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The Dayton Foundation Report to the Community

Inside: A Dayton Foundation leader- ship initiative is helping to build better neighborhoods, stronger families and better students through neighborhood school centers in Dayton, page 5.

Also: Stories about your neighbors A Passion for Strengthening Community...and much more.

What Is The Dayton Foundation?When people think of charitable foundations, typically they think of private foundations representing a single philanthropist, family or com-pany. Community foundations like The Dayton Foundation are public charities, created by and for the people in a local area. The Dayton Foundations core purpose is to help you help others. The Dayton Foundation repre-sents nearly 3,000 individuals and families from nearly every walk of life and background, joined by a common purpose: the desire to help society and the community through charity. These individuals have made a commitment to help today or through their estates. Community foundations are very long-sighted organizations. They are distinguished by their mission to be here in perpetuity and man-age donors charitable wishes and the community capital they have invested to meet Greater Daytons changing needs and opportunities. The beauty of community foun-dations is in the diversity of their base. People of modest means stand side by side with well-known Dayton philanthropists to form a community philanthropic founda-tion that is strong and deep beyond measure. The Dayton Foundation has innovative giving vehicles, from Charitable Checking Accounts


to private foundation alternatives that enable charitable people to find a

place at the table anyone can be a philanthropist

if you have even a modest amount to give and want to help others. The reasons for using The Dayton Foundation, rather

than writing checks to charity or setting up

a private foundation, are many. They include: simplify-

ing the giving process maximizing tax benefits minimizing costs adding flexibility in giving and providing resources from a staff knowledgeable about community issues and the charitable vehicles to create the best fit for each indi-vidual and family. The Foundation also provides opportunities to sup-port needed leadership initiatives to solve specific community problems. The Dayton Foundation provides people with a vehicle for collective community good. We help you help others.

Operating Fund Contributors

ach year many hundreds of individuals, corpo-rations and financial institutions contribute to

funds of The Dayton Foundation, including the Foundations operating fund.

We deeply appreciate all of The Dayton Foundation donors and all that they do for Greater Dayton. In this report, we recog-nize the following donors who contributed to the Foundations operating fund in this past fiscal

year (July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008). For those donors who wish to remain anonymous, we respect-fully honored that preference. Operating gifts help the Foun-dation help others by undertaking critical leadership initiatives and collaborative efforts to benefit our community, maintaining and improving services for donors and not-for-profit organizations, and ensuring the Foundations dedica-tion to improving the quality of life throughout the Greater Dayton Region now and in the future.

2007 Biennial Meeting Sponsors Gold Level: JPMorgan Chase & Co. Silver Level: Bieser, Greer & Landis Bronze Level: Battelle & Battelle; Brower Insurance Agency, LLC; Fifth Third Bank; Kettering Tower Partners, LLC; KeyBank, NA; National City/ Allegiant Asset Management Contributor: U.S. Bank, N.A.

Individual and Other Gifts to the Operating Fund

Visionary ($5,000 or Above) Anonymous Donors, Helen & Charles Abramovitz, Mr. & Mrs. Lysle D. Cahill, Crotty Family Foundation, The Dayton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Thomas B. Fordham

Foundation, Mary S. & Richard F. Glennon, Sr., Lana Turner Granzow, Forrest E. & Ruth I. Holman Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kehl, The Leslie C. Mapp Foundation, Karen L. & Dale L. Medford, Pfizer Foundation Match-ing Gifts Program, Rike Family Fund, Kathleen P. Rupp, John Sullivan, Jr., Charitable Trust, Jerome F. Tatar, Charles M. Uhl, Jr., Carolyn (Toni) & William R. Winger

Partner ($1,000$4,999) Anonymous Donors, Mr. & Mrs. Jack H. Adam, Mr. & Mrs. John W. Berry, Eleanor K. Blank Fund, Mr. & Mrs. A. Rodney Boren, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Crotty, Mollie & Thomas Danis, Richard T. Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs.










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A Message to the Community: Letter from the Chair and the President of The Dayton Foundation

The Spirit to Prevail

t goes without saying that the nation and Greater Dayton are going through challeng-ing times. Its neither the first

nor the last time this will happen.

Board Chair Charles A. Jones (left) and Foundation President Michael M. Parks

1921Founding partners help people help others. D. Frank Garland (left), a Lutheran minister, gained backing from John H. (bottom) and Robert Patterson (top) and Julia Shaw Carnell (right) to found The Dayton Foundation to help donors find a way to have their charitable wishes stand the test of time.

1930 Continuity. The Foundation helped fund an organization that was to become the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Today, Foundation funds continue to support their activities.

1930s-40s Meeting changing needs. Easing the unemployment situation during the Great Depression and underwriting after-school programs during World War II were an early focus for Dayton Foundation grants.

Mission of The Dayton Foundation: To strengthen our

community through philanthropy and


E2008-09 I Believe! Partners

This Community Report was made possible by four Dayton Foundation donors and families who are this years I Believe! Partners. Their generosity supports Dayton Foundation publica-tions and helps free resources for the Foundations other community work. The 2008-09 I Believe! Partners are: Dr. Soma S. & Veni Avva, Karen S. & Kevin M. Crotty, Susan & Shaun P. Nicholson, and Jane & Fred C. Setzer, Jr. The Foundation is deeply grateful to these special families and to all the donors of The Dayton Foundation.

Ten Years of The Dayton Foundation Grants and Charitable Distributions (all in $ millions) Total: $365 million




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The rigor with which potential

solutions are being discussed, the creativity

and commitment that are being demonstrated, make

us optimistic about our regions future.

dations help, Foundation donors supported charitable organizations and causes with $41 million in grants and programs. Over the last 10 years alone, the collective impact on Greater Dayton and thousands of charities has been $365 million in grants and pro-grams.

Dayton is the 59th largest market in the U.S. However, The Dayton Founda-tion, in the last reported ranking, was 32nd out of over 700 community foundations nation-wide in total charitable grants dol-lars, 42nd in market value of assets ($326 million last fiscal year) and 22nd in the nation for new gifts received ($42 million last fiscal year).* It would be hard to find a community foundation in the nation that issued so many grants last fiscal year more than 16,000. In addition, $3.6 million in new planned and deferred (legacy) gifts were committed by donors to The Dayton Foundation this past year, for a total of more than $219 million in committed legacy gifts as of June 30, 2008. Clearly this is disproportionate giving from a community our size. What this says about the spirit, commitment and generosity of Greater Dayton citizens is huge and encouraging beyond measure.

A Region with Rich Resources

When Fortune magazine called Dayton a dying town, they hadnt bothered to look beneath the sur-

face of their judgment that negates the

reality of what those of us who live and work here know to be true. Without doubt, tremen-

dous problems exist, as so many

communities across our nations heartland are

experiencing. But the rigor with which potential solutions are being discussed, the creativity and com-mitment that are being demon-strated, make us optimistic about our regions future.

Greater Dayton is less likely to be described in the future as a manufacturing region than as the high-technology community many are working to create. As we work through these economic transi-tions, our region will be reinvigo-rated over time and new opportu-nities will open up for all of our citizens.

The Dayton Foundation, estab-lished in 1921 to be here in perpetuity, is in such an unusual position to observe and participate in our communitys work

But what matters is the spirit and resources with which we meet these challenges.

The Dayton region is fortunate to have many caring and talented people and institutions at work

on solutions to local issues. Among them is a vigor-ous community foun-dation The Dayton Foundation that is 87 years old and represents

nearly 3,000 individual donors and their chari