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.
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!
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!
ioby was founded in 2008 in order to make it easier for local leaders to gain the funding, knowledge, and resources needed to make positive change on a local level. For the past ten years we’ve worked alongside more than 1,600 passionate, committed community leaders and have watched as small projects have turned into larger initiatives and collaborations have become movements. Continue reading 10 years of good in our backyards!
Here at ioby, we coach neighborhood leaders to successfully raise funds for neighborhood projects. While some are seasoned veterans, many of the leaders we work with are brand new to fundraising.
So, we’re excited to share five short videos that break down our favorite fundraising tips! Continue reading Our favorite fundraising tips!
Working with local residents, volunteers, and youth leaders, ABC has created a paradise in El Barrio (aka East Harlem). Their community garden programs give children and families an opportunity to grow their own food and enjoy relaxing, volunteering, learning, and doing yoga in the garden.
Compost NOW is a free residential food waste collection project in New Orleans. Master Composter Lynne Serpe and her team of volunteers partner with the New Orleans Public Library to build on the community library model of reuse and resource sharing in a place that’s convenient to everyone, across all demographics and ages.
Think all ioby projects are in cities? Think again!
This is one of our very favorite recent projects, in the tiny, rural community of Torrey, Utah.
Barrier Free is a socially engaged art installation designed by artist Yancy Villa-Calvo for Latino Memphis about the impact of barriers. A direct response to the Border Wall proposal and other policies that threaten to divide Latino families and vulnerable families, this piece asks residents to participate by imagining that a loved one has gone missing, and by sharing their dreams for a barrier-free world.
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Meet our 2015 ioby Superheroes! These citizen leaders are doing incredible work to improve their neighborhoods and their communities. We’re truly inspired by what they’ve started.
Ade Neff of Ride On! Bike Co-op in South LA, Tanisha Douglas and Caitlin Gibb of S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective in New York and Miami, and Daniel Peterson of Project Backboard in Memphis were honored at our Annual Benefit last week, and we just couldn’t help sharing their stories.
Have your own idea to improve your neighborhood?