DonorsChoose.org offers crowdsourcing help for teachers

There is an old saying – perhaps the most famous iteration being from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – “ask and you shall receive.” Little did teachers in Boston know that by simply asking, they would in fact receive. In September, Google announced they were giving Boston teachers all the school supplies they had asked for this year on DonorsChoose.org.

All told, Google donated nearly $200,000 towards projects requested by over 150 teachers, which ultimately helped more than 13,000 students in Boston and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, mynewsla.com reported, “Google also donated nearly $1 million to help each of the 769 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers who used DonorsChoose.org for financial help with their projects, covering all 1,071 requests.”

Google announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Austin, and a host of other cities and counties across the country.

DonorsChoose.org allows schools and teachers to post classroom project requests on the site to ask for certain needs, such as books, supplies, equipment, and more. Once the post is created, crowdsourcing takes over and people can make contributions to those education-related requests with the site processing and fulfilling donations that were made. Sharing tools on the site make it easy for teachers and donors to spread the message.

DonorsChoose.org is a 501(c)3 charity, the site is free to use, and all donations are tax deductible. Each project is vetted by their staff and according to the website, 70 percent of all projects are funded.

Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose ships the materials to the school and donors receive photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Donors who give more than $50 get a hand-written thank-you from the students.

Last month, the Journal featured fifth grade Verner Elementary School teacher Kathy Perkins, whose projects can be easily found on the website using searches on keywords, location, age, teacher type, and more. Her projects include an effort to raise money for three digital tablets called Chromebooks and one to raise funds for art supplies.

To view all projects in Alabama, visit here.

 

Date: 10/03/14
Category: Announcements

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