Magnified Giving is a Midwest-based, nonprofit educational organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy, and to touch the hearts and minds of teens, lighten the concerns of others, and magnify the impact of philanthropy.
The vision for Magnified Giving is for every high school student in America, starting with the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions, to someday have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to be generous and wise philanthropists and have the graduates of the program educate, inspire and engage the next generation of students.
Magnified Giving was founded in 2008 by Mr. Roger Grein, an active philanthropist in the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area. However, the foundation of Magnified Giving was built many years ago.
In 2001, after having lunch with Roger Grein, then Northern Kentucky University President Dr. James Vortuba informally shared a new idea with Roger. He casually mentioned that The Mayerson Foundation had sponsored a class at NKU for students to invest money into local non-profit agencies. The light bulb went off in Roger's head, and this was the spark that changed his life and has profoundly affected the lives of thousands of young men and women over the past decade!
Roger quickly became a champion for this hands-on philanthropy model and shared it with University presidents across the midwest, pledging his financial support while the program could gain traction and take hold at each institution. Roger shared the story and vision with Xavier University, The College of Mount St. Joseph, and then with more than a dozen other College and University Presidents. Roger's passion for helping college students truly understand the importance of philanthropy and the power they have in contributing to the fabric of the community has led to 34 colleges and universities embracing his philanthropy education model. The program continues today, fully managed by Ohio Campus Compact and funded by a national grant provided by the National Corporation for Service Learning.
After Roger saw the success of the college program, he decided to bring the concept to eight high schools in Cincinnati, and Magnified Giving began with those first eight schools in 2008. Since then, the number of schools in the program has grown steadily each year, and the program now includes middle schools as well.
Magnified Giving Staff
Mr. Roger Grein
Founder / President
Roger is successful businessman, internationally recognized softball coach, one of Cincinnati's great Philanthropy Ambassadors, and founder of Magnified Giving. An entrepreneur since age seven, Roger made his first, significant philanthropic contribution as a young teenager and has been freely giving of his time, talent and treasure for the past sixty years. As the founder and coach of Jake Sweeney girls softball team, his teams won regional, state, national and world championships. Roger has an amazing and inspirational story. Read Roger's Story >
Mrs. Kelly Collison
Kelly has 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. While at Dress for Success Cincinnati, she successfully implemented a mobile program for 12 counties and was responsible for the organization’s management and growth of client services. As an event producer and consultant on a wide range of events, one of her clients is the national Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Student Leadership Organization. In 2015, Kelly shifted her attention to educating the next generation of philanthropists with Magnified Giving. Kelly lives with her husband Blane, and son Quinn in Sycamore Township. She has 20 years experience as a customer care director and Chief Communications Officer with AVEDA Frederic’s Corporation.
Mrs. Carey Kuznar
Director of Advancement
Carey has spent over 16 years serving in nonprofit roles for health, human services and education. Her experience and expertise in fundraising, community engagement, and serving the needs of the community have been developed in Phoenix, Arizona; New Haven, CT; Cleveland, OH; Charlotte, NC; and her hometown of Cincinnati. Carey’s passion for youth development and empowerment encouraged her to join the team at Magnified Giving where she is inspired on a daily basis. Carey lives with her husband Zak in Montgomery, Ohio, and their 11-year-old twins who she is teaching to be young philanthropists.
Mrs. Alison Kaufman
Director of Programs
As the Program Manager for a local non-profit, Alison used her past experience to develop strong relationships within multiple school districts to expand the volunteer and donor base for the organization. During this time, she was exposed to Magnified Giving as a recipient of multiple grants. The connection of working with the students in our program was inspirational and the motivation needed to make a change. Having a college student and triplets in High School, Alison sees the importance of educating this generation to be the voice of change for our communities.
Ms. Caroline Ray
Director of Camps & School Coordinator
Caroline is a licensed secondary education teacher, holding a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Education from Xavier University. Caroline developed a passion for nonprofit work as a teenager participating in the Magnified Giving program at Mount Notre Dame High School. After spending three summers in Kentucky and North Carolina as a camp counselor, Caroline co-created the Camp Give curriculum in 2017. She has stepped out of the classroom and into a role to expand the Magnified Giving school curriculum and implement the Camp Give program. Caroline has a love for fostering friendships, service learning, and empowering children to make a difference in their world.
Mrs. Lindsey Barta
Lindsey holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati, and she is currently pursuing her master's degree in Communication. Her research interests focus on organizational and intercultural communication within nonprofit entities, and she is passionate about nonprofits centered around education. Lindsey has worked with Magnified Giving in various roles since August 2015. In her current position as a Graduate Assistant at UC International Services, she develops social and educational programming for international students.
Ms. Allison Riley
Programs & Data Intern
Allison is an alumna of Mount Notre Dame High School '18 where she participated in the Magnified Giving Program for four years. She is currently attending Miami University where she is studying Statistics and Analytics. At Miami University, she is involved in the leadership center, Scholar Leaders, National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Leadership Certificate Program. At Magnified Giving, Allison contributes her talent by analyzing data from the school year during the summer and providing programming and administrative support.