Neighbor.ly Receives $175,000 from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Civic funding platform will scale up its operations thanks to financial support.

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Jase Wilson, Founder Neighbor.ly

This is such a huge honor to be a part of the Knight Foundation and Points of Light, said founder and CEO Jase Wilson. Thanks to their support we’ll be able to advocate for civic projects everywhere.

Civic funding platform Neighbor.ly has received a $175,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on Tuesday. The award comes just before the one-year birthday of the Kansas City-based startup, which was launched July 7, 2012 by Luminopolis.

Neighbor.ly aims to give companies, foundations and individuals the ability to directly support civic projects such as bike sharing, neighborhood wifi, and streetcar systems. In the past year, Neighbor.ly has raised more than $100,000 for civic projects with an average individual contribution of $50. Neighbor.ly most recently earned a spot in the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, a 12-week program that provides $10,000 and training sessions in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and San Francisco for civic ventures that aim to inspire, equip and mobilize to create positive change.

“This is such a huge honor to be a part of the Knight Foundation and Points of Light,” said founder and CEO Jase Wilson. “Thanks to their support we’ll be able to advocate for civic projects everywhere.”

The grant will go toward hiring two developers and adding features that will move the focus from working with individuals to collaborating with foundations and corporations. Neighbor.ly will also work on handling the backlog of more than 100 project submissions for funding requests from across the country. The organization hopes to enhance and expand its website to raise larger amounts of money for projects. The enhanced website will eventually be piloted in two additional communities.

The investment is part of Knight Foundation’s Tech for Engagement initiative, which supports projects that use technology to connect people for action.

Neighbor.ly is a civic funding platform. Neighbor.ly provides a unique opportunity for local governments, civic organizations, and civic ventures to obtain funding for civic-natured projects. Neighbor.ly's mission is to help cities save tax money while greenlighting projects. And let citizens, companies and institutions invest in the places and civic projects they care about.

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