Magnified Giving, a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in life-long philanthropy, announced the promotion of its Program Coordinator to Director of Programs. Alison Kaufman joined the organization July 15, 2017 to support Magnified Giving’s successful history of growth. She assumed the role of Director of Programs September 24th, 2018.
“The programs of Magnified Giving are the mission. That is where the work happens.” stated Roger Grein, Founder. “It has been a wonderful journey to watch it grow in community support and youth engagement.” Now, as we celebrate the end of our 10th year (2017-2018), it is exciting to elevate our Coordinator to the Director position.” The original Director role was held by Mr. Todd Forman for the first ten years. Forman helped create the process and program of youth philanthropy while also directing community service efforts and the Youth Philanthropy Council at Mount Notre Dame High School. Todd is currently the full time Community Service Director at MND and serving as a consultant to Magnified Giving for technology. “Alison has wonderful qualities that will strengthen our mission moving forward, as we expand the number of schools and students we empower and grow this important mission of youth philanthropy, she enjoys working with teachers and helping them empower their students” says founder Roger Grein.
Kaufman also assists the implementation the student philanthropy program in Milford High School where her triplets attend as freshman.
Kaufman’s nonprofit leadership skills were most recently applied in her role as Program Manager at InReturn, whose mission is to serve clients suffering from a traumatic brain injury. While being interviewed by Magnified Giving students for a grant, she began to appreciate the mission of empowering young people to learn about the needs of others and give of their time, talent and treasure. She so enjoyed her experience of winning the grant for the nonprofit from the school students through Magnified Giving, she joined the growing Magnified Giving team in July 2017. Kaufman also assists the implementation the student philanthropy program in Milford High School where her triplets attend as freshman. In her new expanded role as Director of Programs at Magnified Giving, Kaufman leads the organizations mission by supporting the schools superintendents, principals and teachers to empower, engage and inspire their participating students to be young and active philanthropists.
She will also manage the new summer camps of Camp Give and the new financial literacy curriculum of Earn, Save, Live, Give and produce 10 grant award ceremonies celebrating the students and winning charities in Spring 2019.
We inspire young people to understand how our community works, serve people in need and how to be their best while using their own gifts and talents.
Alison Kaufman, a native Cincinnatian, is excited to reengage with the local community by sharing Magnified Giving’s mission.“What inspires me is the opportunity to bring more students together with local charities that need the volunteerism, exposure and financial support. We inspire young people to understand how our community works, serve people in need and how to be their best while using their own gifts and talents. It is truly special work.” says Kaufman. Kaufman and her husband Mike live with their four children in Milford, Ohio.
The promotion of the role of Director of Programs comes at a time when Magnified Giving is expanding and adding school programs and expanding Camp Give summer camp offerings. Donors provide generous gifts to empower teens to award as grants to vetted charities in need of financial and volunteer support. This education challenges the participating teens to realize their full potential, to use their talents to make our community stronger, understand the needs and apply their knowledge and passion toward the goal of strengthening and serving others. There are many benefits to young students learning these skills while in school in a formal class or club.
The nonprofit organization has awarded nearly three quarters of a million dollars through student-awarded grants to local charities.
Originally based in Lockland since the beginning in 2008, the now Evendale-based nonprofit organization has awarded nearly three quarters of a million dollars through student-awarded grants to local charities; and has grown to include 95 schools with more than 4000 students involved in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, with several schools in Dayton, Indianapolis, Akron and Cleveland communities. In the past ten years, over 350 charities have experienced the Magnified Giving program and have realized additional success as a result of the partnership.
Founded by philanthropist Roger Grein, Magnified Giving educates, inspires and engages young students in philanthropy through their schools. The vision of Magnified Giving is for every high school student in America, beginning in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, to someday have an opportunity to learn firsthand how to be generous and wise philanthropists through hands-on experience. Participating school groups are challenged to determine how they want to invest more than $1,000 in a nonprofit.