October 20, 2015

The Dayton Foundation’s Second Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming Awards $297,800

Greater Dayton’s older adult population will benefit from new outreach programs focused on wellness and enrichment, thanks to The Dayton Foundation’s second Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming totaling $297,800 to four area not-for-profit organizations.

The award, which is presented by the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation, recognizes the best innovations from area nonprofits that are working to address issues faced by older adults (age 55 and older). Since its inception in 2010, the DMH-Fund has invested a total of more than $1.6 million in grants to Dayton-area nonprofits serving the needs of older adults, including $784,272 in Social Innovation Awards to nine nonprofits in the last two years.

“Del Mar Healthcare is proud to support these organizations and their programs aimed at increasing outreach efforts to support and enhance the lives of our aging population,” said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare and advisor to the DMH-Fund. “We are very pleased to once again partner with The Dayton Foundation to advance our company’s charitable mission and better meet the needs of Greater Dayton’s older population through the Social Innovation Award.”

The awards were presented to human service agencies and religious organizations with longstanding track records of serving older adults in need of comprehensive and coordinated services. The award recipients and their projects include the following.

The Foodbank ($50,000): to provide food and pet therapy to low-income, food-insecure senior citizens residing in Greene, Montgomery and Preble counties. The program will be offered in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Life Enrichment Center ($92,800): to pilot the Rides4Seniors internet-based program linking low-income East Dayton senior citizens with volunteer drivers for transportation services and with healthcare, nutrition, exercise and socialization programs. The project is in collaboration with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Precious Blood Church ($100,000): to provide quality programming and activities focused on health, wellness, education and socialization for adults ages 55 and older residing in declining areas of Northwest Dayton. Partners in this effort include St. Paul’s Catholic Church and St. Rita’s Catholic Church.

United Way of Greater Dayton ($55,000): to create SeniorLink, a new component of HelpLink 2-1-1, including a new mobile application to provide up-to-date information and referrals to senior citizens and their caregivers, as well as to collect data regarding unmet needs of this population. Funding also will help employ a full-time staff person to provide deeper consultation for seniors who call the help line and convene a Collective Impact Strategy: Senior Needs Assessment to identify long-term solutions for a growing senior population.

About The Dayton Foundation

Established in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton that helps people to help others. The Foundation manages more than 3,300 charitable funds which have provided over 290,000 grants totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars to nonprofits over its 94-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation, visit our website at www.daytonfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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.

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

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File date: 10.20.15


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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