Dater Foundation Awards 17 Grants in October

Published Date: November 29, 2019

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Cincinnati, Ohio, November 29, 2019 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $487,500 in October, including a $115,000 award to the Economics Center for Education and Research at the University of Cincinnati for a high school financial literacy initiative.

The Economics Center will survey all high schools in the tri-state Greater Cincinnati area about how they are complying with state mandates regarding financial literacy.  About 20 schools deemed to be giving priority to financial literacy education will convene to make recommendations regarding how to best address the issue.  Results of the survey and best practices determined at the convenings will be published on the Center’s web site.   A day-long conference will present the findings and recommendations to teachers and school administrators.

Grants made in October:

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, $60,000.  Operation School Bell is a back-to-school program that provides school clothes including uniforms, jackets, pants, shirts, underwear, socks and shoes along with hygiene supplies to about 4,500 children in need at 40 area public and parochial schools.

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, $25,000.  Community outreach programs provide free art making opportunities and positive outlets to youth after school and at summer art camp.

Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute, $20,000.  The E Sin Mi D’Afrika (Come Follow Me to Afrika) residency employs multisensory, multidisciplinary arts integration to enhance learning experiences in the daily academic curriculum for 3,000 students at six schools.

Boy Scouts of America – Dan Beard Council, $25,000.  ScoutREACH insures that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting by delivering the Cub Scout and Boy Scout program to low income and underserved minority youth.  More than 2,000 participate.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati, $25,000.  A tutor and scholar support program guides underserved students with high potential through high school and the college preparatory process.

Cancer Support Community, $25,000.  The Children’s Cancer Support Program helps young people and their families confront the impact of cancer by encouraging them to share their feelings and experiences with others as they deal with the change that a cancer diagnosis brings in their lives.

Childhood Food Solutions, $40,000.  Winter Break Food Support is part of CFS’s year-round supplementary program for food-insecure pre-school and elementary school students in low income urban areas of Cincinnati at a critical time of the calendar year.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $25,000.  CSO’s core educational and community engagement programs program, provide low-cost or free comprehensive, standards-based learning to nearly 20,000 students at Young People’s Concerts at Music Hall, through visits by musicians to classrooms and community centers, and at educator and career workshops. 

Economics Center for Education and Research, $115,000.  A Path Forward on Financial Literacy is a new initiative to encourage and help high schools implement state-mandated education that is often neglected. 

Great Parks Foundation, $20,000.  Free nature programming focusing on wildlife, ecology and the environment is provided to Hamilton County students.

Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, $15,000.  Violence prevention and intervention services, including a safe room and a full-time master’s-level therapist, are provided free of charge to students ages 11 to 18 at Riverview East Academy.

Know Theatre, $30,000.  An expanded outreach program brings original, comedic, musical touring productions to students in Grades K-5 at over 60 area schools, community centers and libraries, inspiring them to become more engaged with science and STEM subjects while enhancing critical thinking and social/emotional learning.

St. Vincent de Paul - Northern Kentucky, $25,000.  The Sweet Dreams Bed Program follows up in-home visits by volunteers and provides a twin bed to economically disadvantaged children and youth.

University of Cincinnati - Med Mentors, $15,000.  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.

YMCA – Clippard Family Branch, $10,000.  The Y’s autism learning programs, which include aquatics and gross motor play, provide children on the autism spectrum with year-round focused instruction, individualized care, and opportunities to interact with peers.  There is also a summer program.

The Dater Foundation joined with other grantmakers to support the Northern Kentucky Funders Grant Program and its fast pitch competition that gave non-profit organizations an opportunity share their organizations’ stories and compete for grant awards.  Dater grants were made to CAST (Commonwealth Artist Student Theatre), $7,500 and The Carnegie, $5,000.  Also, three grants of $500 each were made to Catholic Charities, Inc., Crayons to Computers and Boone County Arboretum.

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

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 3,100 grants totaling over $52 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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