Dater Foundation Awards Six Grants in May

Published Date: June 7, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio, June 7, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 12 grants totaling $160,000 in May, including $35,000 to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center for its Back 2 School program.

Back to School will serve about 1,200 school-aged youth throughout Hamilton County, providing a new backpack filled with essential school supplies, a gift card for new shoes, and a new school uniform.  The program lessens the burden on families and ensures that all youth can start the school year ready for success.

Grants made in May:

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

Gilbert Dater High School, $25,000.  The Summer Bridge and Momentum programs for seventh graders provide summer enrichment and transition support to youngsters moving to the seventh grade.

Envision Children, $25,000.  Five core programs are part of a creative initiative that aims to dramatically improve the academic performance of specific elementary school students in the Winton Woods School District.

LAM Foundation, $10,000.  LAMposium in Your Living Room is Covid-19 alternate programming for patients diagnosed with the rare lung disease Lymphangioleiomyotisis.  The program will include webinars and recordings that can be shared online.

Urban Health Project, $20,000.  About 20 University of Cincinnati medical students spend their only open summer working full-time in internships at non-profit organizations, where they gain an increased understanding of the social factors that impact healthcare.

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, $35,000.  The Back 2 School program provides clothing, personal care items, back packs and school supplies to about 1,200 children in low-income families.

Grant recipients were given permission to implement alternate programming to accommodate social distancing and other requirements dictated by Covid-19.  The Dater Foundation participated in the community Covid-19 response fund activated by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way as well as by making special grants to current grantees.  Covid-19 support to date totals over $750,000.

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 $54 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.  Effective July 1, 2020, the address will be 700 Race Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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