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Information about DonorsChoose.org for the media and press


About DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. To support a classroom, you can make a donation of any size at www.donorschoose.org.

How we started (visit our storyboard)
In 2000, Charles Best, a New York City public school teacher, spent a lot of time in the teacher’s lunchroom, talking with his fellow teachers about the books they wanted their students to read, the art projects they wanted their classroom to do, and the field trips they wanted their students to take.  They didn’t have the funding to do these things, so Charles Best founded DonorsChoose.org out of his classroom.  In 2007, DonorsChose.org expanded to serve every public school teacher in the U.S.

How it works (visit our About page)
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. Individuals can browse the requests and give any amount to the one that inspires them. Once a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose.org sends the materials to the school.

All donors hear back from the classroom they supported with thank you notes and photos.  At DonorsChoose.org, anyone 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”. (See more about DonorsChoose.org.)

Impact statistics (across the U.S.)
Since 2000, the DonorsChoose.org community of 800,000 donors has channeled $105 million into classrooms in need and benefitted 6.2 million students.  You can find real-time stats on this page every day: http://www.donorschoose.org/about/impact.html.

Impact statistics (in your area)
To find how many projects are currently waiting for funding:  

  1. Start on our Projects page
  2. In the upper left, navigate to your state and city
To find out how many projects are funded:
  1. Start on our Projects page
  2. On the lefthand navigation bar
    1. Check the “Completed” box about halfway down the page
    2. In the upper left, navigate to your state and city
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and look at the project count
To find how many donations your state has received (we do not have this detail at the city level):
  1. Start on Our Impact page
  2. Pull the drop-down menu in the upper left to your state
Key links on our website
Additional Questions? Interview Requests?
Members of the media can reach us at media(at)donorschoose.org for help with additional information or to request an interview with one of our team members.
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