DonorsChoose.org is a United States–based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Founded in 2000 by former public school teacher Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org was among the first civic crowdfunding platforms of its kind. The organization has been given Charity Navigator’s highest rating every year since 2005.

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  • Top Trending Classroom Resources for Back-to-School
    Back-to-school season is in full swing! Teachers are adjusting classroom layouts, planning units and lessons, reconnecting with one another… and submitting DonorsChoose.org projects for key classroom resources. Here are the top trending tools teachers are requesting this month to make sure their students hit the ground running! Flexible seating: the hype is real As teachers […]
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  • How to Effectively Shop For Your Students on DonorsChoose.org
    When shopping for your students, every dollar matters. Projects on our site that have a low cost are most often successful. By learning what options are available, you can keep your cost low and set your project up for success. During project creation, we make it as easy as we can to shop around for […]
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  • Back-to-School Toolkit: How to Get the Classroom Supplies You Need
    A teacher sees an empty classroom like a painter sees a blank canvas. Where we might see blank walls and empty bulletin boards, they understand its potential as a work of art, as a safe, creative space where learning can flourish. But just like a painter won’t get anywhere without brushes, a teacher needs the […]
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  • Your #BestSchoolYear Back-to-School Playlist
    Setting up your classroom? Preparing bulletin boards? Reconnecting with colleagues? We have your soundtrack. Teachers across the country weighed in on the anthems that best capture the energy and excitement of the new school year. We curated a playlist of some of their favorites. Click on your channel of choice below to listen! All songs were […]
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  • Bring Hands-on STEM to Your Classroom with 3M’s Robotics Challenge
    Kids love robots. Movie studios know this, which is why R2-D2, the Iron Giant, and WALL-E have all become classic beloved characters. And teachers know this, which is why we’ve seen so many creative robotics projects posted on DonorsChoose.org recently—over 5,000 in the past two years alone! That’s why we’re so excited for the new […]
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  • This is What #BestSchoolYear Looks Like
    A refreshed teacher walking into an empty classroom on the first day of school, remembering why she could never imagine a life spent doing anything else. A classroom imbued with a teacher’s creativity and passion, as he transforms it from a simple room with four walls and a few empty bulletin boards into a positive […]
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  • How OshKosh B’gosh is Helping Students Gear Up for School
    Hold on to your coveralls… the B’gosh Jeanius campaign is back! Starting this week, customers at Carter’s and OshKosh retail stores across the country can give back to local public school classrooms in one of these three ways: Buy and donate a new pair of blue jeans to a donation bin at your local store […]
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  • The Subject Students Wish They Were Taught
    How a band leader, an English teacher, and other educators across the country are teaching financial literacy to prepare their students for life beyond the classroom. At our annual summer staff meeting, we asked a group of visiting graduating seniors to share the one subject they wished they’d been taught in high school. Their response? […]
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  • An Infographic that Proves Our Volunteers Are Amazing
    It’s safe to say that DonorsChoose.org wouldn’t exist as we do today without the work of our volunteers. Without the hours they put in, we could never screen thousands of projects and thank-you notes each month and still remain lean and scrappy. We certainly owe them a big piece of our 4-star rating on Charity […]
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  • School Year in Review 2016-2017
    You made this year amazing. This school year, you and your fellow givers brought 183,574 classroom dreams to life for teachers and students across the country. You filled classrooms with crayons and robots, violins and winter coats. You sent students on field trips to Shakespeare festivals and dairy farms and gave teachers the chance to […]
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  • Coming Soon: Supporting Students from Military Families
    Editor’s Note: On July 4th, follow @CraigNewmark on Twitter and receive a $10 DonorsChoose.org gift code, plus updates on support for schools in military communities coming this fall. If you ever switched schools growing up, you know how disruptive the change can be for a young student. Learning to deal with a new town, new […]
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  • Level Up Your Life (and Your Classroom) with These Summer Reads
    Looking for that great book to read this summer? Your colleagues have your back. We put out a call for our teachers to share their essential summer reads for 2017. Here are a few favorites. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest is a how-to book for anyone who wants to […]
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  • Teacher Voices: Engaging Students with Classroom Technology
    For teachers, technology is no longer just a “nice-to-have” for the classroom: It’s becoming more and more essential every year. Last summer, we released our first Technology in the Classroom Report, which showed that a majority of teachers ranked technology as the most critical investment for their school. That places tech above school supplies and […]
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  • Teacher Voices: Engaging Students with Classroom Tech
    Like so many teachers, what Ms. LaTulippe needs most in her classroom is up-to-date technology. She wants to use it to engage her students in day-to-day work, all while giving them key skills to help them in college, the workforce, and beyond.
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  • Watch Environmental Science Come to Life in this 5th Grade Classroom
    Watch how Mrs. Torossian brings environmental science to life for her 5th grade students through hands-on projects. Thanks to generous donors, Mrs. Torossian was able to add a hydroponics garden to her classroom, and used it to teach her students about ecosystems. Support a classroom today: http://www.donorschoose.org Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @DonorsChoose or on Facebook at facebook.co...
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  • Tom’s of Maine Donates $1 Million to Support Environmental Science Education
    We have some great news for teachers looking to add new resources to their STEM toolbelt: The  Tom’s of Maine #GreenSchoolFund is back! This year, they’re donating $1 million in matching funds to support environmental science projects across the country. That means, while funds last, every donation to environmental science projects will be doubled. Create […]
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  • 10 Science Projects That Will Get Your Students’ Hands Dirty
    We’ve come a long way since the paper-mache volcano was the undisputed king of hands-on science experiments. Now, in classrooms across the country, creative teachers are exploring new technology and finding innovative uses for classic materials to bring STEM to life. Here are 10 teachers who have used DonorsChoose.org to bring hands-on science materials into […]
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  • Inspiration for Your Next Elementary Literacy & Language Project
    What do Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and so many other famously successful people have in common? They’re all voracious readers. And who deserves credit for those awesome reading habits? We’ll lay the praise at the feet of their elementary teachers. There’s plenty of research that shows the importance of reading at a young […]
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  • Dear Teacher…
    The end of the school year is upon us! There’s just one thing we have to say. A message from Charles, our founder:
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  • The Key to Project Success on DonorsChoose.org
    Project cost is the #1 factor that determines whether a teacher’s project will succeed on DonorsChoose.org. If you keep the cost of items in your cart to less than $500, your project is more likely to receive full funding. (Check out the breakdown of success rates here.) “But Emilia!” you say. “Keeping cost down is easier […]
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  • The Key to Project Success on DonorsChoose.org
    Project cost is the #1 factor that determines whether a teacher’s project will succeed on DonorsChoose.org. If you keep the cost of items in your cart to less than $500, your project is much more likely to receive full funding. Visit http://www.donorschoose.org to support a project today! Follow us @DonorsChoose on Twitter and Instagram or at http://www.facebook.com/donorschoose for all the late...
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  • What Your Messages of Gratitude Mean to Teachers
    When you support a classroom on DonorsChoose.org, you have the option to leave a “donation message” along with your gift, a short note to let the teacher know why you chose their classroom to support. We constantly hear from teachers that these messages have inspired them in different ways. Music teacher Lynn Tillman, an elementary […]
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  • Top 5 Classroom Resources Requested by Teachers This Month
    Want to get a glimpse into classrooms across the nation? Curious what teachers need most? Looking for project ideas? Look no further. We’re counting down the top five classroom resources requested on DonorsChoose.org this month. 5. Bouncy bands Teachers tell us these flexible footrests help kids stay focused at their desks. Texas teacher Mrs. Hawk […]
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  • How Teachers Use Flexible Classroom Seating to Help Students Succeed
    The flexible seating craze has swept the nation’s classrooms, and for good reason: teachers know that getting students moving during the day sets them up for academic success. We’ve seen teachers from all grade-levels and subjects excited about the benefits of flexible classroom seating, from Kindergarten to Middle School to High School. Experts are excited […]
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  • The Ultimate Guide to Social Media (for DonorsChoose.org Teachers)
    Social media is a many-headed beast. Though the sheer amount of noise on social can make it difficult to navigate, it also affords great advantages and advice when you need a hand. Here are a few ways to use social media efficiently and effectively. Leverage that beast! Connect with other teachers Social media is a great […]
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  • Get Inspired for Your Next Preschool Project
    “These youngest explorers of our world thrive in environments filled with thought provoking materials.” – Ms. Anna, NYC Preschool Teacher However excited they may be on the first day of school, new preschool students can’t quite understand the importance of the year ahead. But the significance of this moment certainly isn’t lost on their pre-K […]
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  • 5 People Who Are Seriously Thankful for Teachers
    What do Sheryl Sandberg and Samuel L. Jackson have in common? They both credit their teachers for helping them get to where they are today. Over the years, we’ve had the chance to partner with some impressive people to spread the word about the amazing projects teachers are posting every day on DonorsChoose.org. Here are five […]

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