Students with a passion for purpose, learning and lending a hand.

Volunteer professional advisors and connections to pro bono resources.

Helping nonprofits shape and share good stories, told well.

Charitable Words is a unique 501(c)(3) social enterprise, partnering – not competing- with other nonprofits in collaborative projects.

It is based on a model of engaged philanthropy in which the impact of your giving to causes you care about is exponentially leveraged through collective action.

Nonprofits – the fastest growing sector in our economy – are being called to lead positive community impact, but too often without resources and staffing needed to communicate the important work they do.  We connect them with Charitable Words Scholars, students and recent graduates who share a passion for purpose, skills and understanding of the new media landscape .

‘Learning and Lending a Hand’ internships and special assignments assist Scholars with education expenses. Student experiences – and returns on investments of your charitable giving – are enriched by a network of volunteer professional advisors and pro bono resources. And, research shows that internships and experience increase the likelihood graduates will stay in the region, giving back to their community and its economy. It’s a win-win-win.

We report the collective impact here, and help nonprofits shape and share their stories with important audiences on the right platforms.


Board of directors:

Jack Greiner, Attorney, Graydon Head & Ritchie law firm, chair
Elissa Yancey, Education Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, vice chair
Crystal Faulkner, CPA, Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens, LLC
Jamie White, ArtsPass Manager, ArtsWave
Kevin Dugan, Director of Content, The Empower Group
Tom Callinan, Founder and director, Charitable Words

Contact Charitable Words:

(513) 378-9376

About Charitable Words Founder Tom Callinan

Charitable Words founder Tom Callinan is a retired news executive with 35 years experience as a journalist, most recently as Editor and Vice President of Enquirer Media in Cincinnati. He served in several media industry leadership positions, including The Associated Press Managing Editors, Society of Professional Journalists and as a judge for The Pulitzer Prizes. In retirement, Callinan is active and involved with engaged philanthropy and social innovation as a board member of Social Ventures Partners, The Charity Defense Council and as a board member and volunteer with several local nonprofits.

Many friends and contacts – award-winning journalists and leaders in social innovation – from those experiences are engaged in Charitable Words network of volunteer advisors.

Network of volunteer advisors

Since Charitable Words was established in 2012, more than 60 students and 30 nonprofit partners have been involved in internships, special assignments and sponsored events.

Charitable Words Scholars and alumni