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Voting on the Block: How to boost civic participation and safe voting in your neighborhood

Democracy is a living thing. Everyday actions—like starting a community garden, organizing a pop-up bike lane, or registering to vote—are crucial to strengthening our civic muscles and keeping our democracy strong and vibrant. In the face of an unprecedented election year, we'll need to summon up all that practice we've done and work together to ensure everyone is heard, and everyone is safe along the way.

In this recorded webinar, we hosted a conversation with Mike Lydon of Street Plans and Kyle Lierman of Civic Advisors, moderated by ioby's CEO Erin Barnes where we talked about boosting civic participation and engagement in our neighborhoods, quick and easy interventions you and your neighbors can do to help make poll sites accessible and safe, and more. 

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Right of Way: Organizing for equitable, walkable communities

 

Healthy, vibrant communities are often places where you can walk safely to school, the grocery store, or just down the street to a neighbors house. Walkable communities are good for our physical health, but also our neighborhood's health. And yet, pedestrian deaths are up 50% in the last decade, and the stark geographic patterns of traffic violence tell a story about systemic inequality—where immigrants, the poor, and people of color are disproportionately impacted by traffic violence. In this pre-recorded webinar, hear about some of the causes of this public-health crisis, and learn about some of the programs and movements that are beginning to respond. You'll also hear from everyday neighbors who stepped up to address pedestrian safety in their communities, and see how you could do it too.

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Crafting a compelling story

Whether you need some equipment to get a new community garden off the ground, or you're organizing a neighborhood mutual aid project, at some point you'll likely need to think about fundraising. It isn't always glamorous, and it might even be daunting at times, but it's often just got to happen. We want to help make the process easier for you. In this pre-recorded webinar, we'll walk you through one of the most important pieces of any successful fundraising campaign: crafting a compelling story. Get tips, tricks, and field-tested advice, as well as a few real-life case studies to help boost your fundraising plan.

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From Community Projects to Running for Office

Are you looking for ways to get you and your neighbors involved in voting and elections? Are you thinking of running for elected office yourself one day soon? If you’ve started a community project before, you’re already halfway there! In this pre-recorded webinar, get tips from ioby project leaders who have been there before! Get answers to your questions, hear about the deep connections between neighborhood projects and elections, and learn how to stand up for your community during the election cycle.

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Racial Equity in Creative Placemaking

As communities across the country grapple with our nation’s vast legacy of racism, one that permeates our everyday life today, creative placemaking has a unique role to play in imagining what a more equitable present and future might look like. Bringing together the arts, culture, and creative decision-making in the process of planning and nurturing our future, creative placemaking is a potent tool to tackle inequity today and build a just future. In this recorded webinar, learn how to incorporate racial equity at every turn in your project—from conceiving it, to bringing it to life.

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The Essential Life: Envisioning and working towards a just future

This webinar workshop is presented by the 400 Years of Inequality initiative, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities. In this webinar recording, we’ll explore that history and imagine what that means for our present today. How do those legacies shape the work of creating justice today? How can we vision and organize in the service of what we’re ‘for’? And how do we build people’s power in these times?

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Protecting Pollinators: Nurturing sustainable communities with pollinator gardens

Without pollinators, like bees and butterflies, the world would be a dull and bland place. How can we make sure these creatures are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us? And how does their presence make our communities more sustainable overall? In this prerecorded webinar, we'll talk about how neighbors like you can turn areas historically dominated by invasive species into vibrant pollinator habitats. See why these pollinators are so important not just to our natural world, but to our local neighborhoods as well. And, get perspectives from project leaders that successfully created thriving pollinator gardens in their local communities.

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Crowdfunding for Mutual Aid: Caring for one another in times of crisis

In times of crisis, neighbors are often on the front lines lending a hand. Neighbors are stepping up once again to confront COVID-19 and offer care to one another and make sure no one slips through the cracks. In this webinar recording, you'll hear from three leaders across the country who started Mutual Aid projects with their neighbors to offer care in times of crisis. Learn why they did it, how they organized their mutual aid projects, and how they crowdfunded tens of thousands of dollars to bring their ideas to life.

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Crowdfunding Creative Local Responses: Confronting challenges through creative placemaking

Neighborhood networks have always been at the heart of disaster relief, and we're seeing how our neighbors are continuing to step up right now as our communities confront multiple challenges.In this webinar recording, join ioby and the National Consortium on Creative Placemaking for a brand new webinar where we'll explore the unique role that artists play in responding to COVID-19. Hear from creative leaders in Detroit and New Orleans on how they used their skills to respond, and how they crowdfunded with ioby to help bring their projects to life. 

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Fundraising Fears: Moving beyond discomfort and making the ask

Neighborhood networks have always been at the heart of disaster relief, and we're seeing how our neighbors are continuing to step up right now as our communities confront multiple challenges.In this webinar recording, join ioby and the National Consortium on Creative Placemaking for a brand new webinar where we'll explore the unique role that artists play in responding to COVID-19. Hear from creative leaders in Detroit and New Orleans on how they used their skills to respond, and how they crowdfunded with ioby to help bring their projects to life. 

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Crowdfunding in Unusual Times: Adjusting your fundraising plans during times of crisis

There's no doubt that the current moment presents difficult choices and new challenges for nonprofit fundraising plan. While many traditional fundraising tools may be off the table for now, crowdfunding can be a powerful tool to leverage the resources you already have to continue to fundraise for your organization effectively. In this webinar, see how to quickly switch in-person fundraising events to an effective crowdfunding campaign, learn best practices for crowdfunding for nonprofits, and get key tips on using ioby to raise the funds you need to support your mission. 

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Food Towns: Revitalizing communities through food

Healthy, sustainable fare is changing communities across this country, revitalizing towns that have been ravaged by disappearing industries and decades of inequity. What sparked this revolution? How are communities making their ideas a reality? In this recorded webinar, Sarah Reid of Flavorful Creations in Detroit will discuss her ioby funded project, from idea to reality, and the way it's transforming her community. Moderator Mark Winne will give a brief presentation on the transformations that he saw across his travels while writing his book, "Food Town, USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat." Brooke Harris, Detroit Action Strategist from ioby, will share how her organization is helping drive community-led positive change through crowdfunding.

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Start the Presses: How to get media and publicity for your crowdfunding campaign

Getting attention in the local media can boost the visibility of your fundraising campaign, and attract new donors! In this webinar recording, you'll hear from three ioby leaders who have successfully worked with media to get coverage for their community crowdfunding campaign. Hear their stories of making positive change in their communities, as well as practical tips for pitching, storytelling, and working with media outlets. Plus, some of ioby's favorite make-or-break fundraising advice.

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Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities

In this webinar recording, you'll learn how walkable community advocates use crowdfunding as an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool. The webinar recording includes real-life case studies of successfully-funded walking advocacy projects, plus top tips for an effective campaign.  

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Photography and Video for Crowdfunding

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you’re crowdfunding a picture can translate into dollars for your project! In this webinar recording, we chat with three successful ioby leaders who used photography and video to creatively share their story as part of their crowdfunding campaign.

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Storytelling 101: How to Tell a Story

What is your elevator speech about your work? How do you frame your project to make it as persuasive as possible to others? In this webinar recording, you'll hear from a panel of community-based experts and pros on narrative strategy. They'll share tips and tricks for building your project’s story and how this is essential for a successful fundraising campaign.

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Ask an Expert: Healthy Communities Part 1

On March 1, 2017, we hosted a 'lunch and learn' panel discussion about community health and urban design. Hear from two successful community leaders and ioby project leaders, and hear about their challenges and inspirations in getting a health initiative off the ground. Then, learn from two expert opinions who shared models and approaches for making neighborhoods healthier. 

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Ask an Expert: Healthy Communities Part 2

The places where we live have a powerful effect on our health. Think about your own neighborhood; are there enough sidewalks and bike lanes to ensure that you can get around safely, and live an active lifestyle? Do you have easy access to affordable healthy food? Are there well maintained parks and other open areas for you to spend time outside? In this webinar recording, you'll learn strategies from neighborhood leaders who crowdfunded successfully with ioby to bring their ideas to life in both rural and urban places, and how they strengthened their communities along the way.

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Design For Good: A conversation with Erin Barnes and John Cary

Almost everything around us was designed by someone; our homes, schools, workplaces, and nearly every imaginable public space. Design is everywhere and, for better or for worse, it shapes the quality of our lives. In this webinar recording, ioby co-founder and CEO Erin Barnes and author and architect John Cary explore how the design of our homes, buildings, and public spaces can be accountable to diverse communities, respond to our everyday needs, and improve our quality of life. Learn why building civic participation and growing resident leadership should be center-pieces of designing for the collective good, and hear about examples of neighborhood projects that illustrate the power of collaboration.

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Beyond Voting: Flexing Your Civic Muscle

To strengthen our democracy, we'll need to look both inside and outside the election cycle to build year-round relationships and build lasting people power. In this webinar recording, you'll hear from neighbors who are using ioby to crowdfund for community projects that bring their neighbors together to listen, create dialogue, and make meaningful, lasting change across differences. 

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Gender Justice

Feminism isn't a dirty word anymore, but there's still far to go until we get to full liberation for women and people who are gender non-conforming. In this webinar recording, you'll learn from community leaders who are crowdfunding to build powerful projects that fight for gender justice and push against harmful power structures. 

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Crowdfunding for Racial Justice

In this webinar recording, you'll hear from project leaders who are addressing their neighborhood’s need for racial justice and have created community solutions around racial equity. They’ll share how crowdfunding supported their grassroots projects and how they got started, built support, and overcame challenges. Indigo Bishop, one of ioby’s Action Strategists, will also share more about how we work to support social justice changemaking.

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Crowdfunding for Community Projects

Have a great idea for a project that makes your community greener, healthier, stronger or more vibrant? Need some cash to make it happen? ioby provides civic leaders like you with a crowdfunding platform and one-on-one fundraising coaching to raise the dollars you need to bring your idea to life. 

In this webinar recording, you'll learn the nuts and bolts of crowdfunding your own local project! 

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Bringing the Green: Crowdfunding for community gardens

Do you have ideas for improving your neighborhood? Are you interested in using crowdfunding to raise money to help your community thrive, especially by turning a vacant or abandoned lot into a community garden or multi-purpose community space? This brand new webinar is about raising money and organizing neighbor support for community garden projects. From converting a vacant lot into a neighborhood greenspace to planting an herb garden, superstar ioby leaders and experienced fundraisers will share their tips, challenges, and triumphs to successful greening.

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How to Make it Rain: Crowdfunding for nonprofit organizations

In this webinar recording about crowdfunding for nonprofits, you'll hear from ioby leaders and experienced fundraisers who share their tips, successes and common roadblocks to successfully crowdfunding for special projects at their organizations. 

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How to Make it Rain: Crowdfunding for larger budgets

If you have your sights set high, your budget—and fundraising skills—will have to rise to the challenge. Crowdfunding more than $10,000 on ioby is totally doable, but it takes some extra planning. In this webinar recording we hear from ioby leaders who have successfully raised BIG bucks for their community. You'll learn valuable tools, tips, and challenges to meeting big budget crowdfunding goals. Learn from an experienced panel of ioby project leaders, non-profit fundraisers, and one of our staff coaches.

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Resilience for All: Community driven design

When planning to implement a project idea, getting community feedback and input can sometimes feel like an extra step—but it can actually help catapult your project to success! From exploring ideas to getting your project done, learn how input from a diverse range of community members has helped successful project leaders transform their neighborhoods.

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Ask An Expert: Green Triangles

On December 20, 2016, Cathy Marcinko, Grant Development Coordinator at Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being in Memphis, and leader of The Green Triangles Project, kicked off our inaugural webinar as our first featured leader. She was joined by a panel of three experts: Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director of the NYC Public Design Commission and an ioby board member; Tommy Pacello, President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative; and Janet Boscarino, Executive Director of Clean Memphis, Inc.

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Place Based Community Play with KaBOOM

In this webinar recording, you'll hear about exciting projects being carried out around the country that creatively bring play and transportation together. These projects provide opportunities for play to happen everywhere—on sidewalks, trails, public transit stops and more—so that kids (and adults) can use play for both fun and wellness along their way and throughout their communities. You'll hear examples of amazing "play everywhere" initiatives from community organizers and nonprofit organizations across the country.

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Small Scale Philanthropy, Big Impact: Giving Circles

On March 28, 2017, we talked with Amplifier, a national network of giving circles, about ethical philanthropy, ioby's guiding principles for how we're working to encourage local giving, and explored ways for giving circles to leverage ioby's crowdfunding platform.

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Vacant to Vibrant

Wish someone would do something about that pesky vacant lot in your neighborhood? Maybe that someone should be you! Vacant lots in your neighborhood can illustrate neglect and seem like a waste of space, but they can also be fresh canvases for creative community projects that bring positive change. Interested in learning from leaders and thinkers who have transformed vacant places into vibrant green spaces? Hear from experts Sandra Albro, author of "Vacant to Vibrant: Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks," (Island Press, 2019) and project leaders who work with ioby (in our backyards) about how to turn ideas for transforming vacant lots into reality.

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Artists Building People Power: Civic leadership by neighbors, for neighbors

Artists: your creative skills are urgently needed in our communities. In this pre-recorded webinar, Pittsburgh Action Strategist Miriam Parson, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, New Sun Rising, and other artists like you explore the key role that artists play in making change, and how you can fundraise even in these difficult times to support your critical work.

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