Dater Foundation Awards Eight Grants in Late November

Published Date: December 16, 2023

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Cincinnati, Ohio, December 16, 2023 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded eight grants in early totaling $310,000, including a $30,000 award to Dragonfly Foundation for its Patient and Family Events and Activities program.

When a young patient at Cincinnati Children’s is diagnosed with cancer, Dragonfly stands ready to support the family. 

The organization orchestrates events, activities, and family-oriented excursions that cater to the needs of immunocompromised patients and their families (at no cost to them), ensuring safety and comfort. These occasions provide children with a valuable experience of relief, happiness, light-heartedness, and a semblance of normalcy during their pediatric cancer treatment journey. 

Grants made in late November:

Art Creates Us, $20,000.  ProjectArt Cincinnati provides free, weekly afterschool classes at the Avondale and West End public library branches.  Underserved students develop their artistic skills and knowledge as well as enhance self-esteem, academic engagement, and sense of belonging.  

Bloc Ministries, $100,000.  Program support for at-risk urban youth in the Price Hill area with a specific focus on the Youth Teaching Kitchen and the Immigrant Welcome Center.

Bon Secours Mercy Health Foundation, $25,000.  The Mercy Serves program is a partnership with AmericaCorps that leverages the national service movement and places a diverse, energetic group in Mercy Health emergency departments to assist patients struggling with substance use disorders. 

Childhood Food Solutions, $50,000.  The Food Box Home Delivery Program serves the families of underserved students in the Lower and East Price Hill communities. 

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, $25,000.  Installment of a new scholarship management software system will streamline and add efficiency and transparency to the organization’s application, award and tracking process.

Crayons to Computers, $25,000.  Hubbard’s Cupboards is a collaboration between Crayons and the Sam Hubbard Foundation allowing underserved students to access school supplies and healthy snacks on a “just in time” basis. 

Dragonfly Foundation, $30,000.   Support for pediatric cancer patients and their families visiting Cincinnati Children’s features activity programsevents and family oriented excursions.  and gifting, including a 45-item Care Bag with hospital-approved personal care item for 

Linton Chamber Music, $35,000.  Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions is a series of Saturday morning concerts that present chamber music to pre-schoolers and their parents at locations throughout the region.  The program also includes free Library & Community Concerts in inner-city neighborhoods, and an in-school programs in partnership with Cincinnati Preschool Promise,

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 3,600 grants totaling over $73 million since its inception in 1985.

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