There are not many professions I admire more than teaching.  Those who have the gift of inspiring thought, reflection, and creativity in younger people are truly amazing to me.  A few weeks ago, I posted a brief list of retailers that offer teacher discounts.  Please let me know if there are any additional retailers to add to this list!

Today, I’d like to focus on an awesome charity that was organized to help teachers do their job effectively.

Many, many school districts are suffering financially and teachers are unable to shop for basic learning supplies for their students.  Due to budget cuts, one member of my family has been working almost around the clock to help raise money for the schools her children attend.  Schools like this need help.  DonorsChoose.org helps to solve this problem by connecting teachers directly with donors.

How does it work?

For this answer, I defer to the website’s About page:

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.

What a fantastic idea!  I love the fact that the teachers and students will contact you directly to say thank you.  It’s always nice to know that your donation is appreciated.

Do you have any stories about DonorsChoose.org? Let me know if you register or donate!

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5 Responses to DonorsChoose.org

  1. MJ says:

    Thanks for the great post. I am a DonorsChoose teacher. My students have been blessed by the support of donors. We have received paper, pencils, crayons, construction paper, a new computer and much more. With the budget cuts, I have received no money for classroom supplies for the past two years. I shudder to imagine my classroom without DonorsChoose and all of the wonderful donors.

    I currently have 2 projects posted. Please email me if you would like the links.

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

  2. Yippy says:

    Hi, Erin! It’s Yippy here! Awesome information – I am a teacher and I never knew there was such a website existed.. thanks! I will definitely have to check that out and spread the word to my fellow teacher colleagues, I am sure they’ll all appreciate it! :o)

  3. Donna says:

    Donors Choose has given me so much and allowed my students to have incredible supplies. Please support teachers. Thank you!
    http://www.donorschoose.org/donnapitts

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