Freshkills Park Blog

Environmental microphilanthropy

Especially in hard economic times like this, it’s difficult for smaller non-profits and volunteer groups to compete for grant funding.  Online microphilantropy organization ioby helps groups with small-scale environmental projects in New York City connect with potential donors and volunteers.  (ioby stands for “in our backyards” in a riff on the common NIMBY “not in my backyard” sentiment.)  The site allows for pooling of tiny donations  into large enough sums to support local projects. Some project examples include a composting education class in Astoria (total budget $115), a community garden restoration project and a beach cleanup day.

Left: All People’s Garden in the Lower East Side, where project organizers hope to remove cement, debris and replant trees and shrubs. Right: A project in the Rockaways seeks ioby support to design and construct rainwater catchment systems and educate volunteers about stormwater management.

Left: All People’s Garden in the Lower East Side, where project organizers need $2,938 to remove cement, debris and replant trees and shrubs. Right: A project in the Rockaways seeks $345 in ioby support to design and construct rainwater catchment systems and educate volunteers about stormwater management.

(via No Impact Man)

May 19, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for this great post! Here’s a new video from a recent project in Queens that shows how just a little bit of support can go a long way!

    Comment by Erin Barnes | July 6, 2009 | Reply


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