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Looking to fund a community project? The answer is just a click away

11/19/15 | View Comments

“This is the first in a series of TKF Foundation articles highlighting resources to help communities build and develop urban green space.” 

Obtaining the financial resources needed to develop grass-roots, community-based projects is never easy. Smaller projects are often overlooked by the large foundations while community leaders who truly understand the needs of their neighborhood find themselves struggling to find resources. Crowdfunding site Ioby hopes to build connections between community leaders and financial resources while providing the project consulting help needed to bring neighborhood ideas to fruition.

Ioby, an acronym for “In Our backyards,” combines the crowdfunding (or crowd resourcing) power of websites like Kickstarter with the advocacy of a strong community organizer. “Running the platform is only part of what we do,” Katie Lorah, director of communications and creative strategy at Ioby said. “We have staff members whose entire job is to walk people through the process of developing their project. It’s what helps make our projects so successful.”

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    We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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