craigslist Charitable Fund

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When Brad Stone at the NY Times asked about craigslist’s charitable organizations, I let him know by email that “The craigslist Charitable Fund is a grant making foundation established and funded by craigslist.” He thanked me for this information several days before his deadline, saying he would be continuing to work on the story.

Here’s what he printed however:

There is also a newer organization, the Craigslist Charitable Trust, which was capitalized in 2008 with $2.7 million by Mr. Buckmaster and Craig Newmark, the company’s founder, according to public documents.

Not sure what “public documents” he’s referring to, but there is no such thing as the “Craigslist Charitable Trust” let alone such an entity funded personally by Mr Buckmaster and Craig Newmark.

For those interested, the craigslist Charitable Fund, established in 2008, and funded by craigslist, focuses on subject areas including the following:

  • peace and disarmament
  • supporting US military veterans
  • human trafficking and child exploitation
  • social justice and civil liberties
  • health and the environment
  • journalism and new media
  • sustainable transportation and energy
  • clean water, poverty, and other developing world issues
  • homelessness and other urban challenges
  • education, and disadvantaged youth

The Fund concentrates on organizations with annual budgets less than $5 million, and on orgs highly rated by CharityNavigator and other rating services.

Inquiries from interested 501(c)3 organizations can be sent to charitable@craigslist.org


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