Times are tough, but New York City is tougher.

It's a challenging time all over the country, and it feels even harder and more painful right now in New York City. We're feeling that too. We've all still got a ways to go to overcome this crisis, but we know that New York will also be a beacon of hope to the world. Just as sure as we’re facing challenging times now, so too will we roll up our sleeves and heal, rebuild, and recover with that tenacity and grit you can only find in New York City. 

Working together, even as we practice social distancing and follow the CDC's and the Health Department's guidelines, we know we'll get through this. Check out the projects below that are crowdfunding right now to respond to this crisis, or, start your own project. 

Double your donations

Please note that you cannot participate in two match funds at the same time, but if you exhaust one fund and are eligible for another you may then participate in an additional match fund opportunity.​ Matches are first-come, first-served until funds are exhausted.

NYC COVID-19 Neighborhood Relief Fund

When you crowdfund for a project that provides relief for low-income neighbors who might be hardest hit by this crisis, we'll match up to $8,000 and we'll waive our fiscal sponsorship and platform fees. Relief projects should be led or co-led by residents of the neighborhoods that projects take place in, and/or people personally affected by the issues the project addresses. Project leaders should have strong relationships with the communities they plan to serve.

Eligible projects include providing essential emergency supplies like food, baby supplies, medication and more; Providing masks, gloves, and other protective gear to low-wage essential workers; providing tech and internet access to those that need them; offering affordable health services like prenatal care, trauma counseling, and mental health services; learn more about eligibility for this program here. 

Learn how to get matched

NYC COVID-19 Just Recovery Match Fund

It isn't a secret that when crisis hits, Black communities often bear the brunt of the impact, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. In many ways, COVID-19 is simply exposing the many racial inequities that have long existed in our nation. That means that our response to it has to be informed by racial equity, and we want to lend a hand. It isn't a secret that when crisis hits, Black communities often bear the brunt of the impact, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. In many ways, COVID-19 is simply exposing the many racial inequities that have long existed in our nation. That means that our response to it has to be informed by racial equity, and we want to lend a hand. Get up to $8,000 in donations matched, dollar-for-dollar. 

Learn how to get matched

Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge

The Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge supports everyday neighbors (that's you!) as they take an active role in creating a culture of health in neighborhoods across New York State. Any project that helps to create a culture of health in your community can be eligible. These can include projects that address the impacts of COVID-19 in your community; improve street safety; add greenery; improve access to affordable healthy food; promote walking, biking, or exercise; educate your neighbors about healthy choices; and much more. When you crowdfund with ioby to raise the money you need to launch a project that boosts your community's health, we'll double your donations dollar-for-dollar up to $8,000.

Learn how to get matched

 

Projects currently crowdfunding

  • WATERSHED RED HOOK

    Catalyzing conversation about climate change and infrastructure issues that are critical to areas like Red Hook.

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,910
  • Ocean Bay Community Gardens

    The Ocean Bay Community Gardens will serve as a resource for residents to learn about gardening, gain access to fresh and nutritious produce, and to make informed decisions about their health and diet. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 28,565
  • Building new raised garden beds with volunteers

    Grow our Garden!

    Help us grow and beautify Wyckoff-Fidler park including planting 3000 bulbs, 3 new raised garden bed, and a garden shed. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 4,857 + Volunteers
  • Best of Brownsville Photo Project

    Three photo display kiosks located under the elevated line on Livonia showcase images from the public curated by local youth over an 11 month installation to display the best qualities of Brownsville.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,525 + Volunteers
  • Blooming Streets- NYCHA Community Garden

    This project is a contribution to New York City's sustainable future.  We're growing flowers, we're growing friendships, we're growing a community.

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,323 + Volunteers
  • Isabahlia Healthy Food Festival

    The Isabahlia Healthy Food Festival is a day dedicated to engaging Livonia Avenue and spreading the word about the importance about eating healthy to Brownsville residents.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,254
  • Good Vibes concerts

    A Place for Community at 125th & Park

    This summer, we hope to start warm-weather activities EARLIER and keep them going LONGER THAN EVER BEFORE! In 2017, backed by popular demand, we plan to be in the plaza with full programming from MAY TO OCTOBER.

    NEEDS: $0 of 20,635 + Volunteers