City of the Children
Roger and a group of friends recently returned from Oaxaca, Mexico, where they visited the children of the City of the Children Orphanage. Roger underwrites a portion of the orphanage’s operating expenses, including its kindergarten, secondary school scholarships, dental care, and salaries. If you would like to join with Roger in his annual visits to Oaxaca, please drop him an email. And if you would like to make a financial contribution to the orphanage, you can send an American Express Traveler’s check made out to Jose M. Perez Garcia. Father Garcia’s mailing address is:
Ciudad de Los Ninos de Oaxaca, A.C.
APDO. Post. 234
Oaxaca, Mexico 68000
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Xavier University Philanthropy Program
Several years ago, and after conversations with Xavier University President Michael Graham, SJ , Roger contributed funds for the initiation of a university-level course in philanthropy. But rather than the usual lecture model, Roger suggested that students actually engage in hands-on philanthropy and that they be the decision-makers regarding what local charities would receive support from a limited source of funds. Roger then contributed those funds.
Xavier students are thus setting priorities for funding, issuing invitations for applications, reviewing those applications, and then making decisions on what organizations best meet the funding criteria. They are learning the structure of objective grant-making, are coming into contact with the many charitable organizations of the Cincinnati community, and perhaps most importantly, are beginning their own personal journeys into charitable causes.
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Northern Kentucky University
Roger has been coaching girls’ softball since the early 1960s. Back then, the girls couldn’t wear shorts. They couldn’t play if they were married. They couldn’t take their athletic abilities to the college level.
Times have changed, and Roger has been a part of that change.
In addition to creating his own world-championship team of all-stars, he has been instrumental in strengthening the Girls Softball Program at Northern Kentucky University, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. In 1978, just as the program was beginning and before the first pitch was ever thrown, Roger gave a sizable gift to the athletic department with the instruction that the funds be directed exclusively to girls’ softball scholarships.
Today, the NKU team is a powerhouse. It holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins (55) and is a regular in the regional and national play-offs. And Roger is a part of it all. He travels with the team, serves as honorary coach, and quietly helps when called upon. He funded most of the cost for the construction of a new softball stadium — to the extent that the University named the field after Roger’s father — and has continued to help with scholarships.
In 2008, Roger wanted to share his passion for philanthropic giving to high school students around the Cincinnati area. Magnified Giving www.magnifiedgiving.org was born, and today over 3000 high school students each year are inspired by learning how to become educated and active philanthropist through hands-on learning.
A World of Good Causes
Roger supports many organizations in the community and around the world. A few are listed below, with their respective websites.
|St. Francis Seraph Ministries
|The Healthcare Connection / Lincoln Heights
|Our Lady of the Woods
|Glenmary Home Missioners
|Drop Inn Center
|The Athenaeum of Ohio
|Power Inspires Progress (PIP)
|Healing Connections Associates (HCA)
|City Gospel Mission
|Ave Maria University
|Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart
|Sisters of St. Francis – Oldenburg
|Little Sisters of the Poor
|Maryknoll Lay Missioners
|Life Issues Institute
|Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land
|Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
|PLAN of Southwest Ohio
|Santa Maria Community Services