By Nancy Bowman

During the second quarter of the Tipp City Foundation’s grantmaking cycle, a special milestone was reached. Since its founding in 1943, the foundation has now awarded over $2.75 million in grants to the Tipp City, Monroe Township and Bethel Township communities. 

The yardstick tallying grant awards is the most meaningful way the Foundation measures itself. It is the fulfillment of its mission as it commits to future generations. The recent milestone award enhances the visitor experience at the new Chamberlain Pond, east of downtown.

The meeting was the inaugural session for new board members Bryan Blake and Glen McMurry.

Several grant requests were in the running this quarter. Some organizations returned after several years without applying. In all, a broad variety of grants were awarded.  Ultimately, 12 organizations received 13 awards totaling $23,300.40.

The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact these grants will make. Any additional support that donor advisors gave through their grantmaking is included. 


CISV Midwest Chapter, award, educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world by engaging local youth. Reengaging local involvement after the pandemic is the goal for this award. A Lucky 13 Fund award. 

Frank E. Robinson Post 586 of the American Legion, $1,015, refurbishes the signage for this organization, which supports veterans. An Urban Stewardship Fund grant.

Downtown Tipp City Partnership, $1,250, spruces up the exteriors of downtown properties identified through the Partnership’s Façade Improvement Program. An Urban Stewardship Fund grant.

Tipp City Public Library, $1,000, explores the challenge of creating peace through literature. Creating a more worldly generation is the goal of this partnership between the Library, Schools, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Additional support from the Robinson-Walters Family Fund rounds out this request for a total of $3,000.


Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, award, creates a makerspace at L.T. Ball, which encourages creative exploration, engineering, building, inventing and purposeful play. A Tipp Giving Fund award.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $599, purchases a large green screen for filming classroom plays. A Youth of Tipp City Fund in memory of Sara Drexler grant. 


Bethel Township Fire Department, $6,350, promotes fire safety education by supporting the purchase of a new “smoke house”. A Safety First Fund grant.

Tipp City Fire and Emergency Services, $2,700, posts Stop the Bleed kits throughout Tipp City schools. These supplies would be used in case of a mass casualty event. We salute the Fire and EMS services for their preparedness and sincerely hope these kits will never be used. A Safety First Fund grant.


City of Tipp City, $1,886.40, improves the experience for visitors to the new Chamberlain Pond through the purchase of benches. Awarded through the Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund. Additional support from the Wahl Family Fund rounds out this request for a total of $2,395.40.

Miamibucs, $2,500, fuels the “I Can” Triathlon for children with different abilities through the purchase of t-shirts and medals for up to 75 athletes and their buddies. A William’s Gift Fund grant.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley, $1,500, matches local youth on a waiting list with mentors.

Isaiah’s Place, Inc., $2,000, increases retention of foster parents by hosting support events. Retention assures continuity for foster children, which leads to better outcomes. Awarded, in part, through the H. E. “Tiny” and Emma Drewing Fund.

Tipp City Youth Soccer, $2,500, replaces older goal nets in Kyle Park.

Quarterly grant deadlines are February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 each year. Jim Ranft is available for your grant-related questions at 937-528-2482. Applications are available online at

Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, Richard Bender, vice president, Bryan Blake, Mary Bowman, Diana Featherstone, treasurer, Dee Gillis, Joellen Heatherly, Bruce McKenzie, Glen McMurry, Patrick Reese, Jim Ranft, president and distribution chair, Julie Taylor, Jackie Wahl, and Bill Wendel, secretary.

The Tipp City Foundation is a component fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution or how to establish an endowment fund, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

For more information visit or Tipp Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

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All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – 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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