The non-profit Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation formed in 1972 with 501 (C) (3)
tax-exempt status. Its original mission was to spread knowledge of science and engineering,
sponsor public meetings and make grants to students. Beginning with $5400, within
five years its net worth grew to nearly $27,000. See the 1977 Annual Report
By then the Foundation was co-sponsoring yearly all-day Edison-Science Youth Days
for Dayton and area high school students, contributing to the Dayton Museum of Natural
History and the Honors Seminar of Metropolitan Dayton, and making a $500 grant to
a college Engineering student. A web search reveals that one recipient passed on
the favor by teaching college math.
More recently the Foundation obtained and supplemented an Engineering and Science
Foundation grant to provide Math and Science Teaching Workshops to approximately
300 Miami Valley teachers in 16 school systems.
Education and community outreach
Over the years the Foundation has supported:
Local science fairs, TechFest for primary grade students, Teachers Science Seminar,
the Kettering Fund for outstanding senior Engineering student, awards for technical
papers by undergrad and graduate student, Rube Goldberg Contest, The Science Enrichment
for Minorities program, teacher support programs, Mathematics Collaborative, the
Odyssey of the Mind and Women in Engineering – a weeklong experience for high school
women, STEM Initiative –FoosBlast 2008, and Ropewalk documentary film.
The Ropewalk film is among the most successful education projects sponsored by the
Foundation, having won state and national awards and online distribution through
Netflix. Over 500 free copies were sent to schools, museums, libraries, historical
societies and sail training tall ships.
The new Dayton Innovation Legacy project will tell the stories of Dayton’s unsung
inventors and innovators. It is currently accepting donations to help collect, preserve
and communicate these stories through a multimedia website.
Enlarged mission for the Foundation
After the 1995 water damage to the Club building the Foundation added historic preservation
to its mission. Public educational events held at the Club helped meet the new charter
and make the club eligible for funds. Soon an endowment was also established to save
for a rainy day.
Foundation funds have since been used to update the Club’s electrical system, lighting,
and to install boilers. We have washed and cleaned the building exterior, painted,
performed a building review, and begun a long-term roof fund.
There is a pressing need today to finish building renovations. Otherwise regular
maintenance issues could begin to snowball. We particularly need to raise funds to
replace our aging roof.. Concurrently the Foundation seeks to build the endowment
to achieve permanent financial viability.
Infrastructure improvements are need to…
Meet the special needs of the disabled and elderly
Reduce operating costs through greater efficiencies
Create a place for discussion and exchange
Expand Internet access to attract younger members and facilities rentals