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How the State Procurement Program Works

DonorsChoose helps state leaders like you get resources your teachers need for their students, without juggling procurement forms, receipts, purchasing agreements, deliveries, or returns.

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You set criteria for how much each teacher can request in learning resources.

DonorsChoose projects are an allowable expense for GEER and ARPA funds.

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Teachers in your state share their idea and pick resources their students need.

From books to robotics kits and more, DonorsChoose negotiates the best possible pricing with our 24 education vendors.

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DonorsChoose vets every request, funds those that meet your state’s sub-grant criteria, and orders the resources for delivery to your schools

DonorsChoose notifies teachers’ principals of the funded project and supplies begin arriving in the classroom as early as the next day.

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You receive a report showing where every dollar was spent, along with a custom landing page showcasing every funded project.

Your message of support will appear on every teachers’ project page.

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Using COVID-19 recovery funding to support classrooms

State and local governments can leverage the DonorsChoose teacher procurement platform to quickly and safely apply GEER and ARPA funding to get resources into the hands of students across your state.

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In Delaware, 1,617 teachers from 192 schools had projects fulfilled in six weeks

County Executive Matt Meyer wanted CARES Act funding to reach teachers across Delaware so that they could directly address COVID-19 learning loss. DonorsChoose put resources into the hands of teachers and students while supporting Delaware’s needs for compliance, reporting, and storytelling.

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“DonorsChoose made it easy for my office to safely fund 1,600+ individual classroom requests across the state of Delaware — all without any complex procurement forms or collecting of receipts.”

Matt Meyer

County Executive, New Castle, Delaware

DonorsChoose is trusted by top education associations, school districts, and 600,000 teachers

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DonorsChoose State Procurement
Program Benefits

Our platform exclusively supports public school teachers and is optimized for transparency and efficiency.

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Messaging about funding opportunities to our network of teachers and yours

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Collaboration with principals in your state on oversight and promotion tools

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Pre-negotiated prices on school supplies

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Custom vetting based on your grant qualifications

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Award-winning operations and partnerships teams

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Best-in-class data and reporting capabilities

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See where every dollar goes

Every classroom project request on DonorsChoose features a line item breakdown of each requested resource, necessary processing costs, and the suggested donation to DonorsChoose.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is DonorsChoose an allowable expenditure under ARPA? Yes! Most state entities working with the DonorsChoose State Procurement Pogram are considering utilizing GEER funds from HR-133. The GEER Fund statute allows subgrants to, or contracts with, education-related entities. An education-related entity can be a nonprofit within the state that provides services supporting schools — like DonorsChoose.
  • What are the administrative costs for partnering with DonorsChoose? Each project includes an itemized cost breakdown of every learning material requested by the teacher, as well as:

    Any state sales tax, shipping fees, or third party payment processing fees that DonorsChoose needs to pay

    A $30 flat fulfillment fee, which covers the costs of ordering and fulfilling all materials, as well as providing a 17-person-strong customer service team to help teachers with questions. (The average response time for inquiries is under 24 hours, and 94% of DonorsChoose teachers and donors are satisfied with the help they receive.)

    A 15% allocation to DonorsChoose, which covers our overhead (5%), as well as program costs associated with our teacher procurement platform, including keeping our website best in class, outreach to teachers, reporting for government stakeholders, and partnerships with school districts
  • Why work with DonorsChoose? Can we fulfill teachers’ requests through our own DOE? Once we finalize your approach to applying funds, educational resources will begin arriving in classrooms within a matter of days. There’s no administrative burden or learning curve from your team, and teachers can get precisely what they need, delivered quickly from multiple vendors.

    Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way about building a procurement system, and how it compares to contracting with an organization like DonorsChoose.
  • What is the process for starting a procurement contract with DonorsChoose? Contact us below.

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State Procurement Program

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