What is Cleveland GiveCamp?

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations. The event takes place at the LeanDog Boat (former Hornblowers) and Burke Lakefront Airport on the shores of Lake Erie.

The event is entirely volunteer-driven and some of the volunteers take the “camp” part of GiveCamp literally, pitching tents and staying all weekend. Great meals are provided and there are many opportunities to network with professionals from around the region. Overall, it’s a great opportunity for people to work together, develop new friendships, and do something important for the community. There are a variety of projects completed during GiveCamp weekend. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend. All source code must be turned over to the nonprofits at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment) and the nonprofits are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward.


The Mission of Cleveland GiveCamp is to pair creative and technology talent with nonprofits in need.

Some of our past projects have included:

  • Data-collection applications to keep track of members or clients
  • Websites to communicate with stakeholders and constituents
  • Mobile phone applications
  • Mobile websites


The first Cleveland GiveCamp took place in 2010 with more than 100 volunteers, 21 nonprofits and nearly $250,000 worth of work donated during the course of the weekend. It was the largest first-time GiveCamp in the country and has grown to include more than 200 volunteers, 25 nonprofits and $625,000 in free development work in 2012. The Cleveland GiveCamp event is part of a national GiveCamp initiative thought up by a Microsoft executive in 2007. There are nearly 30 GiveCamps throughout the country benefiting hundreds of nonprofits every year.

Steering Comittee

Cleveland GiveCamp is run entirely by volunteers. Our steering committee plans all facets of the event and represents companies throughout Northeast Ohio. Many of these individuals have been involved with the event since its inception and continue to dedicate hundreds of hours each year to make it possible.

Nicole Derr (@Nicole_Derr)
Jim Gorjup
Heidi Hays
Carolyn Fertig (@Carolyn87)
Marko Iskander (@MarkoIskander)
Jonathan Knapp (@cc_jonknapp)
Brittney Iskander
Nicole Kusold-Matheou (@NicoleKusold)
Dan Nelson (@TheOneDanNelson)
Mark Schumann (@MarkWSchumann)
Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr)