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.

If you would like additional information about these programs, please feel free to contact the charities directly.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality – Immigration Legal Assistance Program
$200,000 Total Project Budget
$25,000 Granted

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal services to low-income immigrants in the Dayton Region. Funds will be used to support a new program that will assist immigrants who are applying for the new benefits being offered to them as a result of President Obama’s recent Executive Actions on Immigration. Additional funds also will help conduct extensive community outreach to guard immigrants in the area from scams by notarios or individuals who offer fraudulent services for exorbitant cash fees.

Joseph Tafelski, Executive Director, (419) 255-0814,

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company – Moving Toward Excellence
$120,500 Total Project Budget
$25,000 Granted

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is one of a few performing arts organizations of international reputation located outside a major urban area. In response to Ohio’s 2012 legislation that all third-grade students must be proficient in reading, DCDC is expanding the Moving Toward Excellence program to support literacy instruction for first and second graders. Funds will be used to support a series of classroom lessons focusing on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, action words and content, which will culminate in a DCDC performance for more than 2,000 students in the Dayton Public Schools.

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, Executive Director, (937) 228-3232,

The Foodbank – Improving Operations and Safely Feeding Families
$54,650 Total Project Budget
$13,612 Granted

Last year, The Foodbank distributed 7.5 million pounds of food from its 31,000 square-foot warehouse to 88 area nonprofits to help relieve hunger in Greater Dayton. Funds will be used to purchase two new electric-powered forklifts, allowing the organization to better serve the community by making it easier for staff to safely and efficiently move food and fill orders in the warehouse.

Michelle Riley, Executive Director, (937) 461-0265,

K12 Gallery & TEJAS – AP Studio Art Course
$32,787 Total Project Budget
$8,000 Granted

K12 Gallery & TEJAS, a regional center for youth and adult artists and community members to connect through art experiences, will offer a new AP Studio Art 2D course for high school juniors and seniors who are advanced art students. The course will prepare students for the rigors of college and give them the opportunity to earn college credit and create a professional art portfolio. Funds will be used to support scholarships for students who require assistance to pay the course tuition.

Jerri Stanard, Executive Director, (937) 461-514,

St. Vincent de Paul Society – Administrative Office Move
$303,527 Total Project Budget
$19,600 Granted

The St. Vincent de Paul Society helps more than 100,000 individuals each year through person-to-person assistance, housing and shelter services. The organization also owns and operates The Job Center, two food pantries, two community thrift stores and 96 supportive and transitional housing units. To generate additional and long-term sustainable revenue, the organization is moving their administrative offices to the Gateway Shelter for Women and Families. Funds will be used to cover the cost of transferring and installing phone and internet lines at the new location.

David Bohardt, Executive Director, (937) 222-7349,

Wesley Community Center – Dayton Cooks!
$150,000 Total Project Budget
$37,500 Granted

Funds will be used to support the new Dayton Cooks! program, which helps move underemployed and unemployed low-income individuals with a passion for culinary arts into employment by providing professional food service training to them at no cost. The Wesley Community Center, in partnership with Grace United Methodist Church, will teach students how to prepare and cater nutritious food for after-school programs. Students also will receive math and reading instruction, practice interviewing and job retention skills, and be ServSafe certified upon graduation.

Yvette Kelly-Fields, Executive Director, (937) 263-3556, www.

Yellow Springs Home, Inc. – Cemetery Street Project
$740,000 Total Project Budget
$30,000 Granted

The mission of Yellow Springs Home, Inc., is to strengthen community and diversity in Yellow Springs and Miami Township by providing affordable and sustainable permanent housing through a Community Land Trust. Funds will be used to support the Cemetery Street Project, which in partnership with the village of Yellow Springs will create homeownership opportunities for lowincome, first-time homebuyers. A total of four energy-efficient homes will be constructed and sold to qualifying families. The homes will remain in the Community Land Trust, allowing for affordable housing in Yellow Springs for generations to come.

Emily Seibel, Executive Director, (937) 767-2790,

YWCA of Dayton – Renovating Lives Floor by Floor
$15,083,565 Total Project Budget
$100,000 Granted

For more than 30 years, the YWCA has worked to meet the needs of the community through its domestic violence shelter. The need for domestic violence services has increased locally over the past 10 years due to reduced manufacturing jobs, increased poverty and decreased safety net resources. Funds will be used to support renovations for the domestic violence shelter, which include increasing security features, expanding administrative offices to include space for housing specialists and updating apartments used to house victims of domestic violence, to better meet the needs of women and children in Montgomery County.

Shannon Isom, Executive Director, (937) 461-5550,

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File date: 07.24.15


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