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.


Members of the Colectivo have learned a thing or two in our years together, and occasionally people ask us to share our experiences. Last week, Colectivo member Walter Wright was a guest on WCPN's Sound of Ideas program. Walter and the other guests discussed crowdfunding with host Michael McIntyre. You can listen to an archive of the show on WCPN's site, or watch the video at the bottom of this post.

The Cleveland Colectivo, a Cleveland-based giving circle whose members make contributions to innovative projects in Cleveland, celebrated ten years of collective giving in 2015. The Cleveland Colectivo gave away over $115,000 between 2005 and 2014, through nearly sixty small grants. To celebrate the organization’s tenth year of giving, the Colectivo invited all prior grant recipients to share a big idea that a $10,000 gift could help catalyze.

Out of a strong pool of exciting ideas, Colectivo members selected Fresh Camp to receive this year’s $10,000 gift in support of its urban gardening/hip hop program.

Participants at our Bowlectivo event last week selected the first three finalists for our $10,000 anniversary grant. Fresh Camp and Near West Intergenerational School finished first and second in the crowd vote, and FromFat2FITion was the winner of the bowl-off.

Thursday's Bowlectivo celebration was an amazing evening of bowling, networking, noshing, and community-building. There were around 200 participants at the event, including our 12 returning grantees. As the winner of the crowd vote, Fresh Camp took home $500 and a spot as finalist for our special $10,000 anniversary grant.

2014 Grantees

Fresh Camp’s Mentorship/Intership Program for Student Gardener/Music Producers was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment to complete their portable recording lab for student interns and as seed money to pay interns a stipend to help teach classes, record other students and run new community gardens. These students will be in charge of two new gardens and will see the growing and selling of food from start to finish as well as learn how to train other students. They will also record alongside the professionals to help record other students and learn how to compelte their own music from start to finish.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation was awarded $3,500 to support the creation of a parklet and bike corral on 1-2 street parking spaces on Euclid Avenue in front of several businesses that have heavy bike use. This project was initiated by a request from a business owner to have more bike parking.

InterReligious Task Force on Central America was awarded $1,800 to help bring three Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender advocate-athletes from El Salvador and Colombia to the Gay Games in Cleveland to raise awareness of LGBT issues here and in their home countries.

Mi Casita Pre-school and Early Learning Center was awarded $400 to purchase topsoil in order to reclaim an asphalt lot as and create a green space for students to enjoy enhanced learning from nature.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Community Class was awarded $2,552 to buy supplies and promotional materials as well as pay instructors for four community classes at Praxis Fiber Workshop. These classes will be offered to the current residents of the Collinwood neighborhood where Praxis is located. The sampling of processes will include weaving, shibori (an eastern tie dyeing technique), felting and dye printing on fabric.

Sounds of the Soul Acoustic Ensemble, a free music and arts education program in Collinwood and the surrounding urban area, was awarded $1,400 to purchase music supplies and to support instructor stipend and transportation, marketing, and program expenses.