Dater Foundation Awards 24 Grants in July

Published Date: August 12, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, August 12, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $575,000 in July, including a $25,000 grant as part of a two-year $50,000 commitment to Cancer Family Care's 50th Anniversary Strength for the Fight Campaign and its Treehouse Children's Services program..

Grants made in July:

Art Academy of Cincinnati, $20,000.  AAC’s Artist & Writer in Residence Program provides quality instruction in the visual and literary arts to youth in grades 7-12, 74% of whom are economically disadvantaged.  Vitual platforms have been added to provide alternate programming.

ArtWorks, $20,000.  The Youth Apprentice Employment Program employs about 100 young artists ages 14-21 from over 50 neighborhoods who work alongside professional artists to produce arts-related projects around Greater Cincinnati.

Bethany House Services, $50,000.  Respite Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness will provide parents sheltering with their children in close confines of an apartment or hotel room with the freedom to pursue their goals while the children are cared for and provided activities.

Cancer Family Care, $25,000.  Treehouse Children's Services is a core program offered free for youth ages four through 18 who are coping with their own diagnosis, a loved one’s cancer diagnosis or the death of a loved one from cancer.

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, $25,000.  With MainStage performances at the Taft Theatre canceled for 2020-21, TCT Everywhere will be a combination of live, reduced capacity productions at the Showtime Stage Theatre on Red Bank Road and digital offerings in conjunction with Broadway on Demand.  

Cincinnati Boychoir, $15,000.  Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Boychoir reaches approximately 150 young men each year from a wide range of tri-state schools.  Plans include the addition of virtual programming during Covid-19 restrictions.

Cincinnati Nature Center, $25,000.  The availability of a robust school program that typically serves 6,000 K-6 students with a variety of on-site programs will be available but likely limited dur to Covid-19 restraictions on school field trips.  Alternative virtual programming is being developed.

Cincinnati Works, $25,000.  The Job Readiness program assists about 500 at risk young adults in identifying their strengths and skills, and then moving forward with specific goals and strategies toward employment and economic self-sufficiency.

City Gospel Mission, $25,000.  Whiz Kids is a one-on-one, volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring after-school program at 53 locations that impacts about 1,000 children ages 6-14 who are academically at-risk due to disabilities, poverty, homelessness and other barriers to success.  The volunteer tutor is paired with the same child year round. 

Crayons to Computers, $30,000.  A grant for general operating support will allow the organization to adjust its service ass dictated by Covid-19 restrictions.  As always, getting needed school supplies to teachers and underserved schools remains at the core of Crayons activities.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School, $30,000.  The Graduate Success Program initiative provides students with support as they advance through college.

First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, 20,000.  Free outreach programming through an in-school program and at other locations enables over 6,000 young people to benefit from educational programs that strengthen character, instill life enhancing values, and promote fitness and healthy choices.

Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, $20,000.  The Childcare Program is provided free to students at the Edgewood campus, helping remove one of the major barriers to academic success for Gateway students and providing high quality learning sessions for their children.

iSPACE, $25,000.  After a successful pilot program last year, Making More Mathletes will deliver in-depth math support and enrichment for 1,600 second and fourth grade students in 10 underserved schools.

Karen Carns Foundation, $25,000.  Coats for Kids provides about 1,500 winter coats, hats and pairs of gloves to young people in need while strengthening the bond between teachers and the students they have nominated to receive a coat.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center, $25,000.  Teen Artists for Change empowers young people to use their creativity as a vehicle for self-expression and become agents of change.  Mentored by professionals, teens will continue to develop their media-making skills after the successful launch of an online magazine in May 2019.

LifeCenter, $15,000.  The Celebrate Life Calendar 2021 is a publication distributed strategically in the community to raise awareness levels about the organ donation network.  The 2021 calendar will share stories about persons waiting for a needed organ.

Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center, $25,000.  The Redwood Improvement Project includes installation of HVAC units, window replacement, flooring and carpeting, and other work totaloing over $300,000.

Salvation Army, $15,000.  The Five-Star rated 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.

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati, $25,000.  As volunteers make home visits to families in need, over 1,000 beds will be provided to children who are sleeping on the floor.  This grant will fund over 200 beds for children.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, $30,000.  Mindful that diaper need can be more stressful than food insecurity, a largely volunteer organization works to raise funds and leverage in-kind support to provide diapers for low income families who cannot afford one of life’s most basic needs.  More than 1.5 million diapers were distributed in 2019.

WAVE Foundation, $20,000.  Virtual Learning Adventures expands WAVE’s education outreach to include development and implementation of virtual programing as schools open in the fall with various Covid-19 restrictions.

Women Helping Women, $20,000.  Youth presentation programs (Prevent and Empower, Coaching Boys Into Men, and training for systems such as schools) empower community members, including youth, to be change agents.  Given Covid-19 restriuctions, enpanded online contact and social media presence will be part of the program.

WordPlay, $20,000.  A Virtual Arts Program will become a focus as Covid-19 restrictions disrupts on-site programs. This will consist of a blend of written instruction, pre-recorded video lessons, live workshops via Google Hangout, and platforms for participants to share their work.

Grant recipients were given permission to implement alternate programming as necessary to accommodate social distancing and other requirements dictated by Covid-19.  The Dater Foundation participated 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 $750,000.

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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