June 22, 2015

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

During the first half of 2015, The Dayton Foundation awarded nearly $19 million in grants from donor funds to a wide variety of charitable organizations in Greater Dayton 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 lightly restricted funds to The Dayton Foundation to be able to act on opportunities for the community and address pressing needs throughout the region.

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 $335,493 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality ($25,000): To assist local immigrants in completing immigration relief applications and to conduct outreach efforts to help protect them from scams involving fraudulent services.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ($25,000): To help expand the Moving Toward Excellence residency program that enhances literacy instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade.

The Foodbank ($15,393): To improve operations by purchasing electric-powered forklifts that will safely and efficiently move food supplies in the warehouse.

K12 Gallery for Young People ($8,000): To provide financial assistance to high school juniors and seniors participating in a new advanced art course with the opportunity to earn college credit and create professional art portfolios.

St. Vincent de Paul Society ($19,600): To assist in relocating its administrative offices to the Gateway Shelter for Women and Families, enabling the organization to generate additional and long-term, sustainable revenue.

United Rehabilitation Services ($75,000): To improve the quality and capacity of programs benefiting children and adults with disabilities by supporting a capital campaign to expand the facility.

Wesley Community Center ($37,500): To help low-income individuals who have a passion for culinary arts obtain employment by providing professional food service training at no charge through the Center's new Dayton Cooks! program.

Yellow Springs Home, Inc. ($30,000): To support homeownership opportunities for low-income, first-time homebuyers through a partnership with the Community Land Trust and the Village of Yellow Springs.

YWCA of Dayton ($100,000): To better serve an increasing number of women and children in need by renovating the domestic violence shelter, including maximizing space for community engagement and increased security.

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

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File date: 07.06.15


Fred Setzer

“Few people understand The Dayton Foundation’s central role in numerous community efforts, including education, The Job Center, the Schuster Center and RiverScape, to name a few. The Dayton Region might look very different were it not for the Foundation and its nearly 3,000 donors and their charitable funds.” – Fred Setzer, Jr., donor and former Governing Board chair

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