Cleveland GiveCamp 2018

The dates for Cleveland GiveCamp 2018 are July 20-22 (the third weekend in July).

Volunteer signup dates are planned to be June 1 to June 15, 2018.  Please come to this web page for information on how to sign up. 


GiveCamp Schedule 2017

Adjustments will be made during the GiveCamp weekend, so watch for announcements on Facebook and Twitter (@CleGiveCamp). Also, please follow and use the official Cleveland GiveCamp hashtag on all social media: #CleGC

5:00 pm Doors Open
5:00-5:30 pm Registration
5:30-6:30 pm Kick-off meeting, teams announced
6:30 and after Dinner, teams self-organize and begin work
7:30 am Breakfast
All Day Work day with team
Team and group photos at various times
Meals and snacks will be provided
10:30 am Training: Web Security for Nonprofits 
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Training: WordPress 101 for Nonprofits 
TBA Dinner
7:00 pm Snack
7:30 am Breakfast
All Day Work day with the team
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Training: WordPress Intermediate for Nonprofits
Followed by optional WordPress Q&A session from 2:00-3:00 pm.
3:00-4:00 pm Groups hand-off projects, final training, prep presentations
4:00-6:00 pm Closing meeting – present projects
6:00pm-6:30 pm Clean-up (This goes quickly – please stay and help)


Check In and Parking Locations

Please click here for Google Map to parking entrance.

Cleveland GiveCamp Map

Please enter the parking lot on the east side and register at the center of the airport building.


In case of road closures…

In the past, there have been road closures some mornings that make getting to GiveCamp difficult. The easiest route has been to take North Marginal from East 55th like the following map:


Cleveland GiveCamp is on Slack at: CleGiveCamp.Slack.com

Cleveland GiveCamp uses Slack to communicate between teams and across disciplines during the event. You can create an account at http://clegivecamp.herokuapp.com and login to your existing account at https://clegivecamp.slack.com.

Be sure to check out the specialized Cleveland GiveCamp Slack channels #design, #wordpress, and #project-pm groups for specific requests. Try to keep the #announcements channel open for high priority, special announcements to everyone (like food is ready). Feel free to create new channels for your team.


Indians Volunteer Challenge — Volunteer then go Cheer!

The Cleveland Indians (@Indians) and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (@BVUVolunteers) have partnered on the Indians Volunteer Challenge! The have joined together to celebrate volunteerism by offering 2 free game tickets to individuals who volunteer for at least 4 hours between April 11th and August 31st this year.

Directions on how to get your tickets:

Volunteers are encouraged to use the hashtag #ServiceWithSlider at Indians Volunteer Challenge events to engage with Slider on social media and be entered to win a chance to participate as an Indians #TribeLive fan of the game September 26 at Progressive Field.  Also, please use the official Cleveland GiveCamp hashtag on all social media #CleGC and mention @CleGiveCamp on Twitter while volunteering at Cleveland GiveCamp weekend.


Cleveland GiveCamp is a great opportunity to use technical and creative skills to help non-profit organizations reach their full potential.  Nearly 200 software and database developers, coders, business analysts, graphic designers, marketing professionals, copy writers, video producers, photographers, social media experts and food service volunteers take part in the event on an annual basis, donating more than 5,000 hours throughout the weekend.

Cleveland GiveCamp is entirely volunteer-driven, even the eight member committee which works throughout the year to plan the event, raise sponsorship dollars, recruit volunteers and coordinate event details. Volunteers represent dozens of companies throughout northeast Ohio, are current students at area universities, and even attend some of the area high schools in the region.

GiveCamp helps volunteers grow as a professionals, introduces them to different people, and provides opportunities to be a mentor or be mentored. Please review the FAQ for more information.

Volunteers often take the camp part of GiveCamp seriously and pitch tents at the event so they can stay close to the action.

What else to expect for the weekend?

Project Managers get their non-profit assignments a few weeks before the event and start planning for the weekend. The advance planning helps ensure we know what technical, graphic and content resources are needed.

Project managers are one of the most important volunteer positions at GiveCamp, ensuring that the projects stay on task and meet predetermined objectives set by the nonprofit and their team during the course of the weekend.

Project managers must:  

  • work with their assigned nonprofit three weeks before the event to help scope their project
  • manage the scope so it can be completed (designed, developed) over one weekend
  • be present at the entire event, Friday-Sunday, acting as main point of contact for project
  • attend all stand up meetings during the event to convey current progress and/or issues
  • manage nonprofit expectations – we have a small amount of time available
  • manage many tasks and direct a team, understanding that the team composition may change over the weekend
  • coordinate people you probably don’t know


Doors open on Friday of the event at 5 pm, with a general kick-off at 5:30 pm. Early arrivals are encouraged to sign in, get familiar with the space, get their WiFi set up, network, maybe help move a few tables and string some extension cords. There is food and drink provided at the event.

We suggest wearing or bringing comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes. If you can easily bring the tools of your trade (laptop, video camera, sketchbook, etc.) bring those, too. During GiveCamp, volunteers are welcome to go home in the evenings or camp out all weekend long. If you’re camping, deodorant and a toothbrush are highly (highly!) recommended. It never hurts to have a spare USB key or power strip, but don’t feel you have to go out and buy things specifically for this weekend.

During the weekend, volunteers complete their project and frequently help trouble-shoot issues on other projects. Then on Sunday afternoon everyone presents and hands-off their project at the closing ceremony. All meals are offered at the event, paid for by sponsors.

Everyone should have a good time, but remember, we’re ultimately there to do good work for the charities.

Watch for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Volunteer Resources Section is now in Beta

We’re created a section of resource posts for volunteers to reference as they build their projects. Members of Team Y will be adding additional resources to this area throughout the weekend. Resources include WordPress Plugins, links to documentation, and suggested best practices (among other things.) Visit the Resources section.