Dater Foundation Awards 17 Grants in June

Published Date: July 16, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, July 16, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $495,000 in June, including a startup grant of $25,000 to Last Mile Food Rescue to reduce food waste by efficiently delivering unwanted or unused food to people who are hungry and in need.

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 elementary students with monthly mentoring support and field trips and/or online and virtual programming.  More than 2,500 volunteers participate.

Adventure Crew, $25,000.  Clubs at partner schools offer weekend opportunities for camping, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, zip lining and wilderness survival techniques to at risk, marginalized teens.  There is no charge.

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.

Chatfield College, $25,000.  The Learning to Live program is 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.

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 features 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 support on both WGUC and WVXU includes announcements that promote the good work being done by other Dater grantees.  $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.  Thursday Art Play and Young Adult Lab have seen dramatic increases in participation as virtual programming became the norm in March.

Down Syndrome Association, $20,000.  New Family Support helps families learn how to care for a newborn baby with Down Syndrome, including understanding social connections and community resources that are available.

Ensemble Theatre, $50,000.  Youth education outreach typically 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.  Alternate and virtual programming has been developed to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions.

Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, $25,000.  Adult volunteers typically 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.  Virtual programming is in place as dictated by Covid-19 restrictions.

Last Mile Food Rescue, $25,000.  This new organization will use an extensive network of volunteers and innovative technology now in place in several other cities to deliver unused or unwanted food to people who are hungry and in need. 

Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  The Children’s Basic Reading Program uses the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory structured language technique to provide assistance to children in kindergarten through grade five who have severe reading difficulties or symptoms of dyslexia.

Music Resource Center, $25,000.  Music education, studio recording, live performance, radio broadcasting, leadership training and mentorship are components of an after-school music education program that creates a sense of empowerment and accomplishment for teenagers.  As Covid-19 distancing has disrupted programming alternate plans are being made.

President Drive Church of Christ (Faith Alliance Coalition), $10,000.  Depending on Covid-19 restrictions in mid-August, the Coalition’s Day of Hope 2020 will distribute back-to-school backpacks and supplies to hundreds of children and feature a community celebration focused on building relationships with Cincinnati Police and social service groups.

Price Hill Will/MYCincinnati, $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.  The free four-week summer camp program that serves about 100 young people and the two-day Price Hill Creative Community Festival will be held virtually in 2020.

School House Symphony, $30,000.  Teaching Tomorrow’s Audience Today typically 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.  Given Covid-19 restrictions, alternate virtual programming is planned.

Grant recipients were given permission to implement alternate programming as necessary to accommodate social distancing and other requirements dictated by Covid-19.  The Dater Foundation participated in the community Covid-19 response fund activated by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way as well as by making special grants to current grantees.  Covid-19 support to date totals over $750,000.

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 3,200 grants totaling over $54 million since its inception in 1985.


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