The Charles H. Dater Foundation recently marked a philanthropic milestone with the University of Cincinnati. Since 1990, the foundation has given more than $1 million to university programs impacting children and youth.
"The Dater Foundation makes a tremendous contribution to our campus, our health care system and our community," said Peter E. Landgren, president of the UC Foundation. "The careful stewardship of Charles Dater's legacy creates a lasting impact." He noted that Dater was a UC alum and a World War II veteran.
Langren specifically mentioned four programs that have had Dater Foundation support:
The Economics Center for Education and Research and its Student Enterprise Program StEP impacts elementary and middle school students in low-income neighborhoods by teaching economic and Entrepreneural principals. For example, in StEP students earn school currency for good behavior, academic achievement, and good attendance. and that income can be spent on basic school supplies, all the way to big ticket items (such as a basketball or an mp3 player). The program supports academic achievement through its activities that are connected to math, reading and writing, and social studies.
The UC College of Medicine Med Mentors program has received support from the Dater Foundation. Established in 1985 by Charles Dater, the foundation makes charitable grants to private, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies in Greater Cincinnati for programs benefiting children.
The Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (GCSC), the region's K-12, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused organization, connects partners across education, business, and community sectors on behalf of students and families in the region. After-school clubs provide hands-on experiences.
UC College of Medicine Med Mentors is a collaboration between the college and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, providing mentoring to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Urban Health Project pairs first-year UC medical students with nonprofit health organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. It directly impacts the community and exposes incoming medical professionals to the realities of the underserved community. An eight-week summer internship increases access to health services for underserved families while it builds awareness of health disparities and a desire to serve among our future physicians.
"We have a deep commitment to the City of Cincinnati and by supporting UC's excellent programs, we are helping the city," said Bruce Krone, Dater board president. "It also recognizes Charles and his legacy."
Krone says the foundation has funded everything from programs at small and midsize nonprofits to medical research. He mentioned the four UC programs impacting hundreds of local children a year and said they are close to his heart because Charles Dater would be pleased by them.