The goal of Fund for Public Housing's Ideas Marketplace is to provide a forum for sustainability initiatives led by NYCHA residents and non-profit community organizations to gain greater visibility and scale by connecting like-minded efforts across NYCHA communities, enabling skill-sharing, joint multi-year philanthropic support, and ultimately greater reach and impact.
- Prioritize creating value for residents – uncover opportunities for residents, community-based and resident-led organizations to organize, fundraise and implement new ideas and projects.
- Strive for innovative solutions – we recognize that technologies or solutions are always evolving for things we could not solve yesterday. Ideas Marketplace seeks innovative and entrepreneurial ways to meet sustainability goals.
- Build community beyond geographic boundaries – Ideas Marketplace strives to build and strengthen alliances and resources beyond the borders of NYCHA.
- Minimize red tape – enable policies that don’t get in the way of residents and community-based organizations’ pursuit of sustainability goals.
Ideas Marketplace would not be possible without ioby. ioby is a crowd-resourcing web platform for residents and community-led programs to raise resources. In addition to ioby’s functionality to pool funding, the platform also gives users the ability to organize many kinds of capital— social networks, in-kind donations, volunteer time, advocacy—from within the neighborhood to make the neighborhood a better place to live.
Ocean Bay Community Gardens is the current project with ioby. Learn more about it here.
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