Make a tangible difference to a classroom of children by donating to DonorsChoose.org. Recently, schools have had to make huge budget cuts that impact the classroom. On average, a teacher spends $40 every month trying to meet essential needs in the classroom.Â That adds up to $400 in aÂ school year, and still does not cover all the essentials.Â DonorsChoose.org allows teachers to post their â€œprojectsâ€ ranging from books to recorders for a music class.Â Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org uses the money to buy the items and promptly sends them to the school.Â
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that unites individuals with classrooms in need, giving the general public the chance to become philanthropists.Â Everyone who donates receives a picture and a thank you letter from the teacher.Â Anyone donating $100 or more also receives handwritten thank-you notes from the students. Donations are tax deductable.
The website’s search optionsÂ make it possible for you to find projects that match your personal interests and values.Â Search by location to find a school near you, or seek out projects in a certain subject area (such as math, science, music, art, and reading). You can also search by cost, urgency level, and popularity.Â This guarantees that every project has a chance to be funded.
DonorsChoose.org started 2000 by founder Charles Best, a former social studies teacher.Â He created the organization after working at a public high school in the Bronx. Over the years DonorsChoose.org has positively impacted teachers and students all over the country.Â With the help of contributors nationwide, it has currently raised $66,875,871Â Â and helped 4,091,106 students by funding 163,897 projects.Â
Making a donation in someone’s name makes a meaningful gift for friends, family, or business partners while making a huge difference to a group of children.
Â * DonorsChoose.org was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2010