Dater Foundation Awards 11 Grants in January

Published Date: February 16, 2024

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Cincinnati, Ohio, February 8, 2024 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 11 grants in January totaling $430,000, including a $30,000 award to the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for its Youth Voices program.

The Center empowers young people to use their creative skills to make an impact on the world around them through two community-based programs: Teen Artists for Change (TAC) and Tellus Zine. Developed and shaped by teens themselves, these programs address the unique and multi-faceted needs of adolescents. 

Mentored by professional artists, diverse students in grades 7-12 create and share visual art, digital media and creative writing projects of their own design. 

Amidst the complex social issues of our time, Teen Artists for Change and Tellus offer viable ways for teens to express themselves creatively, build community among peers, and to take creative action on the issues that matter to them most.

Grants made in January:

American National Red Cross, $20,000.   A Youth Disaster Preparedness program teaches kids how to prevent and stay safe from home fires, tornadoes, floods and other emergencies.

Bethany House Services, $50,000.  A child and family stabilization program provides children experiencing homelessness with the immediate services they need, trauma-informed care, and opportunities to stimulate personal growth. 

Cincinnati Public Radio:
• WGUC/Classics for Kids, $75,000. Classics for Kids is 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, $75,000.  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.

Community Meal Center, $20,000.  Hot, homemade evening meals are served on Fridays and the last Monday of each month at two Hamilton churches to homeless and low-income individuals and families.  Food is served to guests at their table and seconds are encouraged. 

Kennedy Heights Arts Center, $30,000.  See above.

La Soupe, $50,000.  The Rescue/Transform/Share program rescues perishable food from restaurants and stores where it is transformed into meals by staff and volunteers and then distributed through a network of over 100 agencies, schools, senior centers, churches, food pantries and other nonprofits helping those in need. 

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

Strategies to End Homelessness, $35,000.  The Central Access Point Helpline for the Homeless is the centralized emergency shelter intake helpline that operates 363 days a year.  It is the one number anyone experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Hamilton County needs to call to get information about services, check for space in emergency shelters, and other homelessness system programs, and/or be placed in a shelter or homelessness prevention program. 

WAVE Foundation, $25,000.  A Community Outreach Scholarship Fund enables youth at under-resourced schools to benefit from free-of-charge wildlife educational experiences presented by WAVE’s professional educators. 

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 $74 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 700 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  


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