Dater Foundation Awards Nine Grants in February

Published Date: March 20, 2017

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Cincinnati, Ohio, March 20, 2017 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $145,000 in February, including a $15,000 grant to Camp Joy for underserved youngsters to enjoy the benefits of a camp experience.

Since 1937 Camp Joy has provided life-changing camp experiences for underserved populations. This grant will support a program in which 3,000 youth ages 7-16 from at-risk backgrounds, including many in foster care, with the opportunity for hands-on, outdoor learning experiences.  The youth obtain skills necessary in adulthood and knowledge of the natural world as they participate in outdoor activities, progressive life skills learning, team-building and leadership challenges and hands-on lessons in the natural sciences.  Some positive outcomes reported by past participants include working as a team member, learning a new skill, and feeling good about themselves as a result of their experience at Camp Joy.

American National Red Cross, $10,000.  Leadership Development Camp for 150-200 rising eighth grade through high school juniors.  High school and college counselors volunteer their time to select participants and serve at the four-day, three-night summer camp held at Xavier University.

Camp Joy Foundation, 15,000.  Program for underserved youth that 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.

City Gospel Mission, $10,000.  Whiz Kids is a one-on-one, volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring after-school program at 67 locations that impacts 1,400 children who are academically at-risk due to disabilities, poverty, homelessness and other barriers to success.

East End Adult Education Center, $10,000.    Free GED education and job skills instruction that targets young people and adults who have dropped out of school and need credentials to improve their opportunity for success in life. 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation: Learning Links, $40,000. A program that funds small grants to teachers and other educators allowing them to provide creative programs or special events for more than 30,000 area students. 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation: Summertime Kids, $30,000. A program administered through a volunteer committee enabling local nonprofit organizations to provide summer activities such as field trips, day camps, gardening, arts and crafts for deserving young people.

Historic Southwest Ohio, $10,000.  Education programs and outreach focusing on history and life in the 19th century for 5,000-plus young people in kindergarten through high school.

National Voice of American Museum of Broadcasting, $10,000. A STEM outreach program piques the interest of middle and elementary school students by using broadcasting to introduce the concepts of magnetism, electricity and radio waves.  Key to the program is that technical VOA volunteers work with high school students, who then make presentations to younger students in their classrooms.

Parachute Special Advocates for Children of Butler County, $10,000.  Community volunteers go through rigorous training to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and then advocate for foster children, ages birth to 18, who are often abused, neglected, abandoned, or lost in the child protective system.

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 $43 million since its inception in 1985. 


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