Dater Foundation Awards 11 Grants in June

Published Date: July 10, 2017

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Cincinnati, Ohio, July 10, 2017 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $177,000 in May, including a $20,000 grant to Inter Parish Ministry for programs that connect families who live in eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County with basic needs.

The connecting programs include the Choice Food Pantry, the Mobile Pantry and its Nutrition and Health Education component, the Back-to-School Program and the Emergency Assistance Program.  These programs equip the one in five families living in poverty with food, back to school supplies and when necessary funds to pay for rent, medicine or the electric bill.  These families are a part of the working poor who lack the financial resources to be economically self-sufficient.  More than 35 congregations representing many different denominations as well as supportive businesses, community groups and others make up Inter Parish Ministry,

Grants made in June:

Chatfield College, $15,000.  Learning to Live, a program designed to recruit and educate low-income adult students by helping them with additional support in the areas of tutoring, child care, transportation and financial aid, all impediments to finishing their education.

Gilbert Dater High School, $17,000. Momentum Summer Bridge Program to provide summer enrichment and transition support to youngsters moving to the seventh grade, and a new AP Boot Camp program will prepare students for Advanced Placement courses.

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $15,000.  Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates provides over 700 at-risk youth with the essential knowledge, training, foundational employability skills and business resources necessary to ensure successful, retainable employment. 

Contemporary Arts Center, $20,000.  Youth Education programming includes the sixth floor Learning Center and the UnMuseum, a part of the Center that encourages students, teachers and families to enjoy an interactive and hands-on art experience.

Economics Center, $15.000.  The Student Enterprise Program (StEP) provides students with real-world applications of economics principles as they set up their own mini-economy in their classroom, save and invest their “school cash,” and create and sell goods and services at Market Madness.  The Center is part of the University of Cincinnati and focuses on education and research

Inter Parish Ministry, $20,000.  Choice Food Pantries in Newtown, Batavia and Amelia as well as a Mobile Food Pantry provide food support that helps very low-income parents provide food for their families. The program includes nutrition education in cooperation with Ohio State Cooperative Extension Service.

People Working Cooperatively, $10,000.  The Summer Student Service Group Project provides supervision and resources in leveraging the one-week time contribution of young philanthropist volunteers as they work on projects that further PWC’s goal of helping keep elderly people in their homes. 

Price Hill Will, $15,000.  The MYCincinnati program uses music to promote social change and youth development in Price Hill through a free, daily orchestra program for over 90 students during the school year.  A free four-week summer camp program serves about 80 young people and culminates with participation in a two-day Price Hill Creative Community Festival.

Starfire, $30,000.  Community Builders: One Family at a Time is a program that utilizes full-time staff “connectors” who work one-on-one with developmentally challenged Starfire members and their families.  The emphasis is on identifying the particular interests of each member so meaningful public service work and social opportunities can be made available.  

Urban Health Project (University of Cincinnati Foundation), $10,000.  Medical students spend their only open summer working full-time in internships at non-profit organizations, where they gain an increased understanding of the social factors that impact healthcare.

Visionaries and Voices, $10,000.  The Teaching Artist Program prepares artists with disabilities to engage the scholastic and broader community with two and three-dimensional fine arts instruction.  The program reached over 4,000 students and nearly 1,500 adults last year.

The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit young people 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 2,800 grants totaling over $43 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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