Wind Down FAQ

Q: What is happening to the Craigslist Foundation?

A: After a decade of innovation in support of stronger nonprofits and communities in the Bay Area and nationwide, Craigslist Foundation is winding down its operations.

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: After consulting with craigslist, inc., our board and staff felt this was the right thing to do at this time.

Q: When was this announced?

A: On Jan. 11, 2012, Lynn Luckow, president and CEO of Craigslist Foundation, released the following update

Dear Colleagues and Friends of Craigslist Foundation,

After a decade of innovation in support of stronger nonprofits and communities in the Bay Area and nationwide, Craigslist Foundation will wind down operations, celebrate its successes, and transition its programs to new homes. This decision was made by our board and staff, in consultation with craigslist, Inc, whose philanthropy is now focused on supporting numerous worthy charities via its Charitable Fund. We owe a special thanks to craigslist for ten years of generous financial support and partnership, and for lending its name to our efforts.

In the coming weeks, our staff will work diligently to distill the lessons learned over ten years, and to find appropriate homes for our three key programs: Nonprofit Boot Camp (ready for its 9th Annual event), LikeMinded (ready for its next iteration after 9 months of user experience), and Alliance Building (building a network of community builders).

Thank you for your engagement with us over the years as we strived to augment the effectiveness of emerging nonprofits and strengthen the fabric of local communities and neighborhoods. The entire Craigslist Foundation team looks forward to making continued progress in other ways and at other organizations as we all move forward.

Sincerely yours,

Lynn Luckow
President & CEO
Craigslist Foundation

Q: How soon will this happen?

A: Our target is to complete the wind down by the end of the first quarter.

Q: What will happen to Boot Camp?

A: Boot Camp is gearing up for its 9th Annual event and our staff is working to transition this program in the coming weeks.

Q: What will happen to LikeMinded?

A: Our staff is working to find the appropriate home for LikeMinded, which will be ready for its next iteration after nine months of user experience.

Q: What will happen to the podcasts, videos and other resources available on craigslistfoundation.org?

A: Our resources will continue to be available on this website through 2012.

Q: Does this have any effect on craigslist?

A: This decision has no effect on craigslist, Inc, or on Craig Newmark’s relatively new initiative, craigconnects.org.

Q: What is Craig focused on now?

A: Craig launched craigconnects.org. We recommend you check out the site.

Q: What will the staff do?

A: The entire Craigslist Foundation team looks forward to making continued progress in the community in other ways and at other organizations.

Q: How do I stay in touch with you?

A: You can email the organization at info@craigslistfoundation.org. You can reach individual staff members by connecting with them on their LinkedIn profiles on the about/team page.