Dater Foundation Awards 14 Grants in February

Published Date: March 23, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, March 23, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $510,000 in February, including $30,000 to People Working Cooperatively for its Summer Student Service Program that engages youth in meaningful volunteer experiences that benefit both them and their community.  

Approximately 200 youth will provide important home repair and maintenance services for 20 or more low-income households in the Cincinnati area. By helping to keep PWC’s clients safe, independent and healthy in their own homes, students build technical and interpersonal skills, form important relationships, gain exposure to urban and rural poverty, and most importantly, develop a commitment to service that will shape their lives for years to come.

Grants made in February:

1N5, $25,000.  Mental health screening and education at over 60 schools combats the growing mental health epidemic which affects an estimated one in five young people

Cincinnati Public Schools, $25,000.  Stempower is a three-year pilot program collaboration between CPS and the Cincinnati Woman’s Club to empower 20 qualified ninth grade girls to reach their aspirations in science, technology, engineering and math.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission, $20,000.  RiverTrek is a week-long program of self-discovery and team building for 50 young people ages 12-17 that features a supervised five-day, four-night 65-mile canoe trip along the Little Miami River.

East End Adult Education Center, $25,000.  Free GED education and job readiness skills instruction is available to young people and adults who have dropped out of school and need credentials to improve their opportunity for success in life.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Learning Links and Summertime Kids), $250,000.  The Learning Links program funds small grants to teachers and other educators allowing them to provide creative programs or special events for more than 30,000 area students.  Summertime Kids is administered through a volunteer committee and enables local nonprofit organizations to provide summer activities such as field trips, day camps, gardening, arts and crafts for deserving young people.

Historic Southwest Ohio, $20,000.  Education programs and outreach focus on history and life in the 19th century for nearly 5,000 young people in kindergarten through high school.

Kilgour Foundation, $25,000.  Outdoor campus improvement are part of a Kilgour 100 Campaign and include a synthetic turf field and updated play structures that benefit Kilgour Elementary students during the school day and others in the community when school is not in session.

Loveland Initiative, $10,000.  The annual back-to-school backpack program provides backpacks and school supplies to children in low-income families.  Students pick out their own backpacks at an event that includes cornhole games, bouncy houses, face painting, haircuts, and refreshments.

People Working Cooperatively, $30,000.  The Summer Student Service Program provides supervision and resources in leveraging the one-week time contribution of some 200 young philanthropist volunteers as they work on 20-plus projects that further PWC’s goal of helping keep elderly people in their homes.

Pones, $20,000.  The youth focused Laboratory of Movement uses partnerships with schools and organizations to bring arts education and dance to underserved young people.  An emphasis is placed on reaching student populations in Title 1 schools.

PreventionFIRST, $20,000.  Prevention FIRST!, $20,000.  Formerly the Coalition for a Drug Free Cincinnati, the Center for Prevention Action includes educating teachers, parents and students about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse.   The organization’s most recent bi-annual survey in 2018 show declines in a usage in all categories.

UpSpring, 25,000. Summer 360°, the organization’s successful summer education program, is a free, seven-week academic and enrichment program helps over 200 homeless children ages 5-12 gain needed math and literacy skills.  

YMCA – Great Miami Valley YMCA, $15,000.  Support to reduce the participation cost for children with special needs in an eight-week baseball program at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field in Fairfield.

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 3,200 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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