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Craigslist Founder Donates $1 Million Toward STEM School Projects

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Public schools are facing budget cuts throughout the US, putting kids in low-income households further at risk. Newmark’s donation is an investment in the future of those students. You can take action for universal quality education here.

Craigslist has long been known for making connections between buyers and sellers, apartment dwellers seeking roommates, and subway encounters that would otherwise remain a mystery.

But thanks to a generous donation by its owner, Craigslist can now add academic benefactor to its list of accomplishments, reported Education Week.

Newmark donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding site for schools and educators. Of that, $850,000 is dedicated to dollar-for-dollar matching on STEM projects on the platform, while an additional $100,000 has been earmarked specifically for projects that provide science and technology opportunities for girls.

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"I want to help regular people have an effect on education throughout our country," said Craigslist founder Craig Newmark in an interview with Education Week. “Teachers play a major role in shaping and supporting the nation's citizenry, but they don't always get the support they need.”

To be eligible for the matching funds, STEM projects on DonorsChoose must cost less than $1,000 and exist in schools where more than half of the students come from low-income households, noted the report.

Users can find qualifying projects by searching the "match offers" section of the website and selecting "Craig Newmark Philanthropies."

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"I'm a nerd — I identify with science, tech, engineering, and math," Newmark told the publication. "I also see that our country will have a lot of opportunities in those areas over the coming decade."

Previously, Newmark was championed for donating another $1 million to fund the projects of teachers working with military families, according to the report. Those grants reached 1,800 teachers and 318,000 students.