Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series presents:

My Values, My Philanthropy with Craig Newmark

Featuring Craig Newmark, Founder of

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service welcomed Craig Newmark, founder of, to the UT campus on October 8, 2008. Craig delivered the second in a series of Frances Moody Newman Distinguished lectures on the topic, My Values, My Philanthropy.

Craig Newmark

While best know for the success of Craigslist, Craig talked about his work to provide knowledge, resources, and visibility to the next generation of nonprofit leaders through his Craigslist Foundation. Craig defined himself as a community organizer and discussed how he finds efforts that appeal to his sense of mission in that role.

Turning his own personal achievement into support for the community, Craig discussed how his philosophy, “you can do well by doing good,” has shaped the success of Craigslist and informed his personal giving. The self-proclaimed nerd operates Craigslist with the notion of “treating people how you would like to be treated.”

Craig also addressed the problems and issues that he deals with while working in customer service by saying that they trust their community to do the right thing.

“We trust our community. People are overwhelmingly trustworthy and good.” Craig added, “Whether you're in a small town or a big city, people want to help each other out."

What originally started in 1995 as an email list from Craig to let friends know about events in San Francisco, Craigslist has become an international community, with sites in more than 500 cities in 50 countries. The site serves over 40 million community members worldwide and generates around 10 billion page views per month.

Craig is also personally involved in several community efforts. He is particularly interested in organizations that promote public diplomacy, peace in the Middle East, and new forms of media, including participatory journalism. Craig currently serves on the boards of the Sunlight Foundation, OneVoice, FactCheckED, and VotoLatino, and just recently joined the National Advisory Council of

The Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series promotes philanthropy, community service, and volunteerism by inviting philanthropic leaders to the University of Texas at Austin to discuss how their personal values, beliefs, and experiences shape the mission and method of their giving.

The Moody Foundation of Galveston was created for the perpetual benefit of present and future generations of Texans by William Lewis Moody, Jr. and his wife, Libby Shearn Moody.

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service initiated this lecture series to explore how personal motivations and experiences inspire giving. The lecture series uses the theme of My Values, My Philanthropy to provide a public forum for discussing how individual values shape the philanthropic and nonprofit landscape.

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