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COVID 19: Caring for your community

Our ioby community is full of helpers. Neighborhood leaders, unofficial mayors of the block, people like you who have always stepped up to do what’s right and to lend a hand. We know that many of you are now trying to figure out how to step up to support your neighbors. We’re here to help. There are two things you can do on ioby right now to support your community: You can start a project on ioby, or check out a list of resources in Memphis we've compiled to help you plan a project. 

Start a project 

What projects are eligible?



Exciting Upcoming Webinars from ioby!


Community Care During COVID Webinar

Thu, Aug 20, 2020 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Join ioby's City Action Strategists as they chat with community leaders in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, and Pittsburgh who have stepped up to support their neighbors and become helpers during these challenging times. Plus, we'll share how ioby's tools and resources can be used to raise flexible and quickly-accessible funds for your own community project. 


Featuring Community Project Leaders: 

Jordan Robarge from Revival Chili in Pittsburgh

Reyes from We Are Culture Creators in Detroit

Mike Gutierrez from Front Yard Concerts in Cleveland

Ioanna Paraskevopoulos from Action Tank in Cincinnati  

Ali Jaffery from the Memphis Education Fund


Also featuring ioby's City Action Strategists:

Miriam Parson, Pittsburgh Action Strategist

Chris Jones, Memphis Action Strategist

Dawn Arrington, Cleveland Action Strategist

Brooke Harris, Detroit Action Strategist

Leslie Rich, Cincinnati Action Strategist

Register Here!


Memphis Medical District Collaborative Match Webinar

Tue, Aug 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative has partnered with ioby to support neighborhood leaders in the District.  If you have an idea for a project in the Memphis Medical District, you may be eligible to receive matching funds up to $2,500.  Join us for this webinar and learn more about this exciting opportunity. You will hear from Zaria Jones about the work that the Memphis Medical District Collaborative Has been doing. You’ll also hear from Mary Baker of Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. and ioby Leader, Vivian Bowen on how Vivian has already used these match funds to make positive change in the District.  

Register Here!

If you already have an idea for a project in the Memphis Medical District, please tell us about it here.  We will have a look at it and then reach out to you to discuss next steps. 


Cash Assistance Webinar Featuring ioby Leader, Lauren Giovanetti

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives.  “Social Distancing” practices and “Shelter-in-Place”  orders, while needed, have made it harder for small local businesses to stay afloat.  Join us for this webinar where iL Leader, Lauren Giovanetti will share how she led an ioby project to provide direct cash assistance to small local businesses in her neighborhood.

Register Here!


About ioby Memphis

We love Memphis. We love the Grizzlies and our rock ‘n’ roll, but most of all we love Memphians. Since we began our on-the-ground work, ioby Memphis has supported more than 300 resident leaders as they plan, crowdfund, and build positive change in neighborhoods across the city. With a median donation of $35, ioby leaders have raised over $906,000 in small donations to make Memphis neighborhoods greener, safer, more livable, and more full of opportunity for all residents.

Meet Chris Jones, Memphis Action Strategist!

As an ioby Memphis Action Strategist, Chris is working to help even more leaders like you in Memphis make positive change across the city. When you share your idea for positive change in your Memphis neighborhood, Chris will walk alongside you from building your crowdfunding campaign page, to making your first donation asks, to building your project.

A Memphis resident of over 20 years, Chris lives in Harbor Town. He’s thrilled to build on his years of experience as an employment attorney and leader in grassroots initiatives around education, art, and progressive politics.

Get to know more about Chris’ love for Memphis, including his passion for guitar, Memphis food, and the Grizzlies (of course!). Learn more about our City Action Strategists and how we work on-the-ground to support resident-led change. 


Get your donations matched!

Medical District Collaborative Matching Fund

Live, work, or play in the Memphis Medical District? Have a great idea to make the neighborhood just a little more vibrant and awesome? You could get your donations doubled, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500 with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative Match Fund! 

Double your donations

National COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Match Fund

Have an idea to respond to COVID-19 and its impacts in your community? We're here to help. When you crowdfund with ioby for a COVID-19 related project, we'll double what you fundraise dollar-for-dollar up to $8,000. Plus, we'll waive our $35 platform fee and our 5% fiscal sponsorship fee. Ready to get started? 

Start a project

What projects are eligible? 


Donate to a project in your Memphis neighborhood

  • Grahamwood Artistic School Zones and Safety Plan

    Grahamwood Elementary wishes to make it safer for children to get to school. They will make the school zone visible by painting it, making artistic crosswalks, and installing flashing school zone lights.

    NEEDS: $0 of 15,500 + Volunteers
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    South Memphis Future & Funk Community Garden

    An Afrofuturistic-themed community garden and celebration that reimagines equitable housing and the importance of community and home in the Lauderdale Subdivision of South Memphis.

    NEEDS: $0 of 7,720 + Volunteers
  • Speedway Terrace Historic District Signage

    We are proud of our community and our history. As a local historic district we want to be able to share that fact with the world. Help us purchase signs for our neighborhood!

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,434
  • Boat Dock Rendering

    Paddle on the Greenway

    Help Wolf River Conservancy build a boat dock on the Wolf River Greenway. The boat dock will be open to the public and used to teach kids and adults how to canoe and kayak.

    NEEDS: $0 of 20,635
  • Carnes Butterfly Garden Fence

    We want to build a low garden fence to transition the railroad corridor located on Decatur Street into our Carnes Butterfly Garden.

    NEEDS: $0 of 348 + Volunteers
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    The Hospitality HUB Day Plaza

    The Hospitality HUB has secured a space for the first barrier-free women's shelter in Memphis, and is working to fund an adjacent Day Plaza for the homeless to rest safely and comfortably.

    NEEDS: $0 of 20,635
  • ID the Trees

    We want to add labels that identify native trees that have been planted in the Carnes School neighborhood over the last 18 months.

    NEEDS: $0 of 874