The Suicide Prevention Center, Inc. (SPC) is a privately funded 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency that was founded in 1965. It is the oldest suicide prevention agency in Ohio and the second oldest in the United States. It is the oldest volunteer-run crisis hotline in the United States.

Until the second half of 1996, SPC was funded by the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) and by United Way. With downsizing and consolidation of services by ADAMHS at that time, funding stopped coming to SPC. At the same time, United Way, which had been funding the school suicide prevention programs, felt that SPC was no longer financially stable and discontinued its funding as well. Not only has SPC continued to exist and offer its varied programs, but services have expanded and requests for services have quadrupled since the second half of 1996.

Since the loss of public funding at the second half of 1996, SPC has reorganized and established a new funding base. All funding now comes from private foundations, individual donors and fundraising events. The only public monies that SPC receives are "donor choice" monies from United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (those monies the donor stipules MUST go to SPC only). (Designation numbers are: CFC - 58061; United Way of Greater Dayton - 0059). While most services still remain free of charge to the client, SPC markets its training workshops. At present, there are 2 ½ paid staff. Volunteers answer the crisis hotline and serve in additional, unpaid staff positions.


Many organizations generously give donations of goods or services to SPC.These donations are invaluable and allow SPC to stretch the dollars given us.

  • Outright Gifts: Cash or long-term appreciated stocks or securities (often matched by your employer) for specific or general purposes.
  • Deferred Gifts: Bequests, charitable reminder trusts, term trusts, gift annuities and life insurance policies to be used as you designate. Please consult your attorney or financial planner for additional information.
  • Planned Giving: In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial and tax-planning perspective to consider long-term planned giving as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as a charitable remainder trust, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests.
  • Where there is a will…: Your will says a lot about you. It says you want to make life easier for your loved ones. It also provides insight into lifetime concerns and community involvement. Bequests to your family tell of your love and concern for them… and bequests to Suicide Prevention Center, Inc. speak volumes about your values and concerns for the lives of your friends, neighbors and fellow members of the community.

If you wish to make a gift, please contact your attorney or professional advisor. Wills, estate planning and tax concerns can be quite complex. Please take the time to discuss your particular needs with a qualified professional.

Your bequest can help ensure that children, youth and adults in the Miami Valley will continue to receive the services they need. Thank you for remembering Suicide Prevention Center, Inc. in your estate planning.

Wish List

Our wish list of in-kind donations includes such things as business supplies, desktop and laptop computers, flat screen monitors, flat screen TV, laser printer, powerpoint projectors, color copier, DVD player, cross-cut shredder, full size refigerator with freezer, drinks and snacks for hotline volunteers and items for our annual silent auction, 5K Run/Walk and Fish Fry fundraisers.

Donations may be made to:

Suicide Prevention Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 1393
Dayton, OH 45401-1393
or call (937)226-0818

Grants may be made to SPC at any time. Amounts of $1,000 or more may be dedicated to a specific service (crisis hotline, pet line, school prevention program, etc.).
Contact us at (937)226-0818.

1(800)320-HELP (4357)

(937) 226-0818
FAX - (937) 837-2708

Pet Line:
(937) 837-2683