According to data gathered by The Journal, an education-technology newsmagazine, public-school teachers in the United States spent more than $1.33 billion out-of-pocket on school supplies and instructional materials during the 2009-2010 school year. Founded by Charles Best, a social-studies teacher from a Bronx public high school, DonorsChoose.org, helps to provide necessary materials to scarcely equipped public-school classrooms, while allowing donors to control where their charitable donations have impact. With today's campaign, a donation of $10 to G-Team gets you a gift card to help fund a choice of school projects in select states on DonorsChoose.org, with donations matched up to $500,000 by Chase.
To gather fuel for educational endeavors, public-school teachers post plans for specific classroom projects they would like to carry out on DonorsChoose.org with the items they require, ranging from violins for a music recital to microscopes for a biology-class experiment. Then donors can browse the website and donate any amount to projects that inspire them. After a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose.org delivers the requested materials to the school, and donors, who all donated a $50 value, receive photos of the project, thank-you letters from teachers, and a cost report. Since it was founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org, featured on FastCompany.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show, has raised more than $91 million to fund 223,000 projects, which have affected more than 5 million students across the country.
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.
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All donations will be matched up to a $500,000 total by Chase.
Walking the halls and heading the classrooms of a Bronx high school, Charles Best, the founder of DonorsChoose.org, encountered firsthand the scarcity of teaching supplies that effects many American public schools. In 2000, he created DonorsChoose.org to help alleviate this, connecting community members directly to underfunded classrooms. Public schoolteachers post campaigns to the website, requesting funds for specific projects such as a violin recital or a biology lesson with microscopes. Donors can contribute as little as $1, and regardless of the size of their donations, they receive photos of the project in action, thank-you letters from teachers, and a cost report detailing how each donated dollar was spent. The organization also records the impact of its work through daily data reports. To date, DonorsChoose.org had raised more than $200 million dollars, supported more than 10 million students, and funded more than 400,000 projects.
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