Caring Classrooms Community

How to Get Funding for Classroom Projects with

Established: August 8, 2013


Amount Raised as of June 2018: $450,000

Contributing Donors as of June 2018: 5,000

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About Caring Classrooms

Are you a fan of DonorsChoose? If so, consider joining the Caring Classrooms Giving Community, a network of teachers who help each other get their DonorsChoose projects funded. If you are interested in sponsoring the Caring Classrooms Community with a donation, click here for details.

This page is a step-by-step guide to learning about DonorsChoose and the Caring Classroom Community. If you are already familiar with our community and how it works, you can go straight to the guidelines for how projects are selected for the page.

Step 1: Learn How DonorsChoose Works

DonorsChoose ( is a nonprofit organization that helps public school teachers in the United States obtain funding for their classroom projects. If you don’t know anything about DonorsChoose, you need to learn how it works before trying to understand the community concept. I recommend that you watch the webinar on my DonorsChoose page here on Teaching Resources. It was presented by Francie Kugelman who now has had over $115,000 worth of projects funded!

Step 2: Learn How Communities Work

DonorsChoose has made it possible for individuals to support classrooms and promote projects through “communities.” Basically, projects are added to a giving page, and members of the community donate to those projects to help each other out. From time to time, the administrator will add new projects to the page. In our community, we limit the number of projects on the page to no more than 10 at a time, and most of our projects are funded through large numbers of people donating small amounts like $1 or $5.

Many communities also have Facebook pages where the teachers connect and support each other. To learn more, read Francie’s guest blog post, Sometimes It Take a Virtual Village.

Step 3: Read about the Caring Classrooms Community

To get an overview of how and why we set up the Caring Classrooms Community, please read my Corkboard Connections blog post.

Step 4: Become a Caring Classrooms Community Supporter

Becoming a Caring Classrooms member or supporter is easy. Just donate $1 or more to any project on the Caring Classrooms giving page. Boom! You’re now a member of our community! All donations are tax-deductible, and you’ll get a receipt at the end of the year showing all donations.

Step 5: Like the Caring Classroom Community on Facebook

Visit the Caring Classrooms Facebook Community and like the page to stay in touch with what’s going on. This is where I’ll post requests to submit projects to be added to the giving page. We welcome messages from members who are supporting each other and offering tips about current matching codes, how to get projects funded, and so on. Francie frequently shares tips and help motivate everyone.

Step 6: Learn How to Make Requests to Add Projects to Giving Page

How to Submit Project Requests

The Caring Classroom giving page has a maximum of 10 projects on it at any time. We will let everyone know via the Facebook group when a project is funded and there’s room for another one. This is the time to post your project request on the Caring Classrooms Facebook page, and your link needs to be posted under the status update where I made the request.

Read the guidelines below to get a more complete understanding of how and when you can make your requests. Most of the time these requests go out on Sunday at 8 am. You can also click the image on the right to download a summary of the guidelines.

Remember that posting your project link is sort of like entering the lottery. There are hundreds of people in the giving community who are making regular donations, and only 10 projects at a time can be added to the page. You might become a member of the community and never get a project added to the page, but you WILL experience the joy of contributing to others’ projects and making a difference in classrooms across the nation. Many people say they’ve become addicted to watching the giving page to see the projects getting funded and “flying off the page”!

Step 7: Watch for Special ContestsCaring Classroom Contests

From time to time, we’ll host a special contest on the Caring Classrooms giving page. Entering the contest will give you the chance to win a DC gift card and a chance to have your project added to the page. Visit our Caring Classrooms Contest page for details about our contests.

Be sure to SIGN UP for emails that will alert you about upcoming contests and events on Caring Classrooms!

Guidelines for Posting Project Requests


  • When to Post Requests – Please post your project requests only during our weekly Fund-day Sunday events on the Caring Classrooms Facebook page in response to our 8:00 am EST call for projects.
  • Donation Requirements – Projects will only be added from teachers who regularly support others’ projects. Every time you post your project link on Facebook for me to consider, you must make at least a $1 donation to any project on the Caring Classrooms giving page.
  • $500 Project Size Limitation – Francie and I recommend keeping your project amounts to under $500, so we don’t add larger projects to our page.We don’t consider matching grants when looking at the project total. Matching grants are when a company funds part of your project if you can raise the rest of the funds through donations. The problem is that funds are limited, and if they are used up before your project is funded, you’ll lose the grant which may make your project amount more than $500. However, if the total project amount is small and losing the grant will not put the total over $500, your project is still eligible.Why don’t we add projects that have need more than $500? Chances are good that these projects will just sit on the page for months taking up one of the ten spots that could be given to another project. If you do have a project that needs more than $500 to complete the funding, please use other strategies for obtaining donations and wait until the amount is less than $500 before asking us to add it to the page.

More Questions?

If you have any other questions that have not been answered here, please post them on the Facebook walland I’ll update the page with the responses. Thanks! ~ Laura