Dater Foundation Awards 11 Grants in January

Published Date: February 4, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, February 3, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $310,000 in January, including $30,000 to Roundabout Opera for Kids for free performances at schools, libraries and community centers throughout Greater Cincinnati

ROKCincy has been bringing the thrill of live performance to kids since 2012..  The program has two beneficiaries: young people learn to appreciate performing arts as audience members, and local artists get practical experience.  A Dater grant is supporting ROKCincy’s tour of an operatic retelling of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.  The colorful production is designed to engage young audiences while the novelty of operatic voices inspired curiosity.  After the performances, young audience members are able to ask questions and interact with the performers.  The program will be seen by over 8,500 young people and families.

Grants made in January:

CET – Public Media Connect, $60,000.  Quality, trustworthy and entertaining educational programming is the hallmark of CET’s outreach to children of all backgrounds.  This happens 70 hours a week on flagship station WCET, 24/7 on a dedicated Kids Channel, and through Internet streaming and other features on the station’s web site.

Cincinnati Ballet, $25,000.  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 Opera Association, 25,000.  The Opera’s education and outreach features 12 programs that impact 5,000 K-12 students.  New this year are Opera Storybook Hour and Cincinnati Opera Masterclass. 

Teen Center, $25,000.  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.   Founded in 2009, a second location is opening this year.  Teens performed 3,391 hours of community service last year.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, $30,000.  A Child Enrichment Program provides tailored services to the youngest and most vulnerable at an emergency homeless shelter where the focus is on keeping families together. The program makes extensive use of volunteers and/or the support of 100 area congregations.

Mayerson Academy, 25,000.  Specialized multisensory structed language training for teachers includes one-on-one tutoring to help dyslexic children in grades K-3 with reading, writing and spelling. Teachers take their new knowledge back to their classroom, benefiting their students throughout the school year.

Milestones, 25,000.  The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program teaches basic horsemanship skills and grooming to nurture emotional health and improve cognitive, physical and psychological function for young people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and other similar diagnoses.  

Ohio River Foundation, 25,000.  River Explorers and the Mussels in the Classroom are hands-on programs that introduce more than 5,000 schoolchildren to the benefits of environmental stewardship.

Parachute Special Advocates, $25,000.  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.

Roundabout Opera for Kids Cincinnati, $30,000.  ROK Cincy connects eager grade school-age audiences to opera through high quality outreach programs presented by volunteer students and other performers.  Programs are provided at for over 8,000 youngsters at 50 schools and community centers at no charge.

St. Francis Seraph Ministries, $15,000.  Cooking for the Family serves poor and underserved by providing nutrition education and skill-based cooking with a focus on healthy meal planning and affordable meals.  Ten classes are offered over five weeks to more than 500 families.

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 3,200 grants totaling over $52 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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