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Our community’s fight to keep kids learning during COVID-19

The nation’s most vulnerable students also face the greatest obstacles to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools begin to re-open, here’s how we’re innovating to serve teachers’ needs wherever learning is happening.

Rising to the Challenge

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve made it easier and safer for our donors and partners to support teachers.

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Flexible Shipping

Teachers are teaching in all sorts of environments. Now, they can ship many of their funded materials to their schools or homes.

Even More Transparency

We’ve added additional security tools to help verify teachers and notify administrators when projects are funded, so our donors have peace of mind when they give to a project.

Information on Global Supply Shortages

Our Global Inventory Hub helps teachers stay in the know about what popular items are in short supply worldwide, and our team is ready to help teachers find alternate supplies if needed.

Virtual Thank You Options

We’ve made it easier for teachers to share thanks with donors at a time when it’s often impossible to send handwritten notes from students.

“This support means the world to me. The pandemic has changed a lot of the routines our students are accustomed to, and being able to share materials with your lab partner is one of them. Because of DonorsChoose, my students are able to keep each other safe, and properly social distance themselves while completing science labs.”

Mrs. Rodriguez, a teacher from Houston, Texas

Nonstop Support

Despite the pandemic, our donors haven’t stopped supporting teachers. Since March 2020, we’ve seen:

schools reached

260,000

projects funded

donor giving

$138,000,000

donated

teachers helped

124,000

teachers supported

project funded

1,870,000

items delivered

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What Teachers Need

Half way through this unique school year, we asked 1,100 teachers about how they’ve adapted to the “new normal” of teaching. Four-out-of-five teachers are still spending some portion of their time teaching remotely, and one-in-three teachers is fully remote.

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Basic supplies, books, and technology continue to be urgent needs for teachers, whether they’re remote or in the classroom.

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"Teachers, your hard work and resourcefulness during this uniquely difficult time is something you can be proud of, and something parents like me are so grateful for!"

Huy, a donor

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Teacher Resources

Teachers, we know you might have a few questions as you start a project during this unique school year. Here are some popular resources to reference as you get started.

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