Dater Foundation Awards 38 Grants in June

Published Date: July 23, 2021

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Cincinnati, Ohio, July 23, 2021 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 38 grants totaling $1,125,000 in June, including two $75,000 awards to fully fund Cincinnati Public Radio’s Classics for Kids and Democracy for Me programs.  

Through over-the-air weekly broadcasts (Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m), lesson plans for teachers, web site games, emails to teachers and parents and partnerships with other music organizations, Classics for Kids introduces hundreds of thousands of children to classical music.

Democracy for Me empowers students, supports teachers and helps build citizens.  The educational outreach program began in 2015 and continues to grow, helping young adults understand their role as citizens and the role journalism plays in a democracy.

Grants awarded in June:

Adopt A Class Foundation, $35,000.  Employee groups at companies and other organizations adopt a class/classroom and provide over 6,000 elementary students with monthly mentoring support and field trips.  More than 2,500 volunteers participate.

American Diabetes Association, $20,000.  ADA Imagine Camp is a free, virtual camp experience that temporarily replaces long-time traditional Camp Korelitz summer camp during Covid-19 accommodations.  

American National Red Cross, $20,000.  A Youth Disaster Preparedness program teaches kids how to prevent and stay safe from home fires, tornadoes, floods and other emergencies.

Artworks, $30,000.  The Youth Apprentice Employment Program employs about 150 young artists ages 14-21 from over 50 neighborhoods who work alongside professional artists to produce about 30 arts-related projects around Greater Cincinnati.  

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  The Graduate Education program provides underserved young people in Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods with tutoring, high-level activities and life skills to prepare them for trade school, military enlistment, community college or a four-year college/university.

Camp Joy Foundation, $30,000.  After limited activity due to Covid-19 in 2020, Camp Joy Restart: Bringing Kids Back to Camp will once again provide a summer camp experience for at-risk youth.

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.

Chatfield College, $30,000.  The Learning to Live program is designed to recruit and educate low-income adult students by helping them with additional support in the areas of tutoring, child care, transportation and financial aid, all impediments to finishing their education.

Children’s Home of Cincinnati, $25,000.  A partnership with CATS (Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios) will provide pathways for at-risk high schoolers to increase their chance of graduation, employability and post-secondary education. 

Children’s Home of Cincinnati, $25,000.  The Culinary Education and Nutrition program provides all students on campus with nutrition education and transition-aged youth with career opportunities.

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $25,000.  Early Childhood and Youth Services Music Program, including the Annual Music Recital and partial support of two music specialists.

Cincinnati Boychoir, $25,000.  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.  A theme for the 2021-22 year is “A Tempo,” a musical term meaning return to normal tempo.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions, $25,000.  Madcap Puppets uses giant puppets and professional actors to create an innovative and exciting concept of puppetry that allows all the elements of theatre to be combined in an artistic and educational performance.

Cincinnati Public Radio:
• WGUC/Classics for Kids, $75,000. Classics for Kids is a program designed to introduce elementary schoolchildren to classical music in a fun way and features weekly radio programming and a comprehensive, interactive web site.
• WVXU/Democracy and Me, $75,000.  This program is an initiative to give young people a sense of their civic responsibility by providing teachers with tools and curriculum and students with concrete learning experiences. 
• Additional children’s programming support on both WGUC and WVXU includes announcements that promote the good work being done by other Dater grantees.  $25,000.

Cincinnati Public Schools/Gilbert Dater High School, $25,000.  The Summer Bridge and Momentum programs for seventh graders provide summer enrichment and transition support to youngsters moving to the seventh grade.

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, $50,000.  The New Horizons Scholarship Fund will provide renewable $2,500 annual scholarships to six 2021 graduates of Gilbert A. Dater High School, which is named for Charles Dater’s grandfather.

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, $30,000.  Whiz Kids is a one-on-one, volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring after-school program at over 50 locations in 26 school districts.  The program 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.

Community Meal Center, 20,000.  Hot, homemade evening meals are served on Fridays and the last Monday of each month at two Hamilton churches to homeless and low-income individuals and families.  Food is served to guests at their table and seconds are encouraged. 

Council on Child Abuse, 20,000.  Free classroom presentations educate children about abuse prevention and personal safety strategies.  More than 15,000 students benefit from over 600 presentations at about 60 schools each year.

Crayons to Computers, $30,000.  Crayons provides access to school supplies and incentives and enhancement items to teachers at underserved schools.  After making major adjustments to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions last year, the organization looks to return to normal operations in 2021-22.

DePaul Cristo Rey, $35,000.  The Graduate Success Program’s ensures that DPCR alumni have financial and emotional support and resources to graduate from high school and succeed in college.  

Down Syndrome Association, $20,000.  Educational support services provides one-on-one support to assist parents in creating a collaborative relationship with their child’s school through a combination of telephone/email contact, in-person consulting, classroom observation and attendance at meeting.

Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, $30,000.  The Youth Construction Pathway impowers at-risk youth of color who la k a high school diploma, job experience or career prospects to escape a lifetime of poverty and unemployment.  Youth acquire job skills, experience and make contacts in the high-demand construction industry.

Economics Center, $25,000.  The Student Enterprise Program (StEP) provides more than 6,000 students with real-world applications of economics principles as they set up their own mini-economy in their classroom, save and invest their “school cash,” and create and sell goods and services at Market Madness.  

Envision Children, $25,000.  Five core programs are part of a creative initiative that aims to dramatically improve the academic performance of underserved elementary school students by providing supplemental instruction in science, technology, reading and critical thinking.

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

Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, $25,000.  Adult volunteers participate in training and then take Junior Achievement’s time-tested financial and life success programs into classrooms, working with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools to reach over 30,000 students in Greater Cincinnati.  

Kennedy Heights Arts Center, $25,000.  Teen Artists for Change and Tellus Zine (an online magazine) empower teens in Grades 7-12 to identify, plan, and implement creative projects that make an impact on the world around them. 

Last Mile Food Rescue, $30,000.  Last Mile uses an extensive network of volunteers and innovative technology to deliver unused or unwanted food to organizations that serve people who are hungry and in need.  Projections for 2021 are for the delivery of 1.5 million pounds of food.

LifeCenter, $20,000.  The Celebrate Life Calendar is a publication distributed strategically in the community to raise awareness levels about the organ donation network.    

Our Daily Bread, $25,000.  Kids Club is a three-days-week afternoon program providing a well-balanced meal, homework assistance, arts and crafts, games, outings and other fun activities for inner-city children ages 5-12.

St. Francis Seraph Ministries, $20,000.  Cooking for the Family is a 10-lesson program that provides impoverished and underserved families with nutrition education and practical cooking skills.  About 250 families will benefit.

U.C. Foundation – Urban Health Project, 20,000.  Medical students spend their only open summer working full-time in internships at non-profit organizations, where they gain an increased understanding of the social factors that impact healthcare.

WAVE Foundation, $25,000.  A Community Outreach Scholarship Fund enables youth at under-resourced schools to benefit from free-of-charge wildlife educational experiences presented by WAVE’s professional educators. 

Women Helping Women, 25,000.  The Prevent and Empower program will add a Learning Management System Platform in 2021-22 that will enable expansion of participation from 3,500 to 5,000 annually. 

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 3,300 grants totaling over $60 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 700 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  

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