Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DonorsChoose.org: An Online Charity That Connects You to Classrooms in Need

A teacher spends, on average, $40.00 per month on classroom essentials.

DonorsChoose.org is a site that can help teachers alleviate the burden of paying for school items out of their own pockets or to get funding for a new project. Not only can you submit a project request, but you can also choose a project to donate to. Whether you have $100.00 to donate or just a $1.00, no gift is too small.

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools.

Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of influence over their donations. He created DonorsChoose.org in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need

According to the site:
Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.
Take a look at DonorsChoose.org and see if you would like to fund a classroom project or submit a project proposal if you need help with funding.

What a great way to help a classroom during the holidays!

1 comment:

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