Adopt-A-Classroom

Rating: 3 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 4141 NE 2nd Avenue Suite 203B Miami FL 33137 USA

Mission: Adopt-A-Classroom increases opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community donors and funds to purchase classroom resources. Adopt-A-Classroom provides an easy and accountable way for anyone to make a tax-deductible donation to any classroom, anywhere in the United States. Every school is listed at www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work with a lower economic level school in Cali Colombia. We have been fortunate to receive the generosity of many thoughtful people. We feel that one of most important factors is to inform the donor with specific information about their donation. I would recommend to anyone who is generous is to verify their funds use, unfortunately there are unscrupulous person who set up scams.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I donated to four different classrooms but none of the classrooms spent the funds I donated. I contacted Adopt a Classroom several times and was basically told to wait it out and eventually they would be used. I also only received communication from 2 of the 4 teachers that I donated to. This charity claims that what separates it from other classroom charities is the relationship between the donor and classroom - they aim to make it long term so that classrooms get adopted year after year by the same sponsor. There's no communication and no accountability. I decided to give this charity a chance after spending 5 years donating to DonorsChoose (which is much better run). I'll stick with DonorsChoose. I hate seeing my donated money trapped in limbo not being used.

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Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have donated to Adopt a Classroom since 2009. Through this terrific organization, I have donated to teachers in different states, serving elementary, middle, and high school. The teachers have all communicated with me afterwards to express their gratitude and several have told me how easy it is for them access the funds and purchase needed school supplies. Please note: Some teachers are inundated with e-mails and may overlook the e-mail from Adopt a Classroom informing them that they have received a donation (or perhaps the e-mail was diverted to the teacher’s junk folder). In the rare instances when I noticed that 3 months had passed since I donated, but I had not received an “impact statement” or thank you from the teacher, I contacted the school and/or the teacher directly to let them know that I had donated through Adopt a Classroom and that they had funds pending. In each case, the teacher was simply not aware that they had received a donation. I am very pleased with Adopt a Classroom and am confident that every dollar donated to a teacher makes its way to his/her classroom.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have donated $213.20. $100 on 9/21/2009 and $113.20 on 12/30/2009. After waiting a few months from the September donation, I sent Adopt-A-Classroom an e-mail asking why my donation had not been used. they said the teacher never used the money, and gave me the option to pick a different school to move the donation to. I did that, and added the second $100 so now 1 school has received $200 from me, and I also did the remaining donation to the actual Adopt-A-Classroom overhead fees. After that, I waited until the following september (2010) and when I went in, I saw that not only was nothing bought by the classroom, it only showed that I've donated $100 total, and still nothing has been bought. I've contacted Adopt-A-Classroom numerous times. Many times I received a response that they would look into it, and get back to me, and other times I have received absolutely no response. I have copies of all e-mail correspondance. I have spent over $200 and so far have seen none of it used. I understand that some of this is not the charity's fault, as I've been donating to schools in the bush of Alaska, so the teachers may not have a way to use it right away, but it's been almost 2 years, and the charity has done nothing to correct this.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No results - donations not used.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

actually do what they say they do.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

school year was starting

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I like to donate to schools at the begining of each school year, and this was my way of donating to a more needy area.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It's a fraud of a company, and don't donate here.

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