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The Exodus of Everyday Donors

by Victoria Vrana

The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship.

During my many years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, I have come to deeply appreciate the everyday donor — regular folks who give via credit cards, checks, “donate” buttons, and collection-jar coins. They typically give in amounts that don’t make headlines, but collectively their generosity powers our work.

Which is why we should be worried about the decline in the number of individuals who donate. In the United States, the share of households giving to charity has dropped from two-thirds to less than half. It’s possible people are making gifts of time and treasure outside of the 501(c)(3) structure. I believe humans are inherently generous. Still, the fact that fewer Americans support our causes represents a threat to our work and the common good.

It also represents a threat to democracy itself. Donations are a civic expression, a tangible investment in an individual’s hopes and vision for the country. Just as lagging voter turnout and deepening political polarization suggest atrophy of our will to civically engage, advocate, and even dream of a better America, so, too, does declining support for charity.

Consider this: Recent research from the Do Good Institute and Generosity Commission reveals that individuals who donate or volunteer are more likely to vote. “Volunteering (for any cause, not just a political one) increases voter turnout probability by 12 percentage points, while giving increases voter turnout probability by 10.1 percentage points,” according to the report, underscoring the connection between citizen philanthropy and a vibrant, participatory democracy.

Donating and voting share DNA. Like votes, charitable contributions reflect a desire to change the world for the better and a preference for how to go about the work. As such, they represent an investment in the democratic process. Conversely, a decline in donations — fewer households making gifts — signals civic engagement under threat and the fate of our communities and country hanging in the balance. A philanthropic landscape dominated by a few large donors potentially narrows support for a wide range of causes and undermines the inclusiveness of civil societies. The result: an undemocratic shift in which fewer voices are heard and the wealthy, whose donations become all the more critical, gain influence. Read more...


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WAVE Foundation is acquiring a new van for use in educational programs. As such, we are selling our 2014 Mercedes Sprinter Van with mechanical lift at the rear door. The van has 98,200 miles, is diesel, and has all maintenance performed on schedule. Anyone interested should email Tricia Watts.

Aviatra Accelerators, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs, announces the opening of applications for the 2024 MOMENTUM® Accelerator program, a comprehensive business education program for early and mid-stage women entrepreneurs. This in-person, ten-week program is tailored for entrepreneurs who have been in business between one and five years, with total revenue of $50,000+ and who are seeking to build on their business momentum. Women entrepreneurs can apply for MOMENTUM® until May 27, 2024.

Talbert House is thrilled to receive the 2024 Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health from Mental Health America. This prestigious award highlights the organization's dedication to fostering a healthy and supportive work environment for its employees.

The Cincinnati ToolBank is thrilled to announce that we have recently been awarded three grants: $10,000 from Greater Cincinnati Foundation to support our new Training Center, $20,000 from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, and $2,500 from Greater Cincinnati Foundation to support our SchoolBank Summer Career Exploration Camp.

BAWAC recently received a $30,000 award from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation's 2024 Accessible Communities Grant to enhance our Life Transitions Program and Sensory Room through capital improvements. The funds will help purchase new sensory tools & equipment, flexible seating, workstations, and other furnishings to help expand accessibility and innovation, along with maximizing the physical accommodation needs of the program, while preparing for future growth.

First Tee Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky would like to welcome its 2024 Summer College Interns: Jamison Davis, Digital Marketing and Grace Copfer, Golf Course Programs. We recruit our trained, paid, seasonal head coaches on a rolling basis. For more information on becoming a First Tee coach, please check out our website.

Main Street Ventures, has awarded grants totaling $222,246 to 12 local entrepreneurs during its first grant cycle of 2024 for Leap and Launch funding, as well as through the Cincinnati State Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses x Main Street Ventures Pitch Event.

Northside’s Free Fridge (4234 Hamilton Avenue) provides an outdoor refrigerator, microwave, can opener, and shelving for dry goods. The Free Fridge’s latest upgrades include hot and cold water taps in a custom shelter with a pullout table to prepare and cook meals. The Free Fridge opened in June of 2022 to meet a growing need for people experiencing food insecurity including unhoused individuals. The Free Fridge offers 24/7 access to anyone in need.

Christ Church Cathedral’s Third Annual Anti-Gun Violence Summit, June 1, 9:00am-4:00pm, Urban League Holloman Center for Social Justice.  Join us for a day of engaging discussions, panels, and networking opportunities focused on preventing gun violence in our community. Meet with people across the city who are working in their communities to create alternatives to violence and help people rebuild lives after tragedy. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free and open to the public. Reserve a spot and find more information here

Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News is partnering with the Kenton County Public Library to offer a great opportunity for you to connect with potential applicants and recruit new employees. Secure your recruitment table at no cost. All nonprofit sectors are welcome, and registration is open until July 18, 2024. Space is limited. For questions, please contact Jane Page-Steiner

On Tuesday, May 21st, The Friends of NorthKey proudly announced the unprecedented allocation of $10,000 in scholarships, benefiting fourteen remarkable individuals affiliated with NorthKey Community Care. The awards, granted to NorthKey clients and their family members, signify a momentous milestone in the organization's commitment to fostering educational pursuits within the community. 

The entire community is invited to celebrate the kickoff to Cincinnati's Pride Weekend at Cincinnati Magazine's annual PRIDE PARTY 2024, Friday, June 21, 5:00pm-8:00pm. This massive outdoor cocktail party will take over Court Street Plaza between Vine and Walnut Streets on the Friday evening of PRIDE weekend.

Visit Save the Animals Foundation on Sunday, June 23rd for the Summer Open House from 2:00pm-5:00pm at 4011 Red Bank Rd. The community is invited to tour the shelter and meet our dog and cat residents. 

The Victorian at Riverside in Covington KY is pleased to announce a generous gift from the George and Margaret McLane Foundation to benefit older adults in assisted living and memory care. Funding for a new security system enables residents to live a meaningful life with as much independence as possible, avoiding harm from wandering behaviors that are common among people living with dementia.

The Warren County Foundation is holding its annual Community Service Awards on June 6. Honorees include Jackson Hedges (George Henkle Award), Jennifer Maynard (Emerging Leader), Warren County Historical Society (Outstanding Organization), Heritage at Miami Bluffs Men's Club (Emerging Organization), Mane, Inc (Outstanding Large Business), and Class 101 (Outstanding Small Business).

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presented Bill Butler with the NKY Community Award on May 21, 2024, at its monthly Eggs 'N Issues event. Sponsored by First National Bank of Kentucky, the award is given to individuals, businesses, or organizations throughout the Northern Kentucky Metro region in recognition of their positive impact on the community.

Learn all the ways One Source Center supports your work. Visit, shop and lunch with us at our Annual Open House on Thursday, June 13, 8:30am-3:30pm, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 936 Dalton Avenue. Members and non-members alike are welcome (the one special time during the year that non-members can shop the Common Good Store and Furniture Bank), so bring all of your favorite community partners with you.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers hosted a book drive encouraging holiday shoppers to purchase a new book for students. Books donated through this special effort would go to Queen City Book Bank (QCBB) programs and to two special QCBB partner organizations working diligently in our community to build literacy skills. Between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year's Day, Joseph-Beth shoppers donated an astonishing 1,400 new books.


The Rescue Kitchen Network is recruiting partner organizations for its second cohort. Applications are due by June 15, 2024. The program is actively seeking partnerships in the Midwest but all interested organizations with experience in food rescue or operating commissaries are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to You can also find more information on La Soupe's website at

The Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 grant cycle. For this cycle, grant funds will be designated to support organizational transformation to benefit gender and racial equity within the greater Cincinnati region, and within the organizations that work on key issue areas in the economic mobility and self-sufficiency spaces. Interested nonprofits can learn more, download the RFP guidelines, and apply through their website.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has many ways of investing in the community, some of these ways are proactive, while some are responsive. Request for Proposals (RFP) are now being accepted in support of organizations that drive the inclusion and accessibility of people living with physical and developmental disabilities. We invite your organization to partner with us to drive equitable change in our community by applying today. 


Metropolitan Nonprofit Member + Prospective Member Meet Up, with host Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News, June 11, 4:30p-7:00pm at the Metropolitan Club. Come meet Metropolitan member Jane Page-Steiner, publisher of Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News, and hear about opportunities to partner with her and the Metropolitan as we achieve our mission to unite diverse leaders to make a difference in our community. Area funders, including Heidi Jark, Fifth Third Foundation; Nancy Grayson, Horizon Funds; and Bernie McKay, Haile Foundation will be available to talk and share what they are seeing in the current nonprofit funding landscape. Click here for registration.

Media Relations and Organizational Culture Workshop for Nonprofit Representatives, hosted by Magnified Giving, June 4, 10:00am-12:30pm. Back by popular demand, Magnified Giving is once again excited to partner with award-winning journalist and filmmaker Steve Oldfield to offer a free workshop on interviewing with the media and media relations for nonprofit representatives. RSVP to Becca Freyhof at by May 31.

Score a goal by attending the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's (NKY Chamber) upcoming Eggs 'N Issues: Beyond the Pitch- A conversation with Jeff Berding, Co-CEO of FC Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 7:30am-9:00am at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center - South. Pre-registration is required.

Nonprofit Employee Benefit Options Workshop, June 13, 9:00am-10:30pm, presented by the Leadership Council for Nonprofits and Saxon. Benefits experts from Saxon Financial will share considerations for nonprofit organizations on health insurance and other ancillary benefits. Find registration and more information here.

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence presents the Better together Session: Collaboration Among Agencies, June 11, 9:00am-11:00am, Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Collaborations don’t always lead to mergers! Join us for a panel discussion to learn about different types of successful collaborations and hear from the agencies that have found how working with other agencies has benefited them, the stumbling blocks to be aware of, and the positive difference it has made for their agencies. Register here.



Queen City Book Bank could not accomplish its mission without the multitude of volunteers who generously give their time and talents. Opportunities are available for individuals or groups. 

The currency of connection: creating stronger ties for employee retention By embracing five core principles, you can unlock the true potential of your workforce and position your organization for sustained success.

Foundations are using so many confusing words that few people can figure out what they are doing Many foundations task in-house and outside communications experts with helping the public learn about their grantmaking and its impact. And yet polling indicates that few people know what foundations do or how philanthropy affects their lives.

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