Report from The Field: The Northwest Arkansas Neighborhood Match Program
Ioby - brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block.
by ioby
6M ago
Do you live in Arkansas’ Benton & Washington Counties? If so, you can be part of ioby’s transformative network of neighborhood leaders that have doubled their impact through our match partnership with the Walton Family Foundation. So far, the program has supported everything from folk music instrumental repairs to a Dia de los Muertos celebration.  What is the Northwest Arkansas Neighborhood Match Program?  The Northwest Arkansas Match Program doubles donations up to $15,000 for all projects in Benton & Washington Counties. This means your fundraising dollars go twice as far ..read more
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10 Climate-Conscious Projects We Love
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by ioby
6M ago
Many scientists and activists have declared this decade “make or break” for climate action, and if you step outside, it is not difficult to understand why. Whether you’ve experienced extreme heat waves or intensifying drought, it’s clear that the climate crisis is already having a tangible impact on the world around us. With such high stakes, it is essential for groups—both small and large—to take action for a liveable future. However, such action can often feel daunting. The climate crisis is unfurling at a global scale, we might ask ourselves, so is it really possible to make change at the l ..read more
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Introducing: ioby’s Active Transit Toolkit
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by ioby
6M ago
Active transit refers to any form of transportation that does not require a car to get around. This includes walking, biking, and taking public transportation such as the subway or the bus. In fact, many of us participate in active transit each and every day in neighborhoods without knowing it.  More and more communities around the country (and world!) are turning to active transit projects in the face of climate catastrophe—and an overall desire to create communities that are more connected, easier to navigate, and safer.  To help highlight and support these projects, ioby recently ..read more
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Palestine and Our Commitment to Anti-Racism, in Our Neighborhoods and Everywhere
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by ioby
7M ago
We at ioby, like many in our communities, have felt helpless, angry and sickened by the recent violence in Palestine and Israel. This crisis is many miles from the neighborhoods where ioby works, and yet it has felt close to home for so many of us.  Some of our neighbors have lost loved ones, or have lost sleep waiting to hear from those they care about. Our neighborhoods across the country have seen a spike in hate speech and violence against our Arab, Muslim, Palestinian and Jewish neighbors. Some have felt fearful for their safety, because their identities put them at risk of being tar ..read more
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Ioby’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Funds & Building a Network of Donors You Love
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by ioby
7M ago
Here at ioby, we believe in the power of small groups coming together to fundraise for big change. Through this step-by-step guide, we’ll outline the steps to cultivating meaningful relationships with donors that will sustain your work over the long haul. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with each project you launch, so let’s dive in and make those dollars stretch as far as they can, block by block!  Introduction: Why is it important to spend time on donor engagement?  As a neighborhood leader, we know you have a million tasks to focus on. Whether it’s crafting a social media pos ..read more
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Sustaining Justice in our Neighborhoods, Block by Block
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by ioby
8M ago
These neighborhood leaders are continuing the fight for racial justice, from mutual aid projects in Brownsville, Brooklyn to maternal health training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  At the peak of the racial justice uprisings in 2020, when streets were filled with people demanding change, it felt like we were at a turning point. Across the country, organizers and neighbors were coming together to understand and dismantle the systems of white supremacy, whether in reading groups or as part of direct-action campaigns. It was a moment of possibility and hope: perhaps, finally, we would see las ..read more
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Ioby’s Comprehensive Guide to Creative Placekeeping
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by ioby
10M ago
If you’re a neighborhood leader who wants to find creative, strategic ways to maintain the spirit and vibrancy of your community, look no further! ioby’s comprehensive guide to creative placekeeping outlines everything you need to know to launch a transformative project in your neighborhood. Maybe you heard about placekeeping through the NEA creative placemaking and placekeeping grants, or maybe there’s a cultural site in your community that you are longing to preserve. Either way, this guide will give you the tools you need to ideate, launch, and maintain a compelling creative placekeeping pr ..read more
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Meet Nupur Chaudhury, ioby’s New CEO!
Ioby - brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block.
by ioby
11M ago
We’re thrilled to announce that our new CEO, Nupur Chaudhury, will begin leading ioby’s next chapter at the end of August.  Nupur brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit, government, and philanthropy, working to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods in building just and equitable spaces. She has led coalition building efforts after Superstorm Sandy, redeveloped power structures in villages in India, and developed a citizen planning institute for public housing residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She was the founding Director of Neighborhood Health at New York City ..read more
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5 Creative Placekeeping Projects We Love!
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by ioby
11M ago
Arts and culture inspire communities, deepen neighborhood connections, and transforms lives. Whether a Pride parade in June or afterschool music sessions for teenagers, culture is an essential element of thriving public life.  Here at ioby, we believe strongly in the possibilities of creativity, and a large part of that is due to creative placekeeping. Creative placekeeping refers to a community-driven approach to preserving and enhancing the character, history, and values of a space. Instead of focusing exclusively on adding to a neighborhood through physical development such as museums ..read more
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Neighbors in East Brooklyn Build Networks of Sustainable Care in the Face of Crisis
Ioby - brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block.
by ioby
11M ago
In March of 2020, Kelvin Taitt had just recovered from COVID-19 when he was approached by one of his close friends who wanted to start an initiative to support their community, in a time of deep crisis. Kelvin immediately embraced the idea and formed East Brooklyn Mutual Aid (EBMA), alongside two neighbors and a community advocate. For Kelvin, taking immediate action was of the utmost priority. “After recovering from COVID, I was looking for ways to support the people that lived around me: my friends, my family, my neighbors. For me, it was an immediate yes. We knew that providing food was the ..read more
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