I’m Not Really Into Those Things!

I’m Not Really Into Those Things!

A few months back, I went to one of those big to-dos. You know the type, one of those events people plan for and talk about for some time. This event was the Diamond Jubilee of the Tipp City Foundation, the anniversary and celebration of a group of individuals originating 75 years earlier, with the sole purpose of creating a great community through a variety of endeavors for many folks whom they’ll probably never know. It happened out at the Willow Tree Inn west of town. 

We’ve all been to events like this in the past, where the speakers ramble on like an auctioneer at farm sale or my 10th grade civics teacher giving a discourse about the three branches of government. The type of night where your mind contemplates the hundreds of other things you could be doing, but only have the time to think about doing them when you’re attending a party. And then there are the buffets, which are usually nothing more than reheated ravioli, cheeses sticks, and a small salad bar. Given these experience at past events, usually I’m quite comfortable sitting in the back listening to those long-winded speakers, having a strong run at the buffet, and then quickly calling it a night.  

When I arrived, it was the typical experience. There were people socializing, engaging in small banter, imbibing in the spirits of adult beverage, all the while surveying the items available on the buffet catered by the Greenfire Bistro.

But this night was different. For starters, the food was good—real good. But even after I observed the enticing shrimp cocktail, which was calling my name like fried chicken at a family reunion, the funniest thing happened. I got a sense of a stronger community. One in which neighbors care for one another, legacy donors instilling support through gifts for future generations, and the common good is the goal of all. I heard some people talking about the new football stadium (the Foundation has supported it with its largest grant ever) and what it will mean to the community. I talked with one man who just retired and is looking forward to spending more time around town. He spoke to me about the great things the Tipp City Foundation is involved with and which he also supports. I even spoke with some people who I hadn’t seen in years, but happily acted like we were old friends.  As the night wound down, I congratulated Matt Buehrer, a local businessman, who was recognized as philanthropist of the year and we had a great conversation.  In fact, it seemed like the night ended all too quickly.

In the end, I found myself staying late to help clean up and stacking folding chairs. This reminded me of why I usually don’t enjoy these events, but it also gave me time to reflect on why this one was special. And that’s because all of us who had been there had gathered together because we had each been touched in one-way or another by the Tipp City Foundation’s generosity.  Whether it is the bike “fix-it” station, doggie fountain on the bike trail, the expanding tree grove in Kyle Park, the senior citizen center by the post office, the Tipp City Foundation truly has touched all of us. In fact, I’m sure it’s touched you too!

In my mind, I am wondering what their plans will be for next year. I sure hope they’ll have some more shrimp cocktail.  I’ve got my calendar open. 

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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EXPLORATION THROUGH MINDS AND HANDS LEADS GRANTS

EXPLORATION THROUGH MINDS AND HANDS LEADS GRANTS

The Diamond Jubilee, marking the Tipp City Foundation’s 75th anniversary, has ended with the fourth quarter grants distribution. Through the end of this year over $2.2 million has been returned to this community through grants since its founding. As is often the case, the amount of dollars requested exceeded the amount available to award.

Three organizations new to the Foundation grant process received support; Breast Wishes Foundation, Connections of Tipp City and Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County.

Ultimately, nine organizations were chosen to receive 15 awards totaling $23,226.37. The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the purposes funded.

Bethel Local Schools, $770, hosts an art show for students and the community where work by high school Art 1 and Art 2 pupils will be displayed. This grant was awarded through the Arts Bethel Fund in the Studebaker Tradition of Giving Back, established in 2014.

Bethel Local Schools, $239, purchases books for the elementary library to support science learning. This grant was awarded through the Radle Family Fund for Science Education, which supports conservation activities, established in 2007.

Breast Wishes Foundation, $3,000, grants wishes to enhance the lives of women actively fighting breast cancer in Tipp City and Bethel Township.

Child Care Choices, $2,000, purchases books for the Story Lady, volunteer educators making more than 200 visits to Miami County childcare centers and home childcare providers during the 2018-19 school year. Addressing the importance of a literacy fundamentals before a child enters kindergarten is the motivation behind this 20-year-old program.

Connections of Tipp City, $2,109.72, supports one of the newest nonprofits in the area. This after school program offers middle and high school students new options for their free time.

Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, $5,182, contributes to the shelter expansion. In 2017, 70 victims of domestic violence from Tipp City and Bethel Township were given emergency shelter; 52 victims were given legal advocacy.

St. John’s Early Childhood Program, $500, brings the Dayton Ballet on site with their bug and natural world-based performances.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,240.52, immerses 3rd – 5th grade students in the technical world with the purchase of virtual reality kits. Teacher-led, the class follows lectures while wearing futuristic headgear.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $800, breaks beyond traditional teaching methods in the Design Thinking Class with “breakout rooms”. These 7th and 8th grade students will work in teams to investigate open-ended problem solving as well as create challenges for other students to explore during RED Devil period.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $650, stacks the future of STEM learning in favor of Broadway Elementary students through the purchase of a LEGO station for the library.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $304.03, strengthens fine motor muscles of 2nd and 3rd grade students by underwriting the costs of a new fiber arts curriculum. Weaving, sewing and felting are examples of the new skills these 400 students will learn.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $289.10, purchases owl pellets for 2nd grade dissectors. For those of us who have been away from a science lab for a while, a refresher on what exactly those are: “Indigestible parts from prey (such as teeth, skulls, claws, and feathers) are too dangerous to pass through the digestive tract. So, the owl’s gizzard compacts them into a tight pellet that it regurgitates.”

Tipp City Parks Department, $2,542, expands the walking path around City Park with a 180 foot addition.  This grant was awarded through the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund, established in 2008.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $2,600, defrays the cost of the annual 5th grade excursion to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio.

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $1,000, funds the Eyeglass Program, which provides an annual eye exam and new glasses for citizens in need.

The deadline for 1Q grant submissions is March 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,204,926.44, through December 31, 2018. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, president, Mary Bowman, Jesse Chamberlain, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, vice president, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 667-4499.

For more information visit www.tippfoundation.org or Tipp Foundation on Facebook.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by: Following us on Facebook or Instagram
Visiting our Website
Sending us an Email

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank

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Matt Buehrer awarded Philanthropist of the Year by the Tipp City Foundation

Matt Buehrer awarded Philanthropist of the Year by the Tipp City Foundation

Matt Buehrer was awarded the Philanthropist of the Year by the Tipp City Foundation at its Diamond Jubilee Celebration on September 20th at The Willow Tree. His nominator stated, “He’s not only a fine philanthropist—he is one of Tipp’s finest

citizens as well.”

Matt was instrumental in organizing our local giving circle, Give Where You Live Miami County, where he serves as co-chair. GWYL has donated over $120,000 to local charities in Miami County since its inception.

Last year, he organized a Fill the Truck for Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Four semi-trailers were filled with over 120,000 pounds of supplies and sent down to Houston to help the victims. Matt drove one of the semis himself.

But these examples are in addition to the countless moments of generosity Matt has given Tipp Monroe Community Services, Needy Baskets, Pink Ribbon Girls, the InterFaith Community Foundation, and Stand Up to POTS. Webster’s Dictionary defines a philanthropist as “someone who makes an active effort to promote human
welfare,” which is exactly how Matt Buehrer conducts his life.

For more information regarding the Philanthropist of the Year award or the Tipp City Foundation, please visit www.tippfoundation.org.

Aid For The Fragile Amongst Us Addressed Through Grantmaking

Aid For The Fragile Amongst Us Addressed Through Grantmaking

September 10, 2018 – The Tipp City Foundation’s third quarter grantmaking results are complete. As is often the case, the amount of dollars requested exceeded the amount available to award. Decisions about how to best spread grantmaking dollars across the community had to be made. After lively discussion, quarantined wildlife, Holiday food baskets and supporting families of hospitalized children were among the projects supported. Ultimately, eight organizations were chosen to receive 12 awards totaling $17,726.63. The following is a list of grant recipients, amounts awarded, and the purposes funded. Bethel Local Schools, $1,490, updates communication between the technical crews and directors of concerts and stage performances through the purchase of headset systems. This grant was awarded through the Arts Bethel Fund in the Studebaker Tradition of Giving Back, established in 2014. Bethel Local Schools, $1,026, packs up the 5th graders and helps send them on an adventure to Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. This grant was awarded through the Radle Family Fund for Science Education, which supports conservation activities, established in 2007. Brukner Nature Center, $2,000, shelters quarantined patients at this wild animal preserve during recovery, by supporting a building expansion program. This grant was made in honor of Matt Timmer, former Foundation president, whose love of wildlife was legendary during his tenure. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, $2,000, tunes eager learners in to musical concepts while listening to live orchestral recitals. Over 540 Tipp City elementary students will be exposed to these professional performers. Downtown Tipp City, $820.63, expands the beauty of oversized seasonal plantings to now include the corners of First and Main Streets through the purchase of planters and related supplies. Needy Basket of Southern Miami County, $5,000, helps this agency meet an expanding demand at the Holiday season. Baskets for an estimated 200 families containing ingredients for a traditional Holiday meal will be distributed. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, $1,000, aids families as they grapple with their child’s illness during their stay at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Last year, 40 families from the Bethel/Tipp City community benefitted from their support. Services include a bite to eat, a place to do laundry and a private spot for a quick shower…all while staying close to their hospitalized child. Tipp City Parks Department, $395, improves the landscape at Veteran’s Memorial Park by replacing ground cover. This grant was awarded through the Veteran’s Tribute Fund, established in 2013. Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,500, nails down additional safety supplies to meet growing student demand to enroll in the Homebuilding Class. Students participate in building a “Tiny House,” which will later be sold and the proceeds will be used to fund the course next year. This experience gives students real-world skills for the homebuilding industry. Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,100, brings “The Rock Man” Mike Manning, a retired geology and earth science teacher, to 3rd grade students to share his enthusiasm for rocks through a series of hands-on activities. Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $750, fuels the Power of the Pen, an interscholastic writing competition for 7th and 8th graders, designed to help young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $645, invites Madcap Puppets to a one-week Artist in Residency program at Nevin Coppock Elementary School. Blending world literature, fine and performing arts and storytelling, kindergarten and 1st graders will have hands-on experiences with an art form dating back to 5th Century BC. The deadline for 4Q grant submissions is December 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270. Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,109,125.44, through December 31, 2017. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, president, Mary Bowman, Jesse Chamberlain, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, vice president and distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley. The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 667-4499. For more information visit www.tippfoundation.org or Tipp Foundation on Facebook. # # #

New Ways of Thinking and Learning Supported by Grant Awards

New Ways of Thinking and Learning Supported by Grant Awards

June 19, 2018 – The Tipp City Foundation’s second quarter grantmaking results are complete. As is often the case, the amount of dollars requested exceeded the amount available to award. Difficult decisions about how to best spread the awards across the community had to be made. Of the many grant requests considered, some were renewals of perennial programs while others were new. After lively discussion, giant metal bug puppets, art workshops and lifelong learning were among the projects supported.

Ultimately, six organizations were chosen to receive seven awards totaling $20,182. The following is a list of grant recipients, amounts awarded, and the purposes funded.

Tipp City Area Arts Council, $3,000, blows the minds of passersby on downtown Tipp City in 2020 by supporting Artworks on Main. The fantasy world of puppeteer Tristan Cupp will come to life with kinetic, interactive sculptures incorporating mechanics, design, engineering, nature and art.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $4,725, expands efforts to promote an environment of inclusion, diversity, understanding and acceptance. Customized sessions taught to middle school students will be led by students from grades 9 to 11. Sessions will build upon the past two years’ curriculum, also customized by the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton. The grant request read, in part, “We are all different with unique strengths and weaknesses. It is imperative that we teach our youth about understanding, respect and acceptance of all people.”

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,000, promotes Stagecrafters Summer Theatre Drama Camp, giving children a two-week experience working both on stage and behind the scenes of a play.

Tipp City Parks Department, $5,207, continues the partnership with the City to plant a tree grove in recognition of the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Located in Kyle Park, this grove honors donors who establish endowment funds.

Tipp City Public Library, $1,750, unifies the community while igniting an interest in great books by supporting the Tipp on a Great Read program.

Tipp City Youth Soccer, $500, provides needs-based support to assist families who find it difficult to pay for soccer registration and equipment.

We Care Arts, $3,000, opens the doors for children with profound physical and developmental disabilities to participate in art classes. This learning is available year round as well as in Transition to Work classrooms of Tippecanoe High School.

The deadline for 3Q grant submissions is September 1. If you would like information about how to apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270

Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,109,125.44, through December 31, 2017. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, president, Mary Bowman, Jesse Chamberlain, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, vice president and distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 667-4499.

For more information visit www.tippfoundation.org or Tipp Foundation on Facebook.