First, some background: Founded in 2000 by a public school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity connecting public school classrooms in need with donors who can help. To date, DonorsChoose.org has delivered over $85 million in materials to over 5 million students and was recently named one of Fast Company's “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World”.
Here’s how it works: teachers create classroom projects aimed at enhancing their students’ learning on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Upon vetting by our staff, projects are listed on the site for individuals to browse and support, with a donation of any size. Once a project is fully funded, we ship the materials directly to the classroom, and donors receive pictures of the students using the materials and thank you notes from the classroom.