March 24, 2015

Area Nonprofits Invited To Apply For $100,000 Social Innovation Award For Older Adult Programming

The Dayton Foundation is requesting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the second Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming. First awarded in 2014, the Del Mar Social Innovation Award is presented by a fund of The Dayton Foundation and will recognize the best innovations from Greater Dayton not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate breakthrough thinking in helping to address issues facing older adults (age 55 and older). One or more organizations may be selected to receive the Del Mar Award and share the maximum grant amount of $100,000. The deadline to submit a completed LOI is June 1, 2015.

“Del Mar Healthcare is proud to once again offer this award that will benefit Greater Dayton’s older adult population. The recipients of last year’s awards have done an outstanding job with their programs and have had a measurable impact on the health and wellbeing of the region’s older adults. We hope that by offering a second award opportunity we can encourage continued exploration into new programs or services by Greater Dayton nonprofits,” said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare and advisor to the fund.

During the 2014 calendar year, said Foundation President Michael M. Parks, The Dayton Foundation added 224 new funds, including 76 new current and deferred endowment funds and 148 new funds to the Foundation’s Charitable Checking Account℠ Service. This brings the total number of donor funds under management to 3,316.

The award seeks to support unduplicated, systemic and highly collaborative projects that enhance the quality of life for older adults or address trends affecting the region’s aging population. All 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations with programs serving adults age 55 and older in Greater Dayton are encouraged to apply. Organizations with LOIs that meet the funding guidelines will be notified to submit a full award application. The award recipient(s) will be announced on September 18, 2015.

Five local nonprofits received a total of $486,472 from the first Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming in 2014.

Additional information, including the Letter of Intent form, is available on The Dayton Foundation’s website at or by contacting Beth Geiger, associate program officer, at (937) 225-9964 or at

Get more details about the Del Mar Social Innovation Award and download the LOI, here.

About The Dayton Foundation
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 290,000 grants totaling more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to nonprofits over its 93-year history.

About Del Mar Healthcare/DMH-Dayton, Inc.
DMH-Dayton, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit whose charitable purpose is to meet the housing, health and financial security needs of older adults. DMH-Dayton is part of the Del Mar Healthcare family of companies. In 1996, Del Mar began providing housing and healthcare services through the ownership and operation of facilities serving senior citizens. To the extent these activities generate surpluses, Del Mar’s board has decided to invest these funds, not only in their own facilities, but into programs serving seniors in the communities they serve. This includes grants in Dayton, Ohio, and San Diego, California.

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File date: 03.24.15


Debbie Wright

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