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Elizabeth B
312 W Court Street
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the project

For 40 years, Invest in Neighborhood has empowered volunteer leaders and community organizations to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods by being the only organization that provides critical support to every single one of Cincinnati's neighborhoods. 

The Community Councils, their volunteers, and their partner organizations reach and support all of the 300,000+ residents of Cincinnati, and the people who choose to live, work, and play in Cincinnati by forming the backbone of each neighborhood committed to making their neighborhoods thrive.

Invest in Neighborhoods provides training and services, financial resources, and civic engagement opportunities for FREE - help us continue supporting our members and community volunteers for another 40 years by supporting building our staff and keeping our services free. 

Our work includes:

  • Leadership development to build the skills and capacity of neighborhoods to effectively do the work
    • President's 101
    • Board Basics
    • Working with and navigating the City departments and programs
    • Planning, policy, finance, and data training to create effective strategies around the housing crisis
  • Engagement and advocacy around the critical issues and legislation impacting our neighborhoods
    • equitable development for vibrant and thriving neighborhoods
    • affordable housing for all incomes and reducing displacement
    • public safety & community - police relations
    • pedestrian safety 
  • Collaboration and knowledge sharing within and across neighborhoods and with the City and other community organizations
    • the Neighborhood Summit - for 23 years, the largest gathering of neighborhood organizations, community partners, City leaders, volunteers and activists coming together for a day to learn, share, and connect
    • 3 regular monthly member meetings to learn and problem solve together
    • meetings and seminars with other community organizations
  • Hands on technical assistance provided to individual councils on an ongoing basis
    • strategic planning
    • governance & management
    • grant writing & financial management
    • community engagement & program development
  • Growing the pool of resources for the neighborhoods
    • Neighborhood Support Program - annual funds for each community council to improve the quality of life for all residents
      • helps councils communicate with and engage their residents
      • fund neighborhood events
      • support neighborhood infrastructure
      • enhance the image of the neighborhood through green space maintenance, clean-ups and beautification projects\
    • Annual Interest Grant - an endowment which provides small grants for each neighborhood every year
    • Merit grants/mini grants - securing grants and funds to be used to enhance the work in the neighborhoods

This campaign will help us increase our staffing to continue to provide more FREE support and expertise to community councils in all of Cincinnati's neighborhoods. 

the steps

September- October Kick off the Campaign

  • monthly celebrations in different neighborhoods showcasing gathering spaces the neighborhood is proud of
  • host Night of the Neighborhoods annual event


  • Build staff
  • Distribute AIG grants
  • Launch next round of regular neighborhood training programs
  • Launch next topical workshop series
  • Planning the Neighborhood Summit
  • Open Neighborhood Support Program Applications


  • Neighborhood Summit
  • Neighborhood Support Program Funds are distributed to make things happen in all of Cincinnati's neighborhoods
  • continue regular training and technical assistance
  • engage neighborhoods on issues and needs to prioritize programs and services 
  • plan next topical training series

why we're doing it

Invest in Neighborhoods envisions a city of engaged and effective community councils working collaboratively to build strong neighborhoods. Strong neighborhoods create vibrant and safe places to live, work and play.  

Most of this work is performed by volunteers. Invest in Neighborhoods provides critical support to volunteer leaders who strive to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods and create engaged and connected communities.

When the community organizations work effectively, they make a real difference. When the neighborhoods are healthy and thriving, the city as a whole benefits. 

Throughout our 40 years Invest in Neighborhoods has improved the ability of the neighborhood resident volunteers to organize, problem solve, and build upon their resources. This work benefits all, including people that live in low income communities, communities of color, and communities that have not benefited from the renewed interest in our urban neighborhoods.

Invest is a small but mighty staff and this campaign will help us to continue and increase the free support we offer to the important work that is carried out by volunteer leaders to grow and improve their neighborhood and the city at large



$1,119.45- Covers the cost of free training and seminars for volunteers

$1,000- Support to 50 community councils throughout the City of Cincinnati

TOTAL RAISED $2,185.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $65.55


$5,000 - Free trainings and seminars for volunteers

$5,000 - Technical assistance to Community Councils

$5,000 - Operational costs to provide free training program

$5,000- Staffing

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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