Craigslist donates $1.6 million to UC Berkeley

January 17, 2008 5:52:29 PM PST
Craigslist Foundation has donated $1.6 million to the University of California, Berkeley, to help create the first endowed professorship at the public university's 5-year-old Berkeley Center for New Media. The grant is the largest ever given by the foundation, which is the nonprofit wing of the community networking site Craigslist. Additional money from a $113 million gift by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will bring the initial endowment amount to $3.1 million. The mission of the center is to advance new media in the public interest, and to explore the effect of new media on culture, said engineering Professor Ken Goldberg, who was appointed director of the center in July.