January 26, 2011

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

During the second half of 2010, The Dayton Foundation awarded more than $16.5 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 $148,000 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio ($20,000): To help explore a possible alliance with the Columbus AIDS Task Force to reduce duplication of efforts and costs, as well as enhance programming.

Daybreak ($20,000): To assist in establishing a group home with mental health and support services for runaway and homeless youth.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ($10,000): To support the Steps on the Stairs youth education program that illustrates the life, work and times of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms ($15,000): To help expand their services in the region by providing basic school supplies to nine additional schools.

Dayton Tooling & Manufacturing Association (DTMA) Foundation ($8,000): To help students gain practical knowledge of math, science and engineering by building remote-controlled robots in the DTMA Bots program.

Good Neighbor House ($10,000): To assist in expanding dental services to the growing number of individuals in need in Montgomery County.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley ($15,000): To help provide career counseling, assistive technology devices and training in the use of technology to youth with visual disabilities.

Life Enrichment Center ($10,000): To support the development of the East Side Nonprofit Resource Center, in cooperation with the Life Resource Center and other nonprofits. This effort is part of The Dayton Foundation’s Nonprofit Alliance Support Program.

Ohio Historical Society ($15,000): To help repair windows in the historic Carnegie Library, which houses the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.

YMCA of Greater Dayton ($25,000): To assist in building a new recreation hall at Camp Kern that will expand its indoor programming space for youth and small groups.

For 90 years 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. Becuase of a discretionary grant from The Dayton Foundation, we're serving meals again to people.” – Jeffrey Sorrell, executive director, Life Enrichment Center

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