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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.



The mission of 1N5 is to prevent suicide by erasing the stigma of mental illness and promoting optimal mental wellness.

Aviatra Accelerators, Inc.

Aviatra Accelerators is a multi-state organization that enables women to start and sustain businesses.

Center for Addiction Treatment

Saving lives, rebuilding families and communities through ongoing addiction health services.


CET’s mission is to strengthen the communities we serve through programs and services that inspire and inform.

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky/CHNK Behavioral Health

The mission of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky/CHNK Behavioral Health is to create holistic partnerships for health and wellness.

Cincinnati Cares

Cincinnati Cares is the region’s only public-facing search-and-discover guide to the 700+ active nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Cincinnati Music Accelerator

Cincinnati Music Accelerator is dedicated to the development of music creatives, fostering placemaking and striving for economic development within the community.

City Gospel Mission

Breaking the cycle of poverty and despair… one life at a time.

Council on Aging

Council on Aging’s (COA) mission is to enhance lives by assisting people to remain independent through a range of quality services.

de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation

The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation works to support educational programs that spread awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Freestore Foodbank

Freestore Foodbank’s mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community. Their vision is a hunger-free, healthy, and thriving community.

Hope’s Closet

Hope’s Closet serves children in foster care and their foster families through wraparound care, including an expansive clothing boutique and extensive support services.


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

Learning Grove

Learning Grove develops and supports innovative quality learning experiences that empower children, youth, and families across diverse communities.

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: Ministries provides nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable 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 delivers essential services that promote the independence of seniors so they may remain in the comfort of their own homes.

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio Inc.

The mission of Mental Health America is to promote mental health and work to prevent mental and substance use disorders through education, advocacy, and service.


The mission of MindPeace is to ensure that there is a seamless system of mental health care for children and adolescents.

Ohio Valley Voices

Ohio Valley Voices teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) to listen and talk.

Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce is to be the driving force for creating a strong economy while also promoting inclusivity, embracing diversity, and celebrating originality.

People Working Cooperatively

People Working Cooperatively performs critical home repairs and services so that low-income homeowners can remain in their homes living independently.

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.

St. Francis Seraph Ministries

St. Francis Seraph Ministries nourishes and nurtures anyone in need.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank partners with local social service agencies to distribute free diapers and period supplies to low-income families.

Taft Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art provides meaningful experiences by connecting people with great art, both in a historic setting and in the community.

The Craig and Frances Lindner Center of HOPE

The Lindner Center of HOPE is 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

Ziegler Park

Ziegler Park promotes inclusion by strengthening the bonds of community through recreation.


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.

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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.

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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.