Dater Foundation Awards 14 Grants in May

Published Date: June 1, 2022

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Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2, 2022 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $490,000 in May, including a $50,000 grant to La Soupe for its Rescue, Transform, Share Program.

La Soupe chefs and volunteers will use at least 1.2 million pounds of rescued food to create delicious, healthy meals to share with at least 150 partner agencies across the Greater Cincinnati area who distribute soups and meals to clients experiencing food insecurity.  

La Soupe will increase its youth outreach by at least 3% in 2022, making youth at least 25% of the total population served.  100% of the clients served come from low-income households; more than 50% of clients identify as BIPOC.

Grants awarded in May:

Cincinnati Museum Center, $40,000. The Children’s Museum stimulates children’s love of learning and serves young people and families with exciting, educational and age-appropriate programming fuels curiosity and critical thinking for young visitors throughout the year.  

Cincinnati Observatory Center, $20,000.  Staffing support for the Visitor Experience Coordinator will expand programming opportunities for students and school groups on their tours of the center. 

Cincinnati Public Schools/Gilbert Dater High School, $40,000.  The Summer Bridge and Momentum programs for seventh graders provide summer enrichment and transition support to youngsters moving to the seventh grade.

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, $20,000.  Riderships (scholarships for those unable to afford the program) allow young persons with a wide variety of disabilities to enjoy the benefit of an accredited therapeutic riding experience.

Envision Children, $25,000.  Five core programs are part of a creative initiative that aims to dramatically improve the academic performance of underserved elementary school students by providing supplemental instruction in science, technology, reading and critical thinking.

Freestore Foodbank, $75,000.  The Power Pack Childhood Hunger Prevention Program distributes over 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.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $25,000.  The Girl Scout Leadership Experience includes a community outreach program the Camp for Every Girl Initiative.    Over 3,000 Greater Cincinnati girls in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods benefit from this free program.

Inter Parish Ministry, $50,000.  Choice Food Pantries in Newtown, Batavia and Amelia as well as a Mobile Food Pantry and IPM’s Food Resource Hub deliver food support that helps very low-income parents provide food for their families.  Programming includes healthy eating cooking classes, weekly summer community picnics and a community garden program

Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, $25,000.  Adult volunteers participate in training and then take Junior Achievement’s time-tested financial and life success programs into classrooms, working with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools to reach nearly 40,000 students in Greater Cincinnati with final literacy and career readiness education. 

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. 
Peaslee Neighborhood Center, $20,000.  Eight programs serve over 300 low-income young people ages 6 to 18 and provide them with consistent access to mentoring and arts, music, civic and social justice education.

Starfire, $35,000.  Community Building programs utilize staff  “connectors” who work with developmentally challenged Starfire members and their families.  The emphasis is on identifying the particular interests of each member so meaningful work, volunteer and social opportunities can be made available and a network of friends can be developed.

YMCA – Great Miami Valley, $20,000.  Support to reduce the participation cost for children with special needs in a seven-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 3,400 grants totaling over $64 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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