The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. wants to make the
process of seeking financial support as easy as possible for
Please read this document before starting
the Grant Request/Application process. The information and guidelines
will help applicants understand the Foundation's background and
grantmaking priorities, thereby improving the likelihood of approval for
some and saving valuable time for others whose application is not
aligned with the Foundation's grantmaking focus.
Foundation was established in 1985 by fourth-generation Cincinnati
businessman and philanthropist Charles H. Dater (1912-1993) to ensure
that funding for worthwhile community programs that enrich the lives of
children would continue after his death as well as to preserve the
memory of the Dater family name.
Charles Dater was the
great-grandson of Adam Dater and the grandson of Gilbert Dater. His
father Charles Henry Dater died when Charles was only 17 years old, and he was thrust into
helping his mother with management of the family's holdings at an early
age. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and earned his
M.B.A. at Harvard University. When his mother died, his full-time focus
became the family's investments and residential land development in
Western Hills. He lived modestly throughout his lifetime and wanted no
recognition for his philanthropy.
The $40-million Foundation is
one of the largest private foundations in Greater Cincinnati and is
governed by a five-person Board of Directors. The Foundation has no
full-time staff and does not direct programs. Officers and directors
take an active role in the organization's work, reviewing grant
applications, making grant awards and evaluating results, and monitoring
investments and the financial performance.
Foundation has made over 2,700 grants totaling more than $41 million to
a wide range of non-profit organizations. While some grants have been
significant in size, the median grant is $10,000 and the average grant is about $14,000. The Foundation
awarded grants totaling $1,953,746 in 2015-16.
Foundation makes grants to private, non-profit organizations and public
agencies in Greater Cincinnati for programs that benefit children in
the region in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social
services and other community needs. Greater Cincinnati is defined as the
eight-county metropolitan area made up of the counties of Hamilton,
Butler, Warren and Clermont in Ohio; Boone, Kenton and Campbell in
Northern Kentucky; and Dearborn in Indiana. The Foundation does not make
grants to individuals, for scholarships for individuals, for debt
reduction, and, with rare exception, for capital fund projects.
are usually made for one year and subsequent grants for an extended or
ongoing program are based on an evaluation of annual results. Multiple
grants to an organization in the Foundation's same fiscal year
(September through August) are possible, but rare. The Foundation looks
favorably on applications that leverage a grant to seek additional
funding and resources as well as an organization's effective use of
volunteer resources. The Foundation's directors/officers regularly
evaluate the grantmaking focus and priorities based on an assessment of
current community needs and available resources.
Grant Request/Application process requires a minimum of 30-60 days from
the time an application is received until a grant request is approved
or declined. Note that the Grant Request/Application form asks the date
by which a funding decision is requested or needed. Directors/officers
meet monthly to evaluate grant applications. Once an application is
approved, funds are dispersed to the grant recipient organization in
about two weeks.
Grant applications are to be made through the Foundation's online grant application process. Click here.
Persons with questions about the process may call Grants Coordinator Beth Broomall at 513/241-2658 or email her at bb@DaterFoundation.org.