Foundation Awards 33 Grants in September

Published Date: October 16, 2018

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 16, 2018 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 33 grants totaling $845,000 in September, including a $20,000 award to the Family Nurturing Center for its Kids on the Block program.    

Family Nurturing Center is committed to ending the cycle of child abuse.  Prevention, education and treatment programs reach over 30,000 children and adults each year.  The Kids on the Block Bullies and School Safety Program 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 negative situations.  Entertaining shows involve three life size Kids on the Block puppets performing in three skits and sharing their personal experiences with bullying.  Students share their own ideas and suggestions and their questions are answered by the puppeteers via the puppets.  

Grants made in September:

Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council, $20,000.  ScoutREACH insures that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting by delivering the Cub Scout and Boy Scout program to low income and underserved minority youth

Children Inc., $50,000 (second of five $50,000 grants 2018-2022).  Scaling for Impact is a $5 million capital campaign aimed at expanding the organization’s number of programs, projects and services that benefit low income children and families.  Early childhood classrooms will double, scholarships will be available for the neediest families, and an Innovation Lab will focus on research-based tools and practices to enhance programming.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $15,000.  A collaboration with MYCincinnati introduces 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 Children’s Hospital Medical Center, $50,000 (second of five $50,000 grants 2018-2022).  The Hematology/Oncology Research Department’s Translational Core Laboratory is actively involved in moving cell and gene therapies into clinical trials.  The Foundation has made annual grants of $50,000 in this area since 2000.

Cincinnati Observatory Center, $20,000.  Staffing support for education department ‘s docent program allows for expanded hours to accommodate several thousand additional visitors each year and continued support to the expanded youth outreach program. 

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $30,000.   Education outreach tours will take three productions and present 90 performances at 70 area schools, impacting over 20,000 grades K through 6.  The focus is on schools that provide little or no access to the arts.

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 200 schools, including free programs at schools in underserved urban areas.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $45,000.   CSO’s core educational and community engagement programs program, provide low-cost or free comprehensive, standards-based learning to nearly 20,000 students at Young People’s Concerts at Music Hall, through visits by musicians to classrooms and community centers, and at educator and career workshops.  The grant supports two school years of programming.

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, $20,000.  Riderships (scholarships for those unable to afford the program) allow young persons with a wide variety of disabilities to enjoy the benefit of an accredited therapeutic riding experience.

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $25,000.  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. 

Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund, (CISE), $60,000.  The After School Study and Sports Program in conjunction with the Friar’s Club serves youngsters in kindergarten through the Grade 8 at six CISE inner-city schools.  Students learn respect, responsibility, good sportsmanship and leadership through their participation in sports activities. 

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

Family Nurturing Center, $20,000.  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. 

Friends of Sunrock Farm, $10,000.  A scholarship fund allows children from low-income families to experience the joys of nature through field trips and day camps at an educational farm in Wilder, Ky.

Hearing Speech & Deaf Center, $20,000.  Children’s programming provides access for deaf and hard of hearing young people from kindergarten to high school to experience educational, cultural and social activities in the Greater Cincinnati area.   

Inner City Youth Opportunities, $25,000.  A free, intensive after-school academic intervention and youth development program helps 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, $25,000.  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. 

Karen Carns Foundation, $20,000.  Coats for Kids provides more than 1,200 winter coats to young people in need while strengthening the bond between teachers and the students they have nominated to receive a coat.  

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $25,000.  Education outreach featuring free concerts for over 4,000 students is 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.

Know Theatre, $30,000.  An expanded outreach program brings an original, comedic, musical touring productions to over 7,000 students in Grades K-5 at area schools, community centers and libraries, inspiring them to become more engaged with science and STEM subjects.  

Society of St. Vincent De Paul/Northern Kentucky, $25,000.  The Sweet Dreams Bed Program follows up in-home visits by volunteers and provides a twin bed to economically disadvantaged children and youth.

Our Daily Bread, $20,000.   Kids Club is a three-days-week afternoon program providing a well-balanced meal, homework assistance, arts and crafts, games, outings and other fun activities for inner-city children ages 5-12. 

Our Lady of Light Foundation, $10,000.  Renovation of the Archbishop Leibold Home will create a revenue generating facility for programs and events and provide resources for children and families in the area.

ProKids, $30,000.  CASA University is a year-round recruitment, screening and training program for volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in child protection situations.

Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, $50,000.  A roof replacement capital program will allow facility improvements without impacting the services provided through daily operating expenses.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, $15,000.  The Family Performance and Activities Program provides games, arts and crafts, shows and entertainment – many of them held in the Charles H. Dater Performance Theatre -- for guests at Ronald McDonald House.  This grant will provide performer stipends and cover a portion of administrative costs.  

Santa Maria Community Services, $25,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.

Strategies to End Homelessness, $20,000.  Homeless prevention services benefiting children, youth and young adults include the Central Access Point (CAP) hotline and shelter diversion s services.      

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, $15,000.  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.

Women Helping Women, $20,000.  Prevent and Empower is a youth education program to prevent teen dating violence and sexual violence.

WRC - The Work Resource Center (Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati), $25,000.  The YouthBuild program’s two-year cycle leverages federal government support and provides 80 at risk young men with necessary skills and part-time introductory work in the construction industry.

YMCA – Clippard 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 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 3,000 grants totaling over $47 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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