$856,000 in Power Grants made to area partners in 2021

The DP&L Foundation rebrands as AES Ohio Foundation and awards grants totaling $1.5 million

February 23, 2022

The Dayton Power and Light Foundation announced today, its new name and logo as the AES Ohio Foundation to align with the 2021 rebranding of the utility. Established in 1985 as a private foundation, our long-standing mission is to invest in our communities and contribute to improving the overall quality of life.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the AES Ohio Foundation Board has been intentional in supporting affected community organizations whose purposes range from meeting basic needs to empowering the socially and economically disadvantaged in our communities.

“The AES Ohio Foundation is the largest corporate foundation in the Miami Valley where every dollar is distributed locally with a commitment to award sustainable grants that make a positive impact on our region,” said Director Community and Corporate Social Responsibility Holly Wiggins. “Congratulations to our grant recipients whose hard work, dedication and passion drive community building while strategically navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic.” 

The AES Ohio Foundation is excited to award grants totaling $1.5 million including fourteen Power Grants to partner organizations in the following strategic areas:

  • Economic development and the arts
  • Workforce development
  • Poverty reduction
  • Diversity and inclusion

The 2021 AES Ohio Foundation Power Grants recipients are:

  • American Red Cross Miami Valley Chapter – $50,000 to support disaster relief services in our region including the Home Fire Campaign.
  • Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm – $70,000 over two years for the Woodland Troll exhibit and environmental education program.
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – $50,000 to power science education for in-person and virtual educational programming.
  • Dayton Art Institute – $50,000 to enrich the community by creating meaningful experiences with art and support special exhibitions.
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital – $75,000 to the On Our Sleeves® public awareness campaign to bring additional mental health resources and break stigmas.
  • Dayton Performing Art Alliance (DPAA) – $130,000 to power innovation in the performing arts, expand digital access to performances and Family Series sponsor.
  • East End Community Services – $50,000 first grant of four totaling $200,000 to the East End Whole Family Hub capital campaign providing youth, family and neighborhood development programs in East Dayton.
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley – $90,000 over three years to fund the building of a West Campus Services Center in Trotwood.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Social Services – First of two grants totaling $50,000 to replace all the homeless shelters with energy efficient LED lighting.
  • The Contemporary Dayton (formerly DVAC) – $50,000 to support the Evolution capital campaign by relocating to the Arcade and programmatic transformation.
  • United Way of Greater Dayton – $130,000 to continue support of education, income and health programs in the community through the Strong Families Fund.
  • University of Dayton – $56,000 to continue funding the University of Dayton Statehouse Civic Scholars and DC Flyers Student Intern Programs.
  • Wright State University – $75,000 third grant of five funding diversity, equity and inclusion programming, university archives, degree completion and student success in the colleges of Business and Engineering & Computer Science.
  • YWCA Dayton – $50,000 for expansion of racial justice and outreach programs (Girls LEAD youth programs) and Huber Heights facility renovations.

To view the community impact grant recipients, visit aes-ohio.com/community-impact-grants.


About the AES Ohio Foundation

AES Ohio Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation established in 1985 to invest in our communities and contribute to the improvement of the overall quality of life. AES Ohio Foundation focuses its grants in the following strategic areas: Economic Development and the arts, Workforce development, Poverty reduction and Inclusion and Diversity. Since its inception, the foundation has gifted more than $43 million in grants to our communities.  Learn more at aes-ohio.com/community.