Dater Foundation Awards 18 Grants in May

Published Date: June 11, 2018

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Cincinnati, Ohio, June 11, 2018 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 18 grants totaling $472,826 in May, including a $125,000 grant to The Taft Museum of Art for renovations and enhancements to the Dater Education Room.  In addition, two multi-year commitments of $250,000 each were approved for gene therapy research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a capital campaign at Children Inc.  Five awards of $50,000 will be made to each organization from 2018 to 2022.

Grants made in May:

American National Red Cross, $15,000.  Leadership Development Camp is for 150-200 rising eighth graders 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.

Bethany House Services, $25,000.  The Brighter Futures for Homeless Children program supports young people through the trauma of homelessness, teaches them how to behave in social settings, and exposes them to activities and ideas beyond their usual experiences.  Bethany House sheltered over 700 children last year.

Children Inc., $25,000.  The Service Learning Initiative is a free teaching and learning program that enables teachers to impact their students through participation in high quality learning experiences that benefit others in the community. Students experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from giving of their time and effort.

Children Inc., $50,000 (first of five $50,000 grants 2018-2022).  Scaling for Impact is a $5 million capital campaign aimed at expanding the organization’s number of programs, projects and services that benefit low income children and families.  Early childhood classrooms will double, scholarships will be available for the neediest families, and an Innovation Lab will focus on research-based tools and practices to enhance programming.

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $25,000.  Early Childhood and Youth Services Music Program, including the Annual Music Recital and partial support of two music specialists.

Cincinnati Ballet, $20,000.  Cincy Dance! is a collaborative effort between the Ballet and local schools that provides free, long-term dance instruction to students in the community. The three-phase program starts with in-school dance instruction to third graders and includes scholarships to a more intensive training program for those who excel.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, $50,000 (first of five $50,000 grants 2018-2022).  Continuing support for the Hematology/Oncology Research Department’s Translational Core Laboratory, which is actively involved in moving cell and gene therapies into clinical trials.  The Foundation has made annual grants of $50,000 in this area since 2000.

Gilbert Dater High School, $35,000.  Momentum Summer Bridge Program to provide summer enrichment and transition support to youngsters moving to the seventh grade, and an AP Boot Camp program to prepare students for Advanced Placement courses.

Magnified Giving, $25,000.  High school students at over 80 area schools learn the importance, benefits and process of philanthropy by evaluating and making grants to non-profit organizations. 

Salvation Army, $15,000.  The Learning Center provides comprehensive after-school and summer programming that includes informal education, music, sports and conflict resolution for young people in Price Hill and adjacent communities.

Taft Museum of Art, $125,000.  A $500,000 grant to the Taft’s major renovation and expansion capital campaign in 2001 supported the creation of the Dater Education Room.  This grant provides for major enhancements to the room that will add impact to the Museum’s robust youth education program, which is also supported by a Dater grants.

Urban Health Project (University of Cincinnati Foundation), $10,000.  Medical students spend their only open summer working full-time in internships at non-profit organizations, where they gain an increased understanding of the social factors that impact healthcare.

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, $25,000.  The Back-to-School program provides clothing, personal care items, back packs and school supplies to about 1,000 children in low-income families.

YMCA – Great Miami Valley YMCA, $10,000.  Support to reduce the participation cost for children with special needs in an eight-week baseball program at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field in Fairfield.

Also, four additional grants were made to organizations that provide resources to grant seekers and support the grantmaking process:  Exponent Philanthropy, $3,750; Foundation Center, $1,500; PEAK Grantmaking, $1,500; and Philanthropy Ohio, $4,326

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 2,900 grants totaling over $46 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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