Saturday, April 12, 2014

Using Donor's Choose to Fund Classroom Projects!

Have you ever used Donor's Choose? It is an amazing resource for teachers
and it is so easy to use!  Maybe you've seen post about it, but never taken the time to check into it.  That was me last summer.  I saw several blog posts about it and finally looked into creating a project of my own.  
I can tell you in 4 easy steps how to do it-
Last summer, I posted my first project.  I wanted full access to the website Speakaboos for my entire school.  It was fully funded by the beginning of the year.  Just yesterday, I posted my second project to purchase 2 iPad Minis for my library. The great thing about Donor's Choose is that the first 7 days, donors can enter the code INSPIRE and their donation will be matched! How awesome is that?!
It really doesn't take long to create a project.  Depending on what your needs are, you can sometimes have certain types of projects funded, in part, by specific companies.  For example, AJ Books funded 50% of my first project!
Check it out, you won't regret it!
If you already have a DC project posted, leave the link in the comments below, I'd love to see your ideas!
*Graphics in this post are by Graphics From the Pond *

11 comments:

  1. I think Donor's Choose is a great way for teachers to get things for their classrooms. I tried it once and my project was never funded, but I'm thinking about trying again soon.

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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    1. I'm a tiny bit afraid of not getting funded this time, because my project was for SO much, but we'll see....
      You should definitely do another one! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. It's so excited to hear about your revamping of the library culture at your school. You rock!

    We had an American Chillers project fund through AKJ books this Spring and the books are set to arrive this week. :) Right now, we have a Graphic Novel project in the works- http://www.donorschoose.org/project/let-us-learn-with-visual-texts-graphic/1207520/?rf=link_siteshare_2014_04_teacherid_1937299&challengeid=308099

    I love your tips! Thanks for sharing. Laura Candler's "Caring Classroom" community on Facebook has also been a great resource for learning more about Donors Choose.

    -Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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    1. What great ideas for projects! Thanks for sharing and good luck on your project!

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  3. Good for you! And I'm glad you're having success with the site. I've also had two projects on DC, but have to say I'm done with the site now. Their fees on top of the high prices for the items, are just too much for me. I felt awful having my friends and family (and strangers) pay that much, so while it's a valiant attempt to help teachers and their classrooms, I'm not as big a fan as I once was. And both of my projects were funded, too! It just seems like a bit of a rip-off, sorry to say. The cost of my items was just about as much as the tax, s/h, and fees they added! If you don't use the funds that are donated to you within a certain timeframe, they'll give it away to someone else, too, from what I understand. The other thing that bothered me was the constant emailing of my coworker who also had a project, and the school - it became excessive, IMO. Just be prepared and informed! Good luck!

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    1. The added fees are a little high, but I figure they have to make money somehow to pay their operating expenses...Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stopping by my blog! :)

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  4. I no longer have projects on DonorsChoose (long story) but I do have a giving page that helps other teachers get their projects funded. It has raised over $55,000 so far. There are currently 8 projects on the giving page. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/viewChallenge.html?id=208861&active=true

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    1. That's a really cool page you set up. I didn't even know you could do that! Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  5. How do I link my project?

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