Dater Foundation Awards 10 Grants in April

Published Date: May 16, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling $227,000 in April, including a $50,000 award to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, which was recently honored as the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Arts in Education.

ETC’s education and engagement programs provide inclusive arts experiences through onsite offering at its Over-the-Rhine location and outreach throughout the community. 

Grants made in April:

American National Red Cross, $20,000.  Leadership Development Camp is for 150-200 rising eighth graders through high school juniors.  High school and college counselors volunteer their time to select participants and serve at the four-day, three-night summer camp held at Xavier University.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, $20,000.  The Adopt-a-School program connects mentors with at-risk youth in a school setting.  Many mentors are upper class high school and college students.

Camp Joy Foundation, $25,000.  A program for underserved youth enables economically-disadvantaged children to participate in fun, safe outdoor activities that promote development of self-esteem, social skills and decision making through a resident camp, an overnight weekend retreat, a leadership program or a school visit.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission, $12,000.  RiverTrek is a week-long program of self-discovery and team building for 50 young people ages 12-17 that features a supervised five-day, four-night 65-mile canoe trip along the Little Miami River.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, $50,000.  Youth education outreach includes free intern performances in area schools and community centers, a Teen Scene initiative, and underwritten student/children show admission that enriches school curriculum and touches the lives of at-risk children in Over-the-Rhine and throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $20,000.  Educational outreach features the development of additional pathways to participation and engages about 3,000 Greater Cincinnati girls in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods in non-traditional ways.

Girls on the Run, $20,000.  Scholarships make it possible for underserved girls to participate in this program that teaches life lessons using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Lydia’s House, $25,000.  Homeless women with children in transitional housing have access to childcare, enrichment activities and education support for their children.

President Drive Church of Christ (Faith Alliance Coalition), $10,000.  The Coalition’s Day of Hope 2019 will distribute back-to-school backpacks and supplies to hundreds of children at a community celebration focused on building relationships with Cincinnati Police and social service groups.

Price Hill Will - MY Cincinnati, $25,000.  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 100 young people and culminates with participation in a two-day Price Hill Creative Community Festival.

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 $49 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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