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September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

Inefficient, too expensive, a sham, racket, etc. Donate to another charity that really cares about helping teachers and shows it. These buffoons are milking the system for all its worth while enriching but a few. Just look at how much of each project cost stays in their own pockets.

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

I was asked to support a classroom in my area.

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

Start over from the ground up and forget trying to be a "celebrity" organization wasting money, focus on giving more to teachers not yourselves.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

September 18, 2011

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September 18, 2011

I have both received and given donations to Donors Choose. I feel that this organization provides the materials that teachers know will help their students.

My students have been impacted by the materials provided by Donors Choose.

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

Yes, my classroom has received thousands of dollars of materials.

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

lower the handling costs

September 18, 2011

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September 18, 2011

Donors Choose is an excellent organization! I have been able to enrich my students education through the projects that have been funded by donors that want to help teachers do a better job. My students have had the opportunity to learn to watercolor, use technology and play a fun Alegebra game with the resources that I obtained through Donors Choose. Having watercolor notebooks not only makes it easier to find the time for me to teach water color painting, but at the end of the year the students get to take the notebook home. Our school district has water color paper available for us to order with our funds, but we get it in huge sheets that need to be cut to the right size. This isn't a problem if I only want to do one lesson, but if I want to teach several lessons cutting the paper takes away my time from grading or other lesson preparation.
In addition, I received netbooks that gave me the time to have small group intervention or enrichment going on while I was working with students either one on one or in a small group. Finally, a math game is always a great way to reinforce math lessons taught without always having to assign worksheets. Donors Choose is an excellent teacher resource and the education of so many students have been enriched due to this great organization!

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I have received several netbooks, a class set of watercolor notebooks and a class set of math games.

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I think this organization is doing a fantastic job and I don't currently have any recommendations.

September 18, 2011

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September 18, 2011

I LOVE donors choose-and not only because I am a teacher! I have had several projects funded that have helped me make learning FUN for my students. I have also helped fund projects for other teachers. Teaching can be expensive, as any good teacher knows. This organization helps teachers help students learn and to give students experiences they woudl not experience other wise.

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

Having projects funded and supplies sent to my classroom!

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

I would make the public relations department bigger so more knew about it!

September 18, 2011

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September 18, 2011

I found DonorsChoose 8 years ago, and have always been impressed with their web site, ease of use and customer service. Anytime I had a question, they got back to me in a matter or days to help resolve it. The team is friendly and always willing to help. They partner with great companies and foundations to help bring the best possible supplies, trip and experiences t opublic school students. My classroom is a very different place thanks to the benefits I have reaped being associated with DonorsChoose.

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

Receiving many the materials that I have written projects for, receiving feedback from the classrooms I donated to and receiving timely email updates of funding opportunities available to me.

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

do nothing!

September 18, 2011
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September 18, 2011
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I think Donors Choose is an awesome resource for teachers in a time when school budgets are getting hacked left & right. Teachers have no where to turn to get the materials they so badly need. As a special education teacher, I have often found myself struggling to provide my students with the specialized equipment they require to get their individualized needs met. I can't count on the school district, parents, or the local community to help out because of the terrible financial situation everyone is in. Knowing that I can go to DonorsChoose & post my request & that donors from across the country will see my project & donate as little or as much as they can makes me feel less helpless about the plight of education in this country. Yes, I agree with the statement that some of the operation costs DC adds on to a project are high (for example a technology project I have right now has $2,000 of extra fees tacked on to it & that could in the end prevent my project from getting funded), but a company, even a non-profit, has operating costs & bills to pay. I don't know enough about that topic to say much more. All I know is that DonorsChoose.org helped my students when no one else would. They have made a HUGE impact in my classroom & in my school & in schools around the country. I don't know any teachers who have been affected by, for example, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but I know plenty of teachers who have been touched by DonorsChoose.org. Even Mr. & Mrs. Gates live in a fancy mansion - I don't know if Charles Best does or not. But I know that he created an organization that HELPS teachers & their students & that is what this country needs. SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS & PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS! Thank you for all that you do for us out here on the front lines DonorsChoose.org. We love you!!!

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In 4 years of using DonorsChoose.org to get materials for my classroom, I've had 37 projects funded - that's over $10,000 worth of classroom materials that the school district couldn't provide for my students. Every day I tell other teachers about DonorsChoose.org & every day I try to recruit donors to the website. Something has got to be done to pair people out in the community who want to help (no matter how small) with schools in need. And let's face it, no one else is doing as good a job than DC.

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

I would change the ways some fundraising is done - e.g Limeades for Learning - & not make funding on the number of votes projects receive. Instead, I would keep the fundraising more random like the campaign that Horace Mann has - teachers enter their project number & every week HM chooses projects at random to fund. Funding projects on a voting basis is frustrating for teachers who do not have, for example, high school students with their own email addresses. Randomizing would make things fair.

September 18, 2011
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September 18, 2011
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The concept of Donor's Choose is a great idea which is very poorly implemented. The reality of group funded projects is wonderful, however the price at which these projects need to be funded is wasteful and inefficient. Donor's Choose is taking taking advantage of teachers with real needs by charging exorbitant rates for supplies. Projects needing simple supplies are charged full retail and more while Donor's Choose is purchasing in bulk AND taking huge kickbacks from the suppliers! They have the advantage of making very large bulk purchases at huge cost savings and none of this is being passed on to the community that needs it most. Instead they have board members and executives collecting six figure salaries along with gigantic bonuses from their suppliers which very much makes this a FOR PROFIT business.

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

Talking to teachers which have attempted to use this program yet fall short on funding even though the amount donated would have purchased double the supplies they needed.

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

The organization needs to pass the savings accrued through large group purchases to allow more projects to get funded at a much lower cost. They should not falsify themselves as a non-profit business as they are taking so much off the top of every supply moved through their system.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

What is unique about this organization?

It is a great idea, but greed limits it's scope.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 17, 2011

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September 17, 2011

I teach kindergarten in the state with the third highest poverty level in our nation. When I entered my classroom, I was shocked. It was not cheerful. It did not look fun. It was nothing like I wanted my classroom to be. Donorschoose has helped be provide the environment that I wanted for my students. A fifth grader entered my room the other day and said "Your room is so neat!" As a teacher I can plan and try to do interesting and exciting activities in my classroom. I never say "We can't do that because it is too expensive." I might be able to find help with any project we want to experience. Teaching is expensive. Creating a fun learning environment is expensive. Donorschoose helps make my classroom wonderful.

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

my classroom. We have better technology, active learning activities, projects and books.

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

make more people aware of it and how it helps our education system.

September 17, 2011

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September 17, 2011

I love Donor's Choose! I am a 5th grade teacher in DE who has had four out of five projects funded by Donor's Choose. Working in a high poverty school makes it difficult to get the things I need or want. I like to enrich my students learning environment with technology, and Donors Choose has allowed me to do that. Recently, I received 25 copies of the book "Tuck Everlasting', along with 5 audiobooks, so that my class could be part of the Global Read Aloud project. We will use the books and tech tools I received through Donors Choose to interact with students all over the world.
Once your project is funded, they are very efficient, and keep you abreast of what's going on from beginning to end.
When I had a problem with a product, I contacted Donors, and I not only received my product, but I got an upgrade. Donors Choose is definitely a teacher's friend!

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My classroom.

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

Not change anything! I love what they do and how they do it!

September 17, 2011

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Review from CharityNavigator
September 17, 2011

I have been submitting projects to Donors Choose for a little over a year and had 44 projects funded!! I have received over $27,000.00 worth of materials, technology and books for my first graders and third graders!! I love this site and have introduced all of the teachers at my school to it. It has truly been a wonderful blessing!!

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

receiving over $27,000.00 of supplies in my classroom!

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

have more funding and giveaway offers!!

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