So you spent your $250 teacher stipend on pencils, paper, ink cartridges and other basic, boring yet necessary items that you need to run your classroom. You have a great idea for some materials to enhance your current unit but no money left to buy them yourself. Head on over to DonorsChoose.org.
Last week I submitted a project to get some indoor gardening supplies for my classroom. By Saturday the project was live, by Sunday it was fully funded and by Tuesday 90% of the materials I requested had been delivered.
At our grade level meeting this week I shared my quick success and several other teachers in the room said that they had always meant to look into getting materials funded on Donors Choose. So my question is what are you waiting for?
My project was quickly funded by two co-workers and my generous uncle. But the best part about Donors Choose is that you don’t need to rely on your friends, family and co-workers to get your project funded. Many of the donations are from complete strangers and sometimes they remain anonymous. They also offer MATCHING donations usually from large companies for the first 7 days and they share a project code for you to share with potential donors to receive that matching donation. Using the matching donation helps fund your project even quicker!
I was lucky enough to get a project funded last year as well. Have you been fortunate enough to get a project fully funded? Please share your success in the comments. Additionally, I’d like to pay my recent success forward by contributing $20 to the next Morrill teacher who posts a project AND comments on this post (email me to let me know).
P.S. this blog post is not an endorsement for Donors Choose, I just really like free stuff for my students!!!