project leader
Mary W
120 Main street
(North of Main neighborhood)
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Thanks to Our Wonderful Donors

the project

We would like to raise funds to create a website that will enhance our presence within our larger community and draw support for the rehabilitation of our neighborhood.   By obtaining tax-exempt status we can raise the funds to reach our goals.  We can plant gardens and commission public art to beautify our neighborhood.  We can hold public events to bring neighbors together.  We want to create a Community Arts Center at the Sturtevant House, holding classes for children and adults.  We can honor the long and colorful history of our neighborhood by researching its past and installing plaques to mark the houses of our distinguished citizens. With all these positive developments we will be able to attract responsible investment in the neighborhood.


the steps

1.  Raise funds for tax exempt status and a website.

2.  Build a website that will show off our many accomplishments and track our future.

3.  Work with our partners to plan activities that will accomplish our goals: 

       Beautify our neighborhood with cleanups, gardens, and public art.

       Hold neighborhood events that bring neighbors together and build community.

       Further develop Walnut Street Park, adding exercise equipment for adults.

       Create a Community Arts Center at the Sturtevant House with classes for both children and adults.

       Highlight the historic buildings in our neighborhood with plaques and initiate a walking tour.

       Publish a brochure that will familiarize the public with all that our neighborhood has to offer.

       Raise funds that will support our website and finance our activities.

why we're doing it

Safe Streets is a volunteer neighborhood organization representing a 20-block area in one of the oldest and most historic parts of our city, which has been plagued by poverty, crime, and prostitution for decades. In the elementary school that serves our neighborhood our children have the lowest grades, the highest absentee rate, and the highest number of behavior problems.  We have been active in the neighborhood for more than 20 years.  You can see photos from our many successful activities on our Facebook page,

We want to become a non-profit and built a website so we can more effectively fulfill our mission to address neighborhood quality of life by building community capacity, sharing information, engaging external stakeholders, and encouraging investment.  Our goals are to have a safe neighborhood, a beautiful neighborhood, a positive neighborhood reputation, an engaged community that takes pride in the neighborhood, and a thriving and sustainable economic base.  We will be working with many dedicated partners in this endeavor, including The City of Binghamton, Binghamton University, the United Way, and the First Ward Action Council.  

Gaining tax-exempt status and creating a website are the first steps in accomplishing our goals. As a non-profit we can solicit donations from people who live in our surrounding area and our many Facebook friends.  We can apply for grants to support our projects. With a website we can spread the word about our mission, gaining support to carry on the work that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.  


Disbursed budget (February 15, 2017)

RAISED = $3,040.00

less ioby Platform Fee (waived)

less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (waived)

less ioby Donation Processing Fee (waived)


$2,115           Website              

   $850           501-C3 application

     $75           Filing Articles of Incorporation in NYState

= $3,040


Original Budget

$1,575             Website              

   $850             501-C3 application

     $75             Filing Articles of Incorporation in NYState  

$2,500             Sub-total

waived             ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)

waived             ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)

waived             ioby Platform Fee ($35)

$2,500             Total to raise



Thanks to Our Wonderful Donors

Thanks to Our Donors

Hello friends of Safe Streets,

I am pleased to report that we are well past the half-way mark in our fundraiser!!!  We are grateful to the people who have shown their support for Safe Streets by making a donation.  Won't you join them and help us reach our $2500 goal?  Doesn't matter how small an amount you are willing to give.  They all add up to something BIG.  We have extended the ending date of our campaign to the end of January.  Hoping to hear from you. Many thanks, Mary

Halfway Mark for Our Campaign

Hello friends and neighbors, Good news!!!  We are almost halfway to our $2500 goal.  Thanks to all the people who have contributed to our grassroots campaign.  It feels good to know that you care enough about the work of Safe Streets to help us achieve tax exempt status and acquire a website to spread the word about our great neighbhorhood.

We have 19 days left.  Please consider joining our generous supporters to help us meet our goal.  No donation is too small.  All your money will go directly to Safe Streets, and your donation is tax-deductible.

Happy New Year,



Safe Streets Grassroots Campaign

Hello friends and supporters of Safe Streets,

Right now, it seems more important than ever that we all support positive change in our own backyards. We can help create the community we want to see by supporting positive work that builds stronger neighborhoods. Small donations and small actions can add up to something big!

This project is important to my neighborhood because it will allow us to raise needed funds to support our many activities and create an on-line vehicle to spread the good news of our accomplishments in the community.  I hope you'll consider helping us reach our goal of $2500 this holiday season.  Through this project, our team strives to work with neighbors everyday to improve our own community. This is our chance. Will you join us? No donation is too small and 100% of the funds raised will go towards our grassroots campaign.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Great Start

Wow!  We are off to a great start.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.  You can still help us by spreading the word to your neighbors and friends.  And thanks to IOBY for all the time they took to help us launch this campaign.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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