Sold to Chicago Community Trust (Updated)

chicago-community-trustAccording to a tweet posted last night by Josh Metnick,  was sold again. As you may recall, Josh Metnick is the former owner of the domain name. Based on the registrant email address, the owner of the domain name is The The Chicago Community Trust.  The current registrant of the domain name is listed as LLC. was sold by Josh  to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2013, and the deal was confirmed at that time by Crain’s Chicago. I do not believe the sale price was ever disclosed.

I reached out to Daniel Ash, Chief Marketing Officer of The Chicago Community Trust, and he commented on the acquisition:

“As part of our vision to make metropolitan Chicago the most philanthropic region in the nation, The Chicago Community Trust hopes to use the domain as a platform to promote and inspire philanthropy. The website will serve as a digital public square and a resource for visitors to connect, stay informed, and to learn how they can get more involved in philanthropy.

Our overall goal is to create a site that is a resource and public asset to the city of Chicago, encourages residents to engage in more philanthropy, and reflects the philanthropic spirit of Chicago.

Much work needs to be done. Additionally, we intend to collaborate with community stakeholders who have expertise in building websites, etc. While we will  keep the email portion of operational, we will take our time to develop and launch a reimagined”

Daniel also addressed the vanity email addresses referenced in the email Josh shared on Twitter:

The Trust plans to continue to maintain the email addresses.    These accounts are not terminated – just moving.  Therefore, current holders will have the opportunity to keep their address.  Our long term  plan is to make the email address available to donors as a special recognition of their commitment to Chicago.”

I asked about the price of the domain name, and Daniel said all of the acquisition details will remain private.

It will be interesting to see how this domain name will be used going forward.

Update (December 2, 2018) – According to a tweet from George Kirikos, it appears that was acquired for $1 million. A link to the source of his information is in the tweet:

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