Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation.

Common Ground is a day of community conversation and action.

It isn't often that we have an opportunity, as a county-wide neighborhood, to come together and assess the state of our community, and explore how to make it stronger. Organized by our friends at the Cleveland Foundation, Common Ground is just that–a chance for neighbors across the Cleveland region to come together, share a meal, and tackle a common theme. This year, neighbors explored the surroundings that shape who we are: the built environment of homes and streets, the social and cultural environment in which we were raised, the natural environment that surrounds us, and more. 

United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin.

To help you take action, and to help bring your great ideas for positively change in environment to life, we're excited to invite you to participate in our Common Ground Crowdfunding Match! 

With support from the Cleveland Foundation and Neighborhood Connections, ioby is offering up to $2,000 in matching funds, plus fundraising coaching, to leaders of projects that improve community life in Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties. 

Whether you and your neighbors are dreaming of a mural, a street festival, an afterschool program, or a new community garden, ioby can help you bring it to life. Match funding is available NOW and is first-come, first-served–so share your idea below to get started fundraising with matching dollars!

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Support a project below! Donations are no longer being doubled, but your gift still matters! 

  • Image of kid superhero character

    Look at Me!

    Recognition and Representation in a New Pantheon of Superheroes

    An Initiative and Exhibit of The Superhero Project


    NEEDS: $0 of 4,005 + Volunteers
  • Talking A Stance

    Talking A Stance

    We will engage in an exploratory conversation about current policing behaviors and practices in communities of color to include broader themes such as gun violence, biased policing and racism.   

    NEEDS: $0 of 200 + Volunteers
  • Historic Rockefeller Homes

    Forest Hill Street Signage

    Neighbors coming together to share ideas and effect positive change within the East Cleveland Forest Hill community.

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,962 + Volunteers
  • My Violin Weighs A Ton

    "My Violin Weighs A Ton" is the realization of a unique vision that Mental Health Advocate Archie Green is bringing to life in order to engage, educate, and inspire a new generation.

    NEEDS: $0 of 230
  • The Skin You're In

    Your skin announces you to world. It can create negative viewpoints about you that aren’t true. Unfortunately, this has led to discriminatory hiring practices.  


    NEEDS: $0 of 4,160
  •  We Can & We Will Together.

    "No Back Without A Pack"

    The first day of school is a BIG DEAL to children of all ages and grades, starting it off with confidence will Empact an entire school year 1 semester at at time.

    NEEDS: $4,971 of 5,191 + Volunteers