The Northeastern Leo Club is pleased to announce the recipients of their Magnified Giving grants. The $1000 grant winner is SATH’s KAMP Dovetail. Winners of the two $500 grants are the CNE Education Foundation and Bake Me Home.
Throughout the school year, the Leo Club has participated in Magnified Giving, a program created by Roger Grein of Cincinnati. Magnified Giving currently allows students from 84 area high schools to decide the recipients of the foundation’s grant monies. Leo students have learned about philanthropy, foundations, the grant process, and non-profit organizations. They identified needs in the community and researched charitable organizations in the area that meet those needs. Students then invited the organizations to apply with Magnified Giving and complete a grant application. They have made site visits, volunteered, and/or hosted guest speakers to learn more about the organizations. Working in small groups, the Leos narrowed the field to five organizations and created presentations to advocate for their chosen charities. The Leo Club voted on the grant winners who will receive their checks in a special presentation ceremony later this Spring.
The money given through Magnified Giving came from three sources: the Magnified Giving Foundation, a private donation with matching funds, and money the students helped to earn with the Northeastern Lions at the Pumpkin Run for a total of $2000. Magnified Giving empowers youth and fosters a spirit of philanthropy with its innovative program. Founder Roger Grein’s vision is to educate, inspire, and engage students to become wise and generous philanthropists.
Leo Club is part of Lions International, the world’s largest service organization. The impact on the Leo Club members who participated in Magnified Giving has been strong. They have expressed a heightened awareness of the needs of their community and of the large number of organizations in need of support. The program has taught them not only how to make difficult choices but also given them a sense they can and do help others. With the definition of philanthropy being the giving of your time, talent, and/or treasure, many Leo Club members now readily consider themselves to be philanthropists.