Friday, January 5, 2018

Online Platform Raises More Than $600,000 for Projects in Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 11:27 AM


Since the community mobilizing platform, ioby launched in 2012, $610,000 has been raised for 203 projects around the city, according to a ioby report released at the end of last year.

Memphis is one of four cities where ioby, a website designed for community members to raise funds and organize various small projects, is currently active. The others are Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

ioby aims to help people develop ideas to make communities safer, greener, more livable, and more fun, by doing what its website coined as “crowd-resourcing” — crowd-funding alongside resource organizing.

Money raised through ioby has funded such projects in the city as an outdoor classroom at East High School, a flower garden in South Memphis, and a protected bike lane in Binghampton — the Hampline.

The Hampline, a trail connecting the Shelby Farms Greenline to Overton Park, was the first

ioby project in Memphis. Close to $70,000 was raised to fill the funding-gap needed to complete the project.

click to enlarge Installing portions of the Hampline - IOBY
  • ioby
  • Installing portions of the Hampline

Many of the ioby projects are a “proof of concept,” or quick, small, temporary projects, implemented in smaller pieces of the whole initiative. The top three neighborhoods in Memphis for ioby projects have been VECA, Orange Mound, and Binghampton.

After serving as a pilot program in New York City, ioby launched nationwide in 2012. Since then, just over $4 million has been given for 1,479 projects across the four participating cities.

Of the projects, 109 aim to make streets safer and 262 focus on placemaking, while 71 percent of all the projects also have a social justice objective.

Instructions on starting or donating to a project in Memphis can be found here.


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