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Magnified Giving helped students in NKy and throughout the region become philanthropists

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Students from Northern Kentucky, joined more than 3,500 regional students in 81 schools, were challenged this past school year by the nonprofit, Magnified Giving, to donate money to causes they felt made a meaningful impact on the surrounding community.

In an awards ceremony before friends, family, and the community, each school presented checks to their selected charities.

At the beginning of the school year, Magnified Giving gave each school group money with the stipulation that students make wise decisions on how to invest it in their community.  Collectively, nearly $134,000 was granted to 103 regional charities by more than 3,500 student Magnified Giving participants for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

Gift contributions selected by Northern Kentucky students include:

Conner Middle School students granted $1,500 to Make A Wish Foundation, a nationwide organization that serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Conner High School students granted $1,000 to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a not-for-profit company dedicated to providing vocational training for young adults with disabilities. Brewhaus Dog Bones are always handcrafted, small batch, oven baked dog treats made from whole grains proudly sourced from local microbreweries.

Bishop Brossart High School students granted $1,500 to Never The Less, whose mission is to provide teachings and services that promotes confidence, character, self-sufficiency and sustainability to at-risk teen girls ages 12-17.

Newport Central Catholic High School students granted $1,500 to Children’s Hunger Alliance, whose mission is to ensure that children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education, and physical activity.

Newport High School students granted $1,500 to SonLight Power, a nonprofit that uses solar power to share God’s love with the world’s most vulnerable children, families, and communities.

Highlands High School students granted $1,000 to Life Learning Center, a nonprofit organization that delivers a holistic, integrated continuum of education and care to help those “at-risk” in our community reach their highest potential. Their goal is to provide the necessary resources to support the whole person and nurture a commitment to long-term change.

Covington Latin High School students granted $500 to Habitat for Humanity, whose mission is to eliminate substandard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and monetary/in-kind donations, they partner with low-income families to meet their long-term need for safe, decent, and affordable housing. Covington Latin High School students also granted $1,000 to Redwood, whose mission is to guide children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and to reach their highest potential by providing enriching educational, therapeutic and vocational services.

Covington Catholic High School students granted $1,000 to the Ed Colina Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of impoverished women and children in sub-Saharan Africa.  They strive to provide sustainable solutions to problems of hunger, abuse, lack of education and inadequate healthcare.

Holmes High School students granted $1,000 to Parish Kitchen, a non-profit organization open 365 days a year, where a nutritional, lunch-time meal continues to be served without cost, without question, and without judgement.

Holy Cross High School students granted $1,000 to the Aubrey Rose Foundation. The Aubrey Rose Foundation’s mission is to help families caring for children with life threatening illnesses. They strive to lift families from life’s complexities during this difficult time by providing emotional and financial support.

Holy Cross High School students also granted $500 to Rose Garden Mission,  a nonprofit with the mission to uphold the dignity of every human person from the moment of conception until natural death in the spirit of St. Francis through assistance to people in need at their Pregnancy Care Center, Food Pantry, Free Medical Clinic and soon to open Free Dental Clinic.

Villa Madonna High School students granted $1,065 to UpSpring and $1,065 to WordPlay. UpSpring empowers children experiencing homelessness by providing opportunities for education and enrichment. WordPlay nurtures each young participant through personal discovery and academic skill-building programs with reading. writing and connecting at their core to foster success in and beyond the classroom.

St. Henry High School students granted $1,000 to Brave Choices and $764.68 to Building Blocks for Kids. Brave Choice’s mission is to bring awareness and education to parents and kids on the deadly consequences of heroin. They have created a Family Intervention Bag with packets of information for the law enforcement to leave behind with the families on overdose runs. Building Blocks for Kids envisions a community where the needs of children with physical, emotional and developmental challenges are being met. Their mission is to bridge the funding gap for products and services that help improve the quality of life for these children.

Notre Dame Academy students granted $1,500 to the Cincinnati Nature Center, whose mission is to enrich lives by inspiring passion for nature through experience, education and stewardship.

The vision of Magnified Giving is for every high school student in America, beginning with Greater Cincinnati, to learn and be inspired to be lifelong educated philanthropists.  The Lockland-based nonprofit organization has awarded over half a million dollars through student-awarded grants to local charities.

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  1. albert says:

    Good article thanks for sharing

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