Duke Foundation welcomes trustee, announces grants

TROY — The Board of Trustees of The Paul G. Duke Foundation has announced the appointment of Rayce Robinson to the board.

Robinson, an enterprise specialist in integrated diagnostic devices for Midmark Corporation, is the great-grandson of Paul G. Duke and grandson of Patricia Duke Robinson. He joined the board as the first Honorary Trustee in 2016, and looks forward to carrying on the family tradition of philanthropy focused on Miami County.

Thirteen Miami County non-profit organizations supporting education, health, social services, community events, and youth received an economic boost from The Paul G. Duke Foundation. The foundation recently announced grants totaling more than $250,000 to benefit area residents.

The Miami County area, like the rest of Ohio, has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic and the related public health crisis. A grant for the Miami County Recovery Council will enable expanded community education efforts and continuing cooperation with other area organizations as part of the Miami County Heroin Task Force, in order to help address this crisis.

Two additional grants will help organizations increase their ability to meet the needs of disadvantaged Miami County residents. The grant for Partners In Hope will help launch an expanded volunteer recruitment and training program. Through programs like Caregivers Senior Transportation or Getting Ahead, the volunteers will assist seniors and low-income families.

The other grant will assist the Miami County Dental Clinic as it expands in order to serve a higher proportion of the uninsured or underinsured population.

The organizations receiving grants are:

• Canine Companions for Independence — To support construction and design costs of a new regional training facility, enhancing their ability to serve Miami County.

• First Place Food Pantry — To purchase hygiene and personal care items to be offered at the pantry.

• The Future Begins Today — To support the Nurturing & Mentoring programs for Troy students in grades 4-10.

• Health Partners Free Clinic — To provide unrestricted support and support for the pharmacy residency program to provide advanced medication management for their uncontrolled diabetes population.

• Miami County Continuum of Care — To jumpstart the Rides to Work program, which provides reliable transportation to lower-income people in Miami County.

• Miami County Dental Clinic — To support the expansion of services to increase the capacity of the clinic.

• Miami County Recovery Council Inc. — To provide unrestricted program support in order to help expand organizational capacity.

• Needy Basket of Southern Miami County Inc. — To support the annual December Holiday Basket Program to ensure that all families, especially those with children, are able to celebrate and enjoy the season.

• New Path Inc. — To support the New Path Food Pantry.

• Partners In Hope Inc. — To support the launch of a comprehensive “Volunteer Expansion and Training Program” to support programming for individuals and community members.

• Troy Main Street, Inc. — To fund a city of Troy community branding strategy.

• Troy Mayors Concerts Inc. — To support the 2017 summer concert.

• Troy-Miami County Public Library — To purchase books for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that mails free books to enrolled children in Miami County each month from birth to age 5 to encourage early literacy skills.

The Paul G. Duke Foundation’s Board of Trustees encourages nonprofit organizations in the Miami County area to apply for grants. Information on eligibility guidelines, application deadlines, and submission of applications to the Duke Foundation can be found at www.paulgdukefoundation.org.

Application deadline dates for 2018 will be posted in the coming months; please continue to visit the website for the most up-to-date information. Grants are awarded in spring and fall each year. Organizations seeking support for school-year programs are encouraged to submit applications at the spring deadline for support of the upcoming academic year; those seeking support for summer programs are encouraged to apply in summer for the following year’s programming. Organizations with year-round programs may apply at either deadline.

The Duke Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst to enhance the quality of life in the Miami County area. Grantmaking efforts focus on programs benefiting children, young adults, and families in the Miami County area. Grants are made in the areas of social services, education, health, and the arts for both general and specific project support, including seed money for innovative programs. The Duke Foundation frequently makes challenge grants for projects to encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other donors.

The Paul G. Duke Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation, was established in 1983. It has a long history of philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations. Paul Duke, Miami County businessman and philanthropist, evolved his local Duke Garden Centers into a national lawn and garden service, Chem-Lawn. The proceeds from the sale of that business enabled Mr. Duke to generously support many community projects and charitable programs, all of which continues to be done through the Duke Foundation.

The Duke Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Linda A. Daniel, president; B. Mark Hess, M.D.; William J. McGraw, III, Esq.; Rayce Robinson; and Ronald B. Scott. Patricia Duke Robinson serves as president emeritus.