Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Makes $1 Million Gift to Mother Jones

Entrepreneur and philanthropist’s donation supports the nonprofit news organization’s growth campaign.

Mother Jones today announced that Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, has made a $1 million gift to support its investigative journalism efforts.

An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Newmark is a long-time, vocal advocate for a vigorous, trustworthy press. “We’re in the middle of an online information war, and the stakes are a free press, an informed public, and strong democratic institutions,” said Newmark. “Mother Jones is at the center of that fight, defending the country against bad actors. As a news consumer and citizen, I depend on its innovative, rigorously accurate reporting, and I’m thrilled to support its growth.”

“We’re honored by this gift from Craig,” said Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein. “This is an investment in the toughest—and most rewarding—kind of journalism, the deep investigative work that is now under attack from all sides. With our growing community of supporters, we can build a newsroom that continues this work for a long time to come.” 

Newmark joins a growing list of people and institutions that have stepped up to support the Moment for Mother Jones campaign, a special fundraising endeavor designed to expand and strengthen the nonprofit journalism organization’s reporting capacity and impact, training programs, and long-term business sustainability. Launched in early 2016, Moment is the first such special campaign—other than public radio or television—in the nonprofit journalism field, and it has raised nearly $20 million in special gifts and pledges.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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