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How it Works

You know what your students need. We're here to help you get it.

1 Request Your Items

Get everything you need to be the teacher you want to be — all in one place.

2 Get Funded

Your friends and family lend a hand; our community of donors takes care of the rest.

3 Receive the Goods

We order everything for you and ship it straight to your school. Hello, packages!

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What Teachers Say

DonorsChoose teachers are a creative, passionate bunch who go above and beyond for their students. Here’s what they have to say.

“DonorsChoose made me fully aware of the generosity of complete strangers. It has renewed my passion for teaching and has provided so many opportunities for my students.”

“DonorsChoose is so easy to use. It’s made especially for teachers and supporters of education, so it draws a unique audience that is committed to teachers and students.”

“From paper and snacks, to movie tickets and sailing lessons, the opportunities teachers create for their students with the help of the generous donors at DonorsChoose inspire me to keep pushing myself professionally and personally. I loved my job already, but DonorsChoose helps me love it even more.”

“It doesn’t take me long to create a project. The time I invest is totally worth it because, with the help of DonorsChoose, I’m able to bring so many things into my classroom.”

“My teaching has changed dramatically. I now allow myself to teach my students that the sky’s the limit and that there are people who want to support them. Funded projects are a vote of confidence that the work we’re doing matters. My principal says, ‘It seems like Christmas all the time in Weaver’s room!”

“I feel as if I have a million people cheering me on and supporting my educational practice.”

Join Our Nationwide Community

When you post a project on DonorsChoose, you become part of a trusted 15-year-old network of educators, teachers, donors, foundations, and corporate partners who are all passionate about education. The power of this community has allowed us to make a huge impact.

teachers have received funding

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Founded by a history teacher, DonorsChoose is 100% focused on educators.

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Our staff is chock-full of former teachers, and you’re never alone in your quest to help your students get a great education. We’re here to help every step of the way.

Does it cost money for teachers to post projects?

Heck no! You can sign up and post a project without spending a dime. Our site is absolutely free for teachers.

Who can post a project?

If you’re employed full-time in a US public or public charter school, and you work directly with students at least 75% of the time, then you’re probably eligible to sign up. Teachers at over 84% of US public schools have already signed up. Check out our full eligibility details.

How long does the process take?

You can create your very first project in about 20 minutes (even faster when you get the hang of it!). Our team of super-screeners will review and post your project in about 3 days. You can choose to keep your project posted on the site for up to 4 months, though we’ve seen projects funded within hours of being posted! Once your project is funded, we’ll order the materials and you’ll get them in about 2 weeks or less!

What happens if my project isn't fully funded?

Projects can remain on the site for up to 4 months, and over 70% of projects reach their funding goal. If a project doesn’t meet its funding goal by that time, donors can redirect their contributions to support your next project.

What are my responsibilities?

You’ll pick out materials your classroom needs and answer some short essay questions about your project. You’re expected to share your project to help it reach your funding goal. If it does, we’ll ask you and your students to thank your donors with notes and photos of the project in action once the materials arrive.

Who owns the resources?

Any materials or resources we send should be directly experienced by the students as described in the project essay. After they’ve been used, resources are property of the classroom for which they were initially requested, so future classes can continue to benefit. Give our full materials policy a look.

What can I get?

Whether you're stocking up on notebooks and copy paper or you're looking for ukuleles and lab equipment, we can order it straight to your classroom door. When you create a project, you create a shopping list from our list of vendors that offer special pricing and outstanding service.

Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online from over 20 categories including education and teacher supplies, books, electronics, toys, clothing, furniture, and more.
AKJ Books serves the needs of teachers in pre-kindergarten to high school classrooms nationwide. Our main products include children's books and novels, audio books, teacher guides, and some e-books. Founded in 1974, AKJ Books is based in Maryland and committed to making book purchasing as easy as possible for teachers.
Best Buy is the largest electronic retailer in the United States. DonorsChoose.org works closely with the Best Buy for Business division, which specializes in meeting the unique purchasing needs of companies and schools. Best Buy for Business offers the technology that teachers need, including computers, cameras, projectors, and TVs.
Blick Art Materials caters to the full spectrum of artists—professionals, art educators, students, architects, designers, and crafters—ssentially anyone requiring quality art materials for school, work, or pleasure. Based in Galesburg, Illinois, and founded in 1911, Blick believes in the power of art to inspire, educate and empower.
Today's Encyclopedia Britannica serves students better than ever—from preschoolers and science students to Spanish-speakers and curious kids of all ages. Educators can be confident knowing that our products—from encyclopedias to dictionaries—are written to curriculum standards, are easily incorporated into lessons and classroom activities, and are recommended by teachers and industry leaders alike.
Founded in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company is a supplier of science and math products to kindergarten- through university-level educators around the world. Carolina develops and markets curricula, kits, and related products that enable students to carry out hands-on experiments, especially in the areas of life, earth, and physical sciences.
CDW is a provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare sectors. Our offerings range from technology hardware and software to cameras, projectors, and audio/visual equipment.
DICK'S Sporting Goods is a full-line sporting goods retailer. DICK'S has been providing authentic resources to all sports lovers since 1948, offering a wide variety of sporting goods equipment, team sports gear, apparel, and footwear.
Frey Scientific provides a complete line of science supplies, equipment, specialized curriculum, and furniture for K–12 classrooms that promote scientific inquiry, literacy and achievement. Products include lab materials, technology, furniture, curriculum, teacher resources and more.
Grainger (Lab Safety Supply) is a distributor of safety equipment and laboratory supplies. We specialize in personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, goggles, chemical protective gloves, and respirators, in addition to a robust line of balances, microscopes, plasticware/glassware, lab instrumentation, and more. Lab Safety Supply is headquartered in Janesville, WI.
Kaplan Early Learning Company provides early childhood products and services to prepare children for lifelong learning and success. Kaplan offers products—including manipulatives, audio books and dramatic play, Spanish language, and special needs resources?to meet the educational needs of children from birth through grade 5.
Specializing in early childhood and elementary education, Lakeshore Learning offers a wide range of standards-based materials that span the curriculum and provide educators with essential classroom support. Developed by teachers for teachers, our products are created with a simple goal in mind—to motivate, educate and inspire.
For 37 years, LEGO Education has helped transform imagination into reality by opening an endless world of playful experiences! From elementary to middle school, LEGO Education stimulates creativity in every child with a vast array of blocksets, digital resources, machines & mechanisms, and many other resources! LEGO Education also offers a large amount of sets to introduce students into the world of STEM, robotics, and coding at any age!
Nasco offers over 50,000 products, including the brands teachers trust for arts and crafts, science, mathematics, family and consumer science, agricultural science, reading, special education, physical education, early childhood and health education. Nasco is “Dedicated to Delivery” and has been serving educators since 1941 with headquarters in Fort Atkinson, WI, and Modesto, CA.
Quill is a premier marketer of a wide range of office and school products, furniture, snacks, cleaning items, technology and computers. Quill is a longtime vendor partner of DonorsChoose.org and maintains 12 distribution centers to ensure quick delivery to schools across the US. Founded in 1956, Quill is headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Staples.
Scholastic Classroom Magazines bring current events into the classroom! Each of our 29 titles feature age-appropriate news on a variety of curriculum subjects to prepare students for the types of texts they'll be reading in school and in life. Created by the education experts at Scholastic, classroom magazines also come with complete lesson plans, standards correlations, and online resources to help educators build the skills students need to succeed in today's world.
School Specialty is an education company that provides innovative products, programs, and services to help educators in pre-kindergarten through high school engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. We design, develop and provide educators with the latest and very best core curriculum, supplemental learning resources, school supplies, and furniture.
For 25 years, Teachers' School Supply has been an acknowledged leader in classroom furniture, equipment, and technology. From “clickers” to carpets and from interactive whiteboards to tables, educators rely on Teachers' School Supply for a wide variety of classroom needs.
TIME For Kids is a non-fiction, classroom-based magazine that can be used to improve students' reading comprehension, encourage thinking and build other developmental skills necessary for success in school. This highly effective teaching tool gets kids excited about reading and about learning. TIME For Kids is available in K–1, 2, 3–4, and 5–6 grade editions.
With over 80,000 resources, Ward's Science provides a large variety of science education equipment. From elementary school to high school, Ward's Science provides supplies that can be used with any school curriculum. Offering everything from preserved specimens to Science Olympiad kits, Ward's Science covers all science disciplines, providing everything teachers need to bring science to the classroom.
Woodwind & Brasswind has provided musical instruments, accessories and equipment for schools, students and professional musicians since 1978. Specialties include band and orchestra items, electronic music and music technology gear, as well as materials for elementary and general music programs.

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