Dater Foundation Awards 21 Grants in June, Tops $50 Million Plateau since Founding in 1985

Published Date: July 27, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, July 27, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $240,000 in June, including a $60,000 award to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for renovations to the Charles H. Dater Children’s Theatre as part of a current capital campaign.

June grants pushed all-time Dater Foundation grantmaking above the $50 million plateau since the late Charles Dater established the foundation in 1985.   

Grants made in June:

Adopt A Class Foundation, $30,000.  Employee groups at companies and other organizations adopt a class/classroom and provide over 6,000 students with monthly mentoring support and field trips.  More than 2,500 volunteers participate.

Cincinnati Ballet, $25,000.  Cincy Dance! is a collaborative effort between the Ballet and local schools that provides free, long-term dance instruction to students in the community. The three-phase program starts with in-school dance instruction to third graders and includes scholarships to a more intensive training program for those who excel.

Cincinnati Public Radio:
• WGUC/Classics for Kids, $50,000. Classics for Kids is a program designed to introduce elementary schoolchildren to classical music in a fun way and featuring weekly radio programming and a comprehensive, interactive web site.
• WVXU/Democracy and Me, $50,000.  This program is an initiative to give young people a sense of their civic responsibility by providing teachers with tools and curriculum and students with concrete learning experiences. 
• Additional children’s programming on both WGUC and WVXU and announcements that promote the good work being done by other Dater grantees is also supported.  $25,000.

Contemporary Arts Center, $30,000.  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.

Council on Child Abuse, $20,000.  Free classroom presentations educate children about abuse prevention and personal safety strategies.  More than 15,000 students benefitted from over 700 presentations at 51 schools last year.

Gilbert Dater High School (Cincinnati Public Schools), $10,000.  An Aquaponies Greenhouse developed by the science and culinary departments will provide students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

DCCH Center for Children and Families, $20,000.  Targeted Case Management is a preventative program that assists low income children and families in obtaining needed behavioral health and/or medical services.

Down Syndrome Association, $20,000.  Youth Empowerment Classes are offered quarterly over six weeks to enhance development and skills of K-12 youth in the areas of fine arts, fitness and independent living.

First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, $15,000.  Free outreach programming through an in-school program and at other locations enables over 6,000 young people to benefit from educational programs that strengthen character, instill life enhancing values, and promote fitness and healthy choices. 

Inter Parish Ministry, $50,000.  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.  Programming includes healthy eating cooking classes, weekly summer community picnics and a community garden program

Junior Achievement, $25,000.  Adult volunteers participate in training and then take Junior Achievement’s time-tested financial and life success programs into classrooms, working with teachers in elementary, middle and high schools to reach over 30,000 students in Greater Cincinnati.

Magnified Giving, $25,000.  High school and middle school students at over 100 area schools learn the importance, benefits and process of philanthropy by evaluating and making grants to non-profit organizations.

Peaslee Neighborhood House, $20,000.  Six programs serve over 300 low-income young people ages 6 to 18 and provide them with consistent access to arts, music and civic education.

People Working Cooperatively, $30,000.  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.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, $60,000.  Renovations to the Charles H. Dater Children’s Theatre at Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House will allow for increased programs and activities as a $50 million expansion of the house increases capacity from 78 rooms to 177.  Annual Dater grants have helped fund programming, which will increase with the house’s expansion.

Salvation Army, $15,000.  The Learning Center provides comprehensive after-school and summer programming that includes informal education, music, sports and conflict resolution for young people in Price Hill and adjacent communities.

School House Symphony, $30,000.  Teaching Tomorrow’s Audience Today brings over 250 live musical performances by members of a six-person ensemble to 80 schools and 20,000 children throughout Greater Cincinnati.  Fees are kept low through contributions and grants, and part of the Dater grant will fund programs at underserved inner-city schools.

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, $35,000.  The Back-to-School program provides clothing, personal care items, back packs and school supplies to about 1,000 children in low-income families.

WordPlay, $20,000.  A WordPlay Writers Room embedded at Aiken High School is adding additional staff and resources to expand its in-school and after-school programming in order to impact more students.

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 $50 million since its inception in 1985.

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