Dater Foundation Awards 18 Grants in September

Published Date: October 5, 2016

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 6, 2016 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 18 grants totaling $321,000 in September, including a $20,000 grant to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for its youth education program that is expected to reach over 30,000 students at more than 300 events, including in-school performances, classes, workshops and camps as well as matinees at its theatre.  

The CSC Education Program invites students to join the conversation about Shakespeare, the classics, and drama, and it works to improve students’ comprehension of Shakespeare’s text, appreciation of theatre, attitude, confidence, and academic performance.  

Grants made in September:

Carnegie, $10,000. Arts Integration Workshops fill an artistic cultural gap, enriching a school’s core curriculum while developing creativity in decision making and risk taking for students Pre-K to Grade 5.

Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE), $40,000.  After School Study and Sports Program in conjunction with the Friar’s Club. Youngsters in kindergarten through the Grade 8 at six CISE inner-city schools learn respect, responsibility, good sportsmanship and leadership through their participation in sports activities. 

Children's Theatre, $40,000.  The 2016-17 Main Stage season features four productions and 60 performances that will be seen by an expected 100,000 students, children and families at the Taft Theatre. Students from low income families attend weekday school performances free or at a nominal charge.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $10,000.  Collaboration with MYCincinnati to introduce young people ages 7-13 in East Price Hill to a structured instrumental classical music program with the goal of engaging young minds, improving individual lives, and impacting an entire neighborhood. 

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $10,000.  Education outreach will take the touring production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to over 30 elementary schools and community centers. The program is designed to complement classroom curriculum and bring heightened interest in theatre to nearly 10,000 young people in kindergarten through Grade 6.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, $20,000. An in-school education program provides exposure to the works of Shakespeare and other classics through performances and workshops for students at more than 130 schools, including free programs at schools in underserved urban areas.

DCCH Center for Children and Families, $10,000.  As part of its care for victims of child abuse, the Center will expand its Equine program through a collaboration with Milestones, a Dater Foundation grant recipient.  Research shows that interacting with animals has many real and lasting benefits for children in therapy. 

Elementz, $15,000.  An after-school arts program for inner-city teens features visual arts programming and teaches music, poetry and dance to young people who do not have many constructive options in their neighborhoods.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus, $10,000.  A community education program benefits children and adolescents by increasing knowledge about epilepsy and the public’s acceptance of persons with epilepsy.

Family Nurturing Center, $15,000.  The Kids on the Block program includes a Bullies and School Safety Program and educates children about what constitutes bullying, promotes sensitivity toward peers, provides specific strategies to make schools a safer place, and helps children avoid or cope with bad situations. 

Inner City Youth Opportunities, $25,000.  Struggling Student to Successful Students is a free intensive after-school academic intervention and youth development program to help 60 inner-city children in kindergarten through Grade 6 develop life and social skills and improve their academic abilities.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, $15,000.  A Child Enrichment Program provides tailored services to the youngest and most vulnerable at an emergency homeless shelter. The program makes extensive use of volunteers and/or the support of 100 area congregations. 

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, $15,000.  The Don’t Trash My ‘Nati Litter Prevention Program is an umbrella for all litter prevention education.  It includes the long-standing Wartville Wizard and the ever popular How Litter Hurts Animals/Wings of Wonder assemblies delivering an impactful message about litter prevention and environmental stewardship to elementary school children in Cincinnati Public Schools and other schools in the region. 

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $15,000.  Education outreach featuring free concerts for young people designed to introduce and showcase classical music, assist educators in teaching core concepts in the arts and humanities, and offer impactful ways to inject music into cross-cultural lesson plans.

Literacy Network, $10,000.  Children’s Basic Reading Program uses the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory structured language technique to provide assistance to children in grades one to five who have severe reading difficulties or symptoms of dyslexia.

Taft Museum of Art, $40,000.  Educational programs for children and families, including school tours, Artists Reaching Classrooms, Third Sunday Funday, a Girl Scout program, and Summer Art Day Camp.  Activities impact more than 5,000 children and many programs take place in the Taft’s Dater Education Room.

University of Cincinnati - Med Mentors, $11,000.  Medical students volunteer to mentor young people through outings to local cultural venues and special events that the youngsters would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. Nearly 200 medical students, about one-fourth of the medical student population, participate.

YMCA - Clifford Family Branch, $10,000.  The Y’s autism learning programs, which include aquatics and gross motor play, provide children on the autism spectrum with year-round focused instruction, individualized care, and opportunities to interact with peers.  There is also a summer program.

The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit children and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. Information about the grantmaking process and guidelines and links to an online grant application website are available at

The private foundation was established by fourth-generation Cincinnatian, businessman and philanthropist Charles Dater (1912-1993) to ensure that his resources would continue to fund worthwhile community programs after his death. The foundation has made more than 2,700 grants totaling over $41 million since its inception in 1985. 


For additional information regarding this news release, contact Roger Ruhl (513/598-1141).
The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. is located at 602 Main Street, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

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