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community benefit

ensuring children’s health beyond the hospital walls

Dayton Children’s was built on the hopes and dreams of some very dedicated community leaders who wanted a children’s hospital in this region so children did not have to travel far for specialized health care. With this founding spirit, Dayton Children’s continues to deliver on its mission to improve the health status of all children in our region.

As the region’s only pediatric hospital, we:

  • Serve as the community's safety net hospital by caring for all children regardless of their ability to pay, while providing and subsidizing hospital and community-based services that are either limited or unavailable elsewhere in our community.
  • Serve as a voice for children through public policy advocacy to change laws, policies or systems leading to the improvement of health and safety for children and families.
  • Join with community partners and lend support throughout our region to improve the lives of children and their families.
  • Train future doctors and health care professionals to become the next generation of high quality, professional pediatric experts.

At Dayton Children’s we are committed to living our mission of the relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach. Our community benefit activities demonstrate this commitment to our community’s children. We make these investments in the community through programs and partnerships that impact children’s health where they live, grow and play!

Based on our Community Health Needs Assessment, Dayton Children’s identifies the region’s most pressing child health and safety issues and creates an implementation plan in which we build our community benefit activities.

community benefit report 

The 2017-2018 Community Benefit Report shows a $85 million investment in the community. View the full report.

See our most recent 990’s for a full listing of our community benefit activities.


FY 2018-2019

FY 2017-2018

FY 2016-2017

FY 2015-2016

FY 2014-2015

FY 2013-2014

FY 2012-2014

FY 2011-2012

community benefit contributions

Dayton Children’s community benefit contributions support organizations in our 20-County service region that help us realize our mission of relentlessly pursuing optimal health for all children within our reach. It takes a community working together to ensure children are healthy and safe where they live, learn, and play. As part of our commitment to the community, Dayton Children’s allocates our “community benefit” funding to organizations who are working to improve the lives of children and families in our service region in alignment with our community health needs assessment.

Organizations can learn more about this funding opportunity by reading our community benefit guidelines and completing the community benefit application by December 31, 2021. 

contact us

If you have additional questions about our community benefit please contact Jessica Saunders at 937-641-3385 or by email.