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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 Neighbor's Place, Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Cincinnati Recreation Commission. 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 virtual office hours or in person over coffee! 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

 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: $0 of 2,062
  • AfriFest Cincy: Taste of Africa

    Come out to celebrate the Taste of Africa. This event will bring our community together to showcase variety of African cultures, food, vendors, entertainment, fashion show, games, and other fun activities.

    NEEDS: $10,416 of 12,216 + Volunteers
  • Antigone Quartet Prize

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

    NEEDS: $0 of 2,735 + Volunteers
  • Help JPP 6th grade students go to Canada

    We are taking our students on an educational experience following the Underground Railroad up to Niagra Falls for project based learning opportunities. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 2,062
  • We Enter the Door of No Return

    It is an act of resistance for young descendants of enslaved Africans to return to the home of their ancestors because it was thought they never would.

    NEEDS: $0 of 25,435
  • The Society Events

    Society Fundraiser

    Winton Hills Brick City Fundraiser for Community Projects in this Historically Black Community.

    NEEDS: $29,028 of 30,928 + Volunteers
  • Kenny's Clean Up

    Kenny's Clean Up is a litter clean up honoring the memory of Kenneth Mattie a Westwood Business Owner for 60 years and an extreme hater of litter.

    NEEDS: $0 of 2,062 + Volunteers
  • Herbalism scholarship fund

    We are creating structures that funnel access to skills, information, and resources back to the people it came from. This scholarship is for budding indigenous and BIPOC herbalists in Greater Cincinnati.

    NEEDS: $16,304 of 16,304 + Volunteers
  • 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