How The Dayton Foundation Is Helping People Like You Be Part of Something Greater
Are you looking for a way to use your charitable gifts to help be part of something greater for the benefit of the Greater Dayton community? If so, a Community Impact Endowment Fund of The Dayton Foundation may be just the solution for you.
Jerry Tatar has seen the impact of The Dayton Foundation on Greater Dayton. As a donor and chair of The Dayton Foundation Governing Board, he sees the Foundation as "critical in helping our community come out stronger than it is today."
To support his belief, he designated a portion of his endowment fund to the Foundation's unrestricted fund - the Community Impact Endowment Fund. This Fund enables Dayton Foundation donors to be part of a greater effort to help their community. It fosters the Foundation's unique ability to bring diverse people and organizations together to address some of the community's greatest needs and opportunities.
We are privileged to serve people like Jerry Tatar who wish to be part of something greater and create a lasting legacy of helping others in our community.
A Community Impact Endowment Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund that can be established in your or a loved one’s name that enables you to be part of a greater effort to help the community, no matter how times may change. You may designate an unrestricted endowed fund or a portion of your endowed fund – today or after your lifetime – solely for the purpose of providing the Foundation with the ongoing funding our community will need to impact the greatest challenges over time.
Community needs are difficult to anticipate, but by establishing a Community Impact Endowment Fund, you can help Foundation staff address community needs and make grants to charitable organizations that engage in the most essential work at the time. The flexibility of unrestricted funds empowers the Foundation to support long-term solutions, today and tomorrow.
"As a family physician who is native to this area and serves on The Dayton Foundation Governing Board, I see every day the needs of our community and the many ways the Foundation makes a difference," said Dr. Gary L. LeRoy.
Passionate about helping people, Dr. LeRoy knows that he can't do it alone. In 2009 he established a deferred, unrestricted endowment fund - a Community Impact Endowment Fund of The Dayton Foundation.
This Fund enables Dayton Foundation donors to be part of a greater effort to help our community meet important challenges and opportunities. "The power of The Dayton Foundation is that it supports and helps bring people and groups together to make wonderful things happen," he said.
We are privileged to serve people like Dr. LeRoy who wish to be part of something greater and create a lasting legacy of helping others in our community.
Be a Part of a Collective Force for GoodCurrently just 5 percent of all Dayton Foundation endowed funds is unrestricted. A small percentage of these funds is available each year for The Dayton Foundation’s strategic grantmaking program to strengthen local nonprofit organizations and for the Foundation’s community leadership initiatives (click here to learn more about the Foundation's current initiatives or here to read about our recent discretionary grants).
Since 1921, The Dayton Foundation has had a track record of effective leadership, stability and results. Over the years the Foundation has helped fund such efforts as: underwriting after-school programs during World War II,
funding a study that ultimately helped secure the future of Sinclair Community College,
leading in the community's response to welfare and employment issues that culminated in the creation of The Job Center,
providing backing for bonds to be issued, enabling the majestic Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center to go forward, and many more.
To read more about these and other results of The Dayton Foundation's collaborative community leadership efforts, click here.
While much has been achieved with very modest resources, imagine for a moment how much more can be accomplished for our community with additional funds. Community foundations with large unrestricted funds have been central to communities’ ability to reinvent themselves. With a larger pool of these resources, we will be better equipped to undertake what community leadership is calling upon us to do – enlarge our leadership convening role.
"Dayton has changed remarkably during our lives, and we know changes will continue long after we are gone," said Enis and Robert Kissinger, former Kettering residents and owners of Commercial Heat Treating of Dayton, Inc. "We therefore wish to leave The Dayton Foundation a free hand in using the income from our contributions where it can do the most good."
These words, penned in 1987 before their passing, began the Kissingers' legacy to this community - a Community Impact Endowment Fund, a permanent, unrestricted endowment with The Dayton Foundation that enables donors to be part of a greater effort to help their community. It fosters The Dayton Foundation's unique ability to bring diverse people and organizations together to address some of the community's greatest needs and opportunities.
"The health and happiness of future Daytonians is a goal worthy of all our best efforts," the Kissingers concluded.
We are privileged to serve the Kissingers and people like them who wish to be part of something greater and create a lasting legacy of helping others in our community.
Ways for You to Create a Community Impact Endowment Fund You may create a current endowed fund or leave a legacy that is 100 percent unrestricted or a portion that is unrestricted.
Another option is to designate your endowed fund to be used in your field of charitable interest - a "field-of-interest discretionary fund" (such as for the greatest needs for children, education, arts and culture, or the environment.)
To learn about the many ways you can contribute to your current or deferred Community Impact Endowment Fund, click here.
A Vision for ChangeBy establishing a Community Impact Endowment Fund, you can help to achieve a vision for Greater Dayton that is nimble and positive. You will be part of a family of donors who share a community perspective that is regionwide, strategic and problem-solving in focus.
To learn more about how you can expand your capacity to help others and have your family's name be attached to grants made from your named, Community Impact Endowment Fund, call (937) 222-0410 and ask for Joe Baldasare on our development staff.
More information about The Dayton Foundation's Community Impact Endowment Funds is available in our brochure, Community Impact Endowment Funds: Have Real Impact for Good in a Rapidly Changing World.
Donors Who Have Established Community Impact Endowment Funds
“None of us really know what the greatest community needs are now, let alone in the future. That’s what The Dayton Foundation was established to do.” - Helen and Charles Abramovitz, deferred Community Impact Endowment Fund donors
“My husband and I chose to establish an unrestricted endowment fund, because we felt that The Dayton Foundation is in a better position than we are to monitor our charitable fund and determine where need is greatest.” - Joyce M. Bowden, a Community Impact Endowment Fund donor
“These funds are doing what I originally wanted them to do: to honor my parents in a way that helps people in Dayton, where my parents spent most of their lives.” - Carolyn Talbot Hoagland, a field-of-interest endowment fund donor
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File date: 01-20-2012