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Get Your Students What They Need

Connect to a thriving community of donors that is eager to fund your classroom projects.

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We’ll match donations to your first project.

NOW THROUGH JANUARY 18:

Get a back-to-school donation!

Submit your first classroom project by January 18 and we'll donate $50 to kickstart your project.

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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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If you can dream it, you can request it.

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

classroom projects funded

donors nationwide

students helped

Oprah Winfrey

named us one of her favorite things

NBC, NPR, & TIME

have all featured us

Stephen Colbert

is on our board

For Teachers, By Teachers

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

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

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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.
  • How long does the process take? You can create your very first project in about 30 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 are my responsibilities? You’ll pick out materials your classroom needs and answer some short essay questions about your project. If your project meets its funding goal, 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 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 60% of US public schools have already signed up. Check out our full eligibility details.
  • 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.
  • 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.