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COVID-19: Times are tough, but our communities are tougher. Learn more about how you and your neighbors can play a part in tackling community challenges.

Start a project       Match opportunities        Webinars        Resources

Give to a COVID-19 project        Project eligibility      Support ioby's response

 

Hi neighbors, 

This is a challenging moment for all of us. There’s no doubt that as things continue to change quickly, we’ll need to rely more and more on one another even as we practice social distancing. And as we learn to adjust to our new situations, we're often finding that our communities are being impacted differently and—sometimes—unequally.  But while times are tough, our communities are tougher. 

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. 

As always, please remember to follow the CDC's guidelines and your local health authority's instructions as you support your community. Putting you and your neighbors’ health first is one of the most important things you can do to offer care, even if it means doing so from afar. 

There are two things you can do on ioby right now to support your community. 

Start a project or Give to a project

Start a project

Even as we keep a physical distance from one another, you might find that there are things that your neighborhood still needs. From solutions to stay connected from afar to immediate care so that no one falls through the cracks, if you have an idea to care for your neighborhood, we can help.

Share your idea with us here and you’ll get an ioby Success Strategist dedicated to you. They’ll offer personalized coaching to help you work through developing your project idea, fundraising for it in your community, and bringing it to life. Remember, to be eligible to crowdfund with ioby your project must take place in the United States, be local to where you live, work, or play, and have a clear public and community benefit that anyone can access. Learn more about eligibility.

Start a project

What projects are eligible?

Match opportunities

If you are located in Kansas and have an idea for a project that responds to COVID-19 in your Kansas community you may be eligible to receive matching funds from the Kansas Health Foundation to double your up to $10,000. If your project is eligible, each dollar you raise will be matched with a dollar from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Learn more about this match opportunity

 

If you are located in the New York State communities of Clinton County, Niagara Falls, Near Westside in Syracuse, or the Lower East Side, East Harlem, and Brownsville in New York City, and you’re interested in crowdfunding to respond to COVID-19 in your community you may be eligible to receive matching funds from the Kansas Health Foundation to double your up to $10,000. If your project is eligible, each dollar you raise will be matched with a dollar from the New York State Health Foundation.

Learn more about this match opportunity

 

Webinar: Crowdfunding in unusual times, adjusting your fundraising plans

There's no doubt that the current moment presents difficult choices and new challenges for nonprofit fundraising plan. While many traditional fundraising tools may be off the table for now, crowdfunding can be a powerful tool to leverage the resources you already have to continue to fundraise for your organization effectively. In this webinar, see how to quickly switch in-person fundraising events to an effective crowdfunding campaign, learn best practices for crowdfunding for nonprofits, and get key tips on using ioby to raise the funds you need to support your mission. 

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Can't make it? RSVP anyway and we'll send you a recording! 

 

Resources

We've compiled a running list of resources from our neighbors and from around the web so that you and your neighbors can start thinking about ways that you can lend a hand and care for the people around you when times are tough. Use them to start your own project, or to plug into efforts already underway. 

List of COVID-19 resources

 

Give to a COVID-19 community project

Neighbors across the country are already responding to COVID-19 in their communities. If you're able to, consider giving to a project to help boost positivity during these uncertain times. You can also search for projects in your neighborhood or search for projects of a certain type. Your gift on ioby is always tax-deductible and is always deeply appreciated by your neighbors.

If you’d like, you may also choose to give to ioby to help ensure we can continue to support the helpers—neighbors like you rallying the community to care for our neighborhoods.