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 3,000 grants totaling more than $50 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 to Receive Governor's Award for the Arts

The Charles H. Dater Foundation has been selected as one of eight organizations or individuals to receive an award at the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, the State of Ohio’s most prestigious annual arts event.

The Dater Foundation’s recognition is in the category of Arts Patron.  The award is presented annually to an individual, or individual or family foundation, that, over time, has sustained and enhanced the arts in their community or the state of Ohio through contributions of their time, effort, or financial resources.


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Dater Foundation Awards 14 Grants in February

The Dater Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $510,000 in February, including $30,000 to People Working Cooperatively for its Summer Student Service Program that engages youth in meaningful volunteer experiences that benefit both them and their community.  

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