Ripple Donates Nearly $30 Million to All 35,647 Projects on DonorsChoose

On Wednesday, DonorsChoose announced San Francisco-based Ripple donated $29 million to fund every classroom project request on the nonprofit’s crowdfunding platform. According to DonorsChoose, the donation fulfilled 35,647 requests from 28,210 public school teachers in every state. Teachers at 16,561 public schools, or 1in 6 of all the public schools in America, will receive books, school supplies, technology, field trips, and other resources vital for learning.

While sharing more details about the donation, Monica Long, SVP of Marketing at Ripple, stated:

“At Ripple, we care about giving back to our community and we collectively value the importance of quality education in developing the next generation of leaders.’s track record speaks for itself — they are highly effective at improving the quality of education and the experience of teachers and students across America. We’re proud to work with them to support classroom needs across the country.”

Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose, also commented:

“We are awestruck by the generosity of the Ripple team. Their gift will provide learning materials and experiences to more than a million students, overwhelmingly in low-income communities. I doubt that there has ever been a day when more classroom dreams came true.”

DonorChoose then reported that the Ripple team’s donation provides the ultimate culmination of #BestSchoolDay, a campaign launched in March 2016 when 58 athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists funded classroom requests in cities and states covering just under half of the country. The crowdfunding platform added:

“For a limited time, as teachers generate new classroom project requests on the site, DonorsChoose will offer donors the option of giving to the #BestSchoolDay Fund, which will be used to support projects from teachers creating their first requests on the site. DonorsChoose estimates that teachers will submit at least another 135,000 classroom project requests between now and the start of the next school year.”

DonorsChoose Unveils Recovery Fund to Help Texas & Louisiana Teachers Rebuild Classrooms Affected by Hurricane Harvey

On Tuesday, crowdfunding platform for classrooms DonorsChoose announced the launch of its Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, which is aiming to help Texas and Louisiana teachers that are affected by the devastating storm.

According to DonorsChoose, donations from the recovery fund will be used to help teachers gather the supplies they need to rebuild their classrooms, including books; basic materials such as paper, crayons, and pencils; and other recovery resources.While sharing details about the fund, Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose, stated:

“For the thousands of students and teachers in Hurricane Harvey’s path, school will be their safe haven and the first sign that life is returning to norma. While it may be a long road to recovery, the DonorsChoose community is prepared to help our Gulf Coast educators, just as our donors and partners have helped other communities respond to natural disasters before.”

DonorsChoose notably raised over $2.5 million to help teachers recover after Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., and last year’s historic flooding in Louisiana.

Ed Tech Platform Like to Be Seeks £150,000 on Seedrs to Expanding Networking Platform

Like to Be, an online networking platform connecting students with professionals for impartial, real world, careers advice, is currently seeking to raise 150,000 through equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

Founded in 2016, Like to Be was founded by polar explorer, Antony Jinman, who has been visiting hundreds of schools to deliver polar science workshops throughout the UK. The founder notably created the Like to Be platform as a way to all teachers to communicate to adventurers and polar scientists, helping to inspire students and increase their understanding of science and climate.

Like to Be is now developing a network of professional people and businesses that teachers and parents can use to link education to the real world. We aim to reduce the percentage of young people who leave school not knowing what they wish to do, by connecting pupils with the world of work at a much earlier age.”

Like to Be’s team also noted that the goal of the platform is to enable fast paced, monetized scale up of its concept.

“Much like Tim Peake (the British Astronaut), via technology; our founder, polar explorer Antony Jinman has engaged live and direct with classrooms while on various expeditions. Instant reaction and subsequent feedback, from teachers and pupils alike, demonstrated that technology represents a wide reaching, penetrative gateway to informing and inspiring young minds. We realized that this could be relevant to any career and throughout a child’s education, starting with primary schoolchildren, by simply asking ‘what would you like to be?’”

Funds from the campaign will be used to expand the Like to Be platform. It is set to close later this summer.

Clorox Company Teams Up With DonorsChoose to Launch Back-to-School Match Offer

On Tuesday, cleaning giant Clorox announced in an effort to help teachers get the classroom supplies they need for the upcoming school year, it is set to offer a $150,000 “double your impact” match offer through its partnership with DonorsChoose. This is the second year The Clorox Company has supported DonorsChoose during back-to-school season

Clorox revealed in order to receive a piece of the match offer, teachers must post a request for materials and experiences their students need to learn on the crowdfunding platform. Users simply need to log on and choose a project to fund. By donating to a project with the Clorox match offer, donors can double the impact of their donation. Speaking about the match offer, Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose, stated:

“Every year, the average teacher spends over $500 of their own money to help stock their classrooms with supplies their students need to succeed. We’re so grateful for The Clorox Company’s continued support to help teachers create classrooms with limitless learning opportunities.”

In 2016, Clorox funded nearly 800 projects and reached more than 57,300 students. Deb Crandall, Associate Brand Director, The Clorox Company, added:

“As a parent, I know how quickly summer passes by. Just when you adjust to the no-school routine, it’s time to get ready for another school year. The goal we set out with last year, and are still working toward this year, is to make back-to-school preparations for parents and teachers just a little bit easier. We can also help them feel good about shopping for supplies through our partnership with and our receipt validation program.”

GoFundMe & Yoobi Announces Winner of “We Love Teachers” Fundraising Contest

Earlier this month, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, along with Yoobi, announced the winner of the “We Love Teachers” Fundraising Contest. The duo launched the initiative last month and it was described as a national initiative to support K-12 teachers, and GoFundMe will donate $1,000 to 100 campaign created by and for K-12 teachers. The winner was announced at a school-wide donation event at the Arts in Action Elementary School in Los Angeles. The contest’s winner, Jade Aposhian,  is a first-grade teacher at Arts in Action Elementary who raised $590 during her campaign.

Justin Wolff, Yoobi’s Chief Giving Officer, stated:

“We are thrilled to be honoring Ms. Aposhian as the winner of the ‘We Love Teachers’ contest today. Ms. Aposhian’s commitment to her students and persistent drive to improve her teaching is a model for all of us. Thanks to her dedication and hard work the kids of Arts in Action Elementary will have enough school supplies to finish the school and start next year on a high note. We thank GoFundMe for partnering with us to support hardworking teachers, like Ms. Aposhian, who help shape the future for so many kids.”

Yoobi reported that through its partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), it donated “Classroom Packs,” which consists of boxes filled with essential school supplies, to more than 400 students across the school.  Each Classroom Pack includes hundreds of core learning tools and contained pencils, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, folders, crayons, colored pencils, markers and more.

 Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, added:

“We firmly believe that all teachers should have the tools necessary to provide quality education to their students. We’re glad we had this chance to partner with Yoobi to reward dedicated educators like Ms. Aposhian and help provide resources to classrooms across the country. We encourage GoFundMe’s community of donors to continue to support all of our hardworking teachers across the country who educate and inspire our kids.”

GoFundMe Gives Back to Teachers By Launching “We Love Teachers” Fundraising Efforts

Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced on Monday, as part of the annual teacher’s appreciation week, it is launching a “We Love Teachers” fundraiser. This initiative is described as a national initiative to support K-12 teachers and GoFundMe will donate $1,000 to 100 campaign created by and for K-12 teachers.

According to the funding portal, as part of this initiative and in an effort to further reduce teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses, Yoobi, a school, home and office supplies company, will be offering an exclusive discount on supplies to all teachers benefiting from campaigns on GoFundMe. The funding platform also reported:

 “We all know schools across America are chronically underfunded. In order to ensure their students receive the best possible education, educators invest significant amounts of their own money in an effort to bridge resource gaps. According to an independent study, teachers collectively spend $1.6 billion out-of-pocket every year on classroom supplies, with an average spend of $500 per teacher per year. In fact, 91% of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies. New data shows the growing trend of teachers, parents, and staff turning to GoFundMe to support K-12 classrooms. To date, $33.8 million has been raised by nearly 72,000 GoFundMes to support K-12 teachers.”

While sharing details about the fundraiser, Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, stated;

“Every student in this country deserves a quality education, and far too often the burden falls on teachers to make up for gaps in funding. That’s why everyone at GoFundMe is excited for this opportunity to give back to the hardworking teachers who educate and inspire our kids.”

To be eligible to win a $1,000 donation, campaign organizers must create their fundraiser by May 8th and raise more than $500 by May 18th.  Yoobi will also identify a teacher among the 100 winning campaigns chosen by GoFundMe to receive a special gift of essential school supplies for their entire school. Later in the month, the $1,000 donation and gift of supplies will be presented by representatives of GoFundMe and Yoobi during a celebratory event at the school of the teacher selected.

Brief: GoFundMe Celebrates Teacher’s Appreciation Week By Matching the First $100 of All Campaigns For Educators

In celebration of the this year’s teacher’s appreciation week, crowdfunding portal GoFundMe announced that it is matching the first $100 to any campaign that is dedicated to any educator or classrooms.

The GoFundMe team revealed:

classroom-old_new4-14-2013-91234PM“Teacher Appreciation Week has arrived, and here at GoFundMe we want to celebrate it with a big splash. Educators give so much to our communities, and we’re teaming up with the National PTA to give back.  If you start a campaign to benefit a teacher or a classroom this week, GoFundMe will chip in a $100 donation* to help you build momentum.


“Maybe you’re a teacher, dipping into your own pocket to buy school supplies. Maybe you’re a student or a parent of a student whose life has been touched by an inspirational teacher. No matter who you are, you can have a huge impact with a GoFundMe campaign. Let’s #ThankATeacher together and make giving easy and contagious.”

In order to be eligible, the initiative must be created by May 8th 11:59PM PST. Campaigns also need to add #ThankATeacher in the description and raise over $100 from at least five backers by May 13th. 11:59PM PST. GoFundMe’s donations will be added after June 1st. 

Kia Teams Up With DonorsChoose to Launch “Flash Fund” Classroom Projects In High-Need Schools

TeachersThis Holiday Season, Kia Motors America (KMA) and crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose will host a series of teacher appreciation events and hands-on project funding workshops to empower teachers in some of the country’s highest-need schools.

Building on the success of previous campaigns that have raised over $7 million and benefited more than 1.5 million students across America since 2012, The Kia “Holidays on Us” Road Tour will provide nearly $500,000 of flash funding for eligible projects in San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The tour will support the goal to have an active project in 100 percent of high-need schools in the next five years.

Tim ChaneyTim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications of KMA, stated:

“Kia and our dealers are dedicated to helping meet its five-year goal and continue making a positive and lasting difference for students and teachers in need. We encourage people to visit to learn how they can make a difference for as little as $1.”

DonorsChoose will utilize the all-new 2016 Optima for the Road Tour. Teacher appreciation events will be held Dec. 7, 2015, in theSan Diego-area at El Cajon Kia, Dec. 9, 2015, in the Phoenix-area at Mark Kia and Dec. 11, 2015, in the Tucson, Arizona-area at Royal Kia.  Meanwhile, best-practices funding workshops will be held Dec. 6, 2015 in the San Diego-area at the Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego and Dec. 8, 2015 in the Phoenix-area at the Clarendon Hotel.

Charles BestCharles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose, added:

“Thanks to Kia for funding classrooms in need around its dealers. This latest campaign will help demonstrate how easy it is to raise funds for classroom projects with the help of citizen philanthropists across America.”

Inspirus Credit Union Teams Up With DonorChoose to Help Washington Teachers Purchase Supplies For High-Need Schools

Inspirus Credit Union announced on Tuesday it has partnered with crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose to help purchase supplies for Washington classrooms in need. When contributions from individual donors hit the halfway mark for select funding requests, Inspirus kicks in the rest.

School SuppliesHaving set aside $25,000 in matching funds, the credit union already has helped fully fund 43 DonorsChoose projects (some in as little as eight hours). Currently, 47 projects still qualify to receive matching funds. Requests are pending for art supplies, book bins, microscopes, and much more.

In addition, when credit union members take out an auto loan before the end of the year, Inspirus is giving them $200 to donate to projects on DonorsChoose. Those funds are eligible for the match, too, if the member selects a request from a high-needs school.

Inspirus (formerly School Employees Credit Union of Washington) is open to anyone in the state who shares its passion for education. This is the credit union’s first partnership with DonorsChoose. President and CEO Scott Adkins stated:

Scott Adkins“We’re inspired by our members who not only give their hearts but their hard-earned dollars to ensure students in their classrooms get a chance for an A+ education. Partnering with is a natural way for us to put our mission in motion. At the end of the day, we want to be valued most for what we give back to education.”

One DonorsChoose project that’s already received matching funds is “Calculators for Sixth Grade Mathematics,” a request from Park Orchard Elementary in Kent, a school where 85% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Ms. Gray, who teaches science and pre-algebra, says the 30 calculators priced at $12.99 each “will greatly impact the learning of integer multiplication and math involving decimals.” She added:

“We have been struggling to do some of the math without calculators, and I know this will make a huge difference!”

DonorsChoose.Org Announces National Back-to-School Partnership with Burlington Stores

According to a survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, public school teachers spend $1.6 billion out of pocket each year for supplies and gear for their classrooms.

Donors ChooseTo help alleviate these expenses and ensure that children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education, Burlington has teamed up with From July 1 to August 16, 2015Burlington customers can help classrooms in need nationwide by making a donation to benefit the platform at check out. is an online national non-profit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. U.S. public school teachers use the crowdfunding platform to request resources for a classroom project. Project needs range from basic supplies like pencils, markers, and paper, to more substantial requests like lab equipment, books, musical instruments and technology. Once a project reaches its funding goal, sends the materials to the school.

BurlingtonHalf of the public schools in America have at least one teacher who has posted a project on, and 81 percent of funded projects are from high poverty schools. Since its inception in 2000, has supplied classrooms with more than $330 million in educational materials and experiences, reaching 14 million students.

In advance of this new back-to-school partnership, Burlington has already funded 120 school projects, filtering over $83,000 into public schools, benefitting 12,673 students and 107 teachers. These activities benefitted classrooms located within communities surrounding the retailer’s new grand opening spring locations.

Charles Best, founder and CEO of, noted:

Charles Best“We are thrilled to have the support of Burlington Stores to help further our mission of making sure that children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education. The funds from Burlington will go a long way in providing teachers and their students with the supplies and resources they need most.”

Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores, added:

Tom Kingsbury“Community is part of Burlington’s heritage and we are excited to embark on a new partnership this back-to-school season to help improve the educational experiences of students nationwide. Together, with the generosity of our customers, we are confident that we will be able to significantly contribute to enriching the lives of students and their classrooms all across the country.”

Teachers Reveal Why They Are Turning To Crowdfunding For This Year’s School Supplies (Video)

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Each year before the new school starts, teachers everywhere make final preparations by adding items they believe are perfect for their students on their “to do” list. Unfortunately, while some administrations may only allow certain amounts to each teacher, others might not have the same support to pay for the “less necessary” items. 

Now, teachers are taking to crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe and DonorsChoose to help raise funds for items that are not able to make it into the low budget.

Check out the video by CNBC below that features teachers that experienced crowdfunding and are ready to give it an A+.

Google Surprises D.C. Teachers By Flash Funding All Classroom Requests On

On Thursday (September 4th), famed search engine Google announced it is fully funding the classroom requests of every Greater Washington, D.C. area teacher on the education crowdfunding platform As a result of the $232,009 “flash funding,” 276 D.C. area teachers will receive materials for their 31,362 students — ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.

googleHead of Policy and Community Partnerships at Google, Jenny Backus, stated,”We are thrilled to partner with to support all of the classroom projects of teachers here in the Washington, D.C. area. We owe a lot to our teachers and want to thank them for being a constant source of inspiration.”

On, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them. Among the projects funded this morning were Mr. Rountree’s request for pedometers to get his students moving and Ms. Schorn’s project for supplies to make 3-D paintings.

Founder and CEO of, Charles Best, noted,”We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students. This is a great day for classrooms.”

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311 projects were funded in D.C., Alexandria, Arlington County, Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Spotslyvania County, Stafford County,Warren County and Jefferson County. Google posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.

In the past few months, Google has announced similar “flash funding” campaigns in the San Francisco Bay area, Atlanta and Chicago. In addition to their project funding initiatives, Google has also supported several programs over the years, including the AP STEM Access program, which launched over 500 new AP STEM courses at high poverty schools nationwide.

Arianna Huffington Driving Cash To DonorsChoose With New Partnership, Book Launch

DonorsChooseDonorsChoose is quickly gaining steam in the crowdfunding space. FastCompany just named DonorsChoose to their list of the most innovative companies in 2014, and it wasn’t buried toward the bottom either. It made the top ten alongside the likes of Google and Nike.

Now Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is offering free cash to be donated on DonorsChoose for those pre-ordering her new book. Anyone pre-ordering the book before March 25th will receive a $26 gift card to DonorsChoose, an amount equal to the list price of the book.

I love that by working with Charles and DonorsChoose, we’re building one of the book’s key themes — how compassion and giving transform our lives — into the actual release of the book. From the beginning, my goal while writing Thrive was to use my own journey — including a painful wakeup call that led me to change my own life — as a springboard for a wider discussion about our society’s flawed definition of success, and the ways we need to redefine it. I wanted the book to begin with my story, but I don’t want it to end there.Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

thrive-arianna-huffingtonHuffington’s new book is called Thrive, and she says it will be “filled with tools and practical advice to help readers redefine success and live lives that are more fulfilling and more sustainable.” This aim obviously aligns well with DonorsChoose’s mission to connect classrooms and teachers with those willing to fund better learning environments for children.

She nods to a handful of projects currently funding on DonorsChoose as examples of the platform’s power to do good in the world, including a bid by an Ohio teacher to fund exercise and yoga videos for behaviorally challenged students and a campaign to bring pets and animals into the classroom for a day to promote proper pet care in North Carolina.

DonorsChoose has raised over $225 million from their network of over one million donors, funding over 400,000 classroom projects.

DonorsChoose Among Top Of Fast Company’s Most Innovative List For 2014

DonorsChoose ProjectsGoogle, Bloomberg, Xiaomi, Dropbox, Netflix, Airbnb, Nike, Zipdial…

You read that right. DonorsChoose has become a staple among the annual list of most innovative companies compiled by Fast Company, and this year the site has muscled into the top 10. is a donation-based crowdfunding platform that seeks to drive funding to teachers and, eventually, their students. It is a model that has been lauded for its ability to step in and fill the gaps left in public funding for education in the United States.

“We are humbled and honored to be featured alongside some of the world’s most admired companies,” said DonorsChoose Founder and CEO Charles Best, a former teacher. “When grew out of my Bronx classroom in 2000, crowdfunding wasn’t yet a word, and the only teachers using our site were my colleagues. We never dreamed that more than a million people would give $225 million to classroom projects reaching more than 10 million students—and we certainly never imagined that we would one day be listed alongside companies like Google, Apple, and Twitter as one of ‘the most innovative companies in the world.'”

#EdSpark: One Spark To Include Competition For Funding In Education

edsparkAt this year’s One Spark Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, a section of the grounds will focus on innovation in education, giving teachers and students alike the chance to compete for a slice of the $300,000 slated to be awarded to participants.

One Spark is a crowdfunding-focused event that takes place over five days. Call it a donation-based crowdfunding pop-up shop, and a really big one.

The EdSpark area will be curated by The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, who has partnered with One Spark organizers on the initiative. An interview with Schultz Center President and CEO Deborah Gianoulis can be heard here.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 130,000 attendees. It even spawned a documentary. The trailer can be viewed here.

The One Spark team provided the following infographic with stats from last year’s event…

One Spark Festival Stats from 2013

A RocketHub campaign for this year’s event was recently successful, having raised over $70,000 on a goal of $50,000. The event is slated for April 9-14, 2014.

On DonorsChoose: Crowdfund A MakerBot For A Classroom

DonorsChooseDonorsChoose is a crowdfunding platform focused on closing a funding gap for teachers and their classrooms in the United States. MakerBot has now teamed with DonorsChoose in order to afford teachers the opportunity to request a crowdfunded “MakerBot Academy Bundle,” which includes a MakerBot Replicator 2, three spools of filament and a warranty.

MakerBot makes a line of 3D printers and scanners and is a leader in the world of 3D printing.

Mr. Luzzi teaches history at Liberty Charter High School in La Mesa, California. He has launched a campaign seeking a Replicator 2 for his classroom.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some middle class, and some newly arrived immigrants. While our school invests in technology, it is usually the last item on the budget. A MakerBot will help engage and excite the minds of our kids. It is a tech tool that will help our kids to create real tangible things. That will help them really become leaders of tomorrow.

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bre pettisMr. Luzzi wants to bring a Replicator 2 into the classroom so his students can “create models of scientific achievements from the past.” One donor has already chipped in $600 toward the total of $3,126.46, which includes an optional $468.97 donation to

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis (pictured, left) is a former teacher himself, and this partnership with DonorsChoose is deeply personal for him. Pettis sees it as his chance to give back. Upon announcing the initiative on Tuesday, Pettis called it his “favorite announcement ever.”

The campaign is part of a partnership with America Makes, an effort by The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute to “Kick Start a Unified, U.S.-based Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Movement.” The campaign will run until December 31st of this year.

[h/t PC Mag]

DonorsChoose Crowdfunding Platform Partners with Amazon

DonorsChoose ProjectsDonorsChoose Brings The Largest Selection Of Supplies And Resources To America’s Teachers

DonorsChoose has announced a collaboration with Amazon to help America’s teachers access the supplies and resources they need most for their classrooms.  U.S. public school teachers use the DonorsChoose crowdfunding platform to request resources for a classroom project, and donors can give as little as $1 to the project of their choice.

Projects range from basic supplies like pencils, markers, and paper, to more substantial requests like lab equipment, books, musical instruments and technology. When creating their projects, teachers will now have easy access to the hundreds of millions of items available on Amazon and can search and discover millions of teaching supplies available from Amazon’s Education and Teacher Supplies Store.

“Since 2000, we’ve been fortunate to work with a range of educational supply companiesCharles Best to fulfill more than 366,000 classroom project requests,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of “Teachers are excited to have as a new source for the supplies and resources they need. Now, there are virtually no limits to the creativity, ingenuity and inspiration that teachers can bring to their students.”

“We applaud the resourceful teachers who are using to bring learning to life in their classrooms,” saidPrentis Wilson, Vice President, Amazon Supply. “We look forward to making our broad selection of education supplies available to students, whether they need pencils, tablets, microscopes or tubas.”

DonorsChooseDonorsChoose has channeled more than $184 million from 1.1 million supporters into classrooms across the country, reaching 9 million students since 2000. Half of the public schools in America have at least one teacher who has posted a project on, and 81 percent of funded projects are from high poverty schools