DonorsChoose.org is an online crowd funding site, it is a great way to get supplies, technology and other educational needs into your classroom. DonorsChoose.org does have a matching funds option with many matching company partners to work from.
Pros for using DonorsChoose.org:
- Matching donation from companies. You can get a 1:1, 2:1 or more matching ratios.
- You pick your supplies from online retailers and items are sent directly to you, no going to the store to buy.
- Sometimes a major company or charitable organization will fund 100% of grants.
Cons of using DonorsChoose.org:
- There are some fees.
- 1.5%-2.5% 3rd Party Payment Processing Fee
- Fulfillment and Labor Fee of $30
- DonorsChoose.org cannot make any purchases until funding is 100% complete. If your project doesn’t reach its funding goal or is removed after receiving any donations, the donations from your friends and family will be sent to you as DonorsChoose.org gift codes that you can use toward your next project. Any other donors will be sent an email with options to allocate their funds to another project or to send their donation to the original project’s teacher as a DonorsChoose.org gift code. If your project expires without full funding and the requested items are still needed in your classroom, you are more than welcome to create and submit a new version of your project.