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2016 was a pivotal year for the Cleveland Colectivo. In late 2015, we held the first of two retreats for our members, facilitated by Lisa-Jean (LJ) Sylvia, a friend and supporter of our mission. Our purpose was to clarify the purpose, identity and vision of the Cleveland Colectivo.
Colectivo members

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.

Fresh Camp

There will be a lot going on at our Bowlectivo celebration on Thursday. In addition to learning about this year's proposals, voting for your favorite, bowling (including a bowl-off for a finalist grantee slot), snacks, beverages, and general merrymaking, we'll have a silent action. A number of our prior grantees, members, and community partners have donated some great items. You'll be able to bid on items like:

TCT Colectivo Application

It turns out that counting isn't our strong suit, because the previous video was not, in fact, the final one. We almost neglected to post the video from the exceptional folks at Tailspinner Children's Theatre. We had the pleasure of backing their pay-what-you-can program in 2013, and they're now seeking support their outreach touring program.

ATA (Achievement Through the Arts)

Our last (but certainly not least) applicant video comes from Achievement Through the Arts. They were a big hit at our Pitch for Change last year and we're glad they're participating again this year. We assisted in getting their Sounds of the Soul acoustic ensemble off the ground, and they're now seeking funding to continue the program.

Fresh Camp Submission to Cleveland Colectivo's 10th Anniversary

Last year, we were gratified to back Fresh Camp's unique blend of urban agriculture and music production in Glenville. If they're selected to receive our special $10,000 anniversary grant, they would use it to add internships, produce merchandise, and expand to more neighborhoods. You can help choose this year's grant recipient by voting for your favorite project at our Bowlectivo on Thursday.

Irtf Fair Trade 2

Today's video comes from the fine folks at the InterReligious Task Force. Last year we helped them bring delegates from El Salvador and Colombia to the Gay Games in Cleveland. This year's proposal focuses on enhancing the local fair trade movement. Want to support this project or any of our other returning grantees? Please join the fun at our Bowlectivo on Thursday and vote for your favorite.

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