Dater Foundation Awards 15 Grants in February

Published Date: March 30, 2023

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Cincinnati, Ohio, March 30 , 2023 – The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 15 new grants in February totaling $465,000, including a $20,000 award to Cincinnati Youth Collaborative for its mentoring program.

The in-school and out-of- school program provides supports that address disparities in educational and career attainment for students of color who are of low economic status.  Also, the program aims to increase social-emotional learning capacities for these students. 

Students ages 8 to 21 are paired with caring adults who encourage regular school attendance, improve student self esteem, and ultimately help young people obtain gainful employment after graduation. 

The program encompasses each stage of the students’ academic career. Grades 2-6 focus on school performance and social- emotional learning, including self-awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal directed behavior, personal responsibility, decision making, and opportunistic thinking. 

Grades 7-12 center on developing pathways for life after high school.  Post-secondary students prioritize persistence and college retention.  CYC will serve 2000 students through the mentoring program in the 2034-24 school year.

Grants made in February:

American Diabetes Association, $20,000.  Camp Korelitz makes summer camp possible for about 60 young people ages 9-17 who struggle with type 1 diabetes.

Breakthrough Cincinnati, $30,000.   A six-week summer academic program in which 360 select inner-city middle school students are taught by 75 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.

Cincinnati Ballet, $30,000.  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 dance instruction to third graders and includes scholarships to a more intensive training program for those who excel.  

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $25,000.  The CYC Mentoring Program provides in-school and out-of-school supports that address disparities in educational and career attainment for students of color who are of low socioeconomic status while also increasing their social-emotional learning capacities. 

CISE (Catholic Inner City Schools Education Fund), $60,000.  The CISE/Friars Club After-school Study and Sports Program provides a stable, structured environment in which students are able to complete homework assignments and then participate in a sports program. They learn respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and team building while developing good habits for a lifetime.

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.

Easterseals Redwood, $40,000.  The Youth Construction Pathway impowers at-risk youth of color who lack a high school diploma, job experience or career prospects to escape a lifetime of poverty and unemployment.  Youth acquire job skills, experience and make contacts in the high-demand construction industry.
Family Nurturing Center, $30,000.  The Kids on the Block program offers a comprehensive approach to educate children and adults on the issues of child abuse, increasing public awareness about the problem and equipping children with the skills to recognize and report child abuse. Kids on the Block is seen by thousands of children parents and educators at over 150 performances annually.
Queen City Book Bank, $30,000.  QCBB’s new curated book distribution program provides an innovative solution to a critical literacy resource gap in the community. An online portal receives, sorts and distributes books to the 35,000 Greater Cincinnati students in grades K-6 who lack consistent access to books.

Notre Dame Urban Education Center, $25,000.  The early learning program addresses needed pre- reading and kindergarten readiness skills among underserved children in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties with the long term goal of improved educational attainment.
St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, $30,000.  The Sleep Tight Beds for Cincinnati Children program provides free beds to children from vulnerable families.  These children are often sharing beds with parents and siblings, or in some cases, sleeping on the floor.
Stepping Stones, $30,000.  Saturday Kids Club provides extracurricular activities for children ages five to 16 whose disabilities prevent them from participating fully in typical after-school activities, and Saturday Young Adults offers late-afternoon and early evening social opportunities for similarly disabled young people.

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, $40,000.  Schoolchildren in the Upper Mill Creek Valley neighborhoods of Hamilton County benefit from new backpacks and supplies as they returned to school and additional supplies throughout the school year.  Also, financial literacy workbooks and educational presentations are provided.

Wesley Chapel Mission Center, $20,000. The KLASS program (Keep Learning After School Stops) is available Monday through Friday to PreK-Grade 6 children who benefit from homework help, engage in academic and enrichment activities, eat a healthy snack and participate in monthly community service projects.

Xavier University, $30,000.  The summer service internship program fosters young people’s commitment to community service by placing 20 college students in full-time, eight-week internships at non-profit organizations, and hundreds of community members benefit from the work they do.

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 3,500 grants totaling over $68 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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