Established: August 8, 2013
Amount Raised as of August 2018: $460,000
Contributing Donors as of August 2018: 5,500
Are you a fan of DonorsChoose.org? If so, consider becoming a member of the Caring Classrooms Community, a network of teachers who help each other get their DonorsChoose projects funded. This page is a step-by-step guide to learning about DonorsChoose.org and the Caring Classrooms Community.
DonorsChoose.org 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 this organization, you need to learn how it works before trying to understand the community concept. I recommend watching the DonorsChoose webinar that I presented with my friend Francie Kugelman, a 3rd grade teacher who has received over $100,000 in funding from this organization!
DonorsChoose.org 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.
Back in August 2013, Francie and I decided to create the Caring Classrooms Giving Page and we also set up the Caring Classrooms Facebook page to communicate with the members of our community. At that time, we decided to limit the number of projects on our page to no more than 10, and we made a commitment to make sure every project added to our page was fully funded. We’ve honored that commitment for over 5 years!
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.
Also, like the Caring Classrooms Facebook Page to stay in touch with what’s going on. This is where we’ll post calls for projects to add 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.
Every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET, Francie and I post a call for projects on this Caring Classrooms Facebook page. This weekly event is known as Fund-day Sunday, and it’s the time to submit your request. You can read the guidelines at the end of this page, or download the project submission guidelines PDF to learn more about how and when you can make your requests.
Keep in mind that posting your project request is a bit like entering the lottery. Hundreds of people make donations and submit requests, but we only have room for 10 projects. 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”!
Several times a year, we host special contests on the Caring Classrooms giving page. Entering these contests will give you the chance to win a spot on our giving page or a donation to your project. If you want to be notified about our next contest, sign up for our mailing list and we’ll let you know about upcoming contests and other events.
If you have any other questions that have not been answered here, please post them on the Facebook wall and I’ll update the page with the responses. Thanks! ~ Laura