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Official website: https://www.ioby.org/

ioby mobilizes neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund and make positive change in their own neighborhoods.

They are creating a future in which the neighborhoods are shaped by the powerful good ideas of the own neighbors.

What they do

ioby helps neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. Their crowd-resourcing platform connects leaders with funding and support to make our neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun.

ioby believes that it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” – the positive opposite of NIMBY.

How they do it

ioby uses the concept of crowd-resourcing (a term they coined) to drive projects to success:

       crowdfunding + resource organizing = crowd-resourcing

Crowdfunding is the pooling of small online donations for a cause or project.

Resource organizing is a core tenet of community organizing that considers activists and advocates the best supporters to ensure the success and long-term stewardship of a cause or project.

As a combination of these two, ioby’s platform gives everyone the ability to organize all kinds of capital—cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteer time, advocacy—from within the neighborhood to make the neighborhood a better place to live.

“Real change is hard. We get that. But starting small and leaning on ioby’s staff and community of leaders can make it easier to make a meaningful difference in our neighborhoods.” –Brandon Whitney,   Co-Founder

What it’s doing + what you can do

ioby connects the idea to create change with the resources to make it happen. ioby enables all of us to invest in improvements, then enjoy the return on their investment. ioby is everyday neighbors taking small steps to bring new open spaces, fresh food, educational opportunities—whatever the neighborhood needs—into our backyards.

Each day, they see small steps making big impacts—rippling throughout blocks, neighborhoods, towns and beyond. To us, that’s success.

So, take a look around! Start a project in your neighborhood. Or pick a project close to your home (or your heart) and help it grow.  And help us spread the word.