July 24, 2012

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

During the first half of 2012, The Dayton Foundation awarded more than $15.8 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 $386,050 in discretionary grants to assist the following organizations in helping Greater Dayton.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. ($10,000): To assist in funding a new staff position to provide outreach, educational services and legal assistance to immigrants.

College Hill Community Church ($10,000): To help enhance the Hispanic Ministries program with workshops, classes and cultural activities for children and adults.

The Dayton Masonic Foundation ($25,000): To aid in purchasing a geo-thermal air conditioning system for the Masonic Center.

The Foodbank, Inc. ($50,000): To help serve the community’s growing number of individuals in need by purchasing a walk-in freezer for perishable food storage.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley ($150,000 over two years): To further the organization’s ability to serve individuals with disabilities by aiding in the construction of its new headquarters.

Greater Dayton Partners for the Environment ($10,000 over two years): To help employ a part-time intern to enhance this collaborative of environmental and conservation organizations.

Memorial Church of Christ/Kids in New Direction ($4,800): To assist in hiring personal trainers from Sinclair Community College to provide fitness and exercise programs for inner city youth.

The National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton ($6,250): To help foster respect and understanding and decrease community violence through the Police and Youth Together program.

Neighborhood School Centers ($20,000): To support year seven of this Dayton Foundation leadership initiative to enhance neighborhood school centers at five Dayton elementary schools.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region ($25,000): To aid in renovating the organization’s Kettering Philips Center in downtown Dayton.

The United States Air Force Museum Foundation ($75,000 over two years): To assist in constructing a new building to house the museum’s collection of presidential aircraft, among other items.

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others. The Dayton Foundation has helped caring individuals to establish and manage charitable funds and be part of the Foundation’s more than 90-year history of awarding to nonprofits over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars. Through the Foundation, these donors have supported the building of a stronger community through philanthropy and leadership.

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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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