Dater Foundation Awards 16 Grants in May

Published Date: June 12, 2017

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Cincinnati, Ohio, June 13, 2017 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $209,167 in May, including a $15,000 grant to iSPACE to provide access to its STEM programs to a broader range of young people. 

Through rigorous alignment to national and state educational standards and the utilization of best practices, iSPACE develops curriculum for educators and educational experiences for students that measurably and effectively inspire pre-K to grade 12 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and introduce them to STEM careers. 

Participants explore rocketry, robotics, and more. They engage in active, hands-on problem solving and team-based projects, building the skills and confidence they’ll need in their future and as they join the region’s workforce with careers in manufacturing, technology, research, health care, etc.

Grants made in May:

American Diabetes Association, $10,000.  Camp Korelitz is a one-week summer residential camp for children ages 8 to 15 at Camp Joy. Besides enjoying tradition 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.

ArtWorks, $20,000.  The Youth Apprentice program employs about 125 young artists ages 14-21 who work alongside 85 professional artists to produce more than 30 arts-related projects around Greater Cincinnati and custom superhero capes for children facing emotional and physical challenges.

Children’s Home of Cincinnati, $10,000.  Camp-I-Can, an enriching and structured 10-week summer day camp that provides activities, field trips and academic programs and promotes health, nutrition and fitness for underprivileged children ages five to 12 who would otherwise be unsupervised while their parents are at work.

Children’s International Summer Village, $10,000.  Eleven year olds from 12 different countries will attend this summer’s four-week international camp in Cincinnati and experience a multicultural mix of educational, cultural and sporting activities that emphasize cooperative global and international living.

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

Cincinnati Ballet, $15,000.  Cincy Dance!, a collaborative effort between the Ballet and local schools that provides free, long-term dance instruction to students in the community. The three-phase program starts with in-school dance instruction to third graders and includes scholarships to a more intensive training program for those who excel.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $20,000.    CSO’s core educational and community engagement programs program, provide low-cost or free comprehensive, standards-based learning to over 16,000 students at Young People’s Concerts at Music Hall, through visits by musicians to classrooms and community centers, and at educator and career workshops.

Ensemble Theatre, $35,000.  Education outreach, including free intern performances in area schools and community centers, a Teen Scene initiative, and underwritten student/children show admission that enriches school curriculum and touches the lives of at-risk children in Over-the-Rhine and throughout Greater Cincinnati. 

iSpace Inc., $15,000.  Subsidies for program fees and transportation enable underserved students in the urban core to access extra-curricular space-themed and other STEM programs designed to engage and excite participants.

Magnified Giving, $20,000.  High school students at over 80 area schools to learn the importance, benefits and process of philanthropy by evaluating and making grants to non-profit organizations. 

Salvation Army, $10,000.  The 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. Xavier High School, $10,000.  Rising sixth and seventh graders from diverse and low-to-moderate income backgrounds apply and are selected to participate in a four-week summer enrichment program that prepares high achievers for a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.

Also, four additional grants were made to organization s that provide resources to grant seekers and support the grantmaking process:  Exponent Philanthropy, $2,000; Foundation Center, $1,500; PEAK Grantmaking, $1,500; and Philanthropy Ohio, $4,167.

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 2,800 grants totaling almost $43 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. 

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