How are you different than other civic crowdfunding sites?

Running an online crowdfunding platform is only a small part of what we do. As a community-driven nonprofit with a deep commitment to social equity, our goal is to provide new tools and resources to neighbors with great ideas to improve their own neighborhoods. We want to connect changemakers with the knowledge, resources, and networks they need to succeed. And we recognize that in order to do so, we need to focus beyond just our online presence to build real, on-the-ground communities.

Our services include a full suite of in-person and online trainings. As soon as you submit a project idea to ioby, we'll reach out to help you refine it to give you the best chance of success, set a budget, make a fundraising plan, and set realistic targets and a timeline. We'll continue to work one-on-one with you during your campaign to help you strategize on the fly, and send you tips and resources tailored to your campaign.

Unlike some other civic crowdfunding sites that primarily raise money for government-led projects, we focus on serving citizen-led groups from loose networks of neighbors to established nonprofits. The average ioby project is fairly small in scale, with a budget of less than $4,000 (although we've had successful campaigns of up to $70,000). But taken together, all this citizen-led, citizen-funded change makes a huge impact.

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