Craig Newmark is one of the original tech billionaires, having made his considerable fortune founding Craig’s List back in 1995. For the past five years, he has given away hundreds of millions of dollars through his Craig Newmark Philanthropies to causes ranging from veteran homelessness to women in tech to supporting teachers to food insecurity to local journalism.
At its heart, in his words, his philanthropy is “about fairness, opportunity, and respect.”
“A lot of it has to do with what our country aspires to be. I believe that the arc of the moral universe is long, but that it does bend towards justice. So people of goodwill should protect the country, should protect those values, should move them ahead,” Newmark says.
“We should not only push towards those values, but we need to protect the people who have fought for those values. We need to protect the people who are fighting for those values. Like the people who fought in kinetic wars towards those ends. Those are our veterans and their families. They need a break.”
In this special edition of the Work in Progress podcast for SxSW EDU, Newmark speaks with WorkingNation editor-in-chief Ramona Schindelheim about how he leverages his money and influence to help bring attention to these issues and discusses the type of organizations he gives his money to.
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Episode 174: Craig Newmark, founder, Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Host: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch, Melissa Panzer, and Ramona Schindelheim
Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0.
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