The Dayton Foundation, the region’s largest community foundation, has been helping people help others locally and around the world since 1921. The extraordinary growth from an initial $250,000 donation in 1921 from the Patterson family has led to more than 345,000 grants, totaling over $900 million that has assisted local and national charities, and made a substantial impact on the Greater Dayton Region and beyond.

One of the core beliefs and values of the Foundation is to collaborate and partner in all that we do. Since 1921, The Dayton Foundation has been bringing people together and using available resources to help strengthen the region. This history of collaborative community leadership has multiplied the impact of unconditional gifts made by donors who have placed no restrictions on the Foundation in regard to how their gifts may be used. Through unrestricted giving, the Foundation has been able to help tackle some of the toughest issues facing our region.

Today, the Foundation has three leadership initiatives at work to strengthen the growing population of older adults in the Greater Dayton region, break the cycle of generational poverty and make high-quality education available to all individuals. To learn more about The Dayton Foundation, its donors and leadership initiatives follow the links below.

Leadership Initiatives:

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