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Start a project in Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati neighborhood.

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About ioby Cincinnati

Cincinnati is full of energy—there's so much happening in the world of positive civic change, it's hard not to be excited! But part of what makes Cincinnati so special to us is its long history of neighbors working together to get good done. It's pretty clear that Cincinnatians have no shortage of great ideas, and are ready to make them happen. And when neighbors want to roll up their sleeves to get good done and make Cincinnati even more awesome, ioby is there to lend a hand.

We're so excited to have worked in the Queen City since April 2020. With a median donation of $50, neighbors in Greater Cincinnati have already raised over $300,725 for 63 projects to help make their communities greener, safer, more livable, and more full of opportunity for all residents. How will you get good done in Cincinnati? 

 

Meet Leslie Mattie Rich, ioby's Cincinnati Action Strategist! 

As a Cincinnati Senior Action Strategist, Leslie Mattie Rich is working to help even more leaders like you in Cincinnati make positive change across the city. When you share your idea for positive change in your Cincinnati neighborhood, Leslie will walk alongside you as you build your crowdfunding campaign page, make your first donation asks, and build your project.

Leslie is a native Cincinnatian who believes deeply in the power of trust and community. She serves on the boards of Invest in Neighborhoods, My Neighbbor's Place, Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and Dater Montessori LSDMC. She's brings over twenty years of experience in community organizing, asset-based community development, creative placemaking, and youth development to her role at ioby and is excited to help you get good done! 

Learn more about our City Action Strategists and how we work on-the-ground to support resident-led change.

Or, schedule a time to chat with Leslie during her office hours! This is your chance to learn more about ioby, share an idea, or give an update on an ioby project. Looking to meet with Leslie? Reach out to her at cincinnati@ioby.org

 Book an office hour session with Leslie

 

Upcoming events with Leslie

You can always book time on Leslie's calendar. Or, come out and share your idea and meet other community leaders like you during our ioby Fall Socials throughout Cincinnati.

Share your idea with us, and we'll reach out to give you tips, tricks, and resources so you can crowdfund to get good done in your neighborhood. 

Donate to a project in Cincinnati

  • Calming Toolboxes for Success - Mason Elementary

    140 students at Mason Elementary (ME) need frequent or intensive support to help cope and emotionally regulate, creating the need for sensory toolboxes to help students calm down or refocus their attention.

    NEEDS: $1,546 of 1,546
  • The outside of our Main Street storefront, painted in a beautiful white and blue color scheme.

    Indigo Hippo Community Fundraiser

    Indigo Hippo redirects gently used art supplies out of the waste stream and into the hands of our community. Help sustain this pay-what-you-can thrift store and widen access to creative expression!

    NEEDS: $0 of 12,894 + Volunteers
  • Denianne Gardner's Puberty lecture

    Incredible Talks

    Bold Education & Dauntless Celebration from Puberty to Menopause

    NEEDS: $2,588 of 4,348 + Volunteers
  • For Us, By Us: Uplifting the Black Autism Community

    Help Our Tribe help the Black Autism Community by building a community and a movement that accelerates equitable outcomes and justice for Black people with autism and their families!

    NEEDS: $9,635 of 11,175
  • Antigone Quartet Prize

    A new, progressive, Cincinnati-based competition for all composers.

    NEEDS: $10,207 of 12,717 + Volunteers
  • The Dater Percolator

    A student-led, adult supported coffee shop through YEP (Young Entrepreneurs Program) at Dater Montessori. The profits from the Dater Percolator will help support field studies for students at Dater Montessori.

    NEEDS: $1,937 of 2,062 + Volunteers
  • Food from the Heart Part Two

    To provide nutritious food pop ups that are affordable and help neighbors experiencing food insecurity through the social enterprise, Food from The Heart.

    NEEDS: $2,062 of 2,062
  • Our Courtyard

    Expanding Northside Arts Hub // PAR-Projects

    Join us as we create an outdoor theater and entertainment venue at PAR-Projects and settle into our 15,000 sq/ft expansion, Studeō PAR-.

    Thanks in advance!

    NEEDS: $81,336 of 103,093
  • 2 Years of Pent Up Entertaining Energy

    What'Supper / Open Dinner: Serving Weekly

    Large-scale community events are great! But they can intimidate newcomers. This weekly supper provides a consistent, intimate setting for a rotating, hungry audience to make new friends and check-in with old ones.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,100
  • Goltra Nature Preserve

    Trailblazing East Westwood

    Become a Trailblazer for a premier hiking spot while supporting youth employment, environmental education, and a safe spot for neighbors to take in the great outdoors!

     

     

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,527 + Volunteers
  • Invest in Neighborhoods - 40 more years

    For 40 years, Invest in Neighborhoods has empowered communities one neighborhood at a time through civic engagement and providing resources for the Community Councils.

    NEEDS: $18,634 of 20,619