Dave Grim this month says good-bye to his service on the Tipp City Foundation board, an organization he has seen grow considerably over the past decade.

“It has been 10 years,” Grim said of his board service. “I am not a 30-, 40-year board member. It is time for some younger blood to come in.”

Grim was familiar with the foundation for many years. His father, the late Jim Kyle, was on the foundation board for more than 30 years. In those days, the board was just a few members who would meet at someone’s home. “The foundation came to the house” regularly, he said.

Grim joined the board a few years after his dad left. “I didn’t take his spot. It was probably five to 10 years before I went on,” he said.

When board member Mike Lightle was preparing to leave, he approached Grim about interest in serving, saying his background in marketing would be a plus for the organization.

“It sounded like fun and I wanted to get involved,” Grim said of that discussion in 2010. “It has been a good organization. It has grown a lot in those 10 years.”

Among his initial work with the foundation was on a new website that allowed for donating online, a change that made a lot of difference, he said.

During the past 10 years, the foundation has added more than 25 new funds as efforts continue to spread the word of its offerings and its benefits.

Other changes have included the addition of the annual donor reception to which everyone who donates to the foundation during the past year is invited. The reception is paid for by marketing sponsors, not foundation funds.

With the growth in funds and donations, the amount in grants annually has increased from $50,000 to more than $100,000.

“That is the community. This community gives. They are very generous,” Grim said.

He has served as foundation treasurer the past five years, a role he said he enjoyed. The new treasurer will be Diana Featherstone.

Grim said he enjoyed the treasurer role. “You stay on top of those donating. You see them in town and you can thank them personally. I have really enjoyed doing that,” he said.

Grim said he enjoyed the foundation board’s camaraderie. “We have a really talented board. They are workers. We don’t have members getting on the foundation just to be something on their resume,” he said. “It is a pretty well-run organization. It is fun to give money away.”

A graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Grim and his wife, Kelley, have been married 40 years. They have three adult daughters, Melanie and Sarah, who live in South Carolina, and Angela who lives in Columbus. They also have four grandchildren.

He worked for 21 years at Springhill Nurseries and now another 21 years with a horticulture marketing firm in partnership with a friend with a nursery in Alabama.

Grim said the foundation is a glue that keeps the community together. “You can help organizations that need help or you can help individuals that need help,” he said.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

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
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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