Foundation Awards 16 Grants in October

Published Date: November 19, 2020

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Dater Foundation Awards 16 Grants in October 

Cincinnati, Ohio, November 19, 2020 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $430,000 in October, including a $50,000 grant to LaSoupe for its Rescue/Transform/Share food acquisition and distribution program that benefits individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Since its founding in 2014, La Soupe has grown exponentially.  More outreach and more programs have been created like the Bucket Brigade, Cincinnati Gives a Crock, and the Community Kitchen Program. The Share Partners and Pallet Partners have stepped up to provide La Soupe with larger amounts of rescued food, and volunteers committed more hours with the staff to transform it all into soups and meals.  La Soupe outgrew its original location and a successful capital campaign allowed for a recent mov e to new, larger quarters in East Walnut Hills.

Nearly all October grant recipients indicated they have adapted their programs to accommodate distancing and other restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  While the impact of personal interaction is sorely missed, many indicated they found some positives from new virtual programming that allowed them to reach larger and broader audiences.      

Grants made in October:

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

Breakthrough Cincinnati, $25,000.  A six-week summer academic program in which 200-plus select inner-city middle school students are taught by high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in education.  The year-round program features intensive one-on-one mentoring attention.  There is no charge to students accepted into the program.

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.

Cincinnati Arts Association, $20,000. Virtual programming will include on demand and live streamed performancesand master classes, will be available, enhanced by resource packets.   NO -- Artists on Tour brings talented artists-educators directly into schools and youth organizations, enhancing learning with unique programs that vary in culture and art form.  A ticket transportation subsidy fund supports SchoolTime performances for students at the Aronoff Center.

Dragonfly Foundation, $25,000.  Support for pediatric cancer patients and their families visiting Cincinnati Children’s  includes gifting and activity programs, with the focus on gifting as pandemic restrictions limits activities and networking support to a large extent.

Epilepsy Foundation, $10,000.  A free-of-charge counseling service for children and adolescents strives to identify specific problems that limit overall independence and teach coping and problem-solving skills.

Inner City Youth Opportunities, $20,000.  A free, intensive after-school academic intervention and youth development program helps about 60 inner-city children in kindergarten through Grade 6 develop life and social skills and improve their academic abilities.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $35,000.  Education outreach featuring free concerts for over 4,000 students is designed to introduce and showcase classical music, assist educators in teaching core concepts in the arts and humanities, and offer impactful ways to inject music into cross-cultural lesson plans. 

LaSoupe, $50,000.  The Rescue/Transform/Share program rescues perishable food from restaurants and stores where it is transformed  into meals by staff and volunteers and then distributed through a network of over 100 agencies, schools, senior centers, churches, food pantries and other nonprofits helping those in need. 

Magnified Giving, $25,000.  High school and middle school students at over 100 area schools learn the importance, benefits and process of philanthropy by evaluating and making grants to non-profit organizations. 

New Life Furniture, 25,000.  Beds for Kids is part of a program that provides up to 18 pieces of donated, gently-used furniture at no cost for low income families living in bare or sparsely furnished housing.  When donated beds are not available, the organization purchases them.

ProKids 50,000.   CASA University is a year-round recruitment, screening and training program for volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in child protection situations.

Santa Maria Community Services, $50,000.  The Dater4Kids program fosters social skills development and service learning activities that teach youth to contribute to the improvement of their neighborhood.  While the program has been limited and scaled back due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Foundation continued its support to Santa Maria by designating part of the grant for general operating expenses.

SOS Art Inc., 10,000.  An exhibit at Kennedy Heights Arts Center will display the work of selected local artists.  A free publication will include a children’s section with special activities based on the artworks, encouraging them to reflect on peace and social justice.

Square1, $20,000.  The NEXT program (formerly Startup Scholars) helps students in low income areas overcome educational and career planning obstacles by providing transferable career and ademic skills, career exploration , entrepreneurship education and hands-on workforce experience.  A 2020-21 focus will be the development of online content and supporting materials.

Wesley Chapel Mission Center, 15,000.  A successful Fit and Fun Friday pilot program last year has led to the expansion of KLASS (Keep Learning After School Stops) into a five day program.  PreK-Grade 6 children are provided with tutoring, health and wellness lessons and enrichment activities.

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 3,300 grants totaling over $56 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 700 Race Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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