Foundation Awards 12 Grants in Early November

Published Date: November 16, 2016

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Cincinnati, Ohio, November 16, 2016 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 12 grants totaling $170,000 in early November, including a $30,000 grant to CET-Public Media Connect (WCET-TV) for children’s programming on the educational television station.

CET’s flagship station broadcasts 70 hours of children’s programs each week, including shows like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Nature Cat and Sesame Street.  CET will launch a new high definition channel in January 2017 that will provide children’s program 24/7. 

“The ability of CET’s children’s programs to reach a broad range of audiences has great appeal to us,” said Dater Foundation President Bruce Krone.  “The programs are available over the air, on cable, on computers and tablets, and the content is entertaining, educational and so well done.” 

Grants made in early November:

Art Academy of Cincinnati, $10,000.  Programs for Schools uses Smart ART (art integration) to reach 1,500 schoolchildren during the instruction day and 300 after school, incorporating art fundamentals with academic curriculum to provide free, enriching instruction to at-risk students in Grades 1-12.  

Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region, $10,000.  Kids Get Arthritis Too, a program that includes a JA Days, Fall Family Camp and the JA Power Pack filled with educational materials and other information about resources and support for children with arthritis and their parents.

Cancer Support Community, $10,000.  The Children’s Cancer Support Program helps young people and their families confront the impact of cancer by encouraging them to share their feelings and experiences with others as they deal with the change that a cancer diagnosis brings in their lives.

CET - Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation, $30,000. Support of the station’s 70 hours of weekly PBS children’s programming.  Splash and Bubbles is a new program grounded in marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery for children ages 4-7.

Fernside – A Center for Grieving Children, $10,000.  Upon the request of school officials, School Grief Support Groups meet weekly for six weeks to assist young people grieving the death of a family member or close friend.

Know Theatre, $10,000.  A new outreach program will bring an original, comedic, musical touring production to 20 area schools, community centers and libraries, inspiring students in Grades K-5 to become more engaged with science and STEM subjects.  

LifeCenter, $5,000.  The Celebrate Life Calendar 2017 is a publication distributed strategically in the community to raise awareness levels about the organ donation network by sharing the stories of donor families and recipients.

Linton Music, $15,000.  Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, a series of nearly 40 Saturday morning concerts presenting chamber music for pre-schoolers and their parents at locations throughout the region and including free concerts in inner-city neighborhoods.

Madcap Puppets, $20,000.  Performances by Madcap’s highly acclaimed puppeteers at its Hats Off series and at area elementary schools that would not otherwise have the resources to provide this kind of programming.

ProKids, $20,000.  CASA University is a year-round recruitment, screening and training program for volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in child protection situations.

Santa Maria Community Services, $20,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.

Special Olympics Hamilton County, $10,000.  The Summer Games at Ohio State University is a culmination of local training and local competitions in track and field events for 125 young people with significant cognitive disabilities.

The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit children 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 2,700 grants totaling over $42 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 602 Main Street, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

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