Folks, I have had no part in craigslist management since 2000, and instead focus my time on philanthropy, and helping out others who are doing good work. I'm frequently asked about the causes I support, so I figured it be helpful to highlight some for you.
The thing is, I'd like to really make a difference, in the here and now, and twenty years from now and beyond. My preference is to support people who're already effective at helping other people, while learning how to engage much larger groups of people to help out.
For reasons both objective and personal, I've been helping effective groups in the following initiatives, contributing help with social media, social capital, and modest amounts of financial contributions.
Here are 5 social causes I've taken on since leaving craigslist management (in no particular order):
1. Vets and Milfams - I figure if someone's willing to risk taking a bullet for me, I should help out a little, and I realize that their families also serve.
2. Women in Tech - It's pretty simple...Fair's fair, regardless of gender in tech.
3. Peer-to-Peer Giving - There are groups finding ways that make it easy to directly help others in ways that work.
4. Protecting Americans' Voting Rights - The Declaration of Independence says that we're equal under law, but there are states where Americans' voting rights are at risk.
5. Trustworthy Journalism - Speaking only as a news consumer, I want news I can trust.
This isn't altruism, it just feels right. And if you're working within these initiative areas, please send social media posts over to me. I like to support the good work people are already doing - I believe it's more effective that way.