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School board members like you use DonorsChoose to support their students

More than 11,000 school districts in the United States have received over $700 million of philanthropic funding for learning resources through our website. A select cohort of districts have partnered with us to do even more. They maximize the use of our non-profit crowdfunding platform and make it a more intentional part of their district's national philanthropic engagement strategy.

Tap into a wider network of support from funders outside your district and receive free, trackable classroom resources

As a school board member you can:

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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 board members. We provide a safe, systematic way for donors and foundations across America to support your teachers and students. We send resources to teachers, never cash.

“DonorsChoose is a trusted platform for Worthington teachers. The organization has safeguards and transparency measures built into its model that enable the safe, efficient delivery of extra classroom materials selected by teachers to support student learning.”

Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen

“As an inaugural member of the DonorsChoose District Partnership Program, we are excited to have available this powerful platform for engaging the entirety of our district's school community and supporters in investing in the innovative work of Compton scholars and educators.”

Principal Damon Qualls

“For Atlanta Public Schools, partners like DonorsChoose are more important now than ever before to provide extra resources as they address the individual needs of their students. DonorsChoose allows individuals who want to support their local schools to donate directly to projects for these schools and classroom teachers. DonorsChoose has proven to be a great community partner for our district.”

National School Boards Association

We're proud to team up with NSBA to help school board members become better informed about crowdfunding. Below are key factors for board members to consider in evaluating crowdfunding platforms as determined by NSBA. DonorsChoose checks off all three:

  • Financial transparency &accountability
  • Privacy and safety
  • Integrity Controls

Crowdfunding in K-12 Education

Crowdfunding in K-12 Education

Find NSBA's crowdfunding best practices for school board members.

District Leaders Toolkit

District Leaders Toolkit

Find case studies, communications templates, and more to help your teachers get the most out of DonorsChoose.

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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Want to stay up-to-date on all of the project funding available to your teachers on DonorsChoose? Become a partner to receive early notification of funding opportunities on our site.

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One-of-a-kind accountability

You may be familiar with traditional crowdfunding websites. We’re different. As a nonprofit charity founded 20 years ago, we've put in place measures to verify every teacher, school, item, and shipment. Here’s how we do it.

Verified public school teachers create projects on our site, requesting 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 and ship the teacher's requested items. 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.

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Questions? We'd love to chat!

Email us at districts@donorschoose.org.

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