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Justin M
Black Communities
(Black America)
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We are more than halfway to our goal! Please help us spread the word

the project


We had a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2019, raising over $7,000. But we still need your support for our 2020 chrysalis year to build and grow BlackSpace. Please visit and share this link to make a tax-deductible donation today:

Our interdisciplinary and urbanist collective, BlackSpace, has been energized to develop and implement work and ideas that can have a meaningful and tangible impact on our communities and multiple fields of practice. Our work intersects multiple themes that align with community development, heritage and environmental conservation, social justice, civic engagement and leadership, and working to support and improve Black communities, places, and spaces in NYC and nationally. This campaign will provide the funds needed for administrative and operational support for the organization including online and in-person support of BlackSpace members and for activities in the communities we serve.

the steps

Our volunteer-led initiative has grown with a number of successful projects and convenings and is in need of more resources to take our work to the next level. This campaign will help kick-start a much larger fundraising effort and will help provide the resources needed to support BlackSpace's formal organization and operation for 2019. Strengthening our operational infrastructure is necessary to support the growth of our community of Black urbanists and the health and sustainability of the collective to serve our communities. BlackSpace's membership has grown four-fold in one year; we are now serving over 100 Black urbanists in New York City, in addition to two chapters in Chicago and Oklahoma. The funds will be used to strengthen and activate our member network and chapters, grow and manage our online and social media reach, and support continued working group projects and programs in 2019.

why we're doing it

Our interests are also rooted in connecting the social, environmental, and cultural causes that can together support better conditions and outcomes in the present and future for our communities—and including Black neighborhoods experiencing significant challenges and change.



revised 7,042.07 project budget breakdown:

$920 website services

$2,000 2019 Blackathon project funds

$4,104.07 BlackSpace operating funds

TOTAL RAISED = $7,621.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $351.20
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $210.72




SUBTOTAL = 5,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $250
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $150



We are more than halfway to our goal! Please help us spread the word

Thank you for your support for BlackSpace! We are rolling out for Black History Month the BlackSpace Manifesto that is the foundation of our work. It has been developed through months of work and reflection by our members and through engagement with Black communities facing challenges and change that are nonetheless working toward a better present and future. Your donations to this campaign will help to support our advancing these principles through our work and in communities across the country. 

Please help us spread the word and share our campaign with your friends, family, colleagues, and allies. We have six days to go and hope that we can do something positive in this crazy 2019 Black History Month!

BlackSpace Manifesto


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