel, who rose from humble beginnings to the position of vice president of finance, UAP division, of Parker Hannifin, was committed to helping youth attain an education and develop a Christian faith.

Steve and Marilyn Goens Charitable Fund - 2022 contributes funds to charitable organizations. The donors solicit the input of their two grandchildren when deciding which nonprofits and causes to support, in order to inspire the next generation of charitable giving in the Goens family.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Designated Fund – 2017 provides income to this West Milton church, whose mission is to share the good news of God’s grace through worshiping, teaching and reaching out to all in need of God’s love.

Goodwill Industries Future Fund – 1988 helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages become more economically self-sufficient and independent through training and employment opportunities offered by Goodwill. This fund receives contributions from the community throughout the year.

The George J. Graham Scholarship Fund – 2002 honors the memory of this former Xenia High School principal and Xenia Public Schools Superintendent by awarding scholarships to Xenia High School graduates. The fund was established through a bequest by George J. Graham’s daughter, Mabel Graham Stevens.

The Edman and Virginia Gray Fund – 1999, established by Edman Lowell Gray and Virginia Van Kirk Gray, designates grants to five nonprofits that support community, religious, youth and arts activities.

Martha R. and Everett L. Gray Fund – 1993 assists cultural and social service agencies in this community. By creating this fund, Martha Gray remembered her husband, Everett Gray, founder of Ward Steel Service Co.

Graybill Family Foundation – 2019 was established to fulfill the charitable giving wishes of Matthew and Sharon Graybill and their family. 

The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund – 2006 exists to preserve the treasure of the natural environment with which the Greater Miami Valley is blessed. The fund is a permanent fund to support environmental preservation for today and for future generations.

Greater Dayton Jaycees Fund – 2013 distributes grants to support the development and renovation of low- and moderate-income housing in Greater Dayton, with priority given to projects serving seniors. Grants also may support projects that remove blight and foster neighborhood growth.

Greater Dayton Brain Health Foundation – 1989 supports the delivery of addiction and mental health services in Greater Dayton.

Greater Dayton Public Television Endowment Fund – 1996 generates unrestricted operating revenue to assist with programming activities.

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Greene Fund – 1988 provides unrestricted income to meet changing community needs and was created in response to a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation. Anne Greene was an emeritus member of the Foundation's Governing Board. John Greene was a partner in the brokerage firm of Cowen & Co.

John and Anne Greene Fund – 1996 benefits various charitable organizations. John Greene, was a philanthropist and partner of a brokerage firm in Dayton. Anne Greene was a respected community leader who served on a variety of boards and helped raise funds for several charitable organizations.

Mary Kathryn and Ernest L. “Hap” Grieshop Fund – 1999 awards tuition assistance grants to students enrolled at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Preference is given to graduates of an urban Catholic feeder school for Chaminade Julienne. The fund was established to honor Ernest L. and Mary Kathryn Grieshop, parents who believed in a good education.

Alexander and Katherine Gudelis Fund – 1997 provides operating support to the Holy Cross Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church and the Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church. Parishioners are encouraged to continue their generosity in honor of the donors’ passing.

The Guerrero and Duby Scholarship Fund – 2006 will aid high school graduates who wish to further their studies in biological sciences at The Ohio State University.

Mary E. Gundersen Endowment Fund – 1994 improves the community by providing discretionary funds for the Foundation’s Governing Board to award to address pressing community needs. Mary E. Gundersen was the first employee of Huffy Corp., where she worked for 49 years.

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

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