With financial support from our partners and donors like you, we are able to host the GUMBO dinners and carry out our initiatives. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. Citizenville.org is an approved IRS 501(c)(3).
Citizenville is a platform to provide people with the tools, resources, and support network to make change in their village. We do this by providing: (1) a robust digital platform and in-person event (GUMBO) for individuals and groups to access an important, and often untapped source of funding—the community itself—while also providing a connection to a like minded community and new potential volunteers. (2) capital investments and mentorships to social entrepreneurs who are rethinking what’s possible in Mississippi through technology. (3) a (physical) space for community to eat, work, meet, live, and play in the heart of downtown Jackson. (4) educating the next generation of change makers through a project-based, technology and social entrepreneurship focused curriculum.
Citizenville was born around a dinner party (gumbo was on the menu) of teachers wanting to make a broader impact in their classrooms by connecting their student-centered projects to the community. After $10k was raised to kickstart a youth media project, they saw the potential for the civic and business communities to unite and address crowdsourcing solutions for other projects and initiatives.
Grassroots leaders at the neighborhood scale are underfunded, and an overlooked source of innovation for lighter, quicker, cheaper solutions to a number of social problems. We believe that Citizenville’s work to address barriers to grassroots leadership at the neighborhood scale will unleash the full potential of citizen ingenuity and catalyze collective power to fund and implement new local solutions to entrenched problems. Citizenville is an answer to this unmet niche by working intentionally in low-income neighborhoods and in communities of color to provide support to community-driven project ideas. Citizenville provides a robust digital (and physical) platform for these groups to access an important, and often untapped source of funding—the community itself—while also providing a connection to a likeminded community and new potential volunteers. Crowd-resourcing via Citizenville can also be a powerful community engagement tool and demonstrate buy-in, support, and a source of long-term stewardship to other investors.