Dater Foundation Awards 10 Grants in November

Published Date: December 22, 2018

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Cincinnati, Ohio, December 22, 2018 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling $215,000 in November, including a $30,000 award to Stepping Stones Center for its Saturday Clubs programs for children and young adults with disabilities.

Saturday Kids Clubs serves individuals ages 5-16, meeting from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Activities include arts & crafts, music, sensory time, cooking, sports, nature, and continuing classroom education.  Saturday Young Adults Clubs are open to ages 15-25, and offer older participants a Saturday evening activity (4-9 p.m.) similar to that enjoyed by their typical peers.  Young Adults Club follows a recreation-center model, incorporating plenty of group activities.

The Saturday Clubs provide extracurricular activities for young people with disabilities who struggle to succeed in traditional after-school activities.  Clubs have on-site nurses, highly-trained staff at a 3:1 ratio to participants, as well as engaged community volunteers. 

Grants made in November:

Bi-Okoto Cultural Center, $20,000.  The E Sin Mi D’Afrika (Come Follow Me to Afrika) residency employs multisensory, multidisciplinary arts integration to enhance learning experiences in the daily academic curriculum for 3,000 students.

CET – Public Media Connect, $25,000.  CET is collaborating with the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center to produce a series of videos based on the Center’s $martPath interactive financial literacy education and to air fun, information announcements about the program on-air and online.

EDGE Teen Center, $15,000.  An after-school program for some 750 teens in the Liberty Township and West Chester area focuses on community service, healthy living, life skills and academic success and career exploration. 

Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, $25,000.  Life skills training is a major component of the program KEYS to a Future Without Youth Homelessness.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC), $20,000.  Begun in 2009, a free, early literacy program is being expanded after a successful pilot program last year. 

Northern Kentucky Funders Grant Program.  Salvation Army $6,000, Children’s Law Center of Northern Kentucky, and Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky $1000.

Prevention FIRST!, $20,000.  Formerly the Council on Child Abuse, the organization’s Center for Prevention Action includes educating teachers, parents and students about the heroine epidemic that is affecting the community.

Stepping Stones, $30,000.  Saturday Kids Club provides extracurricular activities for children ages five to 16 whose disabilities prevent them from participating fully in typical after-school activities, and Saturday Young Adults offers late-afternoon and early evening social opportunities for similarly disabled young people.

The Underground, $20,000.  After-school educational programs focus on the areas of film, media and broadcast and provide teens with state-of-the-art equipment, dedicated mentors and a dynamic venue to display their creativity to family and friends.

Winton Place Youth Center, $15,000.  An after-school youth development program includes workshops that help students age 5-15 learn valuable life and social skills in addition to getting academic assistance.

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  The Domestic Violence Shelter Program provides safe, secure and emergency shelter to children and youth forced to flee their homes due to life-threatening abuse.

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 3,000 grants totaling over $48 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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