June 28, 2011

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

Since January 1, 2011, The Dayton Foundation awarded more than $14.2 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 $203,150 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley ($20,250): To help implement a strategic plan to better address the needs of Dayton area youth by increasing the organization’s donor base and recruiting more volunteers.

Cityfolk ($20,000): To assist in partnering with The Muse Machine to enhance the arts education efforts in five Neighborhood School Centers that are Dayton Public Schools.

Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton ($25,000): To further the Center’s ability to provide affordable health care to individuals in need by offering full dental services to children and adults.

Comprehensive Community Child Care Organization ($22,900): To help improve the quality of early childhood education by providing scholarships to childcare center staff for specialized training.

Dayton Theatre Guild ($10,000): To aid in replacing the roof of the Guild’s Wayne Avenue location.

Muse Machine ($25,000): To enhance in-school programming for middle school students, including creating radio documentaries with WYSO 91.3FM and various art projects in partnership with Wright State University.

Preble County Historical Society, Inc. ($25,000): To aid in building a multi-purpose outdoor amphitheater for community events and programming.

Sinclair Community College Foundation ($10,000): To help enhance the Project READ adult literacy program by converting a part-time position to full-time status.

Wright Dunbar, Inc. ($25,000): To assist in creating a behavioral health center in partnership with Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology, helping provide cutting-edge treatment for patients with brain disorders.

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


Virginia Toulmin

“I think the world of Mike Parks and the staff of The Dayton Foundation, and I know that they will use our fund’s charitable dollars wisely. I'm so glad to be doing this for the community that was so good to my husband, Harry, and me.” – Virginia B. Toulmin, who passed away in 2010 and who will be long remembered as a treasured Dayton Foundation donor

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