DonorsChoose.org supports public school teachers across all 50 states.
In 2000, Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school, wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie. As he was making photocopies of the one book he could procure, Charles thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and other materials. And he figured there were people out there who’d want to help — if they could see where their money was going. Charles sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, DonorsChoose.org is open to every public school in America.
To be eligible to register, an educator must be employed at a United States public or public charter school in the 50 states, employed full-time by the school or district, and work directly with students at least 75% of the time. If the project is fully funded, educators work with their students to complete a Thank-You Package.
Go here to register for an account on DonorsChoose.org.
Other projects are available to librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses, and full-time teachers who are also coaches.
DonorsChoose cannot accept registration from principals, administrators, PTA members, teachers’ assistants, paraprofessionals, student teachers, substitutes, part-time teachers, after-school teachers, or staff developers. Educators at non-profit, private, or parochial schools are not eligible, even if the private program partners or contracts with a local school district.
Contact DonorsChoose to explain your position, and and get more specific guidance.
Be a donor!
DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. We’re a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible. When a project is fully funded, we purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school. Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.