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Start a project in Cleveland

On ioby, anyone with a great idea for creating positive change in their neighborhood can raise funds, find volunteers and promote their project. When you fundraise for your community project on ioby, you can:

  • Receive one-on-one fundraising and implementation coaching

  • Collect tax-deductible donations

  • Have ioby act as your project’s fiscal sponsor

  • Find new volunteers

  • Join us for grassroots fundraising trainings and workshops

Submit your idea and ioby will reach out to support you on your journey to making positive change in your Cleveland neighborhood. You can also email us at cleveland@ioby.org.

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About ioby Cleveland

We’ve got to admit: Cleveland is pretty amazing. When neighbors across the city set out to get good done in the neighborhood, Clevelanders are there to lend a hand. Since we began our on-the-ground work, ioby Cleveland has supported over 930 resident leaders as they plan, crowdfund, and build positive change in neighborhoods across the city. With a median donation of $50, these leaders have raised over $1.8 million in small donations to make Cleveland neighborhoods greener, safer, more livable, and more full of opportunity for all residents. Email cleveland@ioby.org to learn more!

 Meet Brianna Beck, ioby’s Cleveland Action Strategist 

As the Cleveland Action Strategist, Brianna Beck understands the importance of connecting through and within the Cleveland community in order to uplift the needs of the city and its people. Brianna believes in the power of unity and enjoys creating space for all to share, learn, and create. She has organized and led initiatives related to social justice, health equity, and DEI strategy through her past work. Public service is something Brianna values both professionally and personally. A creative nomad at heart, you can expect her to always be catching a flight while writing poetry along the way. You can reach out to Brianna at cleveland@ioby.org

 

Get your donations doubled! 

The Fowler Family Foundation Creative Arts Matching Fund

Individuals, artists, informal groups of residents, and nonprofits with budgets under $300,000 can all receive one-on-one fundraising coaching and dollar-for-dollar matching to your ioby crowdfunding campaign for a project that brings arts and culture to Cuyahoga County residents. Donors are matched instantly up to $500, and projects can access up to $2,500 until the program ends. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FOWLER FAMILY FOUNDATION CREATIVE ARTS MATCHING FUND

 

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match Program

The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match Fund supports organizations and residents as they make our county more vibrant and creative. If you have an idea to make Cuyahoga County more vibrant through the arts, you could get your donations doubled up to $3,000 when you crowdfund your project with ioby. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CUYAHOGA ARTS & CULTURE MATCH PROGRAM

 

Lorain and Elyria, OH Match Fund

The 2021 Lorain and Elyria, OH Match Fund can match donations to support communities in zip codes 44052, 44053, 44055, 44035 and 44036. By focusing on volunteer-led projects and small grassroots groups, this program will get timely funding to local resident-led projects as neighbors deepen their collaborations and relationships in Lorain City, Ohio and in Elyria, Ohio. Please note that 2020 Neighborhood Connections cohort members are not eligible.

Learn more about the Lorain and Elyria, OH Match Fund

 

Please note that you cannot participate in two match opportunities at the same time, but if you exhaust one fund and are eligible for another you may then participate in an additional match fund opportunity.

 

Donate to a project in your Cleveland neighborhood

  • PEARLS Mini Closets Initiative

    Join PEARLS as we continue to nurture girls and communities through our PEARLS Mini Closet Initiative!

    NEEDS: $2,895 of 3,125
  • Culture.CLE

    Culture.CLE unites Clevelanders to learn about ethnic foods and our immigrant community through curated dining experiences at immigrant owned/operated restaurants. Fund us to accelerate our social change work.

    NEEDS: $5,208 of 5,208
  • Cleveland City Scenes

    For the Love Of City Scenes

    Photography is a proven mental health art therapy that helps and with your help we can help others.

    NEEDS: $8,541 of 8,621 + Volunteers
  • Loves Memory Garden Project

    Loves Memory Garden will be formed in an artistic way in order to honor lost loved ones. Edible garden and lessons on gardening as well as specific memorial painted rock garden

    NEEDS: $2,755 of 2,755 + Volunteers
  • Cleveland Youth Festival 2024

    the CYF is an annual event happing in Cleveland Ohio since 2019, we are honored to be able to bring the arts and music together as a sign of celebration and uniting our community in the Cuyahoga. 

    NEEDS: $5,531 of 5,531 + Volunteers
  • Nature, Family and Fun!

    Nature walks help us reconnect with nature, uplifting our strength mentally, physically, and emotionally. Doing this with your child creates memories and traditions your family will always remember.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,300
  • Cleveland Soapbox Project

    Cleveland Soap Box

    Fuel Cleveland’s youth empowerment with the Soap Box Project—an after-school initiative fostering self-expression and growth culminating in a transformative Soap Box competition. 💬🌟 #YouthEmpowerment 

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,780 + Volunteers