Donors Choose is a crowdfunding platform that allows teachers to list their classroom projects that need funding. The site makes it easy for anyone, anywhere, to help a classroom in need. Donors can even give as little as $1.
Once a project is fully funded, Donors Choose purchases all the requested items and ships them directly to the school. Every donor gets a thank you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom and a report of how each dollar was spent.
Since 2000, Donors Choose has funded more than 1.1 million projects and raised more than $678 million. Of the 421,000 teachers who have had projects funded, 94 percent of them say it increased their effectiveness in the classroom.
Recently, WISH-TV featured Southport Middle School teacher Kristen Jordan, who has experienced great success with Donors Choose. In fact, she’s had 25 projects funded in the 10 years since she’s been teaching, and she credits crowdfunding sites with providing her with creative tools to help make learning fun.
For example, donors once came together to purchase several Battleship board games, which allowed Mrs. Jordan to teach her former social studies classes about longitude and latitude in an interactive way. As a Project Lead the Way teacher, Mrs. Jordan now has science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related resources listed on Donors Choose. She is one of several Perry Township teachers looking for a little help to fund classroom projects.
At Clinton Young Elementary, third-grade teacher Lauren Krumholz has requested several items, including 30 wireless mice and six portable lap desks. Southport Sixth Grade Academy teacher Amanda Harper requested more comfortable seating options. In April a generous donor contributed $29 million to fund classroom projects in 16,561 schools across all 50 states.
Eleven Perry Township schools were among the recipients of the good deed, provided by Ripple, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing digital currency for faster global financial payments. However, it’s important to remember that every donation is appreciated – no matter how small. Sites like Donors Choose complement the work done by the foundation (www.ptef.org). To view classroom projects that are listed on the Donors Choose site, visit www.donorschoose.org and search for schools by zip code