“DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.” (quoted from website)
I know this funding resource for educational projects has been shared on DEN blogs in the past, but I would like to share my recent experience with this organization. In August, I created a project page to raise funds for two digital cameras for my students to use with a focus on math. It takes a little time to write up a proposal and project description, but it is nowhere near as complicated as writing a grant. Here is a link to my project page, http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=610634. Your project will be checked and approved by Donors Choose volunteers and then your project page is created. It is up to you to spread the word about your project via your website, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
For my project there were a few donations from the parents of my students, but the generosity of strangers is amazing! Out of the ten people who donated to the project seven donations were from people who had never met me or my students.
One of the requirements of the DonorsChoose program is to write thank you letters to your donors and send photos of the students using the requested materials. My class is excited to write and thank the people who supported us with their donations. The importance of showing gratitude is a valuable lesson my class is learning from the DonorsChoose program.
We received our cameras last week and my students were so excited! Not only will my students enjoy using the cameras in class, they have also learned several valuable lessons. I think the most valuable lesson they learned through this experience is the importance of giving something back to our communities, locally and globally. THANK YOU, DONORSCHOOSE.ORG!
More about DonorsChoose- http://www.donorschoose.org/about