mutual aid

About ioby

ioby stands for “in our backyards,” but it also stands for taking care of each other, for civic participation, and for trusting neighbors to know what’s best for the neighborhood.

ioby gives local leaders the ability to crowdfund the resources they need to build real, lasting change from the ground up. We are a 501(c)3 mission-driven nonprofit. Our EIN is 26-3283639.

How ioby is different from other crowdfunding platforms

Fundraising Coaching

You're the experts on your neighborhood, we're the experts on crowdfunding.

ioby's high success rate for crowdfunded projects is rooted in a unique model of fundraising coaching. With ioby, you won't just put up a page, you'll work with our team to craft the most effective campaign whether you’re working on a $500, $5,000, or $50,000 goal.

Fiscal Sponsorship

When you crowdfund with ioby, your donors' gifts to your eligible project are always tax-deductible. ioby is a 501(c)3 driven to help you make lasting positive change in your neighborhood. We offer fiscal sponsorship (most similar to Type C Fiscal Sponsorship) so that you can accept tax-deductible donations whether or not you are incorporated as a nonprofit.

A Network of People Who Believe in You

ioby believes in the power of online and offline connections. When you work with ioby, you’ll join a community of thousands of leaders and changemakers, and share knowledge, challenges, and experiences. You can rely on our years of experience to help craft step-by-step plans that you can follow to successfully raise resources. Our team can also connect you with experts in fields like urban planning, green infrastructure, community organizing, communications, and for help implementing your project.

Match Funds

ioby raises and deploys Match Funds to meet the needs of our community. All live match funds available are here.

How donors can give to your campaign

Donors can make donations to your ioby campaign by making an online donation with a credit card or debit card on your ioby campaign page. Donors can also give by check. Click here for instructions for gifts made by check.


ioby’s fee structure is described here, but we’re waiving all Fiscal Sponsorship Fees and Platform Use fees for COVID-19 relief and recovery projects. The only fee you’ll incur is our 3% credit card processing fee, which we pay to our credit card processor. 


You can receive your funds by mailed paper check or by secure e-payment (via ACH directly to your bank account). Depending on your preference and how fast you (and, if applicable, your fiscal sponsor) complete your paperwork, you'll receive your funds as fast as three (3) business days after signing your Agreement when you use e-payment for disbursement.

Once you've finished crowdfunding, let your Leader Success Strategist know that you're ready to receive your funds. They'll send you a simple Project Agreement for you to sign, which essentially states that you'll use your crowdfunded money for its intended purpose--your project. 

Once you've signed your Project Agreement, we'll send you your funds within 7 business days if you opt to receive it by check. Your funds will usually arrive sooner if you opt to receive it by secure e-payment.

If ioby is your fiscal sponsor, we'll send the payment directly to the project leader listed on your ioby campaign. If ioby is not your fiscal sponsor, then we'll send the payment to your nonprofit organization or your fiscal sponsor. 

Ways ioby has already adapted our model to better serve mutual aid groups. 

Waived Fees

As mentioned above, we have waived our fiscal sponsorship and platform fee for mutual aid groups working on COVID-19 response and relief. 

Direct Cash Assistance

If ioby is acting as your fiscal sponsor, and you want to disburse cash (as opposed to groceries, basic supplies, etc) to families in need, there are some guidelines that we can offer to ensure that you have a sufficient record of oversight. Please talk to your Success Strategist about these guidelines. 

Pre-scheduled weekly disbursements

Typically, ioby campaigns have a single disbursement, but we have decided to make an exception for mutual aid groups in the NYC tri-state area so that you can have a weekly pre-scheduled electronic disbursement because we know you’re delivering items to families in need on a constant basis. 

Other ways that ioby is actively exploring to serve mutual aid groups

Based on initial conversations with Mutual Aid groups in Bed-Stuy, Astoria, North Brooklyn, and Cobble Hill, it seems like expenditure management support is a need many groups have. We’re currently exploring ways for us to make it easier for you to, upon receiving your weekly disbursement, be able to distribute the funds to volunteers within your group. The best option that we have currently is to do this through prepaid, refillable debit cards. 

If there are other specific needs of your mutual aid group not being met here, please contact ioby. We’re happy to work to serve you. 

Please visit our Support Center for more details.

Explore currently crowdfunding Mutual Aid projects below

  • Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid Banner

    Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid - Food Distribution Center

    Our Food Distribution Center provides immediate assistance to hospitality workers affected by COVID-19 through the distribution of free food, baby care items, pet necessities, and cleaning and hygiene products.

    NEEDS: $0 of 14,427 + Volunteers
  • Ohio City Riverview Care Package

    We haven't had the chance to say hello to our elder neighbors at Riverview Terrace in a while!  We want to send them all a care package to let them know we're thinking of them!

    NEEDS: $0 of 7,513