Television special to air this week on history and legacy of Dayton Foundation



Dayton will get a special look at one of the community’s brightest treasures this week.

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., WHIO-TV will air a 30-minute special about The Dayton Foundation called “Becoming Dayton’s Community Foundation. The program will explore the roots of the foundation that now encompasses more than 4,000 charitable funds from individuals, families and organizations.

Narrated by Emmy award-winning actor and Dayton native, Bruce Cromer, Thursday’s special will feature interviews with various Dayton history experts, community leaders, Dayton Foundation staff and Governing Board Members.

This December, explore the roots of The Dayton Foundation and how it became the organization that it is today. Tune in...

Posted by The Dayton Foundation on Monday, November 8, 2021

The program is a part of The Dayton Foundation’s year-long Centennial Celebration, “100 Years of Helping You Help Others.” Since its founding in 1921 with an initial donation from D. Frank Garland, John H. Patterson, Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell and Robert Patterson of $250,000, the foundation has grown to be ranked second in number of charitable funds under management among all community foundations nationwide.

Throughout the special, Dayton history experts detail how the foundation has grown over the last century into a force for helping our region respond to its most pressing needs, and become a place for people of all giving levels to do good for our community, according to a release from The Dayton Foundation.

The Dayton Foundation is the largest grant Maker in Greater Dayton. Since its inception, the foundation has given away $1.04 billion, a total of 382,000 grants, as of April this year.

“The foundation is a place where everyone can make a difference,” said the Foundation’s president, Mike Parks. “Regardless of what you may want to do, there’s a place for you. We work with you on whatever is in your heart.”

For more information on the special, visit or follow the foundation on Facebook. Thursday’s program will also stream for free on

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