August 19, 2015

Conservation Fund Awards Grants to Support Environmental Preservation in the Region

Friends of Aullwood, Inc., and the Marianist Environmental Education Center have been selected as recipients for grants this year from The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of The Dayton Foundation. The fund was established in 2006 by The Dayton Foundation in partnership with several local environmentalists and community leaders to support environmental preservation in Greater Dayton for today and future generations. The grants were presented at the 2015 Fall Awards Celebration of the Partners for the Environment held on Wednesday, September 23, at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.

Friends of Aullwood, Inc., received a $5,000 grant for an innovative land management initiative to mitigate aircraft and bird collisions and reduce carbon emissions through the use of native warm season grass prairies. The project is in partnership with the City of Dayton Department of Aviation that oversees the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport.

Marianist Environmental Education Center also received a $5,000 grant for the Conservation Education Partnerships for Urban Habitat Restoration Project. The grant will be used to help promote native habitat conservation in the urban Dayton neighborhood of Twin Towers and to visitors to the Mount St. John property in Beavercreek, Ohio. At least 50 youth from East End Community Services Miracle Makers and YOUth programs and the Queen of Apostles program will participate in a year-long educational experience about native habitats and sustainable agriculture. They also will install a pocket prairie designed to attract birds, butterflies and bees.

Grants from the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund are awarded by a nine-member steering committee to support organizations or programs that help protect the region’s natural environment through education, acquisition, restoration and scientific research; encourage collaborations and regional land conservation; and leverage cooperation and support for various efforts of like-minded organizations. More than $90,000 in grants has been awarded from the fund to date.

Individuals interested in contributing to the cause are invited to make contributions or to join The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund’s Founders Society. To learn more about the fund, individuals may contact The Dayton Foundation at (937) 222-0410.

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 94-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at www.daytonfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Contribute to the causes preserving and improving environmental health in Greater Dayton. Make an online donation to the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund.

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File date: 9.30.15

IN THEIR WORDS

Frank and Becky Levinson

“To make a difference, we need to be more than 'Band-Aid' donors. We want to be involved in the programs we support. Through our Dayton Foundation fund, we feel that we can work with our community to realize its goals and be a part of its future.” – Frank and Becky Levinson, Family Foundation Plus

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