December 1, 2015

The Dayton Foundation Awards 2015 #SpreadtheGood Grants, Announces Winner of Share to Give Community Challenge on #GivingTuesday

The Mosaic Institute offers free mosaic
instruction to all who wish to join in the
creation of murals that will be donated to
neighborhoods, organizations, businesses,
and individuals who show excellence
in community advocacy.

The Dayton Foundation’s Share to Give Community Challenge concluded on #GivingTuesday with the announcement of this year’s first, second and third place #SpreadtheGood grant recipients. They are:

First Place ($2,000): The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

The Mosaic Institute offers free mosaic instruction to all who wish to join in the creation of murals that will be donated to neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, and individuals who show excellence in community advocacy. “We will use the #SpreadtheGood grant money to kick off our Yarn Mosaic Mural, a collaborative community project focusing on hundreds of area seniors,” said Jessica McMillan, founder of The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton. Also, in the spirit of the campaign, The Mosaic Institute has decided to #SpreadtheGood by donating a portion of its grant to FOA Families of Addicts, which had the fourth highest number of photo shares.

Second Place ($1,000): SICSA (The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals)

SICSASICSA promotes the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurturing loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. “We’re delighted to be a recipient of one of the grants, and we’re so grateful to our supporters for sharing our photo and spreading awareness of the work SICSA does for homeless animals in our community,” said, Megan Moon, Community Engagement Manager. “The grant will be used to support our volunteer team of over 500 individuals who dedicate more than 16,000 of hours of service to the animals at SICSA each year.”

Third Place ($500): Therapeutic Riding Institute

The Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI) and its 300 volunteers #SpreadtheGood by using equine assisted activities to help improve the health and lives of children, adults, youth-at-risk and veterans experiencing physical, mental and emotional challenges. Therapeuric Riding  Institute “On #GivingTuesday, TRI is reflecting back on what we do best: give people of all abilities the opportunity to experience the joy, healing and sense of satisfaction that comes with riding a horse,” said Christine Pirot, director of Development and Volunteer Management for Therapeutic Riding Institute. “The money won through #SpreadtheGood will be put into our Student Scholarship Fund, enabling more students and their families to experience the magic that is TRI!”

Forty Dayton-area not-for-profit organizations were entered in to the Share to Give Community Challenge that was a continuation of the Foundation’s #SpreadtheGood campaign that kicked-off on October 24. The campaign challenged individuals to start a local movement of social good by highlighting the efforts and stories of charities and volunteers, while encouraging others to make a difference by performing a good deed on behalf of a nonprofit. Over the last five weeks, participants snapped photos of themselves performing good deeds and shared them on the Foundation’s Facebook page. Each photo submitted entered the featured nonprofit into the Foundation’s Share to Give Community Challenge. From November 23 through December 1, individuals shared their favorite #SpreadtheGood campaign photos, which resulted in a total of more than 31,000 photo shares. The three organizations whose photos were shared the most received a one-time, unrestricted grant. To see all of the #SpreadtheGood entries, visit

“The Dayton Foundation takes pride in supporting the work of local nonprofits,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “We are very pleased to have provided an opportunity for individuals in the community to do the same. We couldn’t have asked for a better showing of community support and social good.”

Thank you to the 2015 Share to Give Participants

The Dayton Foundation would like to thank the following organizations for their participation in the challenge and for continuing to #SpreadtheGood in the Dayton Region: AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio); Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter; American Veterans Heritage Center; BBB Center for Business & Consumer Ethics; Blue Star Mothers, Miami Valley Chapter; Brukner Nature Center; Carroll High School; Catholic Social Services Miami Valley; Daybreak Dayton; Dayton Crayons to Classrooms; Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity; Dayton Regional STEM School; Dayton Visual Arts Center; East End Community Services; Elizabeth's New Life Center; First Tee of Greater Miami Valley, Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation; FOA Families of Addicts; Foodbank; For Love of Children; Girl Scouts of Western Ohio; Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley; Hannah's Treasure Chest; Hospice of Dayton; Humane Society of Greater Dayton; Junior League of Dayton; Life Enrichment Center; Life Essentials; The Miami Valley School; The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton; One Bistro; Paw Patrol; Rebuilding Together Dayton; Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton; Snuggled Up, Inc.; The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICSA); St. Vincent de Paul - Dayton District Council; Therapeutic Riding Institute and United Rehabilitation Services.

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Read more about Dayton Foundation grants at work in the community on our Grants in Action page.

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Debbie Wright

“The Dayton Foundation has been wonderful to work with. Their communication with doors is strong, and they really care about our scholarship fund.”–Debbie Wright, Dayton Foundation donor since 2006

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