Ann Shaw: Crafting a Legacy in the Present

A Lifelong Commitment to Community Service

For over fifty years, Dayton has been the cherished home of Ann Shaw-Kremer, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at James Investment Research, Inc. Throughout her life, Ann has dedicated herself to numerous local causes, contributing her time, expertise, and financial resources.

Inspired by her parents, who were exemplary role models of service, Ann grew up embracing the value of helping others. Her early experiences included volunteering at base thrift shops and a camp for children with special needs during her father’s military service. These formative years shaped her lifelong commitment to philanthropy, further fueled by stories of children like Blake, who have thrived due to URS’s comprehensive programs.


Blake’s Journey: Triumphs and Milestones


Blake, a three-year-old with Down Syndrome, exemplifies the transformative impact of URS. His remarkable progress in the past two years is a testament to URS’s acclaimed Early Childhood Education Programs and Therapy Services. From mastering self-feeding and walking to using a cup, Blake’s achievements, supported by specialized therapies, are inspiring. As the face of the 18th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, sponsored by Synchrony, Blake symbolizes hope and resilience.


Ann Shaw and Doug Kremer: A Legacy of Giving

Ann’s journey with URS began 19 years ago when she joined the Board of Directors. Her deep belief in URS’s mission has been the cornerstone of her involvement. Recently, Ann expanded her support by including a bequest to URS in her estate plan.

Ann Shaw and her late husband, Doug Kremer

In a move to witness the immediate impact of her generosity, Ann made a significant cash donation this year, leveraging the tax benefits offered by the CARES Act. This strategic contribution serves dual purposes: directly aiding families reliant on URS services and bolstering the organization’s endowment. The CARES Act’s provisions, increasing the limit of annual contributions for itemizers and allowing for carryover of excess contributions, played a key role in her decision.


Sustaining URS’s Mission: The Importance of Individual Support

URS faces the challenge of covering costs that exceed government funding. The support from individuals like Ann is vital. Her recent gift also honors the memory of her late husband, Doug Kremer, a driving force behind the Young’s Dairy Charity Bike Tour, which raised over $1 million for URS and other local nonprofits.

Ann Shaw-Kremer’s dedication to giving back is a beacon of hope and an example of impactful philanthropy.



For information on how to make a planned gift or utilize CARES Act incentives for current giving, please contact Dennis G. Grant at 937-853-5414 or