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.


David A. Saidel Merit Scholarship Fund – 1989 awards scholarships to Miami Valley School applicants who share David Saidel's zest for living. Qualities sought include confidence, wit, intelligence, sincerity and love of life. At the age of 22, David Saidel was struck and killed by a car after climbing Mt. Olympus in Greece.

Burton R. and Alice Saidel Fund – 1994 entrusts the Foundation with the important task of understanding the most pressing regional needs and promising opportunities in the fields of the arts, education and other community activities, through this unrestricted fund.

Pam and Dave Greco Fund – 2018 awards grants to nonprofit organizations, as directed by the donors. 

Sales Education Foundation Barbara Giamanco Memorial Scholarship – 2021 awards scholarships to female university students who are studying sales. This scholarship honors the legacy of Barbara Giamanco, a successful sales professional. 

The Salvation Army Fund in Memory of Donald W. Beachler – 1997 supports the religious and charitable functions of the Salvation Army solely in Dayton. The fund was established by the Anderson family in memory of Donald W. Beachler, a longtime friend and business associate.

Gerald B. Sanders, Sr., and Pauline S. Sanders Kettering College of Medical Arts Nursing Scholarship Fund – 2001 awards scholarships to individuals pursuing a nursing degree at this institution. The Sanders were volunteers at Kettering Medical Center for 21 years.

The Ruth Sharon Scanlan Advanced Teacher Training Seminar Scholarship – 2022 awards grants to Muse Machine to send local arts teachers to participate in a five-day, immersive learning experience in New York City that helps them to create unique learning experiences for the students they serve. For many years, Sharon was a teacher at Northridge High School and enjoyed operating a baton studio after retirement while staying active with drum and bugle corps. 

Ralph and Dolores Schade Family Foundation – 2006 honors the charitable wishes of the Schade family, who created the foundation after the passing of Ralph and Dolores Schade.

The Schaeffer Family Fund – 2021 furthers the charitable interests of the donors. Beth Schaeffer, a retired attorney, and Alan Schaeffer, a partner for the law firm Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling, are ardent supporters of the arts in Greater Dayton. 

Albert H. and Helen N. Scharrer Fund – 1997 benefits the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA, by providing financial support for the care and treatment of animals. This fund was created by the late Jane Scharrer, in memory of her parents, Albert and Helen Scharrer.

Louise R. Scheuerman Endowment Fund – 2005 was established through a charitable gift annuity to support the operations of The Dayton Foundation and five other charitable organizations, as designated by the donor.

Schiele Family Fund – 1999 was established to support charitable organizations of interest to the Schiele family. The fund's originator, Albert Schiele, a World War II veteran, worked as an engineering manager for American National Can for 33 years.

Harry F. and Elizabeth M. Schiewetz Fund – 1989 memorializes the parents of Elizabeth Cromer, Mary Flory and Richard Schiewetz and benefits children's camping programs sponsored by Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America and YMCA of Greater Dayton.

The Kathleen J. Schmidt Memorial Fund – 2004 was established by Emerson Schmidt, in memory of his wife, a language arts teacher at Herman K. Ankeney Middle School for 25 years. Scholarships are to be awarded to high school seniors who attended Holy Family Elementary School and who are planning to attend Wright State University to earn a degree in teaching.

Schmidt Family Fund – 2006 contributes to the charities of the donors' choosing.

Carol Ann Schneider Memorial Fund – 2001 was founded by the family of this devoted wife and mother, who gave of herself endlessly to help those in need. The fund supports community needs that were important to Carol Ann Schneider.

The Schoemann Memorial Scholarship – 2021 remembers the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Schoemann by providing assistance to select students graduating from Meadowdale High School who wish to attend an accredited two-or four-year college or university. 

Schuerman Family Fund – 2015 makes grants to causes and nonprofit organizations important to the donor.

Schuster Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund – 2003 was established by The Arts Center Foundation to help subsidize the construction, operation, maintenance and preservation of the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, downtown Dayton's premiere performing arts facility.

Josephine Schwarz Dayton Dancers Endowment Fund – 1992 provides annual salary bonuses to enhance the lives of dancers of Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Josephine Schwarz was a co-founder of the Dayton Ballet and an influencing factor behind DCDC.

Seedling Foundation Fund – 2015 cultivates arts opportunities for students at Stivers School for the Arts by funding a wide variety of arts programs, performances, activities, initiatives and administrative support.

The Seedling Foundation Fund – 2005 dedicates its income to supporting arts programs at Stivers School for the Arts, as established by The Seedling Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by parents, school alumni and community leaders. Funds will be used for specialized equipment and materials, guest artists, scholarships and other educational pursuits.

Seek First Fund – 2019 created by donors who were inspired by bible verses Matthew 5-7, in which Christ teaches charity and seeking first the Kingdom of God. Each donation is given prayer-fully and anonymously with the hope of glorifying the Lord and showing an example of His provisions. 

The Seeley Fund – 1988 sponsors post-secondary educational programs for underprivileged children served by two designated organizations.

Seger Family Foundation – 2014 promotes the charitable interests of the donors by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

Delphin T. and Marilyn K. Shannon Fund – 2004 will perpetuate the donors' passion for the arts by providing annual income for the arts and humanities in the Dayton/Miami Valley region. Marilyn K. Shannon was a former arts administrator and Dayton Foundation senior program officer, and her husband, Delphin, was a former psychologist for Dayton Public Schools.

Caroline Patterson Shaw Memorial Fund – 1986 affords the Foundation the opportunity to respond to the changing and pressing needs of the Miami Valley through the fund's unrestricted designation. Caroline Patterson Shaw was active in Dayton civic and charitable affairs and was married to George W. Shaw, chair of the City Transit Co.

Harry A. and Phoebe Shaw Charitable Fund – 2022 supports nonprofit organizations that help individuals experiencing hardships bridge to a new trajectory in their lives. Phoebe was a longtime volunteer and active with many charitable organizations in Dayton. Her husband, Harry, was an executive at Huffy and a community leader. Together they raised three children in Dayton. 

Shaw/Filler Family Fund – 1998 supports charitable, educational, civic, religious and community activities and institutions, with a special emphasis on programs for families and individuals who have children with mental disabilities. William P. Shaw and Emily A. Esau established this fund in loving memory of their parents, Paul and Mary Shaw of Sidney. Margaret E. and Myron L. Filler established this fund in honor of their daughter, Ann E. Filler.

Charles E. Shawen, Jr., Fund – 1994 awards scholarships for students to attend Otterbein College. The fund is in memory of Charles and Agnes Shawen, who in 1926 donated the land upon which Shawen Acres children's home was built.

Richard L. “Dick” and Helen S. Shell Scholarship Foundation – 2022 was established to remember Dick Shell, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and former Northmont High School principal and district assistant superintendent, and his wife, Helen, to whom he was married for 71 years. The fund awards scholarships to Northmont High School graduates who plan to study teacher education.

Richard and Betty Shepherd Scholarship Fund – 2017 provides funds to Central State University (CSU) to assist students in furthering their education. As first-generation college graduates, Richard and Betty Shepherd, both 1971 graduates of CSU, felt compelled to provide educational opportunities for CSU students with backgrounds similar to theirs.

James L. Sherman Foundation Fund – 2022 provides funding to various nonprofit organizations, as recommended by the donor. 

Shillito Scholarship Fund for Chaminade Julienne High School – 1998 supports the educational efforts of students enrolled in Chaminade Julienne High School by awarding tuition assistance grants. Barry J. Shillito, a graduate of Chaminade High School, established the fund.

The Diane Shoemaker "Nature Challenge" Fund – 2005 will benefit children with disabilities, by promoting their interaction with activities in nature. Charles Shoemaker, executive director of Five Rivers MetroParks, established this fund in honor of his wife and her work with individuals with special needs.

Robert D. Shultz Memorial Fund – 2015 makes funds available to address critical community issues and opportunities, as identified by The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board.

The Siebenthaler Fund – 1986 sows seeds of philanthropy in the Miami Valley in the name of this landscape and nursery firm, which was founded in 1870.

Richard and Jacqueline Siefring Foundation – 2007 aids charitable organizations of the donors' choosing. Richard Siefring was a senior vice president at Airtron in Dayton for over 28 years before his retirement.

Sinnathamby Family Scholarship Fund – 2006 celebrates the memory of Ranee Sinnathamby and Grandma Ramalingam and their love for children by awarding scholarships to Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School students.

Charles and Ann Simms Fund II – 2021 promotes the charitable interests of the donors by contributing regularly to organizations in the Dayton Region. 

William Alexander Simms Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund – 1999 salutes excellence by awarding scholarships to University of Dayton School of Business students. A lifelong Dayton resident until his death, "Alex" Simms was a nationally recognized leader in the land development and home building industry for over 50 years. He was an avid sportsman, had a strong commitment to the Dayton community and a love of family. This fund was established as a memorial to Alex by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Ann Simms.

Milton and Marian Simmons Community Fund – 2010 honors the memories of the donors and provide annual distributions to designated charitable organizations in the Greater Dayton Region. Milton Simmons, a World War II veteran, and Marian Simmons, a 40-year member of the League of Women Voters, were married for more than 50 years.

Katherine Chew Simonds Charitable Fund – 2022 generates annual income for designated organizations while honoring the memory of Katie Chew Simonds.

James W. Simovart Charitable Fund – 2019 meets human needs and improves the quality of life in Greater Dayton, as determined by The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board. 

Sister City Foundation – 2018 supports the activities and interest of the Dayton Sister City Committee through youth travel scholarships and similar programming opportunities. 

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Fund – 1997 established by Hubert E. Noonan and Isabel Sachs Noonan for the Sisters of Notre Dame, Ohio Province. The religious order has contributed significant educational leadership to the Miami Valley region.

6320 Fund – 1987 established by the late Frederick C. and Ruth Pfeiffer Smith and their five sons, provides both discretionary and advised grants to benefit the Miami Valley. Frederick C. Smith was the retired chair of Huffy Corp. and a member of the Foundation's Governing Board.

Edith Slutzker Fund – 1998 provides unrestricted support for The Dayton Foundation's discretionary grantmaking process for the benefit of the Greater Miami Valley region.

Paul E. and Josephine H. Smiley Fund – 1990 is in remembrance of Paul Smiley who, from a humble background, was able to attend Purdue University with the help of athletic scholarships. As a result of his gratitude, Purdue and several other organizations receive designated payments for a limited period of time. Most of the fund's recipients address the changing needs of the Dayton area, where the Smileys spent all of their adult years.

Frederick C. Smith Fund – 1989 honors the significant role that Frederick C. Smith, as then chair of the Foundation's Governing Board, played in the growth of the Foundation from 1979 to 1989. This former chair of Huffy Corp. was a distinguished volunteer leader at local and national levels.

Fred and Pfeife Smith Fund to Benefit St. Paul's Episcopal Church – 2005 honors the memory of these longtime community leaders and provides unrestricted operating revenue to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakwood. Fred Smith, retired chair of Huffy Corporation and former chair of the Governing Board of The Dayton Foundation, and Pfeife Smith shared a passion for community service and helping others.

The Pfeife Smith World Affairs Scholarship Endowment Fund – 2004 was established by the Dayton Council on World Affairs to award an annual scholarship in honor of Ruth Pfeiffer Smith, who was one of its founders and an active community leader.

Robert J. Smith Fund of the Carillon Historical Park – 1999 aids the Carillon Historical Park Print Shop through unrestricted operating revenue. Print Shop volunteers established the fund in honor of its founder, Robert J. Smith.

Smythe Family Fund – 1997 contributes support to charities and causes important to donors June Smythe, an active individual with various local arts groups, and her late husband, Richard, a longtime volunteer with the Dayton Boys and Girls Club and other organizations.

Mary L. Snyder Fund – 2000 provides annual operating revenue for Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Alexandria. The fund honors the memory of this former church member and second grade Jefferson Township School teacher.

Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals Endowment Fund – 1989 provides for assistance to house, feed, medicate, spay or neuter animals and educate the public about stray animals. The fund's founder is Jeanne C. Smith.

Anne Soehner Memorial Fund – 2011 remembers this beloved daughter and sister whose life tragically was cut short in 1990. The fund will award grants to Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley for programs that serve children.

Dilip A. Soni Restorative Justice Fund - 2015 provides support for programs or initiatives intended to reestablish relationships within the community.

The South Community Legacy Fund – 2004 serving children, families and adults, will help to provide a continuum of behavioral healthcare services in the Greater Miami Valley region.

Southminster Presbyterian Church Unrestricted Fund– 1997 generates income to support the programs and operations of the church.

Mary Ann Spearin Fund – 2004 carries out a longtime interest of the donor by providing annual income to The Franciscan at St. Leonard. The fund supports the improvement and maintenance of garden areas that were planted and cared for by Mary Ann Spearin before her passing in 2017.

A Special Wish Foundation Endowment Fund – 1990 fulfills special wishes for young people who have life-threatening illnesses.

Spencer Family Fund – 2002 is used by Ronald and Jean Spencer to carry out their charitable goals.

Donald M. and Dorothea Hunt Spindler Endowment Fund – 1998 honors the memory of this Dayton couple who were married for 54 years. The fund provides annual gifts to numerous local charities, including an unrestricted portion that helps The Dayton Foundation help others through its competitive grantmaking program.

Spurlino Fund – 2005 furthers the charitable interests of Joanne Spurlino, and her late husband, Cyrus.

Spurlino Family Fund II – 2006 was established to further the charitable interests of Michael Spurlino.

St. Charles Covenant Paxson and Scholarship Funds – 2020 provide tuition assistance for students of St. Charles Borromeo School in Kettering. 

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church Fund – 1998 encourages planned and deferred endowment gifts to the church and generates income to support the programs and operations of the church.

The St. Paul's Episcopal Church Endowment Fund – 2003 provides unrestricted income to help preserve the sense of community among its congregation and to welcome new members into the life and ministry of this Oakwood church.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Term Fund – 2006 provides unrestricted operating revenue for this Oakwood church.

St. Vincent Hotel Endowment Fund – 1988 helps provide emergency overnight shelter for homeless people in this downtown Dayton facility.

Dr. John C. and Marjorie L. Stahler Family Fund– 2004 serves to remember the donors by providing unrestricted income for six designated charities. The late Dr. John Stahler, a longtime anesthesiologist at Good Samaritan hospital until his retirement 1985, was married to his wife Marjorie for 60 years.

Wayne and Catherine Staley Fund – 1991 created under a life income plan, provides charitable funding to meet the changing needs of the Dayton/Miami Valley region.

Joseph J. and Janice L. Stanze Fund – 1994 honors the memory of the donors by making grants in their names to three designated nonprofit organizations, including The Dayton Foundation.

Wallace and Florence B. Stauffer Fund – 1981 benefits the general charitable needs of the Dayton/Miami Valley region. This fund was established through a charitable remainder trust initiated by the owner and president of the Snyder and Stauffer insurance firm.

Don E. Steck Family Fund – 2000 helps sustain nonprofit organizations, such as St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Otterbein College and Graceworks Lutheran Services. Don Steck, a longtime NCR employee, established the fund through a bequest. 

Craig A. Steffen Paraclete Scholarship Fund – 2019 awards scholarships for adopted or foster children with a financial need, and who are high school seniors or current college students in Greater Dayton, to continue their studies at a two-or-four year accredited institution. 

Kenneth R. and Jean K. Stegemiller Foundation – 2017 honors the memories of the donors by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations. Kenneth, a longtime executive for Duriron, Inc.,.and Jean, a homemaker, were married for 66 years.

William D. Stewart Charitable Fund – 2022 distributes annual income to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Kettering Fairmont High School and SICSA.

Jack H. Stoecklein Fund – 1998 helps support three Dayton-area charitable organizations, as designated by the donor. Jack Stoecklein was a World War II veteran and a retired employee of the Delco Moraine Division of General Motors.

David S. Stover–Bellbrook Firefighters Scholarship Fund – 2013 helps deserving Bellbrook firefighters pursue a Fire/EMS degree or attend continuing education courses. David Stover, a retired Sinclair Community College professor, volunteers for the Bellbrook Fire Department.

Straughen Charitable Fund – 2019 generates revenue for Normandy United Methodist Church in Dayton and Ranch Hope in New Jersey. The fund memorializes Dr. William Straughen, a longtime pathologist for Miami Valley Hospital. 

Lawrence and Ruthanne Strausburg Endowment Fund for Brookville – 1997 was founded to benefit residents of Brookville and the surrounding area by providing grants to a variety of charitable organizations and programs.

Laurie G. Streit C.O.D. (Children of Dayton) Trust Fund – 2005 carries out the charitable legacy of the donor by awarding grants to Daybreak, Inc., Muse Machine and Oak Tree Corner, Inc., in perpetuity. 

Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church Fund – 2013 generates annual income for this Huber Heights church that lives out the mission of growing disciples, and living and sharing God's love.

The Lori Suttman Memorial Fund – 2002 was established by family, friends and coworkers as a living memorial to Lori Anne Suttman, who passed away suddenly in 2002. The fund benefits organizations that enhance the lives of others and embody her beliefs in possessing a positive attitude, in recognizing the ability of others and in teamwork.

Greg Sutton Band Scholarship Fund – 1986 is set up to provide first-year college tuition assistance to a member of the West Carrollton High School Band. Parents, schoolmates, friends and neighbors of Greg Sutton created this fund in his memory.

The Scott Sutton Ohio State Scholarship Fund – 2006 was created by Kimberly Sutton to honor her husband's memory. Scott Sutton, an alumnus of Ohio State University, considered himself to be a true "Buckeye" and attributed his successes in life to his studies and experiences at the 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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