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.

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Paula J. MacIlwaine Award: Women Making a Difference Fund – 1990 makes an annual award to honor individuals or organizations that have demonstrated unusual foresight or creativity in improving the quality of life in the Greater Dayton area. Paula J. MacIlwaine, a Montgomery County commissioner from 1976-1991 and emeritus member of the Foundation's Governing Board, has developed many innovative ideas that help citizens throughout the region.

Edward G. and Ruth A. Mack Endowment Fund - 2006 supports the Oakwood Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the stories, artifacts and environment that make the City of Oakwood, Ohio, unique.

The Margaret and Paul C. Magill Fund – 2022 helps support the operations of Dayton Opera Association. Denison University and the Music Fund of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Paul, known for his impeccable musicianship, was the first music department faculty member at Wright State University and created multiple choral groups at the University. He and his wife, Margaret, a former public relations professional and feature writer for the Kettering-Oakwood Times, shared a deep love of music throughout their 56-year marriage. 

Maher Family Charitable Fund – 1999 will act as the donor's charitable legacy by providing unrestricted revenue for four designated organizations. The fund was established through the estate of Thomas E. Maher, Sr., founder of Manpower of Dayton, Inc.

Maleszewski Family Charitable Fund – 2019 garners revenue and support for charities in the Dayton Region, as designated by Jesse Maleszewski, cofounder of Evolutionary Health Solutions, LLC and Sand Hill, Inc., and his wife, Heather. 

Pran and Isabelle Malhotra and Kavita Sherman Charitable Fund – 1999 designates four charitable organizations to receive annual unrestricted income.

The Ellen C. Malahy Fund – 2003 will provide grants for activities that give pleasure and enrichment to the residents of the F. F. Mueller Residential Center in Springfield. Helen Malahy Morris established this fund through a bequest in memory of her sister, Ellen C. Malahy.

Manchester Family Fund – 1998 is to award Kettering Fairmont High School graduates with a scholarship to further their studies at an accredited college, university or technical school. Christy Manchester, a former member of the Kettering Board of Education, established the fund.

William Malone Fund - 2015 promotes the art and profession of photography by awarding grants to Stivers School for the Arts. The fund, in memory of William Malone, a local businessman and photographer, was established as a charitable remainder trust for his daughter, Georgianna, who passed away in 2015 at age 90.

The Dr. Michael L. and M. Christina Manchester Fund – 2002 supports the charitable interests of the donors, Dr. Michael L. Manchester, a dentist, and his wife Christina, a former member of the Kettering Board of Education.

Mary L. Marshall Fund – 1989 established from the proceeds of an insurance policy, benefits Culture Works and The Dayton Foundation by designating grants to those organizations.

The Mary Chapman Mathews Fund – 2004 was established by Carillon Historical Park to honor the numerous contributions made by Mary Chapman Mathews, who served as the executive director of the park from 1985 to 2003. Income will be used to support projects within the park, as advised by Mary Mathews. 

Kirk D. Mastromatteo Scholarship Fund – 2022 was established by La Donna Mastromatteo, her late husband, Frank, and their family, in memory of their son, “Coach Mas.” Kirk, a longtime football coach, devoted many years to uplifting young individuals through the love of football. The fund awards scholarships annually to help a graduating senior at Ponitz Career Technology Center further his or her education.

Matrix Research Stem Scholarship – 2021 was established by Matrix Research and awards scholarships to students who wish to pursue a STEM major at a post-secondary college or university.

Ernest Orman Maxwell Fund –1984 provides income for Zion Lutheran Church in Miami Township. The fund, originally created in 1954 by the Maxwells, was later transferred to the Foundation. Ernest and Etta Louise Maxwell for years farmed 138 acres in Sugarcreek Township.

Max May Memorial Holocaust Art & Essay Fund – 2007 was established to help fund this long-running, annual contest for local children administered by the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center through the Jewish Federation Foundation.

Daniel and Jean McCabe Fund – 2005 enables the McCabes to provide charitable gifts to religious, scholastic and other philanthropic causes, as well as to provide a means for their children to continue charitable giving in the future.

The William K. and Judy D. McCormick Family Foundation - 2004 furthers the charitable and civic interests of community leader Judy McCormick, former chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board. The fund also honors the memory of her husband Bill, a longtime senior vice president at Smith Barney and community volunteer.

Justin McCurdy Memorial Scholarship – 2022 provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Springboro, Centerville or Clearcreek Township who participated in high school or club sports. The fund remembers Justin McCurdy, an engineer by trade and gifted baseball player whose smile lit up every room. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton – Keeping More Families Close Capital Campaign Fund – 2022 provides funding for the construction of a new and expanded building at Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Fund – 2007 supports the operations of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region and its mission to provide a temporary home for families of critically ill, hospitalized children and to support efforts that improve children's health within our region.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton Fund – 2011 provides annual unrestricted operating revenue to this organization that offers families of critically ill children a place to stay during hospital visits and supports efforts to improve the health of area children.

Lura I. McEvoy Fund – 2007 provides annual income to various charitable organizations, including Hospice of Dayton and the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Centerville. Lura McEvoy, a certified financial planner and longtime pet therapy program volunteer, established the fund shortly before her passing in 2007.

Thomas A. and Charlotte McGlaughlin Fund – 1991 established through a bequest, distributes income for health-related activities and the care of the homeless and needy.

Mary Lou McKay Charitable Fund – 2019 was established to meet human needs and assist in improving the quality of life in Greater Dayton, as determined by The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board.

  1. Scott McKee Memorial Fund– 2000 will award grants to further charitable causes of interest to the McKee family. Kathy McKee established the fund in memory of her husband, J. Scott McKee, former owner of Carlin Audio & Video in Kettering.

James L. McGraw and Marjorie McGraw Fund – 2003 remembers this beloved Kettering couple, who met on a New Jersey beach and married in 1952. The fund benefits the Culture Works, the Dayton Theater Guild and the University of Dayton, among other organizations.

Lucia Lee and J. Ramsey McGregor Fund – 1990 awards grants to support critical community needs in Greater Dayton. Ramsey McGregor moved to Dayton in 1951 and was a practicing C.P.A. until 1990. He and his wife, Lucia, were married for 56 years.

MCMSA Endowment Fund – 1996 established by the Montgomery County Medical Society Auxiliary Foundation, gives scholarships to Montgomery County students who are enrolled in accredited health-related career programs, and provides funding for educational and charitable health care projects in the community.

Nelson Mead Family Fund for Education – 1988 makes grants at the discretion of the Foundation for the improvement and enhancement of pre-collegiate education in Greater Dayton. The fund was initiated by the Nelson Mead Family Foundation in response to a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation.

George Houk Mead Education Fund – 1997 was established to honor George Houk Mead, the founding chairman of the Dayton Council on World Affairs. The Mead family has been active in the life of the Council since its inception. The family initiated this fund to continue its work.

Charles and Pat Meadows Scholarship Fund – 2022 assists students from Dayton Public, Jefferson Township or Trotwood Public schools in continuing their education. This fund honors the memories of the donors, who were strong proponents of education and believed it was the key to success for underrepresented students. 

Mediation Services Fund – 2006 funds mediation and conflict management services for individuals who cannot afford representation through the legal system in Dayton and Montgomery County.

Gertrude Mellen Fund – 1998 was established by Marjorie Stahler and her family to perpetuate the memory of her mother, Gertrude Mellen. The fund's commitment is to support the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.

Robin Melnick Senior Scholarship Fund – 2014 honors the memory of Robin Melnick, a passionate, energetic and spirited teacher, by awarding scholarships to select Greater Dayton students. Eligible students must, among other things, demonstrate financial need and produce evidence of unconventional excellence.

Memorial United Methodist Church of West Carrollton Fund – 1993 generates operating revenue for the church. The estate of Grace E. Miltenberger made this fund possible.

MercyPets Fund – 2017 supports organizations that make food available for hungry children. Through MercyPets, pet lovers are encouraged to donate a matching percentage of their pet expenses to alleviate child hunger locally, nationally and internationally.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center Fund – 1991 helps to improve the quality of education for high school and adult students through activities such as student financial assistance, scholarships, student and teacher exchange programs and professional development for staff.

Miami Valley Catholic Education Council – Anne M. and Victor J. Cassano, Sr., Student Financial Assistance Fund – 1996 preserves Catholic education in the Miami Valley by awarding tuition assistance to children attending Catholic schools and who need financial help.

Miami Valley Catholic Education Council-James D. Cooper Student Financial Assistance Fund – 2000 will assist families seeking to provide their children with a Catholic elementary-school education in Dayton. A lifelong resident of Dayton, Dr. Cooper was a dentist whose practice was in Fairborn. He was deeply committed to encouraging education.

Miami Valley Catholic Education Fund – 1989 provides financial support for system- wide (cooperative) efforts in marketing, teacher recognition and inter-school communication and resource sharing for Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Miami Valley. It was initiated by members of the Miami Valley Catholic Education Council.

Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc., Fund – 2003 will help fund Head Start services for low-income families in Clark, Madison and Montgomery Counties. Head Start works holistically through a balance of parental involvement, health, nutrition, social competency and literacy development.

Miami Valley Hospital Scholarship Fund – 1994 provides annual unrestricted operating revenue for the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship Program.

Miami Valley Housing Opportunities Endowment Fund – 2006 provides unrestricted operating revenue for this nonprofit organization that helps individuals, who are battling mental illness, chemical dependency or other disabilities, find sufficient housing in Montgomery County.

The Miami Valley School Endowment Fund – 2003 will support the general operations of the Miami Valley School. The School was established in 1964 and is Dayton's only independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school.

Miami Valley Women's Center Funds – 2012 provide the Center with unrestricted operating revenue. The Center is an organization that values life, supports families and demonstrates Christ's love.

Miami Valley Works Initiative Fund – 2014 supports this community initiative designed to help individuals who want to lift themselves out of poverty. The initiative will address obstacles that keep individuals from attaining employment and help them to secure and retain a job.

Miamisburg Firemen's Association Scholarship Fund – 2003 was established by current and retired employees of the Miamisburg Fire Department and the Reserve Firefighters, as well as the Firefighters' Union Local 3115. The fund will award scholarships to children of active-duty Miamisburg firefighters.

Miamisburg Rotary Club Charitable Trust Fund – 1997 distributes income, at the direction of the Miamisburg Rotary Club, to support its charitable activities.

Miamisburg Schools Education Foundation Fund – 1997 responds to the educational needs of Miamisburg students by awarding educational scholarships and supplementing school programs. The Education Foundation includes several sub-funds, such as the Hieronymus Scholarship, which assists students entering the field of education.

John and Charlotte Michael Family Memorial Scholarship Fund – 1995 honors the commitment of this family to join together annually to celebrate its heritage by offering scholarships, in the name of their ancestors, to students in the communities of Jefferson Township, Germantown and Farmersville.

Daniel W. and Martha J. Mikesell Fund – 1985 distributes income to nonprofit organizations that provide vocal music activities for youth. Mary Mikesell Mapp established this fund as a memorial to her parents. Daniel Mikesell, founder of the Mike-Sell's Potato Chip Co., was an avid singer and choirmaster.

Michael K. Millat Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2007 encourages children of Millat Industries' employees to further their education. The fund was established by Bob and Dee Millat in memory of their son, Michael.

Miller-Valentine Charitable Fund – 2010 established by Miller-Valentine Partners, LTD, will provide unrestricted operating revenue to The Jim Walsh Angel Fund.

The Braxton Miller Foundation – 2021 empowers tomorrow’s leaders through education, sports and mentoring. With the power and platform of this former Ohio State University football player and graduate and NFL superstar, and the help of generous donors, sponsors and volunteers, The Braxton Miller Foundation is expanding youth sports opportunities, STEM education and mentoring to make a transformative impact on kids in Ohio. 

David and Mary Miller Fund - 2016 fulfills the charitable intents of the donors by dispersing grants to nonprofit organizations. David T. Miller, retired vice president of Finance and chief financial officer of Dayton Children‘s Hospital, is a member of The Dayton Foundation‘s Governing Board.

Geraldine L. Miller Family Fund – 2003 will honor the donor's wishes by awarding grants to Lutheran Social Services of the Miami Valley, United Christian Church in Clayton, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton and The Dayton Foundation. Geraldine Miller was employed as a secretary for Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Co., for more than 34 years.

Marty and Dottie Miller Family Fund – 2019 provides support to charitable organizations, as decided by the Miller family. Helping individuals with special needs, a cause that was inspired by their granddaughter, Kelly, is particularly important to the Miller family. 

Paul R. and Frieda M. Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2008 awards scholarships to African-American Dayton Public School graduates, who plan to major in teaching at a historically black institution. Marilyn Miller-Lewis established this fund in honor of her aunt and uncle, both educators at and graduates of historically black institutions, who wanted to give others the opportunity for educational success.

Robert Miller Scholarship for Claymont High School – 2009 assists graduates of Claymont High School in furthering their studies at an accredited four-year college or university.

Warren E. Miltenberger Fund – 2000 promotes wildlife preservation, including supporting wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves, as well as sustaining creatures indigenous to the Miami Valley region.

Bernadette Volpe Mitsch Scholarship Fund – 2021 awards scholarships to seniors attending Dayton Early College Academy who wish to pursue a college degree at an accredited two or four year university.

MLPC Committee Advised Fund – 2014 support the charitable interests of Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc., (MLPC) by awarding grants to Dayton-area nonprofit organizations. MLPC, which specializes in laser processing services, promotes community involvement to help grow the Dayton Region.

Monarch/Genesis Fund – 2001 was established by the Genesis Foundation to provide unrestricted revenue for designated charities, as well as for organizations that improve the quality of life in their region.

Montgomery County Association of Police Chiefs, Inc., Scholarship Fund – 2001 was established by the Association to assist individuals in furthering their education in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice.

Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition Fund – 2013 was established to fund this nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a drug-free community. Grants will support law enforcement, churches and other nonprofit organizations that addres opiate drug use in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Ohio College Promise (MCOCP) Fund – 2010 supports a program developed in cooperation with the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship Program, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and other local partners. This program seeks in the next 10 years to identify, select and support up to 500 Montgomery County, poverty-impacted, eighth grade students who have shown academic promise so that the dream of attending and graduating from college becomes a reality.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic & Activities League Scholarship – 2017 awards scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to major in public service while pursuing a degree in higher education. Applicants must reside in Montgomery County and have participated in community service and activities, among other criteria.

Moraine Rotary Club Charitable Fund – 2019 supports organizations that continue the programs of the former Moraine Rotary Club. 

Moraine Rotary Scholarship Fund – 2010 awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors living in Moraine who have been accepted to two- or four-year colleges or universities.

Pamela Furr Morton Memorial Fund for Kids in Need – 2012 was established by the family and friends of Pamela Morton to honor her lifelong commitment to giving back to others, especially children. Pamela Furr Morton was a dedicated caregiver to many children throughout her life.

Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Fund in Memory of Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter – 1999 assists individuals in furthering their music studies at an accredited college or university. The scholarship was established in honor of Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter, who died in 1996. She was known as an accomplished musician, author, editor and composer, whose compositions have been played throughout the United States and Japan.

Bradford J. and Tricia S. Murphy Charitable Fund – 2021 honors the charitable interests of the Murphy family by generating funds to support nonprofit organizations. 

Darrell L. Murphy Fund For The Good of Miami Valley – 2001 was established by friends, donors and Foundation staff in honor of Darrell L. Murphy's retirement as the second full-time president of The Dayton Foundation. The Miami Valley community will benefit by this unrestricted fund for generations to come.

The Muse Machine Fund in Memory of Lester Eidemiller – 2013 provides annual income to this nonprofit organization. The fund was established through a bequest by Lester Eidemiller, a longtime supporter of the arts.

Muse Machine Fund in Honor of Moses Hogan and Mary-Kate Tews – 2010 provides an annual scholarship to a senior Muse Machine musical cast member to continue his or her studies in music, acting or dance. The fund was established in memory of Moses Hogan, a world-renowned composer, and Mary-Kate Tews, an artist and educator who helped in planning for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The Muse Machine Fund in Honor of Dick and Mary Karr – 2013 honors the support and leadership of Dick and Mary Karr by providing annual income to this arts education organization established in 1982. Mary Karr is a former board member and executive director of the Muse Machine.

Muse Machine Fund in Honor of Al Reyes and Nat Horne – 2009 honors the work of these former Muse Machine directors by providing annual scholarship tuition assistance to a student participating in the Muse Musical.

The Muse Machine Musical Endowment Fund (Honoring Nat Horne and David Dusing) – 2004 founded by The Muse Machine, honors the tremendous work of Nat Horne, choreographer and director, and David Dusing, musical director and co-producer, by generating unrestricted revenue for the organization's musical productions.

Muse Machine Nancy M. Breene Fund – 2012 provides annual operating revenue for this nationally recognized arts organization. Nancy Breene, who was introduced to Muse Machine through her dear friends, Mary and Bill Koch, and their son, Adam, established the fund through a bequest.

The Muse Machine Permanent Endowment Fund – 2002 will help ensure the future of this arts education organization for students by generating operating revenue to underwrite programs and services. The Muse Machine's mission is to enrich the lives of students by providing students and educators with opportunities to experience and value the arts.

Muse Machine Unrestricted Board Designated Fund – 2013 provides unrestricted annual operating income to help area youth learn about and participate in the performing arts.

James and Phoebe Neef Fund – 1999 was established with an insurance policy to provide future support for Miami University and Sinclair Community College.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame Endowment Fund – 2004 will generate unrestricted income to help perpetuate this organization's mission to honor America's air and space pioneers.

National Trail Education Foundation Fund – 2017 cultivates support for the National Trail Local School District and awards grants to enhance its educational, enrichment and scholarship programs.

National Veterans Affairs History Center Foundation – 2017 helps make possible the construction and operation of the Veterans Affairs History, Research and National Heritage Center, to be located on the Dayton V. A. Medical Center Campus, by generating income for the organization.

The Naum Family Foundation – 2005 furthers the work of charitable organizations, as advised by the donor, Ann M. Shaw-Kremer. She established the fund in memory of her parents, Col. and Mrs. Albert C. Naum, and her two brothers, Maj. Michael C. and Andrew C. Naum.

The NCR Wave Cabin Fund – 2005 was established by Carillon Historical Park to generate unrestricted revenue to help preserve the NCR Wave Cabin. The cabin housed young Navy WAVES, who manufactured NCR Bombes, top-secret machines built to crack German and Japanese codes during World War II.

Carol and Joseph Nealon Fund – 2015 provides annual income to the Dayton Right to Life Foundation for The Stork‘s Nest Baby Pantry, where young mothers and other clients in need receive emergency supplies necessary to care for their infants.

Neeld Fund – 1997 was created by Thomas R. Neeld and his late wife, Eleanor. The family operates the Neeld Funeral Home in Xenia. Their fund reflects their interest in church and community.

Neff Family Fund – 1986 carries on the charitable legacy of the late Robert S. Neff, chairman of Neff Packaging Solutions and former chair of the Foundation's Governing Board. Mr. Neff’s children, Jane, John and Robert D., serve as advisors for the fund, which brought a third generation of family members into partnership with the Foundation.

Neumeister Family Charitable Fund – 2011 awards grants to support nonprofit organizations as chosen by Jean and Bob Neumeister and their three children.

Jean E. Nicholas Fund – 2009 supports nonprofits that provide reading services to disadvantaged children and other services to visually impaired individuals. Jean Nicholas was a former legal secretary and court reporter.

Helen Heim Nichols Fund – 1997 in memory of Helen Heim Nichols, promotes the mission of The Dayton Foundation by making funds available to benefit the Miami Valley community.

Miguel Nieto Family Endowment Fund – 1992 supports charitable purposes of the Nieto family, including assisting the Wright State University School of Medicine's cooperative agreement with Benito Juarez University Medical School in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the medical program at this Mexican university.

Nischwitz Family Fund reflects the leadership of the Nischwitz family in the community. Ronald Nischwitz also has been involved with charities, such as Ohio Business Week for young people.

Noble Circle Project Term Operations Fund – 2009 helps women who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing funds to the Noble Circle Project, a wellness group that focuses on self-healing techniques as a means of thriving beyond the disease.

Leon Norman and Mildred Miriam Nizny Memorial Fund – 1997 supports radio programming for sight- and hearing-impaired persons, music programming for young people and programs for the Jewish community. This fund was established by Dr. Melvin Nizny, Martin Nizny and David Niles in memory of their mother, Mildred M. Nizny.

Isabel and Hugh Noonan Fund – 1996 disburses annual unrestricted operating revenue to Covenant House in New York City for the care and sheltering of runaway children. The fund also serves as a memorial to Isabel Florence Sachs Noonan and Hubert Noonan.

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

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