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Patronicity is a civic crowdfunding & crowdgranting platform. We bring together local citizens and sponsors to support great initiatives in their communities.

State Sponsored

First State Government Partnership to Start CrowdGranting.


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Contact Rob St. Mary to schedule a demo and learn how you can bring crowdgranting to your granting organization.


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is partnering with Patronicity to revolutionize the way grants are applied for, evaluated and approved. Through the Public Spaces Community Places grant, projects that qualify receive matching dollars to those crowdfunded.

MassDevelopment has launched it's Commonwealth Places program & the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority has launched the CreatINg Places program to drive and strengthen community and economic development through activating new or distressed public spaces.

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Mahala Clayton
Project Manager

I came to work for Patronicity because I identified with the goal of building communities by fueling the ideas of the most impassioned people within them. For me development should start by meeting the demands and needs voiced by the civic whole, and Patronicity grants opportunity to citizens to fix or grow their community the way they see fit. Contact me if you have an inspired idea to grow your "place".


Jonathan Berk
New England Director

I’ve worked as an attorney focussing on real estate development projects across Massachusetts for the past few years helping developers and investors realize their creative visions for development projects and communities. Working on these I realized there was always something missing. You can build “utopia” within the four walls of the building you’re working on but once you step outside, you’re reliant upon cash strapped municipalities to foot the bill. These community assets are where innovation happens, where relationships are built and where cities and towns become a “community.” Empowering residents to build these themselves is a power every city should have. I’m looking forward to helping you, the residents of New England, empower yourselves to build your own“community.


Brandy Joe Plambeck
Social Media Manager

Originally from Wyoming, I received a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Upon graduating, I traveled the country with a touring theatre company and not only learned the ins and outs of every aspect of theatrical production, but also met my husband, Joe Bailey. Traveling around the country gave me the appreciation of and opportunity to visit the different & diverse communities. In 2007, we formed The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, MI with a few of our closest and most talented friends and annually produce around ten productions. In addition to performing and directing throughout the seasons, I also serve as the Ringwald Media Manager and resident photographer. Recently, I received a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from The Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State and am excited to be starting this awesome new chapter with Patronicity.


Ebrahim Varachia
President | Co-Founder

I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree focusing on International Development and creating sustainable businesses in developing countries. Staying local and moving to Detroit, I translated that into urban revitalization and began working on two startups. Being an entrepreneur coupled with my passion for sustainable community development, I enjoy learning of great new initiatives happening around the country started by other entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, & activists.


Chris Blauvelt
Founder, CEO

I started Patronicity after having lived and worked in Detroit and, despite all the bad press, seeing the incredible power of community. Crowdfunding is a fun yet powerful way to bring community together and support initiatives within, and with Patronicity we're working to take that to the next level by seeing community as not only the people in a neighborhood but the businesses and local government that plays a role in shaping it as well.


Rob St. Mary
Director of Outreach

After a 14 year career in commercial & public radio, I decided to take the lessons learned on the streets covering neighborhoods, arts, & culture, and turn them outward as a way of improving the things I’ve loved all my life. As not only a Patronicity employee but a success story, I know what the platform can do for the individual and the larger community to open opportunity. Beyond my work here, I’m also a huge film and music fan, published my first book in the Fall 2015, and continue to play guitar/bass. I enjoy time with friends, fine food, and my cats.


Photo by Eric Seals - Detroit Free Press

Veronica Watson
Director of Indiana Operations

I came to Patronicity after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years in New Orleans and Indianapolis. That experience showed me just how difficult it can be to ensure that all members of a community - be they residents, businesses, nonprofits or the local government – have a voice and the power to make the change they want to see. That’s why I love what we do at Patronicity; we give power back to the community members who have the ideas and the drive to make change. If you have a great idea, and the drive to make it happen in your Indiana community, I’d love to hear from you!


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