“Memphians don’t always do well with rules,” explains lawyer and city planner Tommy Pacello. Memphis-raised, he left for college and was drawn back to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, an effort funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to generate neighborhood economic vitality and reduce gun violence among youth. “The city’s got this grit and soul and texture to it that comes from being a river town, I think. It’s part of our DNA as Memphians.”
But that grit and that soul, in a city that faces its share of systemic challenges, haven’t always found creative outlets. “For many years,” says Pacello, “we had lived in an environment where people felt somewhat stifled. Felt they had to wait on other people to do things for us, to find the silver bullet.” For a community to see itself as dependent on slow-moving government, or on anyone, for positive change, safety, and cohesiveness, is deeply demoralizing. Something had to give.
Continue reading Tactical urbanism, the Memphis way
We’re ioby, as in “👁-oh-🐝.” We know, it’s not a traditional name, so we don’t mind when people ask what it stands for (in our backyards, by the way). We also stand for a bunch of other things, like trusting our neighbors to know what’s best for their neighborhood, and helping them lead the charge to bring positive change to the places we live. And we’re pretty different from most of the other crowdfunding sites out there. Here are just a few ways we stand out.
Continue reading What makes ioby different?
You might have noticed that we say “neighbors” a lot here at ioby, often interchangeably with “residents.” To us, “neighbors” means experts; it means the people who know their community best because they live in it, work in it, and play in it. They know how the block was, how it is now, and how it could be to better serve everyone in the neighborhood. They are our guiding stars and the people who shape what we do. After all, who better to turn to than the experts?
Today, we’re excited to announce that the work of all our expert change makers led up to something pretty big this month: with a median donation of just $35, 1,600 leaders rallied thousands of their friends, neighbors, and families to give over $5 million to community-led change since ioby got started. Continue reading Cheers to $5 million worth of neighborhood change
ioby works nationwide; through the magic of the internet and good old-fashioned phones, we are able to provide support to anyone in the United States with a great idea to bring more good to their neighborhood. We also have staff on the ground in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Detroit, and Cleveland–our City Action Strategists. They’re especially tuned into the cities they live in, are experts at supporting neighbors organize and fundraise online, and help residents turn great ideas into great community projects. Get to know our team!
Continue reading Meet our City Action Strategists
Fundraising can be daunting, but it shouldn’t have to be! At ioby, we support neighborhood leaders from start to finish–from building your team to getting your project done, and everything in between. Get to know Dominique, one of our Leader Success Strategists who will help you plan and fundraise for your project!
Continue reading Meet our Leader Success Strategists!