October 22, 2015

100+ Men Who Care Awards Largest Grant Since Inception to Victory Project

The 100+ Men Who Care giving circle has awarded its largest grant to date, $10,700 to The Victory Project, a local mentoring organization that empowers disengaged young men and encourages them to stay in school, develop business skills, and become active and contributing members of the community.

“The Victory Project, Inc. is honored to have been awarded this grant,” said Monnie Bush, founder and CEO of The Victory Project. “As an organization that does not accept government funding, we could not provide the services we do without the support of individuals, local business and churches. 100+ Men Who Care has blessed us and so many other organizations across the community.”

“It’s a good feeling to know that by pooling our charitable gifts we are able to make a significant impact in the mentoring and nurturing of our region’s young men, giving them a better chance for success,” said Joe Lehman, 100+ Men administrator.

In 2011, 100+ Men Who Care established a Charitable Checking AccountSM (CCA) through The Dayton Foundation to make it easier to manage donations and award grants to their selected nonprofit organizations. To date, the 100+ Men Who Care have awarded a total of $180,400 to deserving Dayton-area charities.

“The Dayton Foundation’s support has been and remains superb,” Lehman said. “Because of the Foundation’s services, as well as the free use of McGohan Brabender’s facility for our meetings, 100 percent of every donation goes to charity.”

100+ Men Who Care currently has 109 members and is growing. To learn more about becoming a member, visit their website at http://josephrlehman.wix.com/100-plus-men, or contact Joe Lehman at joseph.r.lehman@gmail.com. Annual commitments for each member are $400 ($100 per quarter). To be eligible for a grant from 100+ Men Who Care, Dayton-area charitable organizations must be nominated by a member and must be a registered 501(c)(3).

Grant Impact: Meet Damon, one of the young men in The Victory Project program that will benefit from the 100+ Men Who Care grant. Damon is a student at Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and has been a student in The Victory Project program for the past year. Damon decided to join the program because “of the opportunity to work at VP’s micro-business, which allows me to get work experience, earn some money, and help my mom. I also like the enlightenment part because I want to learn more about God and His Word.” Through The Victory Project Damon is gaining life and business experience that will help him reach his next life goal, to attend college and pursue a career in petroleum engineering.

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.

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

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File date: 10.21.15


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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