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.


Rafi Rodriguez-Samalot Scholarship Fund – 2015 awards scholarships to area high school graduates who are majoring in engineering, finance or special needs education at Wright State University.

The Rankin Family Fund – 2001 benefits charitable organizations as suggested by the donors. Robert E. Rankin is a retired dentist and his wife, Anita, is the founder of the Dayton Catholic Women's Club Fund.

Ralph and Bessie Aull Reahard Memorial Fund – 1987 provides ongoing financial support to Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, in memory of the parents of Sally Reahard of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bob Reardon Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2000 was established by the Reardon family and friends in loving memory of this former teacher and high school football coach, to encourage advanced education for graduating Bellbrook and Fairmont High School seniors. Dedicated to his family, friends and students, Bob Reardon was a man of unquestioned integrity.

Joseph L. and Helen S. Reass Fund – 1988 provides income to Mary Help of Christians Church and St. Vincent de Paul and for the care of dogs, primarily for those in Fairborn. The Reasses were natives of Wheeling, West Virginia, and residents of Fairborn. Joseph Reass was a colonel at WPAFB and a former semipro baseball player. Helen Reass was a school teacher.

Recovery Centers Endowment Fund – 1993 was established to assure assistance for quality residential recovery support services to substance abusing Miami Valley women and their families, including infants born during treatment.

Reeve Family Foundation – 2018 provides support to nonprofit organizations, as selected by the donors. 

Frank and Helen Reibold Memorial Trust – 1982 enhances six Dayton-area charitable organizations, as designated by the part-owners of the Reibold building.

Frederick and Louis N. Reibold Fund – 1982 attends to the care of older and in-need residents of the City of Dayton. Concert singer Margaret Reibold Craig-McKerrow created this to honor her father and uncle, who helped develop 19th-century Dayton through their hotel, real estate and banking interests.

Nancy and Neal Reichelt Scholarship – 2022 offers financial assistance to graduating seniors from Dayton Public Schools, with preference given to students graduating from Belmont High School. The fund was established in memory of siblings Nancy and Neal Reichelt, both of whom enjoyed long teaching careers in the Miami Valley and were graduates of Belmont High School and Miami University. 

The Remar Family and John and Cindy Edgar Endowment Fund – 2006 recognizes the importance of helping children cope with the loss or serious illness of a family member by giving them a chance to participate in fun and healing activities. The late Cindy Edgar, a middle school teacher for more than 20 years, created the fund in memory of her brother, Jamie, and for many of her students who have suffered the loss of loved ones.

John R. and Carole E. Remick Fund – 1985 provides gifts to nonprofit organizations suggested by the fund's advisors. This fund was established with a gift of real estate from the chair of J.R. Remick Co.

Mary Beth Repasy Fund for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Research – 2012 created from the estate of Mary Beth Repasy, distributes funds to two nonprofit organizations that support PSP research.

Resident Home Association of Greater Dayton Fund – 2022 distributes grants to this nonprofit organization that works to provide a safe, supportive and caring home, while also offering independence, friendships and engagement for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Richard L. & Ruth (Cooper) Reutinger Endowment Fund – 2002 remembers this couple, who lived, worked and shared life in Dayton for nearly 40 years. The fund provides operating revenue for six charitable organizations, including Homefull and The Dayton Foundation, two organizations that benefited from Ruth Reutinger's longtime volunteer efforts.

Ruth Reutinger Fund – 1991 serves to remember this longtime Dayton Foundation volunteer and staff member by benefitting the Foundation and several religious organizations in the Dayton and Portsmouth areas.

Maureen (Reenie) Riazzi Fund – 2001 benefits organizations that educate and care for Montgomery County residents with developmental disabilities.

The Riding Centre Association Fund – 2016 supports the charitable and educational programs of this Yellow Springs, Ohio, nonprofit organization, which provides therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with physical, mental or emotional challenges.

Rike Family Fund – 1979 represents the residual of the Rike Family Foundation. It was initiated by David L. Rike, who was a department store owner/executive and former chair of the Foundation's Governing Board.

Rike Family Scholarship Fund – 1987 distributes income to private schools in the Dayton area for kindergarten through eighth-grade scholarships. This fund incorporates an endowment fund contributed to by the Rike Family Foundation and other remaining assets of the Center City School, which operated during the 1970s at Christ Episcopal Church.

Winifred R. Riley Endowment for Mary Scott Nursing Center – 2019 provides annual income for Mary Scott Nursing Center, Inc., a longtime care and rehabilitation facility.

Rion Family Foundation – 2005 was established by longtime attorney John H. Rion and his late wife, Barbara, to further the work of charitable organizations of their choice.

Dorothy M. Rivers Fund – 2000 provides annual operating revenue to local health and social-service organizations. Dorothy M. Rivers, a longtime member of St. Rita's Church, established the fund through a bequest.

Phil Rizzo Charitable Fund – 2016 provides income for St. Rita School for the Deaf and the St. Leonard Foundation. The fund honors the memory of Phil Rizzo, a longtime employee of Standard Register and Wright State University, where he retired in 1992 as an associate director.

Phil Rizzo Fund for Students in the Miami Valley – 2016 supports activities, such as summer and early learning experiences, after school and literacy programs, and mentoring, by awarding grants to local nonprofits that offer those services.

Phil Rizzo Fund for Young People with Disabilities – 2016 works to enhance the lives of young people with disabilities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help them to lead productive, healthy and inclusive lives.

Guy E. Rohrer, Jr., Memorial Scholarship Fund – 1989 assists children and stepchildren of active and retired City of Dayton police officers to further their educational studies at the college level. It was initiated by Roberta L. Rohrer, in memory of her late husband, who for 22 years was devoted to the police profession and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Daniel M. Romer Family Tuition Assistance Fund – 1995 memorializes Daniel M. Romer, a pediatrician for 36 years in this community, and provides tuition assistance for area students with financial needs and who wish to attend Alter High School. The family encourages additional contributions to the fund.

The Willie and Eloise Root Memorial Scholarship Fund – 2007 honors the memory of these migrant workers, whom the fund's founder befriended one summer while working in an apple orchard. The fund assists individuals who are either migrant workers, children of migrant workers or are involved with migrant workers, to further their studies at an institute of higher learning.

Routsong Charitable Fund – 2016 designates grants to support seven nonprofit organizations, including the Dayton Masonic Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. The fund was established by Thomas H. Routsong, former owner of Routsong Funeral Homes.

Dr. Judy Royer Family Fund – 2022 memorializes this former emergency room director and physician, who supported a myriad of causes, including women’s rights, education in native North American communities and nature conservation. This fund carries on her charitable legacy by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations focused on education, human services and environmental causes. 

The RubiGirls Scholarship Fund – 2021 awards scholarships for local students who demonstrate integrity and honesty. Applicants who are a member or an ally of the LGTBQ+ community are encouraged to apply. 

Hyde E. Ruble & Eleanor F. Ruble Fund – 2002 was established through a bequest to provide unrestricted support for The Dayton Foundation and Learning Tree Farm. Hyde E. Ruble co-founded Pioneer-Standard Electronics and was a longtime member and past president of the Engineers Club of Dayton.

The Pat Rupp Charitable Fund – 2004 fulfills the Rupp family's broad charitable interests. Pat L. Rupp, CFP, was a financial advisor from 1968 to 2006 and was the senior financial advisor for Pat Rupp & Associates. A former professional hockey player, he was traded to the Dayton Gems in 1965, played for seven seasons and participated on the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He and wife Kathy decided to make Dayton their home in 1968.

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

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