Connections: Grantmaking Opportunities from The Dayton Foundation to Help You Help Others

Connections provides information about Foundation initiatives and new programs and continuing needs of local charities.

Listed within this issue are those organizations that received a discretionary grant during the last discretionary grant cycle. All of these organizations have been researched by our Grants Department, and a summary of their grant proposals is included. As you may see, for many of these requests, we were able to fund only to a certain level. The organizations may still have needs associated with their specified programs.

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Alzheimer’s Association – Dementia Coaching Project
$200,000 Total Project Budget
$25,000 Granted

Funds will help dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and their families by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Coaching Project. This evidence-based program has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions and emergency room visits, delay nursing home placement and improve caregiver well-being. The project also will create a collaborative referral system to reach underserved seniors with dementia and connect them with needed services, as well as build a master’s-level internship program with local universities to educate students on dementia.

Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director, (937) 291-3332

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley – Pantry Improvement Project
$750,000 Total Project Budget
$40,000 Granted

More than 18,500 Greater Dayton residents will seek emergency food assistance this year at Catholic Social Services, which strives to help those in need overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Funds will be used to complete the final phase of the Pantry Improvement Project, which will include additional classroom space, confidential consultation areas, a waiting room, new technology equipment, larger refrigeration and freezer capacity, and needed repairs throughout the building.

Laura Roesch, Executive Director, (937) 223 -7217

CityWide Development Corporation – DaVinci Children’s Garden
$700,000 Total Project Budget
$50,000 Granted

Funds will be used to create a public children’s garden on a one-acre site along Valley Street as a part of the DaVinci comprehensive community development project. Inner-city neighborhood children and patients and their families staying at Dayton Children’s will be able to visit the garden, which will focus on wellness and have garden beds intertwined with natural play areas.

Steven Budd, President, (937) 853-2555

Dayton Playhouse, Inc. – Stage Improvements
$80,000 Total Project Budget
$20,000 Granted

The Dayton Playhouse is a nonprofit, volunteer theatre organization whose mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality dramatic and musical theatre productions to the Greater Dayton community. The Playhouse’s building is more than 25 years old and in need of upgrades. Funds will be used to replace the stage floor and theater drapes, as well as improve the fly system.

Brian Sharp, Executive Director, (937) 424-8477

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County – Maintenance and Safety Improvements
$76,060 Total Project Budget
$19,000 Granted

The Family Violence Prevention Center provides prevention, intervention and outreach services and safe housing for victims of domestic violence. In 2013, the shelter housed 74 adults and 66 children. Funds will match a grant from the State of Ohio for much-needed capital improvements and repairs to the housing shelter’s floor, roof and security system.

Debbie Matheson, Executive Director, (937) 376-8526

Hannah’s Treasure Chest – 2015 Organizational Expansion
$121,853 Total Project Budget
$20,107 Granted

In 2013, Hannah’s Treasure Chest provided clothing, shoes, books, toys, dental kits and beds to over 7,000 children. Because the need for services is growing, funds will be used for the expansion of operations including adding warehouse space, increasing hours of operation and hiring a full-time volunteer coordinator and a part-time community resource coordinator.

Sarah Williams, Executive Director, (937) 438-5039

Kids in New Directions (KIND) – Technology Expansion
$35,500 Total Project Budget
$8,900 Granted

KIND operates an after-school program for at-risk, under-served children in East Dayton. Funds will be used to improve internet accessibility for online academic tutoring programs and to purchase additional academic and donor management software programs to better serve youth participating in the program.

Ed Fox, Executive Director, (937) 253-9826

Miami Valley Boy Scouts of America – Boy Scouts STEM Initiative
$1,500,000 Total Project Budget
$50,500 Granted

In an effort to offer area youth opportunities to develop character and leadership skills, the Miami Valley Boy Scouts of America is expanding its STEM programming to include robotics, sustainability and computer merit badges and activities. The Dayton Foundation grant and other contributions will help fund a new STEM Center deck where outdoor activities and STEM activities join to create an inclusive STEM experience.

Douglas Nelson, Scout Executive/CEO, (937) 278-4825

The Woman’s Club of Dayton Foundation – Steele Manor Society Capital Campaign
$100,000 Total Project Budget
$15,000 Granted

The Woman’s Club of Dayton was founded in 1916 and occupies an historic building located at 225 North Ludlow Street in Dayton. Funds will be used to help make energy-efficiency improvements to the building in order to reduce operating costs and expand future use of the facility. Work will include window upgrades, lighting retrofits and HVAC improvements, with an aim to have the facility certified as a green business through the Dayton Regional Green 3 program.

Deb McNeff, President, (937) 228-1124

WYSO Public Radio – Youth Radio Training at WYSO Public Radio
$32,900 Total Project Budget
$2,900 Granted

Funds will be used to support the WYSO Youth Radio program, a new initiative and offshoot of the acclaimed Community Voices documentary training program. The program will equip Montgomery County high school students with the skills to write, record and edit their own radio documentaries, which will be shared with WYSO’s 70,000 regular listeners.

Neenah Ellis, General Manager, (937) 769-1379

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File date: 01.20.15


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