Dater Foundation Awards 24 Grants in September, Passes $40 Million Plateau

Published Date: October 12, 2015

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 7, 2015 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $543,500 in September, including $40,000 each to the Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund and Children’s Theater that pushed funding to these organizations above $1 million since the Foundation was established in 1985.  September’s grants also raised total Dater Foundation giving above the $40 million plateau.

“This milestone is a really a great testament to the philanthropic commitment of Charles Dater,” said Foundation President Bruce Krone.  “Charles built on the legacies of Adam Dater, who immigrated in the 1820s; Gilbert Dater, for whom two Cincinnati schools are named; and Charles’ father Charles Henry Dater. 

“Like his ancestors, Charles was savvy, hard working and frugal as he grew the Dater next egg.  He lived quietly in Western Hills in a modest three-bedroom house.  With no heirs to carry on the Dater name, Charles made the decision to create a foundation to preserve the Dater name and continue his philanthropic outreach.  His investment of $30 million has enabled the Foundation to distribute $40 million over the last 30 years and grow assets to nearly $50 million so future giving can continue.”    

The Dater Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit children and young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. 

Grants made in September:

Assistance League, $30,000.  Operation School Bell, a back-to-school program that provides school clothes including uniforms, jackets, pants, shirts, underwear, socks and shoes along with hygiene supplies to some 2,000 children in need at area public and parochial schools.

Carnegie, $10,000.  Arts Integration Programs fill an artistic cultural gap, enriching a school’s core curriculum while developing creativity in decision making and risk taking for students Pre-K to Grade 5.

Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE), $40,000.  After School Study and Sports Program in conjunction with the Friar’s Club. Youngsters in kindergarten through the Grade 8 at six CISE inner-city schools learn respect, responsibility, good sportsmanship and leadership through their participation in sports activities.

CET - Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation, $25,000. Support of the station’s 70 hours of weekly PBS children’s programming.  Nature Cat and Ready Jet Go are two new programs designed to promote outdoor family adventures and introduce STEM/science-related concepts to children ages 3-8.

Children’s Theatre, $40,000.  The 2015-16 Main Stage season features four productions and 60 performances that will be seen by more than 85,000 students, children and families at the Taft Theatre. Students from low income families attend weekday school performances free or at a nominal charge.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, $50,000.  Continuing support for the Hematology/Oncology Research Department’s gene therapy for cancer and inherited blood diseases focusing on brain tumors, Fanconi anemia, and sickle cell anemia. The Foundation has made grants of more than $500,000 in this area since 2000.

Cincinnati Nature Center, $50,000 (Second of three $50,000 grants; $150,000 commitment).  Phase Two of a capital campaign that includes establishment of a Center for Conservation and Stewardship, which will provide expanded capacity for habitat and species management on CNC's 1,600 acres of managed lands. The new center will also serve the region by facilitating partnerships, providing education and developing resources to engage, inform and enable people and organizations to become better stewards of the land.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $10,000.  Education outreach will take the touring production of The Garden of Rikki Tiki Tavi to over 30 elementary schools and community centers. The program is designed to complement classroom curriculum and bring heightened interest in theatre to nearly 10,000 young people in kindergarten through Grade 6.

Cincinnati Shakespeare, $15,000.  An in-school education program provides exposure to the works of Shakespeare and other classics through performances and workshops for 30,000 students at more than 130 schools, including free programs at schools in underserved urban areas.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, $75,000.  The second grant of a two-year, $150,000 commitment to the Hippos! exhibit in the fourth and final phase of Africa.  Past Dater Foundation grants to the Zoo total more than $1.5 million.

Clifton Cultural Arts Center, $10,000.  Second Sunday Family Showtime is a kids-oriented program featuring live entertainment by other nonprofit organizations as part of the Center’s growing cultural outreach to the community. Young people attend free and their accompanying adults pay a nominal charge if possible.

Dramakinetics of Cincinnati, $7,500.  The Creative Classroom program provides arts integrated instruction for students in grades K-12.  This grant will fund a pilot program at St. Francis Sereph School.with creation of new curriculum, teacher training and program implementation

Elementz, $10,000.  An after-school arts program for inner-city teens features visual arts programming and teaches music, poetry and dance to young people who do not have many constructive options in their neighborhoods.

Epilepsy Foundation, $10,000.  Counseling and other services are provided free so children and adolescents can better understand and cope with the impact epilepsy. 

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, $15,000.  A Child Enrichment Program provides tailored services to the youngest and most vulnerable at an emergency homeless shelter. The program makes extensive use of volunteers and/or the support of 100 area congregations.

Josh Cares, $30,000.  Specialists in the Child Life Program provide special attention for infant patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center whose family members are unable to be with them due to lack of resources, work or other family obligations.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, 13,000.  The production and presentation of Wartville Wizard both entertains and delivers an impactful message about litter prevention and environmental stewardship to elementary school children in Cincinnati Public Schools and other schools in the region. Students at School for the Performing Arts and Walnut Hills high schools gain experience as the actors.

King Studios, $10,000.  The Traveling Suitcase Project employs a toolkit of replica artifacts, music technology and lesson plans to bring education alive for students and teach art, music, entrepreneurship, civil rights and science lessons by telling the story of King Records.

LifeCenter Memorial, $5,000.  The Celebrate Life Calendar 2016 is a publication distributed strategically in the community to raise awareness levels about the organ donation network by sharing the stories of donor families and recipients.

Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, $10,000.  Children’s Basic Reading Program uses the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory structured language technique provides assistance to children in grades one to five with severe reading difficulties or symptoms of dyslexia.

Santa Maria Community Services, $20,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, $17,000. Support for two AmeriCorps volunteers at Corryville Catholic elementary school, including after-school assistance to 75 students in the areas of academic improvement, leadership development and multi-cultural harmony.

Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, $30,000.  Out of Isolation: One Family at a Time is a program that utilizes full-time staff  “connectors” who work one-on-one with developmentally challenged Starfire members and their families.  The emphasis is on identifying the particular interests of each member so meaningful public service work and social opportunities can be made available. 

U.C. Med Mentors, $11,000.  Medical students volunteer to mentor young people through outings to local cultural venues and special events that the youngsters would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. Nearly 200 medical students, about one-fourth of the medical student population, participate.


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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