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Barbara N
616 W 137TH ST, Apt 6C
(Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, NYC)
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Closing Day THANK YOU!

the project

Join the team creating a crowd-funded children’s book (for ages 3-7yrs) about the value of community activism! Engaged citizenship strengthens communities and builds trust and resilience, grounding attributes in turbulent political and ecological times. 

This children's book offers a starting point to talk with kids about community involvement and how ANYBODY can be the spark in their neighborhood. It also outlines the benefits trees provide, and offers tips on how to get started organizing in your own neighborhood.  A generous grant from Partnerships for Parks kicked off production in 2021, resulting in the first exciting illustrations by NYC artist Juliette Borda. We'll be dropping those here in the coming weeks.

Drawing on the true experience of the Proyecto de Embellecimiento 137th Street Beautification Project, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2020, 17 Trees, To Be Precise aims to inspire the newest generation of engaged citizens.

This second campaign will fund the remaining illustrations and the printing of 1,000 books to be distributed for free to community leaders. Please see budget tab for a more detailed breakdown.


the steps

March-May, 2022: Fundraise for the remaining illustrations.

June-September 2022: Finalize illustrations and graphic design, and submit for printing.

October-December, 2022: Distribute finished children's book for free at community volunteer events, via Community Boards, Councilmember Offices, and Borough President Offices. 

why we're doing it

Neighborhood action can start with YOU!!! It’s as simple as that. This book provides caregivers and their children a starting point for conversations about the value of civic engagement, the benefits of trees, and guidance on how to implement Your Big Idea.

Engaged citizens are the underpinning of a healthy democracy and offer a ballast in turbulent times. Engaging in your local community is a great way to begin practicing that muscle, whether  it's near your home, your neighborhood or your city or town.




Illustrator fee: revisions Part One (Juliette Borda)  $2,600

Illustrator fee: Part Two (Juliette Borda)  2 spreads $1,200/ea ($2,400); 5 single pages $600/ea ($3,000); 6 backgrounds $125/ea ($750); Potential revisions incl. 10 icon illustrations $1,500  $7,650

Printing costs (PrintingCenterUSA) 1,000 soft cover booklets, 8"x8", 100lb matte cover w UV gloss coating, 100lb matte text (Quote as of 3/3/2022) $2,740

Printing costs (PrintingCenterUSA) Additional copies of book; Exact total quantity TBD by printer quotas $643.71

ISBN/Copyright/Barcode (Bowker Identifier Services)  $215

Postage fees (USPS) Estimate 150 x $3/mailing of book to all donors who contributed to both ioby campaigns  $450

Stationary store (Staples). 150 Mailing envelopes  $100

Distribution of books Subway/gas/other to drop off books at volunteer events  $100


TOTAL RAISED = $15,518.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $775.90
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $243.39



17 Trees, To Be Precise BUDGET PHASE 2 includes:

Illustrator fee (2nd and last Phase): 3 spreads $1,200/ea; 5 single pages $600/ea; 6 backgrounds $125/ea; revisions $2,600; add'l fee $300 -  $10,250.

Printing costs: 1,000 soft cover booklets, 8"x8", 100lb matte cover w UV gloss coating, 100lb matte text, by PrintingCenterUSA, Montana USA (Q as of 3/3/2022) - $2,740.

ISBN/Copyright/Barcode (Bowker Identifier Services) -  $215.

Postage: 100 x $2. - $200.

TOTAL $13,405


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $717
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


Closing Day THANK YOU!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!  The second and final 17 Trees, To Be Precise campaign closes today!

We'll be posting milestone updates as we reach them.

Appreciative of the TREMENDOUS, GENEROUS and FAR-FLUNG book-raising team, NYS DEP and ConEd for propelling the project to this point!





Thrillingly, this campaign has reached its original goal thanks to the support of a formidable, energized, and believing team! 

Heard of a 'barn-raising'? Well, we're now coining the term, 'book-raising', as that is what this awesome team has done. THANK YOU!

The campaign will continue to accept contributions until May 31, 2022; Any additional funds, will increase the total number of books printed in this first edition.


May 06, 2022 **SNEAK PEEK**

Just posted a sneak peek of the FIRST COUPLE OF PAGES of 17 Trees, To Be Precise! Excited to share the illustrations by Juliette Borda and how they are coming together with the text. Enjoy!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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