So you have a great idea for improving your neighborhood—a way to make it safer, greener, more livable, or just more fun.
Congratulations! You’re already well on your way!
Now, you want to use ioby to help you raise money, find volunteers, and get the word out. Perfect—this is what we’re all about!
The next step is to set up and launch your ioby campaign. That may sound intimidating, but we’ve broken it down into four simple steps. It’s pretty quick and pretty easy, and we promise we’ll be here to help!
1) Tell us about it!
Go to ioby.org/idea and tell us the basics of your project using the form. Then tell us how much money you think you’ll need to raise, and when you’d like to raise it by. An ioby staff member will take a gander at your ideas and contact you within a day to talk it over.
2) Crunch your numbers.
Next, gather your team around and crunch your numbers. Our tried-and-true formula for helping you figure out how much money to ask for—and how to ask for it—is illustrated in our Prospect Chart. Step-by-step instructions for filling it out are included on the page. Take a crack at it and watch your fundraising plan take shape before your eyes!
3) Create your campaign page
Write a description of your project explaining why it’s awesome and why people should support it. You can include photos, illustrations, videos—anything you think will help to tell your story. Get some inspiration for crafting a great page by perusing these fully-funded projects.
4) Say it loud, say it proud!
Once your page is live, you can start spreading the word about your project—online, on the ground, and from the rooftops! We’ll be there to help you all along the way, with trainings and resources designed just for new ioby leaders like you. And you’re also welcome to call us up anytime for advice. We want to see your project succeed as much as you do!
See, that wasn’t so crazy, was it?
We hope you’ll get started today! We’re excited to welcome you to our movement of neighborhood leaders who are making positive change in their neighborhoods, block by block.