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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  • 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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  • Whoopi Goldberg Surprises a DonorsChoose.org Teacher… and It’s Awesome
    Happy National Teacher Day! On Monday’s episode of The View, teacher Mia Saggese joined our CMO (and office yoga hero) Katie Bisbee to spread the word about teacher projects on DonorsChoose.org. Little did they know, Whoopi Goldberg had a surprise up her sleeve: Afterwards, Katie gave us a glimpse behind the scenes: “All of the co-hosts were so passionate about […]
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  • What Actually Makes Teachers Feel Appreciated (In Their Own Words)
    Sorry, vernal equinox. Here at DonorsChoose.org, we mark the coming of spring with our favorite five days of the year: Teacher Appreciation Week! From May 8-12, the nation is celebrating the heroes who spend the year guiding students toward their best selves. Not sure how to thank that important teacher in your life? We’ve got […]
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  • Students Set Out to Bring College Dreams to Life for New Immigrants
    The gates to a college education should be open to everyone. Those inspiring words sum up the mission of several seniors at Brooklyn International High School, who found themselves facing a familiar problem: a college education can be prohibitively expensive. That’s doubly true for students who themselves are recent immigrants dealing with the challenges of […]
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  • 4 Ways to Make Your PD Project Super Compelling to Donors
    You spend a lot of time learning and developing as a teacher, and now you can post a DonorsChoose.org project requesting the resources you need to do so! Here are four essential tips for creating your professional development project. Implementing these ideas will help you bring donors to your request—even those supporters who had no […]
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  • Our Favorite Moments from 2017’s DonorsChoose.org Partner Summit
    This year’s fifth annual Partner Summit brought together some of our most generous supporters to share insights and inspiration, learn from fantastic speakers, and recognize amazing work from teachers and students across the country. Here are some of our favorite moments from the event: Celebrating our Amazing Teachers Every year, we kick off Partner Summit […]
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  • Why ESPN Believes Access to Sports is a Slam Dunk
    Teachers tell us over and over again that playing sports helps their students improve their grades, pay attention in class, and engage with their school community. That’s one reason ESPN is matching donations to projects that give students access to sports equipment and spaces to play: It’s not just about the game. Two years ago, […] The post Why ESPN Believes Access to Sports is a Slam Dunk appea...
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  • Professional Development Helps Teachers Soar
    “It’s amazing, even when you’ve taught for as long as I have, how much new material there is to learn!” That’s Melissa Hunt, a first-grade teacher from Blackfoot, Idaho, remarking on her experience creating Professional Development projects with DonorsChoose.org. The Professional Development project category is an opportunity for teachers to request tools and experiences that focus […] The post Pr...
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  • Our 7 Favorite Moments from 2017’s #BestSchoolDay Celebration
    At 7am last week, we kicked off a celebration of teachers that—in just 24 hours—would inspire over 20,000 donors to give over $2 million to support 11,000 classrooms. We’re talking, of course, about #BestSchoolDay. We could write pages and pages about all of the incredible things that happened, but we know you don’t have all […] The post Our 7 Favorite Moments from 2017’s #BestSchoolDay Celebratio...
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  • How PNC is Helping Preschool Students Get a “Head Start”
    DonorsChoose.org preschool teachers in 22 states and Washington D.C. will find a pleasant surprise in their inbox this morning! Our friends at the PNC Foundation just flash funded 850 projects. We know that a great preschool experience can help students develop a lifelong passion for learning, and PNC, through its early childhood initiative, PNC Grow Up Great®, […] The post How PNC is Helping Pres...
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  • Let’s Make Tomorrow the #BestSchoolDay for America’s Students and Teachers
    #BestSchoolDay is back! Tomorrow, March 29th, every donation to live projects on DonorsChoose.org will be matched, thanks to some of our most generous supporters. #BestSchoolDay is a special moment to celebrate public education and the amazing work that teachers do every day with their students. Every time you support a classroom project, you’re helping to […] The post Let’s Make Tomorrow the #Bes...
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  • Chalkboard Stories: Why Music and Art are Key to Engaging Students
    Ms. Graham taught performing arts at the same Connecticut high school for many years, until deep budget cuts ended their music program in 2010. When her principal called five years later with the news that funding at been restored, she took up the challenge of rebuilding the program from scratch. She believes music and art […] The post Chalkboard Stories: Why Music and Art are Key to Engaging Stud...

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