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Donors Choose, Kickstarter For The Classroom

Donors Choose, Kickstarter For The Classroom
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Online charity receives one of its largest donations to cover funds needed by classrooms in California.

Naresh Kumar
  • 3 september 2010

While many teachers face the prospect of purchasing classroom materials on their personal budgets, a group of K-12 educators in California recently had all their supply costs of thanks to a $1 million grant from the Claire Giannini Fund. The donation was received by DonorsChoose.org, a site that allows school teachers to publicly post classroom needs and request funding, thus easing the financial burden on cash-strapped teachers, parents and school systems.

Similar to micro-funding platforms like Kickstarter, people view projects and contribute money through the site, which then delivers the materials to the particular classroom or school. In return, donors receive updates on how their donation is being used, along with thank-you letters from teachers and students.

The Claire Giannini Fund was able to cover over 2000 projects ranging from pencil sharpeners to new laptops, posted by the teachers of California. The million dollar donation is one of the largest given away by the Claire Giannini Fund, who earlier also sent a $3 million gift to America’s school libraries.

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[via SF Gate]

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