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 3,500 grants totaling more than $70 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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Last Mile Food Rescue Gets Neighborhood Builders Award

Congratulations to Dater grantee Last Mile Food Rescue, a 2022 recipient of a $200,000 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award.



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Dater Foundation Awards 13 Grants in April, Grantmaking Tops $70 Million Since Inception in 1985.

The Dater Foundation awarded 13 new grants in April totaling $430,000, including a $25,000 award to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission for an expanded outdoor adventures program for youth and teens ages 12-17.  The grants push Dater Foundation grantmaking over the $70 million plateau since its inception in 1985.


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