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We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

 

Leaders like you use DonorsChoose to support their classrooms

Through our site, more than 11,000 school districts in the United States have received over $700 million of philanthropic funding for classroom resources. That's why 75% of all the public schools in America have at least one teacher who has created a project request on DonorsChoose!

Trust & Transparency

We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit that prioritizes efficiency, transparency, and accountability. Whether you’re a donor, teacher, or administrator, you know where every dollar goes. That’s why Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Guidestar award us their highest ratings.

Trusted by districts across the country

We're the platform preferred by school leaders. We provide a safe, systematic way for donors and foundations across America to support your teachers and students.

“As a district leader, I want my teachers to be able to innovate. DonorsChoose helps ensure that they have the classroom resources to do so, while making it easy for people across America to support Philadelphia classrooms.”

“DonorsChoose is the crowdfunding platform of choice for Atlanta Public Schools — it combines the generosity of our community with education enthusiasts across the country to ensure all our students are college and career ready.”

“DonorsChoose helps to fill the financial support gaps to classrooms that public school funding is unable to fill. Teachers love the autonomy to seek out resources for their classrooms or projects they are working on to support student learning.”

We’re proud to work with

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One-of-a-kind accountability

You may be familiar with traditional crowdfunding websites. We’re different. Over the last 15 years, we’ve set in place measures to verify every teacher, school, item, and shipment. Here’s how we do it.

Only teachers at verified schools post projects on our site, specifying the exact items their classrooms need.

We vet every single project that teachers post, verifying the value of those items and making sure student privacy is protected.

Foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors identify projects they’d like to support and help fund them.

Once a project has been funded, we order the teacher's requested items and ship them to the school. We verify every school address, and we never send cash.

We alert the school’s principal and other registered teachers at that school in advance of every shipment via fax and email, so they know when to expect the materials.

After materials arrive, teachers report on how those materials are being used in their classroom.

How can I get reporting for my school district?

We're a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and we keep detailed records on materials shipped to each classroom: the exact items, their value, and the date we shipped them.

Just complete this quick form to get free, customized reporting on the project requests your teachers post and the materials funded for your district.

Student Safety

We've worked with online safety experts to create protective guidelines for the teacher's profile and for photographs of the funded project. We also vet every project before it's posted to ensure that the teacher's request never includes any student identifying information.

We bring funding to the table

On average, 75% of the funds given to a classroom project comes from people and organizations beyond the teacher’s personal network, which makes our site especially useful for teachers in low-income communities. Our corporate and foundation partners have given more than $300 million to classrooms so far.

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Answers and tools

Want to see what materials have come to your school, district, or state? Get free, customized reporting.

  • Materials belong to the classroom. Materials funded through DonorsChoose are the property of the public school classroom. We ship items directly to the school address, and we notify the principal and other registered teachers at the school when they’re on their way. If a teacher changes schools, the materials remain at the original school unless that school’s principal gives consent for the teacher to bring those materials to their new classroom.
  • We protect student privacy. Every project on DonorsChoose is reviewed by our team before posting, to make sure we aren’t collecting or sharing any information that would put students at risk. Teachers’ classroom photos go through the same review process.
  • Get updates on all the projects your teachers create. Let us know how frequently you'd like to receive a report of projects in your district. And if individual school leaders would like to get email updates each time a project from their school is posted, they can sign up for project notifications.
  • Request a report that meets your needs. If you'd like to report donated items as in-kind donations, you can request a free custom report to view the total value of all items that were shipped to your district in a given year.
  • Help your teachers request compatible technology. Tell us about your district's technology guidelines, and we'll make sure teachers see them when creating classroom project requests. Teachers will know which types of devices are acceptable in your district and which ones they should avoid. We can even share a link to your full IT policy.
  • Feel confident in the DonorsChoose process. We are committed to providing end-to-end integrity. More than 50 people work on our Operations Team to vet each project before it's posted, to purchase materials instead of providing cash, and to provide transparency and accountability throughout the process. Our Trust & Safety team provides yet another layer of integrity assurance.
  • You can help your teachers get started. Many administrators like to get their teachers involved by leading “Introduction to DonorsChoose” sessions. If you’d like your teachers to get started creating projects, we have some resources to help you out! Check out our guide to teaching teachers how to use DonorsChoose.
  • Adopt a clear and safe crowdfunding policy. DonorsChoose can fit into a district crowdfunding policy that ensures that teachers only use the platforms that align with district guidelines and meet industry standards for transparency, integrity, and student safety. Here is a Model Crowdfunding Policy built off of recommendations from district administrators, state auditors, and our partners at AASA and NSBA.

Questions? We'd love to chat!

Email us at districts@donorschoose.org.

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