An Education Project Close to My Heart..DonorsChoose.Org!

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How it Works

  • 1. You give to a classroom project.
  • 2. We deliver the materials to the class.
  • 3. Kids learn and show it in photos and thank-you notes. is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.
Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.
You’ll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you’ll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.
At, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.We call it citizen philanthropy.
How we started How we ensure integrity How to find a project

How we started grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools.
Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of influence over their donations. He created in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need.
Our mission: engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity.
Our vision: We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.

How we ensure integrity

Our team is vigilant about providing end-to-end integrity for each classroom project funded through our site. To that end, we:

  • Vet every classroom project request submitted by teachers.
  • Process donor transactions using the most secure and trusted technology available.
  • Purchase the classroom materials, shipping items directly to the school and alerting the principal when the materials are on their way.
  • Provide photos of the project taking place, teacher and student letters, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent.

How to find a perfect project

  • Get local Use our Location filter to find projects in your state or hometown.
  • Get inspired What are you passionate about? The environment? Water color painting? A book you’re reading? Narrow projects by subject area, or search for what you care about in the keyword box.
  • Get choosy Sort your search results by cost, poverty level, or popularity…whatever matters most to you.
  • Get Started!

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