Dater Foundation Awards 18 Grants in April

Published Date: May 20, 2024

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Dater Foundation Awards 18 Grants in April  

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 20, 2024 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 18 grants in April totaling $750,000, including a $50,000 award to People Working Cooperatively for its Student Volunteer Services Program.

The program engages youth in meaningful volunteer experiences that benefit both the students and low-income residents of Greater Cincinnati.  About 275-300 youth volunteers will participate in the summer student services program, with an additional 200 or more participating in group projects and PWC’s two major volunteer events, Prepare Affair and Repair Affair. 

All together, the young volunteers will contribute 4000+ hours of service providing home repair and yard maintenance services for low-income homeowners, helping them to live more safely, independently, and affordably in their own homes.  

During the program, participants form significant relationships, gain exposure to the realities of urban and rural poverty, and most importantly, develop a commitment to service that will enrich their lives and the lives of their family, friends and community members for years to come.

Grants made in April:

Children’s Theatre, $200,000.  This grant completes a $450,000 commitment to the Emery Theatre restoration campaign.  The restored facility will Allow for  expanded programming opportunities for young people and additional revenue-generation sources while preserving a Cincinnati landmark.

Cincinnati Boychoir, $25,000.  Three core choral ensembles for boys Grades 3-12 perform over 20 concerts and at the choir’s annual festival each season.

Cincinnati Cares, $25,000.  Operational and technology enhancements will expand resources for volunteers seeking service opportunities with nonprofit organizations and help nonprofits attract needed volunteer support.

Cincinnati Toolbank, $20,000.  A new, four-week summer camp program for middle school aged youth will expose them to career opportunities in the trades. construction, IT and the arts.  

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $25,000.  The CYC Mentoring Program provides in-school and out-of-school supports that address disparities in educational and career attainment for students of color who are of low socioeconomic status while also increasing their social-emotional learning capacities. 

Circle Tail, $25,000.  A therapy dog program raises and trains dogs for two years and then places them in schools to assist with therapeutic interventions and provide overall benefits to students as well as staff.

Contemporary Arts Center, $35,000.  Youth Education outreach features a robust menu of programs that encourage students, teachers and families to enjoy interactive and hands-on art experiences.  The sixth floor Creativity Center is dedicated to innovative learning and experimentation with an emphasis on STEAM subjects and concepts.

DePaul Cristo Rey, $35,000.  The Graduate Success Program provides DPCR alumni in college with emergency financial and emotional support to navigate the challenges that face low-income, first generation college students.

Ensemble Theatre, $50,000.  Education, Engagement and Inclusion programming takes place in school and at the Over the Rhine theatre. Programs include Prelude, Hunter Heartbeat, Fairy Godmother performances, Teen Scene and Summer Camp.

Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, $20,000.   Gateway’s Childcare Assistance 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.

Last Mile Food Rescue, $75,000.  Last Mile uses an extensive network of volunteers and innovative technology to deliver unused or unwanted food to over 100 organizations that serve people who are hungry and in need.  More than three million pounds of food was delivered in 2023.

Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, $40,000.  The Sheakley Center for Youth provides shelter, food and resources to vulnerable young adults ages 18-24 and increases access to well-integrated and trauma-informed mental health services on a path from homelessness to self-sufficiency.  

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, $20,000.  OneSource will tap into a broad range of consulting resources to  lead capacity building projects with 10 to 15 nonprofit organizations.

People Working Cooperatively, $50,000.  See above.

Salvation Army, $20,000.  The Five-Star rated Learning Center is a Monday through Friday early childhood program that serves children ages six months to 12 years.  The Center provides care for children and assists in educating families in Price Hill and adjacent communities about healthy child development.  

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, $35,000.  The Beds for Cincinnati Children program provides free beds to children from vulnerable families.  Children are often sharing beds with parents and siblings, or in some cases, sleeping on the floor.

YMCA - Great Miami Valley, $25,000.  Support to reduce the participation cost for children with special needs in a seven-week baseball program at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields in Fairfield.

YMCA Greater Cincinnati, $25,000.  The Music Resource Center is a multifaceted after-school music and recording studio for teens.  Formerly independent, MRC merged into the YWCA for greater organizational support.

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 3,700 grants totaling over $76 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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