Hi Portland! |
I'm one of the co-founders of ioby, a new nonprofit website designed for civic and environmental leaders doing urban environmental projects. ioby (rhymes with Nairobi) stands for 'in our backyards' -- it's like the opposite of NIMBY. Get it? Our mission is to encourage positive, community-driven, neighbor-funded environmental change in urban areas.
People with great ideas for change in their neighborhood can post them on ioby, raise tax deductible donations, find volunteers and share ideas. It's more than just crowdfunding (we call it crowd-resourcing) because we know great ideas need more than just money.
For the last two years, ioby operated as a NYC pilot and now we're national and we already have two awesome projects in Oregon. The first is called Bringing People Together to Save Endangered Salmon and it's purpose is to convene a forum for scientists and the people affected by salmon runs. Totally awesome, right? The other is a new film called the Flood Way about floods, focused on the Willamette. They're fundraising now, so if you like what they're doing, drop them a donation.
Wanna know more about ioby? Watch this video, check out ioby.org or read these article about us in Fast Company and Treehugger.
If you have an idea for environmental change in your neighborhood -- like teaching a 6th grade class about healthy eating, starting a community garden, organizing a bike event, chairbombing downtown, depaving, starting a farmers' market in an underserved neighborhood, starting a public arts project about climate change, anything -- you can raise money for it on ioby. You just have to meet our criteria, and you're good to go. Get started at ioby.org/idea.
Need more inspiration? Watch this video on How to Raise Urban Chickens.