Dater Foundation Awards 12 Grants in April

Published Date: May 3, 2021

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Cincinnati, Ohio, May 3, 2021 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 12 grants totaling $325,000 in April, including $25,000 to Linton Chamber Music for its Peanut Butter and Jam Series.

For over 27 years, the PB&J Sessions program has been providing quality early childhood musical encounters that inspire and enrich the lives of young children throughout Greater Cincinnati. The intimacy of chamber music makes for an ideal first exposure to classical music for preschoolers, and smaller chamber ensembles also allow for greater flexibility and adaptability.

Grants awarded in April:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, $20,000.  The Adopt-a-School program connects mentors with at-risk youth in a school setting.  Many mentors are upper class high school and college students.

Cincinnati Ballet, $25,000.  Cincy Dance! is 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 Opera, $25,000.  The Opera’s education and outreach features 12 programs that impact 5,000 K-12 students.  New this year are Opera Storybook Hour and Cincinnati Opera Masterclass. 

Freestore/Foodbank, $50,000.  The Power Pack Childhood Hunger Prevention Program distributes 200,000 carry-home meals for children in low-income families to ensure they will have food over weekends and during holidays when school meals are not available.
Girls on the Run, $20,000.  Scholarships make it possible for underserved girls to participate in this program that teaches life lessons using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

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.

Linton Music Series, $25,000.  Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions is a series of Saturday morning concerts that present chamber music to pre-schoolers and their parents at locations throughout the region.  The program also includes free concerts in inner-city neighborhoods.  

Ohio River Foundation, $25,000.  River Explorers and the Mussels in the Classroom are hands-on programs that introduce more than 4,000 schoolchildren to the benefits of environmental stewardship.

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 provide home repair and yard maintenance services for low income, elderly households in Greater Cincinnati.

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

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, $35,000.  The Back 2 School program provides clothing, personal care items, back packs and school supplies to about 15200 children in low-income families.

YMCA, $25,000.  The Y’s Teen Program seeks to combat the increasing academic achievement gap caused by racial and socioeconomic inequity.  Programs include Youth & Government, Reach & Rise Mentoring, and Black & Latino Achievers.  While all youth are welcome, the program targets youth of color and youth from low in come households. 

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 $58 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 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  

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