Our Club Foundation
The Dayton Rotary Club Foundation
Serving the changing needs of the Greater Dayton community
The Dayton Rotary Club Foundation was formed by members of Dayton Rotary in 1954 by converting remaining funds ($16,517.00) from an old Dayton Rotary Student Loan Fund.
Become a visible community force to support organizations that demonstrate commitment to service above self, help young people and families in need, improve quality of life and foster a strong partnership with the greater Dayton region
Provide leadership to leverage the Foundation’s resources as an expression of service to the Dayton region and commitment for the Rotary Club of Dayton
The Foundation is governed by nine Trustees who are elected by the general membership of the Rotary Club of Dayton. Trustees serve three year terms on a rotating basis, with one-third of the Trustees being elected annually. In addition, the President and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Dayton are ex-officio Trustees. A Trustee is eligible for two consecutive elected full terms. Vacancies between elections may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Trustees.
Contributions to the Foundation can be designated between the Current Fund or the Endowment Fund. All gifts are tax deductible.
UNDESIGNATED gifts go into the Current Fund and are used in their entirety for local community projects. Day Tens, Birthday and Holi-Day $50 proceeds go into the Current Fund.
DONOR DESIGNATED gifts can go into the Endowment Fund which was begun in 1976 with a bequest from James R. Woodhull. In this case, only the interest is used for community projects. This interest grows annually as more gifts are designated to the Endowment Fund.
The Endowment is managed by the Dayton Foundation, which invests the assets and sends annual income to the Dayton Rotary Club Foundation for use in community projects. The Endowment is presently in excess of $500,000.00.
Grant Application Guidelines and Process
The Dayton Rotary Foundation funding priority is to support proactive and meaningful programs and activities that meet the community needs in the City of Dayton.
Basic Grant information:
- Dayton Rotary Foundation Funding Focus (in the City of Dayton)
- At Risk Populations
- Education Initiatives
- Arts and Culture
- Proposing organizations must be an IRS qualified 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization
- Grant awards are for $3,000 for a single-year funding cycle
- Organizations will only be awarded funding every two years
- Grant deadlines are: March 31, June 30 and September 30 and December 31
- Grant applications are reviewed the month after the grant deadline
- Applicants are notified via email by Rotary Executive Director following foundation meeting and a date set for presentation of the grant at a Dayton Rotary meeting
- A grant evaluation form must be received within three months following the program end to be considered for future grants
Applications and accompanying documents should be submitted via email to email@example.com
Holly Wiggins, President
Frank Scott, Vice President
Frank Scott, Treasurer
Lisa Grigsby, Secretary
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
HOLI-DAY $50 FUNDRAISER
Clubhouse 39 organizes Dayton Rotary’s major Foundation fundraiser, the Holi-Day $50. The Holi-Day $50 is held each year in December. Each Rotarian is encouraged to purchase their tickets for $50 ($35 for tickets and $15 towards the gift fund. Clubhouse 39 members then shop for gifts that members will be eligible to win if their ticket is drawn and winners get to choose from an array of gifts.
In addition in recent years we have also held a silent auction during this Holi-Day event and also have a 50/50 drawing where half the pot goes to the winning ticket and half to the Foundation.
Fellowships and the Dayton Rotary Foundation
Paul Harris Fellowship
Contributions of $1,000 (or more) to the Rotary International Foundation result in the designation of Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary International uses these donations to fund all the humanitarian and educational programs around the world. The $1,000 amount does not need to be paid in full, but can be paid in “installments” of $100 (or more) per year. In that case the Rotarian will be designated as a sustaining member – Paul Harris Fellow. As a matter of fact Rotary International promotes annual giving to the RI foundation with the slogan “Every Rotarian Every Year”.
J.R. Woodhull Fellowship
In 1976 J. R. Woodhull made a generous bequest to the Dayton Rotary Foundation. Since then the Dayton Rotary has established the J.R Woodhull Fellowship. A contribution of $1,000 (either as a lump sum or in installments over time) earns Rotarians a J.R. Woodhull Fellowship. The monies donated towards the J.R. Woodhull Fellowship are deposited in the Dayton Rotary Foundation Endowment. The interest revenues from this Endowment are used to fund local service projects. Currently the Dayton Rotary Foundation Endowment contains approximately $600,000.
William S. Anderson Fellowship
The William S. Anderson Fellowship was established in 2007 to support Club International Projects (most recently supported the Kenya Project with the Maji Mazuri Center with the end goal of getting orphans out of the slums of Nairobi and Borehole Projects in Nigeria). The International Committee continues to research new potential projects and is working on developing one in Ecuador at this time. The fellowship is completed with a gift of $1,000 can be given at one time or paid over a period of time.
Thomas J. Lasley Education Fellowship
The Thomas J. Lasley Education Fellowship was established in 2016 to support Rotary Club of Dayton education initiatives. The initiatives must have significant and direct involvement by Rotary Club of Dayton members and be of a size and scope that exceed the funding capabilities of the Club’s annual operating budget. Education initiatives and funding requests must be approved by the Rotary Club of Dayton’s Board of Trustees. The fellowship is completed with a gift of $1,000 can be given at one time or paid over a period of time.
For 2019-20, the Foundation only distributed five of the quarterly grants for the year. But with some of those funds we again applied for District matching grants and provided two COVID-19 Relief Grants to Dayton Public Schools.
The first was to help pay for increased printing costs for those students schooling from home in the spring who did not have access to a computer or wi-fi. The second grant was to provide cloth face masks for students and teachers as they return to school this fall