Then you’ve come to the right place.
I first wrote about the wonderful non-profit organization, DonorsChoose, over five years ago. In fact, it is one of the posts that were part of my initial foray into blogging through a 30-day challenge.
Here is a bit of an excerpt from that post:
Imagine making a donation to a cause that you really believe in, one that you believe will make a difference. Then imagine getting personalized hand-drawn thank you notes like the one above, telling you how awesome you are.
Well, that pretty much describes how the online charity DonorsChoose works. Its mission is to “engage the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.”
This is accomplished by allowing public school teachers from anywhere in the U.S. to post classroom project requests on the DonorsChoose web site, and then donors can give any amount, from $1 to the full amount requested, to the project that most inspires them.
So why am I writing about them again?
Well, I just got the following email:
Tomorrow, our community will mark 20 years of funding teacher ideas! We know this is the toughest year in recent memory for educators, so we’re celebrating by doing what we do best: helping teachers get the resources they need.
Starting at 7am ET tomorrow, every single project on DonorsChoose will be at least 50% matched. Please join us on the site to honor the persistence and heroism of our teachers. (You can also follow the excitement on social media with the hashtag #DonorsChoose20.)
Thank you, James, for helping us reach this extraordinary milestone. During this difficult national moment, we’re thrilled to come together tomorrow to show teachers we’ve got their backs — no matter what.
Founder & former high school history teacher
P.S. Want to know a little more about how my students and I started DonorsChoose from our classroom? This podcast episode will make you an instant expert.
As soon as I read that, I knew what I would be doing at 7:00 tomorrow morning. (well actually I’ll do my screening at DonorsChoose tonight so that I know which project(s) my wife and I want to help fund.)
And while it is certainly a great feeling to know that you have helped a teacher and his or her students, getting those handwritten thank you notes might feel even better.