A web site in the San Francisco Bay area has created an online “wish list” that can help teachers get the supplies they need for their students. The program, administered through Craigslist.org a site known for its apartment rental listings and personal adsis run in conjunction with a local business, Cole Hardware.
Rick Karp, president of Cole Hardware, and Craig Newmark of Craigslist, created the site when a friend of Newmark’s mentioned that teachers routinely spend from $500 to $1,500 each year out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Karp and Newmark felt this was unfair and set out to do something about it through Craigslist.
To use the wish list site, teachers can sign up online and create lists of items they need or want to enrich their classrooms, including computers and other technology. Visitors to the wish list can select which items they will donate to help schools. Additionally, Cole Hardware offers a 10 percent discount to those who purchase supplies for the wish list from its store.
The site has been online since February and has collected more than $10,000 in donations thus far. Most “wishers” and donors have participated in the site from the San Francisco area, but some have made donations from locations around the country.
Currently, more than 200 schools and other nonprofits have registered on Craigslist with their own wishlists.