Dater Foundation Awards 12 Grants in April

Published Date: May 16, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 12 grants totaling $320,000 in April, including special grants of $25,000 to current Dater grantees Bloc Ministries, Santa Maria Community Services and Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank who provide services that are in high demand as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus.

The Dater Foundation is participating in the community Covid-19 response fund activated by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way as well as by making special grants to current grantees.  Covid-19 support to date totals over $600,000.

Nine other new grant applications for specific programs were approved, but recipients were given permission to implement alternate programming due to current social distancing requirements as well as to repurpose the grant dollars for Covid-19 relief efforts:

American Diabetes Association, 20,000.  Camp Korelitz is a one-week summer residential camp for children ages 8 to 15 at Camp Joy.  Besides enjoying traditional summer camp activities, campers are taught self-management skills and they learn to be more independent as they build confidence in dealing with their disease.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, $20,000.  The Adopt-a-School program connects mentors with at-risk youth in a school setting.  Many mentors are upper class high school and college students.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, $20,000.  Diplomas to Degrees, a nationally developed program for Boys & Girls Clubs, is a series of workshops and activities that prepares youth for trade school, military enlistment, community college or a four-year college/university.

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, $50,000.  The New Horizons Scholarship Fund will provide renewable $2,500 annual scholarships to five 2019 graduates of Gilbert A. Dater High School, which is named for Charles Dater’s grandfather.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $20,000.  Educational outreach features the development of additional pathways to participation and engages about 3,000 Greater Cincinnati girls in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods in non-traditional ways.

Girls on the Run of Cincinnati, $20,000.  Scholarships make it possible for underserved girls to participate in this program that teaches life lessons using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Inter Parish Ministry, $50,000.  Choice Food Pantries in Newtown, Batavia and Amelia as well as a Mobile Food Pantry provide food support that helps very low-income parents provide food for their families.  Programming includes healthy eating cooking classes, weekly summer community picnics and a community garden program

John Cares, $20,000.  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.

Linton Music Series, $25,000.  Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, a series of nearly 40 Saturday morning concerts, present chamber music for pre-schoolers and their parents at locations throughout the region, including free concerts in inner-city neighborhoods.  Linton’s youth 2019-20 outreach also includes a K-2 in-school program at three Avondale school.

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 $54 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.  Effective July 1, 2020, the address will be 700 Race Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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