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Reid Hoffman Challenges Tech Community to Support Civic Innovation

Reid HoffmanEverything that Code for America Fellows, Brigades, local government partners, and startups do through these programs is made possible by our donors. From civic hackers who give their time along with an annual $25 gift, to the business and philanthropy leaders who make major grants, each has a vision for our country’s future and wants to see it become real.

Today we’re thrilled to announce that LinkedIn Co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman is joining the ranks of CfA supporters with a $250,000 matching grant — hoping to inspire others to put their end-of-year charitable contributions towards furthering CfA’s vision as well.

Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, has said that “Reid’s true north is making a positive and lasting impact on the world, in a very profound way.” Hoffman sees huge opportunities early; past investments in companies like Facebook and AirBnB, and board positions at non-profits Mozilla and Kiva attest to that. His support of Code for America is further recognition that just as the internet and mobile have changed business and society, now citizens are using technology to make government work in the 21st century. For those frustrated with government’s speed to adapt, Reid’s matching challenge offers a way to do something about it.

Reid Hoffman on why he’s supporting Code for America:

“Code for America is bringing the promise of Silicon Valley to government. Their strategy is straight from the tech innovation playbook: building experimental solutions; scaling open-source projects; and nurturing startups that can transform a marketplace.

“I support Code for America because I want to live in a society where government is open and responsive, where public services are built with actual people in mind, and where I feel like my active participation is encouraged. CfA is making that vision a reality. I hope you’ll join me by giving whatever you can to Code for America today.”

Reid joins a strong community of technology leaders supporting Code for America, including CfA Board Members

Hoffman joins a strong community of technology leaders supporting Code for America, including CfA Board Members John Lilly, Eric Ries, Tim O’Reilly, and Shona Brown; Paul Maritz, Hari Ravichandran, Shel Kaphan, Scott Yara, Roger McNamee, Matt Cutts, Gil Elbaz, Craig Newmark, Doug Edwards, Geoff Ralston, Gil Penchina, John Seely Brown, and Bijan Sabet; foundations like Google.org, Omidyar Network, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact; and companies including Google Ventures, Twilio, Github, Tropo, Pivotal, Sprint, Vodafone, Pandora, and Red Hat.

In 2013, Code for America worked on problems like hunger in San Francisco, streamlining public records requests in Oakland, Calif., and criminal justice in Louisville, Ken. and New York City. And we’re engaging more people than ever to build government tools that work, with more than 3,000 volunteers signed up, the most competitive pool of Fellowship applicants yet, and a thriving ecosystem of civic startups. With your help and Reid’s matching grant, CfA will continue to grow next year. There has never been a better time to believe that government can work for the people and by the people in the 21st century.

Please join Reid Hoffman in supporting Code for America by making a tax-deductible donation today. You can give online or contact Ashley Meyers for more information.

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