Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, said Wednesday he plans to “boldly go where no nerd has gone before” in the world of philanthropy — despite news that a foundation he started is closing.
The Craigslist Foundation announced Wednesday in a blog post that it will cease operations. The foundation, which has programs such as the Nonprofit Boot Camp and the Alliance Building network of community advocates, said its programs supporting nonprofits will be “transitioned to new homes.”
Newmark said he wasn’t privy to many of the details of the Craigslist Foundation shutting down, but noted that it, Craigslist and craigconnects.org are separate entities.
Newmark, a 59-year-old resident of Cole Valley, founded the popular free online classified website Craigslist in 1995. Last year, Newmark launched craigconnects.org with the general goal of giving all people access to technology, regardless of social standing.
“Basically, I’m focusing on a number of causes under the general theme of technology being used for good,” Newmark said in a phone interview with The SF Examiner on Wednesday.
The blog post by the Craigslist Foundation President and CEO Lynn Luckow said the members of the organization are celebrating successes and distilling lessons learned during the past 10 years.