Civic Hall, a New York City-based nonprofit that works to advance technology for the public good, has announced a $5 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to expand its digital learning center.
The organization will use the funds to double the number of classes offered by the center, provide subsidized memberships for veterans and their families, and foster the inclusion of women in the tech sector through an expansion of its #CivicWomen program and Forums @ Civic Hall program, which brings together leading thinkers, technologists, policy makers, and civic entrepreneurs to discuss pressing issues at the intersection of technology and democracy. The gift also will help support the organization’s ongoing operations for the next two years as it prepares to move in 2021 to new headquarters near Union Square.
"Civic Hall has shown that it can get critical work done, connecting people and ideas with technology that can improve lives," said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. "It's a model of the kind of civic infrastructure that our country needs in this digital age."
"To receive this level of support from Craig Newmark, one of world's most civically minded technology entrepreneurs, is extremely gratifying," said Civic Hall chief operating officer Jessica Quinn. "Craig continues to show that tech can be a force for good in society, and his gift will enable us to greatly increase our work in building the capacity of the civic entrepreneurs and empathetic technologists who are the heart and soul of Civic Hall's community."