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Britney Nicole Jones and Brian Pinson survived the Oregon District shooting and attended the first Tragedy Fund forum Monday.
Jess Mador / WYSO

More than 50 people attended the first of two Oregon District Tragedy Fund public meetings at Sinclair Community College Monday. The meetings are designed to gather public comments on how the fund’s $3 million in donations should be distributed to survivors and victims’ families. Many people who testified pleaded with the fund's oversight committee to help people living with shooting-related injuries. 

Thousands fill 5th Street, in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District.
Jerry Kenney

People directly affected by the deadly Aug. 4 mass shooting could receive financial compensation as early as Thanksgiving. The Dayton Foundation’s ongoing Oregon District Tragedy Fund has so far collected at least $3 million in donations.

Applications for compensation open October 1. The criteria for distribution is not yet finalized.

Dayton's Oregon District
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A charity fund established after the Oregon District mass shooting has so far collected nearly $3 million. Later in September, Miami Valley residents will have a chance to weigh in on how the fund’s dollars should be distributed.

The Dayton Foundation set up the Oregon District Tragedy Fund in the wake of the August 4 shooting  to help the family members of the victims and offer financial assistance to people injured in the attack.

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The Dayton Foundation says a fund set up to help victims of the mass shooting is on track to raise more than a million dollars. As of Monday afternoon, individuals had donated around $620,000 to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The foundation set up the fund early on August 4th - just hours after a gunman killed nine people and injured more than two dozen others.

Vice President of Development and Donor Services at the Dayton Foundation Michelle Lovely says corporations are also contributing in a big way.

A truckload of shoes arrives at Corinthian Baptist Church, ready for donation to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
George Drake, Jr. / WYSO

A fund set up to help survivors of the Memorial Day tornadoes has so far raised nearly $1 million. The Dayton Foundation’s Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund reports roughly half that amount has already been distributed to Miami Valley nonprofits assisting with recovery.

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Year-end is a time when many people focus on charitable giving for a host of reasons, and there’s one organization that’s been helping people make giving decisions for almost a hundred years, the non-profit Dayton Foundation. It’s one of about 880 community based foundations in the country. The foundation assists roughly 3700 individuals, businesses and other organizations in making their charitable giving decisions.


Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 20, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Mike Ervin from the Downtown Dayton Partnership about the Dayton Foundation's recent grant towards Five Rivers Metroparks' River Run project.

-The latest installment in the SOCHE Talks: Modeling Climate Change in the Miami Valley

-Poor Will's Almanack: November 15 -21, 2011, by Bill Felker

Dayton Foundation Recipient Of $26 Million

Sep 9, 2010

A Miami Valley organization that helps local non profits announced today that it's the recipient of 26 million dollars. The Dayton Foundation says it's the single largest gift in its 89 year history.

The gift was made by the late Virginia B. Toulmin, who passed away in June. It was over 30% more than the Dayton Foundation expected to receive. President of the Foundation, Mike Parks, says Virginia Toulmin's gift is also expected to be one of the largest philanthropic gifts nationally this year.