AWESOME PROJECT: We The People Growers’ Association

by ioby
October 16, 2017

Melvin Parson, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, never planned to be a farmer. In fact, he’d never even had the faintest interest in gardening until fate struck a few years ago. “This wonderful lady named Verna,” Parson remembers, “who got around in a motorized wheel chair, passed away in 2013. And she was a prolific gardener, […]

What I learned when the tables were turned: ioby’s Rhiannon Chester tries crowdfunding

by ioby
October 3, 2017

Ever since she was a teenager, ioby Action Strategist Rhiannon Chester has dedicated much of her energy to working for better public education, immigrant rights, affirmative action, economic justice, and LGBT youth in her native Detroit. After years of supporting others’ projects, Rhiannon led her first ioby campaign this past spring. Read about what she […]

Meet our new Memphis Action Strategist, Chris Jones!

by ioby
September 26, 2017

Right after Labor Day, ioby welcomed aboard the newest member of our staff: Chris Jones, Memphis Action Strategist! Chris will be working with Ellen Roberds to help residents of Memphis make the changes they want to see in their city, block by block. “In my heart, I’m kind of a small town, community guy,” Chris […]

Erin Barnes: What Charlottesville means to me

by ioby
September 18, 2017

In my position at ioby, I’m fortunate to see firsthand some of the work being done around the country to make our neighborhoods stronger, more equitable, and more kind. Seeing it often makes me feel optimistic about Americans’  ability to lead our own communities in the change we want to see. But sometimes we’re served […]

AWESOME PROJECT: Let the light shine in — to Parker Village, Detroit

by ioby
September 15, 2017

What do you do when your city repossess over 1,000 streetlights in your underserved neighborhood, literally putting the lights out on you? Build your own. Only better, and greener. Bring in, that is, community-owned solar power. That’s what Jackson Koeppel, co-founder and Executive Director of the membership-based solar power nonprofit Soulardarity, thinks is the answer […]

When getting that 501(c)3 status is not the right move

by ioby
September 14, 2017

ioby works every day with all types of community groups and leaders. These range from loosely-affiliated groups of neighbors working together for the first time on a specific and discrete project, to established 501c3 nonprofit organizations with paid program staff and multiple sources of operating revenue.  (Here’s how crowdfunding can help established nonprofits.)   Oftentimes, […]