Dater Foundation Awards 14 Grants in October

Published Date: November 8, 2018

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Cincinnati, Ohio, November 8, 2018 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $400,000 in October, including a 35,000 a award to Childhood Food Solutions for its Winter Break food support program. 

Providing food support for elementary students before winter break is especially critical because almost all of the 17-day winter break from school occurs late in December when families’ early-month government benefits often run out. 

This grant will fund winter-break sacks of groceries for all of the elementary students in zip code 45225 (North Fairmount, Millvale and the Villages at Roll Hill) who normally receive free meals at school.  The food sacks contain shelf-stable, “filling” groceries that stand the best chance of carrying the children through the entire winter break, even after gifts of rich “holiday food” might have been consumed.

Grants made in October:

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, $50,000.  Operation School Bell is a back-to-school program that provides school clothes including uniforms, jackets, pants, shirts, underwear, socks and shoes along with hygiene supplies to about 4,000 children in need at 38 area public and parochial schools.

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, $25,000.  Community outreach programs provide free art making opportunities and positive outlets to youth after aschool and at summer art camp.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  Diplomas to Degrees, a nationally developed program for Boys & Girls Clubs, is a series of workshops and activities that prepares youth for trade school, community college or a four-year college/university.

CET – Public Media Connect, $50,000.  Quality, trustworthy and entertaining educational programming is the hallmark of CET’s outreach to children of all backgrounds.  This happens 70 hours a week on flagship station WCET, 24/7 on a dedicated Kids Channel, and through Internet streaming and other features on the station’s web site.

Childhood Food Solutions, $35,000.  Winter Break Food Support is part of CFS’s year-round supplementary program for food-insecure pre-school and elementary school students in low income urban areas of Cincinnati at a critical time of the calendar year.

Cincinnati Museum Center, $25,000.  The Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity in children and serves young people and families with exciting, educational and age-appropriate programming throughout the year.  Support also includes the Learning Through Play conference and registration vouchers for underserved participants.

Elementz, $25,000.  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.

Fernside - A Center for Grieving Children, $25,000.  Upon the request of school officials, School Grief Support Groups meet weekly for six weeks to assist young people grieving the death of a family member or close friend.    

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, $25,000.  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 popular How Litter Hurts Animals/Wings of Wonder assemblies, delivering an impactful message about litter prevention and environmental stewardship to elementary school children in the region.  At no cost to schools.

Linton Chamber Music, $25,000.  Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, a series of nearly 40 Saturday morning concerts, present chamber music for pre-schoolers and their parents at locations throughout the region, including free concerts in inner-city neighborhoods.  An in-school K-2 program was successfully piloted last year and will be introduced at three schools this year.

Mayerson Academy, $25,000.  A summer practicum for teachers includes one-on-one tutoring to help dyslexic children in grades K-3 with reading, writing and spelling. Teachers take their new knowledge back to their classroom, benefiting their students throughout the school year.

Square1, $15,000.  The Startup Scholars program helps students in low income areas develop the key skills of leadership, entrepreneurship, goal setting, critical thinking, time management and teamwork as they start their own company and compete against teams from other schools. 

Starfire, $40,000.  Community Builders and the year old Family Directed Community Inclusion programs utilize full-time staff “connectors” who work with developmentally challenged Starfire members and their families.  The emphasis is on identifying the particular interests of each member so meaningful work, volunteer and social opportunities can be made available and a network of friends can be developed.

University of Cincinnati Foundation - Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative, $10,000.  Two after-school programs – 3d Printers Club and STEM Bicycle Clubs – meet weekly throughout the school year with the goal of developing and expanding students’ in STEM fields.  Nearly 100 schools and 150 partner companies and organizations participate. 

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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