Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Colectivo, a Cleveland-based "giving circle" whose members make collective contributions to innovative projects in Cleveland, has selected eight projects for funding in 2013. Members of the Cleveland Colectivo utilized a dynamic, fast pitch idea presentation night to select finalists, resulting in a strong group of finalists for funding. In total, the Colectivo gave away over $13,000 in 2013.
Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Pitch for Change yesterday. We heard from 46 presenters and had more than 125 people in attendance. We're thrilled so many of you could make it. Thanks also to our friends at Shaker LaunchHouse for hosting the event. The audience voted for their favorite presentations, and the top projects were:
Presenters, start your engines! Registration is now open for our Pitch for Change event on February 28. We will accept the first 40 registrants. Registration is now full. You filled up all 40 slots in 12 minutes. Thanks for the enthusiastic response! If you did register, we'll be in touch with you shortly.
Bringing Solar Power to Cleveland: Appropriately Applied Technologies was awarded $3,300 to install a solar-photovoltaic awning in order to raise awareness about solar power and to act as a demonstration of how renewable energy can be incorporated into neighborhood redevelopment.
Project Snapshot: The Cleveland Print Room was awarded $2,350 to support working with neighborhood high school students to teach the value of stories and the photographic image as links between the past and present.
Honey House Extractor: E Pluribus Apiaries was awarded $1,315 to purchase motorized honey extracting equipment and protective gear in order to increase efficiency in extracting and bottling honey from beehives in the city and to expand educational outreach to new beekeepers.
EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute: Cleveland's first non-profit restaurant, dedicated to ensuring a successful re-entry for ex-offenders restarting their lives in Cleveland, was awarded $2,000 to assist in furnishing their bar with stools and glasses
Literary Lots: A collaborative effort to extend the idea of reuse and re-imagination of vacant and underutilized lots into active spaces for kids where books come to life was awarded $1,500 to support their summer programming in Ohio City.
Pay What You Can Program: Talespinner Children's Theatre was awarded $1,500 to support their pay-what-you-can program for underserved families and groups to help bring the arts and arts education to the families and children of Cleveland.