Frequently Asked Questions


In the fall of 2004 a small circle of people decided it was time to stop talking about Cleveland’s problems and start investing in solutions. They gathered together friends and neighbors to begin building a new giving circle and the Cleveland Colectivo was born. 


Strengthening our community through collective investments in innovative projects.

Inspired by the traditional practice of immigrant neighbors who invested in each other’s businesses in order to build their own communities, the Cleveland Colectivo is a group of like­minded friends, neighbors and colleagues who have joined together for the purpose of collective giving. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in the city Cleveland and/or inner­ring suburbs. 

Seeking Funds

Fifty-seven grants, totaling over $116,000 have been distributed through nine individual funding cycles. 


The grants are awarded through a consensus model. Over the course of the Pitch for Change, review of proposals and interviews with finalists for funding, the Cleveland Colectivo members determine who will be funded and at what amount. 

Our grants range in size from $500-­$5000, with an average grant size of around $2,000. Grants are made based on the strength of the idea, the impact our funds have to carry the idea forward and the amount of money the Cleveland Colectivo has available to distribute. 


We gather initial ideas at our Pitch for Change event which usually occurs in late­February. After this event, we narrow down a field of finalists (usually 12­15) that are invited to complete a full proposal and participate in the interview process in the spring. Visit our website for details and dates in the late fall or early winter. 

Interested in Joining

Email for details about upcoming meetings or events and how to get involved. We welcome new members at any point during the funding cycle. 


Yes! All donations to the Cleveland Colectivo are tax deductible as a result of our fiscal agent relationship with International Partners in Mission, a 501 (c) 3 organization. 

Yes! To donate to the Cleveland Colectivo, simply visit our website where you can donate online (be sure to indicate “Project 729” when making your donation) or make a check payable to: International Partners in Mission (our fiscal agent). In the memo line, write “Cleveland Colectivo, Project 729” and mail to: IPM, 3091 Mayfield Road, Suite 320, Cleveland Hts, Ohio 44118.

Giving members contribute $400 annually to the Cleveland Colectivo. Donations can be made on quarterly, monthly or a one time basis. 


The Cleveland Colectivo has volunteer and giving members. The difference between the two types of members is that giving members have a vote in the final decision making process for awarding the funds. Non-­giving members may participate in all other aspects of the decision­making process. We meet quarterly and meetings include discussing ideas, learning about area initiatives and organizations, and networking with our growing circle of members. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings, but we restrict voting on final decisions for awarding funds to full paying members.