January 9, 2012

The Dayton Foundation Awards Grants to Help Local Not-for-Profits Help Others

During the second half of 2011, The Dayton Foundation awarded more than $18.3 million in grants from donor funds to a wide variety of charitable organizations in the Greater Dayton Region and beyond. A portion of this amount was made through the Foundation’s discretionary grants program, which a number of donors have made possible by providing unrestricted or largely unrestricted funds to The Dayton Foundation to be able to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout Greater Dayton.

Discretionary grants are approved by the Foundation’s Governing Board to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors in Greater Dayton. Recently the Foundation made $275,000 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm ($50,000 over two years): To help construct a Farm Discovery Center with the first farm-based Head Start Preschool in the country.

Culture Works ($25,000): To assist in developing a plan to sustain and enliven the community’s cultural resources.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ($20,000): To help fund a new staff position to enhance DCDC’s partnership with universities and colleges.

Dayton Opera Association ($20,000): To help promote the upcoming production of the Tragedy of Carmen.

Dayton Playhouse ($20,000): To assist with facility repairs and create handicapped accessible areas.

Dayton Society of Natural History ($50,000 over two years): To assist in planetarium renovations, including adding full-color, 3-D modeled graphics.

Greater Dayton Public Television ($10,000): To help improve literacy skills by developing a new ThinkTV program.

Homefull (formerly known as The Other Place) ($10,000): To help employ more homeless men in the Gateway shelter by expanding the Micro-Farm project.

Kettering Children’s Choir ($10,000): To support an arrangement of the Blue Danube Waltz with the Dayton Ballet II Youth Company dancers.

The Linda Vista, Inc. ($15,000): To assist in purchasing computer equipment for the new Women’s Training Center for Self-Sufficiency.

Mary Scott Nursing Center ($20,000): To help create a specialized care facility for residents with advanced dementia.

Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County ($25,000): To help at-risk youth achieve success in school through a mentoring project with AmeriCorps.

St. Vincent de Paul ($25,000): To aid in providing shelter and other services to an increased number of individuals in need.

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton ($25,000): To help replace a deteriorated playground with safe, accessible structures at the Childcare Center.

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others. The Dayton Foundation has helped caring individuals to establish and manage charitable funds and be part of the Foundation’s 90-year history of awarding to nonprofits over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars. Through the Foundation, these donors have supported the building of a stronger community through philanthropy and leadership.

Learn more about The Dayton Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking process.

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File date: 9.17.14


Jeffrey Sorrell

“We had gone a year in our new building without serving meals. Because of a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation, we're serving meals again to people in need.” – Jeffrey Sorrell, executive director, Life Enrichment Center

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