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.

The Charitable Words Scholars Fund connects high school and college students and recent graduates with internships and special assignments in the nonprofit sector. The goal: Provide assistance with education expenses and purposeful experiences with nonprofit organizations, often understaffed and in need of marketing and communications support.

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 .

Since 2012, more than 70 Charitable Words Scholars and alumni have been assigned scholarships, internships, special assignments and sponsored events with more than 30 nonprofit partners. Our network of volunteer advisors has provided hundreds of hours of guidance and pro bono professional services and connections to enrich experiences for students and outcomes for nonprofit partners.

‘Learning and Lending a Hand’ internships and special assignments assist Scholars with education expenses and helps a generation of “purpose” gain meaningful experiences. Research shows that internships and experience increase the likelihood graduates will stay in the region to find jobs 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 “Good Stories, Told Well” 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 and previously as Editor of The Arizona Republic. 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

Charitable Words Scholars and alumni