At the Magnified Giving Award Ceremony on May 2, students from the Archbishop McNicholas High School Student Philanthropy Club presented a $2500 check to Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship (CTRH). The student group has been working all year researching local non-profit agencies, meeting with agency reps, and reviewing grant applications. Throughout the process, students learned about philanthropy and ways they can give their time, talent, and treasure.
This year marks the ninth with Magnified Giving, and McNicholas is now one of over 80 schools in the Tri-state area to participate in the program. Magnified Giving partners with high schools and middle schools, and gives groups of students $1000 and invites them to invest money in the local non-profit community. Students research the social causes that touch their hearts, explore the non-profits serving those needs, meet with agency reps, participate in discussions, make critical decisions, and decide which non-profit organization should receive their donation. Groups can also raise funds to supplement the seed gift.
Additionally this year, two McNicholas students received a special honor at the award ceremony. Seniors Lexi Gauger and Skyler Lance were recipients of the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award, named for Magnified Giving founder and president Roger Grein. The award is giving to students who exemplify philanthropy and leadership through a lifelong commitment to giving back. Of the over 80 schools and thousands of students participating in Magnified Giving, Gauger and Lance were among 18 winners of the special award.
“Magnified Giving demystifies the idea of 'philanthropy' and makes it accessible to the average student,” Gauger said. “We learn not only that there are so many amazing organizations in our community, but also how to critically analyze the organizations and our ability to make an impact with our money.”