The Troy foundation was founded by Augustus G Stouder. Augustus was president of the Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company, in latter years known as The Hobart Corporation and currently PMI Food Equipment Group. Mr. Stouder wanted to give back to his community, so he started the foundation with the help of The First National Bank & Trust Company in 1924 a few years before his death in 1929.
The organization is operated by a staff of eight, a governing board of seven, trustees committee of four, and a distribution committee of five. The distribution committee decides the grant allocations each quarter. Two members of the committee are appointed by the trustees committee and three are appointed by the governing board.
The Troy foundation is from Miami County and for Miami County. The staff members, and board members are all residents of the area, so they are knowledgeable of the communities needs.
The Troy Foundation gives quarterly grants within the arts & culture, community & economic development, education, environment, health, human services, and recreation categories. Programs which receive grant funding must benefit the residents of Troy. Grants are reviewed on the third Thursday of March, June, September, and December. The organization offers mini-grant applications for smaller projects under $2,000.
In addition to grants, the foundation offers scholarships for students. Two of the scholarships are the Jedediah Lynn Shaefer Scholarship, and the Life is a journey nomination which can be applied to in January. Troy Foundation also offers post-grad scholarships for Miami County residents.
Since 1958, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. We make meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and local youth (Littles), ages 6 through 18, across Montgomery, Miami, Greene, and Preble counties. As the leading evidence-based mentoring organization in the Miami Valley, currently serving 344 local youth, we help children realize their full potential and build strong futures.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, we provide group match activities focused on STEM to build confidence and self-efficacy around science, technology, engineering and math subjects and to expose them to various related career paths to help break the cycle of generational poverty. We also provide family care packages which include nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies to the youth who are in most need.
We are always looking for volunteer mentors to match with youth in the Miami Valley. If you think you would make a great mentor to a child, sign up today!