Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Donors Choose

Today's guest post comes from Lisa Brown, Learning Liaison at Cannon Elementary.  You can follow Lisa on Twitter @Lisa_BrownGCISD or on her blog http://lisascoachingcorner.blogspot.com  



DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that allows teachers to a write project request in which anyone, individuals or corporations, can donate money to help meet the needs for public schools. Cannon has had numerous individual teachers as well as some teams participate in writing a Donors Choose.  Recently, our kindergarten team funded a  $1460 project to help create STEM labs for all Kindergarten classrooms.  Their effort as a TEAM to ensure ALL students the opportunity to have quality manipulatives in their classrooms is commendable.

How it works:  
You create a Donors Choose account.  It walks you through the steps of writing up your proposal by sharing about your classroom, choosing what items you need and describing how they will impact your students.  Once your project is approved it will be listed on the Donors Choose website and you can share your link via your newsletter and social media.   The fun begins when you and your students can then track your donations as they are posted.  Based on the fact that some donations may come from people that you do not know will foster rich conversation of the value of their education.

Once it is funded, Donors Choose processes your project by ordering your ​supplies and everything is delivered directly to your school without any additional steps from you!

Have you received a Donors Choose grant?  Share your experience in the comments!

3 comments:

  1. In the past two years, I've had three Donor's Choose projects funded. One for chair pockets because I switched from desks to tables, one for headphones for our entire grade level, and one for nine electrical snap circuit kits. Most of my projects get funded within the first week because Donor's Choose has set up charities that will match whatever you raise, dollar for dollar, during that first week! :)

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  2. I received two donorschoose.org grants. One that allowed GMS to take the entire 7th grade to the Perot Museum. Donorschoose.org paid for our transportation (buses). I also received a grant for an EV3 Lego Mindstorm robot. Working on my third grant now for one more robot!

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  3. I've had 3 grants funded through the years. My first grant was for my very first ipad for my classroom. I love Donors Choose!

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