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Campbell County students donate $9000 to local nonprofits through annual Magnified Giving program

Students across Campbell County granted $9,000 to local nonprofits through the Magnified Giving program this past school year.

Students from Newport Jr. High and High School, Campbell County Middle School, Dayton High School, and Newport Intermediate School joined nearly 5,000 students who learned about the importance of philanthropy and giving, visited and volunteered at local nonprofits, and awarded grants of at least $1,000 to the nonprofit of their choice through the Magnified Giving program.

Campbell County High School students present a grant to the Ben Kimble Foundation during a zoom call (Screen capture from Magnified Giving)

Throughout April and May, Magnified Giving held award ceremonies, or “Giving Ceremonies,” via Zoom to celebrate students and schools as they presented checks to their selected charities in front of friends, family, and the community.

Magnified Giving partners with nonprofits with youth development programming to facilitate Youth Philanthropy Programs at several Northern Kentucky Schools. Brighton Center facilitated programs with youth from Dayton High School, Newport Jr. High, and Newport High School. UpSpring facilitated a program at Newport Intermediate School.

“The value Magnified Giving is to the youth is immeasurable,” said Yovani Velasquez, a facilitator at Brighton Center. “They really enjoy having the ability to help directly, as well as learn what organizations are doing to help communities and youth just like them.”

Magnified Giving, based in Cincinnati, was started by local philanthropist Roger Grein in 2008 to help young people recognize needs in the community and show them how to use their own time and talent to address those needs. Magnified Giving involves students in the grant-making process and supports dozens of nonprofits each year with student volunteers and Magnified Giving funds. Students in the Campbell County area had the chance to support multiple nonprofits through this process.

Dayton High School, Newport Jr. High, and Newport High School, all facilitated by Brighton Center, chose to donate their grants to the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and Milestones Inc, a therapeutic horsemanship program for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Newport Hisgh School students, in a program facilitated by UpSpring at Newport Intermediate School, awarded $1,500 to the Family Promise Program at the Welcome House.

“I watched many students take pride and joy in helping others,” said Grace Ludlow of Brighton Center. “Not only did the youth physically put their all into service days on-site, they verbally and emotionally poured themselves into this project. Overall, Magnified Giving empowered youth in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to award $194,265 to local nonprofits during the 2021-22 school year.

Dayton High School students present a check to Critter Haven (Screen capture from Magnified Giving)

Students from Dayton High School granted $1,000 to the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, $500 to Milestones and $1,500 to Critter Haven, a wildlife rescue center. Youth from Newport Jr. High awarded $1,500 to Milestones Inc., and youth from Newport High School granted $1,500 to the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.

Campbell County Middle School provided a grant of $1,500 to the Ben Kimble Foundation, a Cincinnati-based organization which aims to support youth in their education, mental and physical health.

“Meeting with the NPO representative had an impact on both the students, and me,” said teacher Lori Reynolds during a Giving Ceremony May 24. “Listening to her story about how the organization was formed was powerful.”

Magnified Giving is a 501(c)(3) educational organization based in Evendale, Ohio, with partner schools in greater Cincinnati, Central Ohio, Northeast Ohio, and Northern Kentucky. Since its inception in 2008, Magnified Giving has granted nearly $1,400,000 to over 500 recipient nonprofit agencies through a unique student-based program. The program has included more than 37,000 students who have learned how to evaluate nonprofit agencies and developed a heart for giving. During 2021-22, over 4,900 students participated in Magnified Giving’s service-learning programs.

To learn more about Magnified Giving, visit www.magnifiedgiving.org.

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