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.

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

What It’s All About
Cincinnati Gives isn’t just this magazine. It’s much bigger than that. That’s because it also includes the Cincinnati Gives Online Fund-Raising Challenge, powered by Crowdrise. Open to all nonprofits, the challenge is designed to reach the region’s most passionate philanthropists while generating a significant monetary impact for organizations that participate.

When Does It Happen?
The challenge launches on Giving Tuesday, which is November 27, 2018. Donors can go online from November 27 to January 2 and make a donation to their desired charity.

Who Benefits?
Local nonprofit organizations sign up to participate in the challenge. Visit to see which charities are taking part. The nonprofit that raises the most funds during the challenge period is awarded a cash prize on top of the money they’ve already collected.

2017 Gives Challenge Stats
111 participating charities and donors from 30 states

How Much Was Raised?
In 2017, the total impact was $295,828. That includes the $30,000 in cash prizes awarded to the top three winners—Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, A Child’s Hope Int’l, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati—as well as weekly bonus challenge winners.

Who Donates?
Here’s a look at who donated funds to charities during the 2017 Gives Challenge.
1,244 Donors
1,360 Donations
$195 Average Donation

Getting the Word Out
You may see your favorite nonprofits talking about the Gives Challenge on social media channels. These posts drive awareness and encourage donor participation through Facebook, Twitter, and other online channels.

#CincinnatiGives was trending on Twitter on the Challenge launch date in 2017.

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