Press Release

ADL Receives $100,000 Grant From Craig Newmark Foundation For Incident Response Center

New York, NY, March 15, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has received a generous $100,000 general operating grant from the Craig Newmark Foundation to bolster the work of ADL’s Incident Response Center.

ADL is a national organization with a mandate to track and respond to hatred directed not only against Jewish people, but against all minorities and vulnerable populations. With 27 regional offices across the United States, ADL has unparalleled presence in the field to respond to incidents where and when they happen.

“This grant could not come at a more crucial time,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We are extremely concerned about an increase in hate crimes and harassment against Jews, Muslims, African Americans, and LGBTQ communities. This generous grant from the Craig Newmark Foundation will enable us to vastly improve our ability to track and respond to hate-related incidents, both in cyberspace and in the real world.”

“ADL stands up to offer protection from bigotry and hate. If you believe in treating people like you want to be treated, it’s right to help out,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Foundation.

Over the next 12 months, ADL will bolster the Incident Response Center in order to create efficient and streamlined mechanisms for reporting hate incidents and by expanding ADL’s technical staff and social media capacity for incident responses. The funding will go toward upgrading and modernizing ADL’s technical capabilities, centralizing incident intake and analysis, and enhancing intelligence gathering and distribution.

The grant will also help to augment ADL’s recently launched #ExposeHate social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of reporting potential hate crimes to ADL and law enforcement.

The Craig Newmark Foundation (CNF) is a private foundation created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark in 2016 to support and connect nonprofit communities and drive powerful civic engagement. The Foundation’s priorities include Trustworthy Journalism, Veterans and Military Families, Voter Protection and Education, Consumer Protection and Education, Public Diplomacy, Government Transparency, Micro-Lending to Alleviate Poverty, and Women in Tech.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.