Pictured: ioby project Georgia's First Urban AgriHOOD


The importance of healing

We believe that the work we support in neighborhoods across the US is deeply, intrinsically linked to healing. Many of the resident leaders with whom we work live in neighborhoods that have undergone decades of structural racism and other forms of oppression, from redlining to police violence. When residents of a community come together to build something positive using resources from within the community, it’s both a reclaiming of power and an act of healing. Here are just a few of our favorite projects from last year that explicitly stated a racial or social justice goal:

#TakeEmDown901, a group that raised just over $2500 on ioby, successfully organized a campaign that pushed the City of Memphis to remove two Confederate statues. The statues were removed on December 21, and the parks will continue to operate as public green space, without monuments to institutionalized racism looming overhead. As the ioby project leaders said, “#Takeemdown901 aims to remove glorified confederate memorials from the public spaces of Memphis, TN prior to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's murder so that everyone is welcome in our community.” We’re so proud to have supported the courageous organizers and 50 project donors in fundraising for their vision of a more inclusive Memphis, and congratulate what is now #TookEmDown901!

In mid-December, the all-volunteer Biking Public Project joined with the Asian American Federation and Transportation Alternatives to swiftly protest New York City Mayor DeBlasio’s renewed push to ban e-bikes. The Biking Public Project has led multiple ioby projects to boost inclusion of women, people of color, and delivery workers in biking decision-making, as well as public perception about who cycles. Their 2012 and 2017 ioby projects each engaged over 150 unique donors and raised more than $6000 dollars. We celebrate this return ioby group for their ongoing commitment to organizing for genuine inclusion in transportation decisions.


Pictured: ioby project Barrier Free - A Socially Engaged Art Installation 


What we're doing

It’s no mistake that the work of our leaders is aligned intentionally to dismantle structural racism; in fact, the focus on racial healing is something we as an organization are actively working to support. We have deliberately chosen to grow our presence in neighborhoods with a history of disinvestment. We believe that residents in these communities should not have to move to live in a better neighborhood. We also know that there is tremendous knowledge, innovation, and energy among individuals and groups who step up to lead positive change where they live. It’s our job simply to help provide the platform, training, and resources to help this work make quick, visible impacts. We believe that by partnering with neighbors who are already doing the great work of healing, we can work together to bring about positive change on the personal, local, and national level.

Here are some other ways we, as an organization, have responded to this important work:

It’s no secret that 2017 was a difficult year for making positive change in communities across the U.S. and its territories. Yet, somehow you—our ioby community—put more funds into our neighborhoods faster than ever before, with 35% of ioby projects focused on racial justice alone. During these unprecedented times, we at ioby have looked to our project leaders and found strength, positivity, hope and fuel for our fire!

So what’s next? In 2018 we plan to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and will expand our capacity to support projects that focus on racial and economic justice. By compiling learnings from the racial justice leaders we’ve worked with, our new resource will serve as a catalyst for leaders as they continue to build a movement towards equality and healing.

Other amazing ioby projects working for racial justice and healing:

Changing the Norm

"The Xs & Os of Race/ism": A Docu-series

The Muslim ARC House

Design Justice Platform + Design as a Protest

ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership


Save the Imani Willow

Barrier Free - A Socially Engaged Art Installation

Georgia's First Urban AgriHOOD

Parker Village Shines

#BankBlack Phase 2

C-3 Cooperative Gardens

Saving our Sons and Daughters

Students Under the Stars

Hollaback! Detroit: Taking It to the Streets

Friends of Chelsea Greenline Advocacy Group

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ATNSC Center for Healing & Creative Leadership

Bee for Justice

Flip the Table Youth Food Council

Shooting Without Bullets

Music on the Inside for Young People at Rikers Island

Youth Leaders Board


Do you agree? Want to lend a hand? Here are some great ways to take action: