Previously recorded webinars

Vacant to Vibrant 

Wish someone would do something about that pesky vacant lot in your neighborhood? Maybe that someone should be you! Vacant lots in your neighborhood can illustrate neglect and seem like a waste of space, but they can also be fresh canvases for creative community projects that bring positive change. Interested in learning from leaders and thinkers who have transformed vacant places into vibrant green spaces? Hear from Sandra Albro, author of "Vacant to Vibrant: Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks," (Island Press, 2019) and project leaders who work with ioby (in our backyards) about how to turn ideas for transforming vacant lots into reality. 

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Storytelling 101

What is your elevator speech about your work? How do you frame your project to make it as persuasive as possible to others? Join us to learn from a panel of community-based experts and pros on narrative strategy who will share tips and tricks for building your project’s story and how this is essential for a successful fundraising campaign. 

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Gender Justice

Feminism isn't a dirty word anymore, but there's still far to go until we get to full liberation for women and people who are gender non-conforming. Join us to learn from community leaders who are crowdfunding to build powerful projects that fight for gender justice and push against harmful power structures. Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording of this conversation

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Design for Good: A Conversation between Erin Barnes and John Cary

Almost everything around us was designed by someone; our homes, schools, workplaces, and nearly every imaginable public space. Design is everywhere and, for better or for worse, it shapes the quality of our lives.

In this webinar, ioby co-founder and CEO Erin Barnes and author/architect John Cary explore how the design of our homes, buildings, and public spaces can be accountable to diverse communities, respond to our everyday needs, and improve our quality of life. Learn why building civic participation and growing resident leadership should be center-pieces of designing for the collective good, and hear about examples of neighborhood projects that illustrate the power of collaboration.

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Beyond Voting: Flexing Your Civic Muscle

To strengthen our democracy, we'll need to look both inside and outside the election cycle to build year-round relationships and build lasting people power. Join us to hear from neighbors who are using ioby to crowdfund for community projects that bring their neighbors together to listen, create dialogue, and make meaningful, lasting change across differences. 

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Resilience for All: Community-Driven Design

When planning to implement a project idea, getting community feedback and input can sometimes feel like an extra step—but it can actually help catapult your project to success! From exploring ideas to getting your project done, learn how input from a diverse range of community members has helped successful project leaders transform their neighborhoods. You'll hear from ioby project leaders Jared Myers of the Memphis Heights Line and Samoy Smith of Detroit's Bagley Pocket Park, as well as city action strategists Rhiannon Chester and Chris Jones in conversation with Barbara Brown Wilson, professor of urban and environmental planning at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia and author of Resilience for All, from Island Press.

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Crowdfunding for Racial Justice

Learn from ioby project leaders who are addressing their neighborhood’s need for racial justice and have created community solutions around racial equity. They’ll share how crowdfunding supported their grassroots projects and how they got started, built support, and overcame challenges. Indigo Bishop, one of ioby’s Action Strategists, will also share more about how we work to support social justice changemaking.

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Bringing the Green: Crowdfunding and Community Gardens

Do you have ideas for improving your neighborhood? Are you interested in using crowdfunding to raise money to help your neighborhood thrive, especially by turning a vacant or abandoned lot into a community garden or multi-purpose community space? This brand new webinar is about raising money and organizing neighbor support for community garden projects. From converting a vacant lot into a neighborhood greenspace to planting an herb garden, superstar ioby leaders and experienced fundraisers will share their tips, challenges, and triumphs to successful greening. Plus, they’ll answer your questions in real time!

Crowdfunding for Communities

Have a great idea for a project that makes your community greener, healthier, stronger or more vibrant? Need some cash to make it happen? ioby provides civic leaders like you with a crowdfunding platform and one-on-one fundraising coaching to raise the dollars you need to bring your idea to life. 

Join us for a webinar to learn the nuts and bolts of crowdfunding your local project! 

We’ll cover: 

  • Five best practices for effective crowdfunding that we’ve learned from supporting 1,000+ successful campaigns.

  • Top tips on building your fundraising team, connecting with new donors, and donor follow up, illustrated with real life examples. 

  • An overview of ioby’s platform and services 

  • Q&A with ioby staff 

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How to Make it Rain: Crowdfunding for Larger Budgets

While the average budget for ioby projects is a few thousand dollars, many are larger scale. If you have your sights set high, your budget—and fundraising skills—will have to rise to the challenge.
Crowdfunding large amounts of money on ioby is totally doable, but it takes some extra planning. In our #iobyRainmakers series we hear from ioby leaders who have successfully raised BIG bucks for their community. In this webinar, learn valuable tools, tips, and challenges to meeting big budget crowdfunding goals. Learn from an experienced panel of ioby project leaders, non-profit fundraisers, and one of our staff coaches. Bring your questions! 

How to Make it Rain Part 2: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits

Join us for this webinar about crowdfunding for nonprofits. You’ll hear from ioby leaders and experienced fundraisers, who will share their tips, successes and common roadblocks to successfully crowdfunding for special projects at their organizations. Plus, they’ll answer your questions in real time!

We'll hear from: Jennifer Beaugrand, ioby Leader and Founder of Bronx is Blooming, Carey King, ioby Leader and Director of Uptown Grand Central/New Harlem East Merchant’s Association, Carmen Lane, ioby Leader and Founder and Director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, and Jennifer Allen, ioby Leader Success Strategist.

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Ask Action Corps: Green Triangles

On December 20, 2016, Cathy Marcinko, Grant Development Coordinator at Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being in Memphis, and leader of The Green Triangles Project, kicked off our inaugural webinar as our first featured leader. (Full disclosure: Cathy is also an Action Corps expert!) She was joined by a panel of three Action Corps members: Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director of the NYC Public Design Commission and an ioby board member; Tommy Pacello, President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative; and Janet Boscarino, Executive Director of Clean Memphis, Inc.

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Ask an Expert: Healthy Communities

On March 1, 2017, we hosted a 'lunch and learn' panel discussion about community healthy and urban design. Michael Marino, ioby Leader of "Let's Get Moving! Bringing Free Yoga to the Park", and Donovan Finn, ioby Leader of "Jackson Heights' 78th Street Play Street", shared challenges and inspiration to getting a health initiative off the ground. As well as expert opinions from Joanne Lee, Collaborative Learning Director at Active Living By Design, and Raquel Bournhonesque, Community Coach at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, who shared models and approaches for making neighborhoods healthier. 

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Small Scale Philanthropy, Big Impact: Giving Circles Funding Grassroots Initiatives

On March 28, 2017, we talked with Amplifier, a national network of giving circles, about ethical philanthropy, ioby's guiding principles for how we're working to encourage local giving, and explored ways for giving circles to leverage ioby's crowdfunding platform.

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Place-Based Play: a learning webinar partnership between ioby and KaBOOM!

Join us for this free lunchtime webinar about exciting projects being carried out around the country that creatively bring play and transportation together. These projects provide opportunities for play to happen everywhere—on sidewalks, trails, public transit stops and more—so that kids (and adults) can use play for both fun and wellness throughout their communities. 

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Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities

Join ioby for a webinar about how walkable community advocates can use crowdfunding as an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool. The webinar will  include real-life case studies of successfully-funded walking advocacy projects, plus top tips for an effective campaign.  

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