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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U.C. Foundation Recognizes Dater Foundation Milestone

The Dater Foundation recently marked a philanthropic milestone with the University of Cincinnati. Since 1990, the foundation has given more than $1 million to university programs impacting children and youth.



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Dater Foundation makes 158 grants totaling $5.7 million in fiscal year 2022-23

The Dater Foundation ended its 2022-23 fiscal year in August having made 158 grants totaling $5,750,000.  The amount is the largest made by the foundation in any fiscal year since it was established in 1985-86. 


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