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 2021 Cincinnati Gives Challenge is now closed, but you can still donate to local nonprofits below.

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.

CINCINNATI GIVES PROFILES

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati

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

CET

CET’s national and local content, educational resources, and online services provide a forum, a public stage, and a resource for learners of all ages.

Cincinnati Arts Association

CAA offers high-quality performing and visual arts programs, develops diverse audiences, fosters an appreciation of the arts, and encourages the use of its venues.

Cincinnati Works

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

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo inspires 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 despair...one life at a time.

Companions on a Journey

Surrounded by Hope, Strength and Healing, support is provided to anyone (young or old) who is grieving a loss.

Episcopal Retirement Services

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has worked to enrich the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative, and spiritually based way.

Freestore Foodbank

Freestore Foodbank’s mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people and organizations with purpose to create a vibrant and equitable region for all, now and for generations to come.

HER Cincinnati

HER Cincinnati empowers women to break the cycles of poverty, addiction, and human trafficking.

LADD

Guided by the belief that every person has ability and value, LADD empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live, work, and connect.

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services empowers young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth.

Matthew 25: Ministries

Matthew 25 provides 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.

Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY

Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY is committed to helping seniors age in place, to live independently in their homes and communities.

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio Inc.

Mental Health America promotes mental health and works to prevent mental and substance use disorders through education, advocacy, and service.

MORTAR Cincinnati

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

Parkinson Community Fitness

To provide a place for Persons with Parkinson Disease to go for Parkinson symptom specific exercise, support services, and social activities.

People Working Cooperatively

People Working Cooperatively performs critical home repairs and services so that low-income homeowners can remain in their homes living independently and healthier in a safe, sound environment.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House offers a community of compassion, support, and the comforts of home to families with critically ill children.

The Bail Project – Cincinnati

The Bail Project - Cincinnati aims to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time.

The Beechwood Home

The Beechwood Home offers the area’s most comprehensive services for a wide range of neurodegenerative, cerebral vascular, spinal cord, and other medical conditions.

The Children’s Home

Creating lasting results that strengthen families and our community by guiding individuals through comprehensive education, behavioral, and health services.

The Cincinnati Foundation for the Aged

For over 130 years, The Cincinnati Foundation for the Aged has been caring for and serving the elderly community.

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 Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health

The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health promotes sex positivity and sexual health as an integral part of every person’s general health, well-being, and quality of life.

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Transforming generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency.

Whitney/Strong

The Whitney/Strong Organization is made up of gun violence survivors, gun owners, and advocates who are concerned about lives lost to all forms of gun violence.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

The YMCA works to ensure everyone is treated equitably by building inclusive and joyful environments where all people can reach goals, make friends, and connect to a cause greater than themselves.

Cincinnati Gives 2020

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.

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.

Eight Local Nonprofits That Stepped Up to Help Others During the Pandemic

Nonprofits serving vulnerable communities took a hit during this pandemic year, but the desire to help others did not falter for these eight organizations.

CINCINNATI GIVES 2019

Local Kids’ Lemon-Aid Stand Fund-Raising Efforts Go Viral

Two local families' lemon-aid stand fund-raising efforts raised more than $200,000 for Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Veggies Via Vespa Grows and Delivers Fresh Produce to Families With Limited Access

Veggies Via Vespa grows and delivers fresh produce to families with limited access, one Vespa ride at a time.

Buy One of These Great Gifts That Give Back to the Local Community

Score a cool present for your loved ones and support great causes in Cincinnati with these five gift ideas that give back.

Three Queen City Retailers With Totally Philanthropic Missions

Shop at these Queen City retailers and support a good cause at the same time.

The Yellow Ribbon Support Center Packages Care

The Yellow Ribbon Support Center works to provide comfort to our active-duty military members while reminding us of their dedication and service so far from home.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank Is Changing the Diaper Dilemma

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank has distributed 2.4 million diapers since 2016. We sat down with founder Megan Fischer to chat about her efforts.

La Soupe Is Devoted to Bridging the Gap Between Food Hunger and Waste

La Soupe is the primary food source for as many as 2,000 people per week in and around Cincinnati, most 
of whom are kids from food-insecure households.

GeneroCity 513 Offers ‘A Positive Alternative to Panhandling’ by Helping Cincinnati’s Homeless Population

GeneroCity 513 presents “a positive alternative to panhandling” by helping downtown Cincinnati's homeless population connect with social services and earn a living wage.

Mark Your Calendar for These 14 Charitable Cincinnati Events in 2020

They're fun. They give back to the community. And they happen in Cincinnati in 2020.

Moving Arts Keeps Dancers and Choreographers Engaged During the Off Season

By helping dancers and choreographers stay engaged during the off season, Moving Arts benefits both the artist and the audience.

These Local Teens Created Their Own Philanthropic Organizations

These teens put their ideas to work for others in need before they graduated high school.

Miss Betty’s Place Is Like a Second Home for Local Students

What began as a place for kids to play soon became a second home to high schoolers and preschoolers alike.

Read a digital copy of our 2021-22 Guide to Giving!

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CINCINNATI GIVES 2018

The Power of Giving: Cincinnati Gives 2018

Cincinnati Magazine wants to connect readers with local nonprofits in a meaningful way with the Cincinnati Gives Challenge. Here’s how it works.

Shop For A Cause

Your shopping list does double duty with gifts that support a wealth of worthy causes.

The Cincinnati Zoo Unveils Big Renovation Plans

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, approaching its 150th birthday in 2025, is embarking on a bold new campaign to celebrate the milestone by expanding several wildlife exhibits, easing visitor logistics, and adding family friendly experiential attractions.

Raising Generous Kids

Instilling goodwill at a young age creates well-rounded, charitable adults.

Find A Furry Friend

These sweet faces are looking for forever homes through local animal shelters.

Lives Changed

From healthcare to the arts, Cincinnati’s thriving nonprofit community is impacting lives all over the city.