Economy • Local Business
WHAT IS DONORS CHOOSE?
by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
You can read about each of the projects and how it will impact the students, and then you have the opportunity to make a donation to fund those projects.
or a more global description of the nonprofit organization Donors Choose, I encourage you to visit www.donorschoose.org. You can find out more about the organization and also find proposals for funding for innovative learning projects from educators all over the country. More specifically, you can find requests from educators in the Casa Grande Elementary School District and the Casa Grande Union High School District. You can read about each of the projects and how they will impact the students, and then you have the opportunity to make a donation to fund those projects. Recently, a history teacher from the Eloy Junior High School submitted his classroom project for the first time. He posted his project called “Eloy Visits The World” on May 18 and in less than seven days the project received the entire funding of $1,155, from 15 donors from across the United States –New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, New York and Arizona, to name a few! If you are a teacher in any of the schools, check out www.donorschoose. org to find out how to post your classroom project. If you are someone that would like to donate to projects for the education of our students, please visit www.donorschoose.org.
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Here is a little more information about Donors Choose taken from the organization’s website. “In 2000, Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school, wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie. As he was making photocopies of the one book he could procure, Charles thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and other materials. And he figured there were people out there who’d want to help — if they could see where their money was going. Charles sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, we’re open to every public school in America.” Here is how donorschoose.org works. To ensure integrity through every step of every project, they vet all requests, purchase each item and ship materials directly to verified schools. • You find a project - Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. We’re a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible. • Donors Choose fulfills the order
When a project is fully funded, all requested items are purchased through Donors Choose and shipped directly to the school. Thank you from teachers - Every donor gets a “thank you” letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom and a report of how each dollar was spent.
Donors Choose – “We make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.”
THE EDUCATION EDITION
Summer 2016 Vol II