Today’s public schools often lack resources for students to thrive. Teachers and parents try to make a difference through donations and fundraisers, but many times that isn’t enough. Today’s organization works to make it easy for any individual to make a big difference in education, one classroom at a time.
The mission at DonorsChoose.org is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist. Their vision is a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.
On the organization’s online marketplace, “citizen philanthropists” fund projects that move them, whether it’s books or beakers, for second graders or sophomores, in New York or Nashville. Donors choose which classroom projects to help and they can also hear back from the classroom with photos and thank you notes.
DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in 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.
Since its beginning, over $73 million dollars have been raised and over 4.4 million students have been helped by the projects funded through this unique philanthropic experience. Some recently completed projects include books for a kindergarten class in Rhode Island, real world math learning sets for elementary students in Florida, and new chairs for a second grade classroom in New York City.
How can you help?
- I would encourage every reader of this blog to search for a project and donate just $5. Skip your latte today and make a difference. Click here to search for a project. You can search by type or location of the project.
- Share this story with a teacher using this flyer provided by Donors Choose. They may have a project in their classroom or school that could use some funding.
- If you live in New York City, you can volunteer with them in person to assemble thank you packages.
- Create a giving page to celebrate your birthday, wedding, or any other reason.
- Spread the word about Donors Choose! Click here to spread the word by tweeting this post!
- Visit DonorsChoose.org to find additional ways to help.