More than 11,000 school districts in the United States have received over $700 million of philanthropic funding for learning resources through our platform. A select cohort of superintendents 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.
As part of our free District Partnership Program, superintendents get:
We're the platform preferred by superintendents. 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.
“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 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.”
“DonorsChoose allows our district and our students to obtain and utilize the materials needed to be successful in their world. Our teachers are not afraid or too proud to reach out for help to ensure the betterment of our students, which allows us to achieve at higher levels than anyone thought possible.”
We're proud to partner with the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to help superintendents uncover crowdfunding best practices. Due to our commitment to equity, Dan Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, calls us "the PTA equalizer."
Below are key factors for superintendents to consider in evaluating crowdfunding platforms as determined by AASA. DonorsChoose checks off all three:
Learn how school district leaders are harnessing DonorsChoose to support their district priorities.
Find out how DonorsChoose enables rural districts to benefit just as much as their urban peers.
AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng talks with Katie Bisbee of DonorsChoose about crowdfunding and the strategic opportunities it provides districts.
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 $550 million to classrooms so far.
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.Become a district partner
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.
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.
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.