January 15, 2010

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

During the second half of 2009, The Dayton Foundation awarded more than $18.8 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 $152,000 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley ($8,000): To assist in purchasing a new van to transport students to educational, afterschool and recreational activities.

Corner Cupboard Charities of Greater Dayton ($25,000): To help expand the organization’s thrift store to better serve individuals in need in the Greater Dayton Region.

Dayton Christian Center ($8,000): To assist in purchasing a school bus to transport youth to various programs and activities.

Dayton Opera Association ($10,000): To join in celebrating Dayton Opera’s 50th Anniversary by supporting educational and outreach programming related to the opening production of Porgy & Bess.

Dayton Visual Arts Center ($6,000): To help expand the organization’s website to better showcase and market local artists and their artwork to a global audience.

Elizabeth’s New Life Center ($10,000): To help consolidate three offices into one facility to better provide pregnancy prevention education, mentoring and emergency assistance programs for individuals in need.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County ($15,000): To assist in expanding the agency’s shelter to help serve victims of family violence.

4 Paws for Ability ($10,000): To help expand the agency’s facility to train service dogs for children with disabilities and injured Gulf War veterans.

L and M Products, Inc./Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities ($5,000): To assist in funding the construction of a handicap-accessible playground.

Miami Valley Housing Opportunities ($5,500): To help provide permanent supportive housing units for individuals with mental illnesses.

Miami Valley Literacy Council ($10,000): To support the development of a central facility and expanded literacy programs for adults.

The Muse Machine ($10,000): To help fund new student and teacher training projects to reinvigorate the organization’s secondary school program.

Toward Independence ($8,000): To help purchase a handicap-accessible van to transport clients with developmental disabilities to medical appointments and recreational activities.

Trotwood Area Handivan Ministry, Inc. ($8,000): To assist in purchasing a new van to transport elderly and disabled individuals.

Victoria Theatre Association ($8,500): To support the development of a three-part, multi-disciplinary playwriting workshop for students based on the production of WICKED

YWCA Dayton ($5,000): To help install a digital telephone system to better serve individuals calling the organization’s Domestic Violence Hotline.

Since 1921 The Dayton Foundation has been helping people help others in the Dayton community and beyond. The Dayton Foundation helps donors find the best and most tax-wise ways to achieve their charitable objectives, invests and manages donors' charitable funds, and provides grants and leadership to grow philanthropy and help meet present and future community needs.

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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