About UpDayton

Mission & Impact

UpDayton seeks to attract and retain talent to the region by inspiring & empowering individuals to create a community they want to call home. We are a group of cause champions, creative dreamers and talented doers in the community.


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UpDayton Project Incubator
Our signature program is designed for community members to transform community project ideas into action and includes a pitch at the UpDayton Summit. Applications are accepted year-round. Individuals or teams accepted into the incubator are part of a cohort-like environment building relationships with like-minded changemakers. Attend a series of workshops to help define a project, create a plan, and tell a story to maximize volunteer power and resources including a pitch at the annual UpDayton Summit.

See how you can make a difference with the UpDayton Project Incubator.

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The Annual UpDayton Summit
The annual UpDayton Summit is a launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects.

Community members share their vision for a better Dayton and how you can be part of their project. At the event, over 300 participants vote to decide which project pitches will receive seed money and the support of UpDayton for up to one year.

Examples of past winning projects include the #DaytonInspires campaign and murals, purchasing and installing 70 bike racks around town and many others. Learn about more past projects here.

Supporters & Partners

Individuals, organizations, foundations and businesses invest in UpDayton to assure that our community has the talent it needs to thrive. Each dollar we receive is multiplied by the thousands of hours of volunteer time and talent that UpDayton can uniquely leverage. Our dividends come back in the form of experienced leaders, talented people who choose to make Dayton home, and catalytic community projects that energize our city.