idealist-org.0.JPGNew York, January 27, 2010 - One of the better public interest websites is in deep trouble If you’re not familiar with it take a look now.

Idealist has always been a great place for those looking for help with civic and community issues, for jobs, events, and a lot more. We regularly post notices of our meeting there. Idealist receives most of its income from these job notices and got hit hard by the recession. Today I received a note from Ami Dar, its founder, which said:

“Very briefly, here’s what happened. Over the past ten years, most of our funding has come from the small fees we charge organizations for posting their jobs on Idealist. By September 2008, after years of steady growth, these little drops were covering 70% of our budget.

Then, in October of that year, the financial crisis exploded, many organizations understandably froze their hiring, and from one week to the next our earned income was cut almost in half, leaving us with a hole of more than $100,000 each month.”

If you can help please go to and do so.

Tom Lowenhaupt

Filed January 27th, 2010 under Volunteers

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