The Cincinnati Gives Challenge is a friendly fund-raising competition where local charities compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning cash prizes from Cincinnati Magazine.

The Cincinnati Gives Challenge returns at 5 pm November 27, and will run until December 7, at 5 pm.

Nonprofit organizations that would like to participate can register here. Nonprofit organizations that would like more information on the 2023 Cincinnati Gives Challenge can click here for more info.

Cincinnati Gives 2022

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These niche programs and specialized services creatively address specific challenges throughout Greater Cincinnati.

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Best Point Education & Behavioral Health

Strengthening families and our community by guiding individuals—from infancy to independence—through comprehensive education, behavioral, and health services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati

Creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

CancerFree KIDS

Eradicating cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.


Programs and services that inspire and inform, educate and engage, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Inspiring people of all ages to learn more about the world through science; regional history; and educational, engaging, and meaningful experiences.

Cincinnati Nature Center

Dedicated to Inspiring Conservation through personal experiences, education, and care for the land.

Cincinnati Works

Partnering with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.

Cincinnati Zoo

Inspiring passion for nature and saving wildlife for future generations through four pillars: Creating Adventure, Conveying Knowledge, Conserving Nature, and Serving Community.

City Gospel Mission

Breaking the cycle of poverty and life at a time.

Community Matters

Creating a thriving and more just community by removing barriers to opportunity.

Companions on a Journey

Providing assistance to anyone (young or old) who is grieving a loss via grief support groups, resources, and education.

First Step Home

Empowering women to overcome substance abuse disorders so that they can achieve self-sufficiency and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.

Freestore Foodbank

Improving lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community.

Grant Us Hope

Reducing youth suicide and promote mental health through collaborative, evidence-based initiatives.

HER Cincinnati

Guiding women on a pathway to reclaim their lives through our trauma-informed addictions recovery services, specializing in treatment for survivors of human trafficking.


Empowering adults with developmental disabilities to live, work, and connect.

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

Empowering young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth.

Matthew 25: Ministries

Providing food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need.

MORTAR Cincinnati

Enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to succeed while creating opportunities to build communities through entrepreneurship.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Pursuing inclusive freedom by promoting social justice for all, building on the principles of the Underground Railroad.

NewPath Child & Family Solutions

A premier behavioral health, specialized education, and child welfare agency.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio

Providing access to high quality health care and education that empowers people to make informed private decisions about their reproductive lives and sexual health.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

A no-kill shelter for dogs and cats dedicated to the reduction of homeless pets by promoting adoption, spay/neuter, and responsible pet ownership.


Connecting refugees (people forced to flee their country to escape persecution or war) with resources to rebuild their lives as United States citizens.


Assisting families going through hospitalization or the diagnosis of a terminal or life threatening diagnosis of a child.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati

A community of compassion, support, and the comforts of home for families with critically ill children, steps away from the medical care they need.

St. Joseph Home

Creating a welcoming home, and systems of support, for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities and their families.

St. Rita School for the Deaf

A Catholic school, educating students of all faiths, in a Christ-centered, barrier-free communication environment.

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati

A network of neighbors, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world

Starfire Council

Working alongside people with developmental disabilities to remove barriers, spark connections, and build a more inclusive world.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

Providing free diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of the basic health need for diapers.

Taking Root

Planting trees in low-canopy areas, conserving existing forests, promoting benefits of healthy trees, and fostering stewardship of our trees.

The Craig and Frances Lindner Center of HOPE

A nonprofit mental health center staffed by a diverse team, united in the philosophy that by working together we can best offer hope for people living with mental illness.

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

Through innovative programs and partnerships, HHC challenges injustice, inhumanity, and prejudice, and fosters understanding, inclusion, and engaged citizenship.


Creating a future free from gun violence by finding common ground to end gun violence through data-driven, responsible gun ownership solutions.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Ziegler Park

Promoting inclusion by strengthening the bonds of community through recreation.

Cincinnati Gives 2021

Shop for a Cause

Check out these items to support local nonprofits (and look good doing it).

Charitable Giving By the Numbers

Take a look at these Cincinnati nonprofits and how their time, dedication, and donations added up last year.

Meet These Three Hometown Heroes

These three women were motivated to make a difference in the lives of children in the Queen City, the state of Ohio, and beyond. 

Support These Local Causes by Purchasing a Commemorative Brick

Purchasing these pavers means helping worthy nonprofits and local organizations. Here's how you can get in on the action.


Donate Your Unwanted Goods to These Local Causes

From art supplies to old cars, these local causes use your unwanted goods, large or small, to transform the lives of our neighbors in need.

Support These Local Minority-Owned Businesses This Holiday Season

Check everything off your holiday gift shopping list by supporting these six minority-owned businesses in the Queen City.

Three Hometown Heroes Who Found Innovative Ways to Give Back This Year

How three hyper-local philanthropists stepped up and made a difference in the communities they call home.

Read a digital copy of our 2022-23 Guide to Giving!

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