Dater Foundation Awards Eight Grants in March

Published Date: March 29, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, March 29, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded eight grants totaling $390,000 in December, including a $25,000 award to the Adventure Crew to provide teens at urban schools the opportunity to experience the empowering and therapeutic effects of outdoor adventures.

Formerly Outdoor Adventure Clubs, Adventure Crew provides activities at no cost to students so that financial limitations are never a barrier to outdoor exploration.  With the consistent exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, students build lifelong health habits and foster the next generation of environmental stewards.  The program serves about 1,000 students annually.

Grants made in March:

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Learning Links and Summertime Kids), $250,000.  The Learning Links program funds small grants to teachers and other educators allowing them to provide creative programs or special events for more than 30,000 area students.  Summertime Kids is administered through a volunteer committee and enables local nonprofit organizations to provide summer activities such as field trips, day camps, gardening, arts and crafts for deserving young people.

Josh Cares, $40,000.  Specialists in the Child Life Program provide special attention for infant patients at Cincinnati Children’s whose family members are unable to be with them due to lack of resources, work or other family obligations.

Adventure Crew, $25,000.  Clubs at 23 partner schools offer weekend opportunities for camping, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, zip lining and wilderness survival techniques.  There is no charge.

UpSpring, $25,000.  Summer 360°, the organization’s successful summer education program, is a free, seven-week academic and enrichment program helps homeless children ages 5-12 gain needed math and literacy skills. 

Wesley Chapel Mission Center, $15,000.  Fit & Fun Friday is a program that expands the Center’s current Monday through Thursday program and focuses on teaching students K-6 the basics about health and wellness, including self-care from proper hygiene and nutrition to conflict resolution and coping skills.

Xavier University, $25,000.  The summer service internship program fosters young people’s commitment to community service by placing 20 college students in full-time, eight-week internships at non-profit organizations, and hundreds of community members benefit from the work they do.

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.

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 $49 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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