“We have an attitude in this community of looking out for and caring for our neighbors,” said Mike Parks, president of the Dayton Foundation. “We’ve got philanthropic institutions in this community — the United Way, the Culture Works campaign, the community foundation — that give us a strong infrastructure to help people give to their neighbors.”
Dayton area residents give a greater share of their incomes to charity than Ohioans from other metro areas, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Local residents on average gave 4.6 percent of their discretionary incomes to charitable groups, compared 4.1 percent in Akron, 4 percent in Cincinnati-Middletown, 3.9 percent in Cleveland and 4.3 percent in Columbus. Discretionary income is the money remaining after residents pay taxes and costs related to housing, food and other basic necessities.
Today there are over 4000 nonprofits in the region, and to continue the legacy of taking care of our community, there are hundreds of fundraising events to support them. To see the complete list of charitable events for 2017 check our DMM calendar.
Here are MostMetro’s list of 18 events not to miss this month: