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Founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, offered to match any donations made to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization through December, multiplying the impact of every single donation IAVA receives up to $500,000. 

Last year, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Newmark’s Philanthropic organization, donated $5 million to IAVA, but this year the organization has offered to match any donations as a way to encourage Americans to support those who have served. 

“I’ve been proud to serve on their Board for the last eleven years and witness their critical wins in Washington, and I hope that this gift will inspire others to join me in supporting IAVA and America’s newest generation of veterans,” Newman said in an IAVA Press Release.

IAVA’s  mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans, a younger, more diverse, and more service-connected disability prone group than older generations of veterans. They have helped in bringing recognition to the unique needs of the country’s youngest veterans and even helped to make the Post-9/11 GI Bill a reality. 

“Our nation’s veterans are lucky we have a hero like Craig,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVA. “For many years, and now, once again, he has stepped forward as a leader in hopes of inspiring others to join him. We are truly grateful for Craig’s support, and we hope everyone in America will follow him in joining our mission.”

“Veterans, active service members, and military families uniquely serve our country by both protecting our democracy and embodying our shared values, such as fairness, opportunity, and respect for all,” added Newmark. “IAVA gets results for these brave folks.”

There are only a few hours left for matched donations. If you would like to donate, please visit the link here: www.donate.IAVA.org/give

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