Crowdfunding

Teaching Profession What Do Teachers Need? Nearly 2 Million DonorsChoose Requests Shed Some Light
A new analysis by Grantmakers for Education shows that online crowdfunding requests are on the rise, and the fastest-growing category is for students' basic needs.
Madeline Will, February 10, 2020
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Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A breakdown of high-profile news stories you may have missed during the week.
October 1, 2019
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Education DonorsChoose: It's Not Just For Teachers Anymore
The new effort is intended to make what's generally been a scattershot, teacher-by-teacher effort into something districts can support in a more coordinated manner and possibly prevent some districts from banning the practice.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 26, 2019
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Teaching Opinion Response: Show Me the Money! Ways Teachers Can Raise Funds for Their Classrooms
Suggestions on how teachers can raise private monies to support their classroom are offered by Alfonso Gonzalez, Holly Spinelli, Susan Lafond, Amanda Koonlaba, and Barbara Gottschalk.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 29, 2019
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Budget & Finance From Our Research Center How Do Teachers Fund Their Classrooms? 6 Takeaways
Most teachers say they expect to contribute resources to their classrooms, but teachers aren’t only putting up the cash themselves. In addition to old standbys like grants and bake sales, many are turning to other fundraising opportunities, including online crowdfunding platforms like DonorsChoose.
Sarah Schwartz, April 11, 2019
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Teachers Riled By Ban on DonorsChoose
Districts say it can be hard to monitor whether the donated materials from crowdfunding site DonorsChoose align with standards and cite concerns that the process makes it difficult to track how money is distributed among schools.
April 9, 2019
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Education News in Brief Tennessee School District Prohibits Crowdfunding for Class Supplies
A school district in Tennessee says it no longer wants teachers to use crowdfunding websites to get extra school supplies.
The Associated Press, March 20, 2019
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School & District Management Teachers Are Fired Up About District Bans on DonorsChoose
The news that some districts have banned teachers from using DonorsChoose has drawn a wave of reactions from teachers, administrators, and other readers.
Sasha Jones, March 20, 2019
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Budget & Finance School Districts Are Banning Teachers From Using DonorsChoose
As teacher-led crowdfunding grows ever more popular, school leaders are starting to voice concerns.
Sarah Schwartz, March 14, 2019
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Education Opinion Straight Up Conversation: DonorsChoose.org CEO Charles Best
I recently talked with Charles Best about DonorsChoose.org. Using the website, teachers in 80 percent of American public schools have collectively raised $760 million to fund 1.2 million different classroom projects. Charles explains how the program works and what the future holds.
Rick Hess, December 6, 2018
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Teaching Profession Study: Teachers Use Crowdfunding Sites to Make Up for Budget Shortfalls
New research from Texas State University offers a closer look at what factors lead a teacher to list a project—and how educators may be shifting their instructional priorities to become more marketable on the platform.
Sarah Schwartz, November 29, 2018
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Education Funding Craigslist Founder Donates $1 Million to Fund STEM Projects on Donors Choose
The money will fund projects at schools where more than half of the students come from low-income households, and $100,000 is reserved specifically for projects providing science and technology opportunities for girls.
Sarah Schwartz, August 13, 2018
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Teaching Profession A $29 Million Donation Funds Classroom Projects for 30,000 Teachers
The donation from cryptocurrency startup Ripple funded every open campaign on education crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org.
Alix Mammina, March 29, 2018
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School & District Management Donors Choose Helps Teachers Deliver Food, Clothing to Students in Need
Teachers are spending their own money to provide students with basic needs, such as clothing, combs, deodorant, toothpaste and other hygiene items, and even food, according to a new survey.
Brenda Iasevoli, February 13, 2017
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