How does it work?
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you’ll also receive hand-written thank-you’s from the students.
Is there a minimum donation?
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.
What happens if a project doesn’t reach its goal?
If a partially funded project expires, donors get their donations returned as account credits, which they can use to:
Choose a new project to support;
Have us choose a new project for them
Send the teacher they supported a DonorsChoose.org gift card.
How do you ensure integrity?
We vet every classroom project request, purchase the materials and ship them directly to the school, provide photos of the project taking place, and supply a cost report showing how every dollar was spent.
What kinds of schools do you serve?
K-12 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including public charter schools.
How did DonorsChoose.org start?
Charles Best, a new social studies teacher in the Bronx, often talked with his colleagues about materials and experiences they wanted their students to have, but which they had no funding to support. He created DonorsChoose.org in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Check out our fun timeline.
Are gifts tax-deductible?
As a 501(c)3 charity, donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of US law. Our federal tax ID # is 13-4129457.
How long does a project appear on your site?
Projects can remain on our site for up to 4 months, but teachers can set earlier deadlines if they choose.
What percent of projects are successfully funded?
70%. For more stats, see our impact page.
Does it cost money for teachers to post projects?
No, our website is completely free for teachers to use.
Can I donate the materials themselves rather than make a cash donation?
We’re not set up to handle in-kind donations, but these great organizations are.
What’s your mission?
DonorsChoose.org engages 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.