What is Cleveland GiveCamp?

Cleveland GiveCamp is a gathering of volunteers with technical, creative and organizational skills who come together for one weekend each year to partner with area nonprofits and help bring their technical projects to life. Our work is completely free of charge.

What do we do? We work with organizations on tech projects that can be completed in a weekend. Most commonly, we develop websites that help our nonprofit partners operate more efficiently and reach and serve their constituents more effectively. We have also built mobile apps and games and helped organizations with other kinds of tech projects.

Who do we work with? The nonprofits we work with offer vital services and programs across Northeast Ohio. They are arts organizations of all kinds, nonprofit health care providers and groups that address poverty, hunger, racism and other issues of great concern throughout our region.

Some of the nonprofits we have worked with.

How are nonprofits selected for Cleveland GiveCamp? Organizations submit applications, and we choose our partner nonprofits based on feasibility (projects must doable in one weekend) and the financial need for our services. Most of our nonprofit partners have very limited budgets and can’t afford to hire companies to help them realize their tech projects.

What does my nonprofit need to do to be considered for Cleveland GiveCamp? Think about what you need. Look at your schedule. If you have a feasible project (we can work with you if your idea needs a bit more development) and at least one decision maker in your organization who will commit to attend the entire GiveCamp weekend (July 26-28, 2024, at Hyland in Westlake), we hope you will submit an application. (We will begin accepting them in March; stay tuned.)

What's our story?

How did GiveCamp start? The idea to complete tech projects free for nonprofits over a single weekend dates back to 2007, when a Microsoft developer/evangelist in Texas began working to create a 2008 event called We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend. The first event called GiveCamp took place in Michigan in 2008.

What’s Cleveland GiveCamp’s story? Cleveland GiveCamp launched two years later, and we are now the longest continually operating GiveCamp in the country. Since 2010, our volunteers have worked with more than 200 nonprofits, donating their time and talents to complete projects worth well over $1 million.

Who makes Cleveland GiveCamp happen? From the beginning, Cleveland GiveCamp has been organized and run by an exclusively volunteer board. We raise money, recruit volunteers and our nonprofit partners, plan every facet of the program and make sure each event is a success.

We are not a nonprofit organization ourselves. The Cleveland Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is our fiscal sponsor.

How can I support Cleveland GiveCamp?

Volunteer: If you have skills in software development, design, database administration, writing/editing or project management – and you can commit to joining us for the entire weekend of July 21-23, 2023 – we would love to have you. Volunteer registration is now open. Some positions fill up pretty quickly, so order your volunteer ticket as soon as you can.

Donate or sponsor: We accept donations of any size throughout the year. If you or your organization or group would like to sponsor GiveCamp, check out our levels and the visibility you can receive with sponsorship. If you prefer simply to donate, we will gratefully accept your support. Click here to sponsor or donate.

Spread the word: Tell everybody about Cleveland GiveCamp: the technical, creative and organizational wizards in your life; nonprofit organizations that could use our help; your company’s leadership if you think they would be interested in supporting what we do.

Thank you!

Organizational Structure

Cleveland GiveCamp is run entirely by volunteers donating hundreds of hours per year.

Position Person
Board Chair Jonathan Knapp
Board Vice Chair Kayla DeVitto
Board Secretary Joe Brinkman
Board Treasurer / Finance Committee Chair Margaret Attenweiler
Volunteer Committee Chair Ross Ritchey
Nonprofit Committee Chair Shannon Osborne
Communication Committee Chair Cindi Deutschman-Ruiz

Past Organizers

Cleveland GiveCamp would not be what it is today without the help from our prior organizers.

Nicole Derr (@Nicole_Derr)
Jim Gorjup
Marko Iskander (@MarkoIskander)
Brittney Iskander
Sandro Galindo (@azrael)
Carolyn Fertig (@Carolyn87)
Nick Barendt
Matt Beyer
Nicole Capuana (@ncapuana)
Andy Craze
Heidi Hays
Carolyn Kearney
Nicole Kusold-Matheou (@NicoleKusold)
Dan Nelson (@TheOneDanNelson)
Mark Schumann (@MarkWSchumann)
Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr)
Suzy Peters
Jon Stahl
Jane Winik
Amy Wong
Ashley Young