Sanchez says it was a hard decision to make during a recession at a
non-profit whose annual budget is about $800,000 culled from city
monies, private foundations, and individual donors. Yet they took a poll of six young women they work with and Sanchez says three of them knew someone who'd been trafficked in Craigslist sex ads.
organization of women that all grew up poor, when will we get the chance
for another $100,000?" Sanchez says. "But it was a chance to stand up
for what we believe in and say we won't be easily bought."
was the easiest $100,000 we'd ever gotten," she continued, saying the
letter stated it was a one-time grant and couldn't be used to influence
any sort of legislation or propaganda against Craigslist. Sanchez said
the staff called Craigslist to ask some questions about their commitment to
continue supporting young women's organizations. "They were just
annoyed by our question and said other people would be happy to receive
it, and if we weren't happy we could just void the check."
They didn't just void it - they burned it, and Sanchez sent us the picture to prove it.
San Francisco non-profit joined at least one other women's organization
that has rejected money from the web site. Earlier this summer, the
Washington, D.C.-based Center for Health and Gender Equity got a $25,000
check, but sent it back after seeing Craigslist's Chief
Executive Officer Jim Buckmaster's "testy replies to allegations that
the site facilitates sex trafficking," according to news reports.
says the site simply has not shown enough commitment to women's causes.
"That check came with a lot of other stresses. That same week, we got a
donation from [the Isabel Allende Foundation] for $500 and we were
jumping for joy. We know those are people who will give $500 this year
and $500 next year. [Craigslist's donation] is a one-time, don't ask
questions, just go away check."
As for the ceremony, Sanchez
says all the staffers touched the check to "put energy on it," some said
a prayer, and they burned it along with some sage. "We gave thanks
for the many blessings we've received," Sanchez says.
It's just that Craigslist's blessing won't be among them.