Mathile Family Foundation Announces New Recipients of 2001 Mathile Community Fund Gifts

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mathile Family Foundation

    DAYTON, Ohio, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mathile Family Foundation has
 announced the new recipients of its 2001 Mathile Community Fund gifts.  Grants
 totaling $3.25 million will go to four Dayton organizations.  These gifts,
 combined with the $6.75 million in grants the fund announced in December, make
 a $10 million impact for key community programs in Montgomery County in
 2000-2001.
     "The Mathile Community Fund serves a special purpose that will augment and
 complement the work of the foundation.  We hope that it can help Montgomery
 County shape itself as a fully realized community that mirrors the hopes and
 dreams of the people who live here," said C. Jeanine Hufford, Mathile Family
 Foundation executive director.
 
     The four new recipients are:
 
     RiverScape, a downtown Dayton development project aimed at revitalizing
 the city's riverfront.  The $30 million project is designed to draw more
 visitors, businesses and entertainment venues downtown.  The Mathile Community
 Fund's $1.75 million gift will go toward RiverScape's Fountain and Laser Show,
 a one-of-a-kind water and light display that will tower 400 feet in the air.
     Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, a 350-acre sanctuary and nature center.
 Part of the National Audubon Society, the center uses education, research and
 recreation to help adults and children understand the need to preserve the
 land and wildlife of the Miami Valley.  The $600,000 gift will go toward the
 Mathile Community Fund Habitat Discovery Room, featuring hands-on exhibits
 geared to help visitors appreciate the wildlife and natural environment the
 sanctuary is striving to preserve.
     Inventing Flight, an organization created to commemorate the centennial of
 the Wright brothers' historic flight.  The $500,000 Mathile Community Fund
 gift will help finance a multimedia education program for children in grades
 5 to 9.  Developed for use in schools across the country, the
 interdisciplinary program will demonstrate how the first practical airplane
 was conceived, designed and built in Dayton by the Wright brothers.
     The Dayton Ballet Association (DBA) will receive $400,000 to support its
 venture philanthropy project, VISION 20/20.  The DBA's goal is to raise
 $3 to $5 million to fund 10 to 15 new, full-length American ballets over the
 next 20 to 30 years.  VISION 20/20 aims to expand the American ballet
 repertoire and create new works for the Dayton Ballet and other companies
 across the United States.
 
     This is the second year of Mathile Community Fund gifts.  In 2000, awards
 totaling $6.75 million were made to Grandview Hospital and Medical Center, The
 Dayton Foundation Renaissance Fund and Carillon Historical Park, all located
 in the Dayton area.
     The $100 million fund was established after the 1999 sale of The Iams
 Company, a family-run business owned by Clayton L. and MaryAnn Mathile.  The
 fund's mission is to support large-scale projects in Montgomery County that
 promote the long-range future of the community.  Although it will operate
 within the Mathile Family Foundation, the fund's goals and activities will not
 alter the foundation's existing priorities and commitments.  The foundation's
 giving practices will carry forward apart from the Mathile Community Fund
 activities.
     The Mathile Community Fund will maintain its own grant selection process
 and timeline, with submissions by invitation only.  Advisors selected from a
 cross section of community leaders will be solicited by the Mathile Family
 Foundation to draw up a prioritized list of programs, projects and initiatives
 for funding by the Mathile Community Fund.  Grants from the fund will be
 awarded annually.  The 2002 awards will be announced in fall 2001.
     The Mathile Family Foundation provides resources to organizations that
 demonstrate best practices in helping men, women and children reach their full
 potential.  Establishment of the Mathile Community Fund allows the foundation
 to widen its efforts from helping people achieve their potential as
 individuals to helping the Dayton area realize its potential as a community.
 
 

SOURCE Mathile Family Foundation
    DAYTON, Ohio, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mathile Family Foundation has
 announced the new recipients of its 2001 Mathile Community Fund gifts.  Grants
 totaling $3.25 million will go to four Dayton organizations.  These gifts,
 combined with the $6.75 million in grants the fund announced in December, make
 a $10 million impact for key community programs in Montgomery County in
 2000-2001.
     "The Mathile Community Fund serves a special purpose that will augment and
 complement the work of the foundation.  We hope that it can help Montgomery
 County shape itself as a fully realized community that mirrors the hopes and
 dreams of the people who live here," said C. Jeanine Hufford, Mathile Family
 Foundation executive director.
 
     The four new recipients are:
 
     RiverScape, a downtown Dayton development project aimed at revitalizing
 the city's riverfront.  The $30 million project is designed to draw more
 visitors, businesses and entertainment venues downtown.  The Mathile Community
 Fund's $1.75 million gift will go toward RiverScape's Fountain and Laser Show,
 a one-of-a-kind water and light display that will tower 400 feet in the air.
     Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, a 350-acre sanctuary and nature center.
 Part of the National Audubon Society, the center uses education, research and
 recreation to help adults and children understand the need to preserve the
 land and wildlife of the Miami Valley.  The $600,000 gift will go toward the
 Mathile Community Fund Habitat Discovery Room, featuring hands-on exhibits
 geared to help visitors appreciate the wildlife and natural environment the
 sanctuary is striving to preserve.
     Inventing Flight, an organization created to commemorate the centennial of
 the Wright brothers' historic flight.  The $500,000 Mathile Community Fund
 gift will help finance a multimedia education program for children in grades
 5 to 9.  Developed for use in schools across the country, the
 interdisciplinary program will demonstrate how the first practical airplane
 was conceived, designed and built in Dayton by the Wright brothers.
     The Dayton Ballet Association (DBA) will receive $400,000 to support its
 venture philanthropy project, VISION 20/20.  The DBA's goal is to raise
 $3 to $5 million to fund 10 to 15 new, full-length American ballets over the
 next 20 to 30 years.  VISION 20/20 aims to expand the American ballet
 repertoire and create new works for the Dayton Ballet and other companies
 across the United States.
 
     This is the second year of Mathile Community Fund gifts.  In 2000, awards
 totaling $6.75 million were made to Grandview Hospital and Medical Center, The
 Dayton Foundation Renaissance Fund and Carillon Historical Park, all located
 in the Dayton area.
     The $100 million fund was established after the 1999 sale of The Iams
 Company, a family-run business owned by Clayton L. and MaryAnn Mathile.  The
 fund's mission is to support large-scale projects in Montgomery County that
 promote the long-range future of the community.  Although it will operate
 within the Mathile Family Foundation, the fund's goals and activities will not
 alter the foundation's existing priorities and commitments.  The foundation's
 giving practices will carry forward apart from the Mathile Community Fund
 activities.
     The Mathile Community Fund will maintain its own grant selection process
 and timeline, with submissions by invitation only.  Advisors selected from a
 cross section of community leaders will be solicited by the Mathile Family
 Foundation to draw up a prioritized list of programs, projects and initiatives
 for funding by the Mathile Community Fund.  Grants from the fund will be
 awarded annually.  The 2002 awards will be announced in fall 2001.
     The Mathile Family Foundation provides resources to organizations that
 demonstrate best practices in helping men, women and children reach their full
 potential.  Establishment of the Mathile Community Fund allows the foundation
 to widen its efforts from helping people achieve their potential as
 individuals to helping the Dayton area realize its potential as a community.
 
 SOURCE  Mathile Family Foundation