Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has announced a $5 million gift from board member Craig Newmark and Craig Newmark Philanthropies in support of its nonpartisan advocacy work, research, and direct-support programs.
In making the gift, Newmark called on others to help IAVA meet its goal of raising $20 million before the end of November. "IAVA is vital to the future of our veterans — and the future of all Americans," said the founder of Craigslist. "I've been proud to serve on their board for the last ten years, and I'm humbled to contribute to their mission-critical work of advocating on behalf of and providing personalized support to post-9/11 vets. IAVA is helping veterans participate equally in the opportunities they have fought to protect, and I hope my gift will help them do more of what they do best."
"Craig embodies the IAVA mission and all that is great about American ingenuity, generosity, and service to country," said IAVA founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff. "He is a true patriot, an inspirational voice, and a role model for people worldwide. We are truly grateful for his support and leadership, and we hope everyone in America will follow him in joining our mission."