Step 3 - Research

Researching Local Non-Profit Agencies Addressing the Social Cause

At this point you have identified the types of social causes which interest group(s), now research the Non-Profit Organizations which support those needs.  The students should research at least three to five Non-Profit Agencies; however you have the flexibility to establish the requirement. 


  1. Brainstorm agencies the students are already familiar; perhaps they volunteered with family, church, clubs, or school activities.
  2. Encourage them to ask their parents, peers, or other adults.
  3. Use social media for good!  Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  4. Reference the list of Qualified Agencies already approved on our website.
  5. Conduct an internet search for NEW agencies – introduce a new agency to our Magnified Giving program! (This is a win-win for everyone!)

For a Non-Profit Agency to qualify for a grant, they MUST be registered on our website.  Remind students to confirm the agency is on the Qualified Agency list.

WHY DO WE DO THIS?  It is important to confirm the agency is registered with the Attorney General, with a valid 501c3 number, in their state of operation.  This is how you know they are truly a Non-Profit Organization. No need for you to verify the 501c3 number, we will do that for you once the agency submits a registration form.

What if an agency isn’t on the Qualified Agency List?   Simple, have your student INVITE them to apply.  Send an email or place a phone explaining this fantastic program and their potential ability to receive a $1,000 grant for their participation. To help, we have provided an invitation letter the students may use or encourage them to create a letter themselves!  Click HERE.

  • What are your students LOOKING for in an agency?
  • What is important to them when discovering an agency?
  • How do they wish to give their $1,000?  Established organizations or ‘the Little Guy’ 
  • Who will BEST utilize this gift? 
  • Do the students hope to help many with their gift or have one big impact? 
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions – be EMPOWERED to follow your heart!
Great Resources for Step 3

211 Community Resource Directory
   A searchable database of service providers in the UWGC area
United Way of Greater Cincinnati   A list of the local organizations that receive United Way (UWGC)   An alphabetical list of non-profits in Cincinnati area - dealing with social issues   A very abbreviated list of non-profit agencies that serve our area
Cincinnati Better Business Bureau   Excellent information on non-profits in the area   Great source of info about non-profits including tax forms - requires free registration
Charity Watch   American Institute of Philanthropy's guide to helping you give wisely to charity
Charity Navigator   Evaluates financial health of thousands of America's largest charities
Non-Profit List   A list of non-profits by state and region
Addiction Resources  Great resource to help those battling addiction

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