The Charles H. Dater Foundation was founded in 1985 and makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out projects that benefit young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs.  The Foundation does not operate programs, but makes grants to private, non-profit organizations and public agencies for their programs and projects.  

The Foundation has made over 3,400 grants totaling more than $60 million.  Established to ensure that funding for worthwhile community programs would continue after his death, the Foundation preserves the memory and philanthropic commitment of Charles H. Dater (1912-1993) and his ancestors, whose hard work and business acumen over four generations provided them with the opportunity to share their success with their community. The Foundation has no full time staff and is guided by an active Board of Directors which meets monthly.  

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Dater Foundation Receives Governor's Award for the Arts

The Dater Foundation received one of eight Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the State of Ohio’s most prestigious annual  event presented by the Ohio Arts Council.



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Foundation makes 167 grants totaling $5.2 million in fiscal year 2020-21

The Dater Foundation awarded three grants totaling $115,000 in August, concluding its 2020-2021 fiscal year having made 167 grants totaling $5.275,000.  (9/15/2021)


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