DONORSCHOOSE INC

Rating: 3.9 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 347 W 36th St Ste 503 New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: DonorsChoose is dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequitable distribution of learning materials and experiences in our public schools. We focus on providing an outlet of change in the following areas: 1. Shortages of learning materials prevent thorough, engaging instruction; 2. Top-down distribution of materials stifles our best teachers and discourages them from developing targeted solutions for their students; and 3. Small, directed contributions have gone un-tapped as a source of funding.DonorsChoose will improve public education by engaging citizens in an online marketplace where teachers describe and individuals can fund specific student projects. We envision a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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

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

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

have more funding and giveaway offers!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a speech/language pathologist who works in a large inner city school. Our department and my school does it best to provide materials that we need. However, there are so many different needs that it is impossible to provide materials for everything. Also with technology, old materials no longer appeal to my students. Through Donorschoose I have been able to receive materials and furniture for my therapy room that has made a huge impact on my students. They love the new materials and are making more progress. My latest project provided me with speech/language apps for my Ipad. I am able to use new technology in therapy thanks to Donorschoose.

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

such a positive way. Every time I have had to contact them, I was able to receive a reply within 1-2 days. Their customer service for teachers is excellent.

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

add more vendors for specialists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a teacher whose classroom has been totally transformed because of the good works of Donorschoose. My students have received everything from pencils and paper to a classroom carpet and iPod Touch digital players. Many, many items have been shipped right to the door as a result of DC's great works.....25 completely funded projects in less than a year. I am so truly thankful and blessed to be the recipient of their good works. My hats off to DC!!

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization through fully funded projects.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would add additional vendors to the SchoolMall where teacher would have a wider selection of resources to choose from.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been so fortunate to have Donorschoose.org as a partner in my classroom. As a music K-8 general music teacher, I need different resources for different grades. Because of Donorschoose and the items that they have helped me receive, my students have so many musical experiences. I will always be grateful for the hardwork and dedication of the people who work at Donorschoose.org. It is an amazing organization that brings so much joy to teachers and students! Thank you!

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

my classroom, in my school and in my district.

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

although I no longer teach at a Parochial school, I know that I those teachers and those schools need so much help. I would all schools and teachers to join!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through the recommendation of a colleague.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has allowed me to provide opportunities and experiences to my students that I would not have been able to with the generosity of donors at Donorschoose.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I taught Latin in a high-poverty school. I could get technology and other resources for my students through Donors Choose that were unavailable to us through any other venue. We even got some field trips. Most of my students had NEVER been to an art museum before we received funding through Donors Choose. The students liked to know that people cared about their educations enough to supply our classroom's needs. I have worked with Donors Choose as both a donor and a recipient, and it is a great organization to work with.

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

supplying my high-need classroom with technology, supplies, and field-trip opportunities.

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

make the online shopping experience more user-friendly for teachers, and make it possible for teachers to order books through Amazon.com instead of its online mall.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so appreciative of donorschoose.org. This organization made a classroom dream come true. I work in a low-income public school where some things are just not possible to have for my students. I had the opportunity to hook up two laptops in the classroom for my students to use. The laptops were great but student work space was limited. I went to donorschoose.org and started my project for a workstation computer table. I posted my project in August and by December that same year I had my computer workstation. This was just the best thing that has ever happened to me. Donorschoose.org is not only supporting teachers in their classrooms, they are supporting students in education. Thank You donorschoose to your staff and to the awesome donors.

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

My own classroom.

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

No, not at all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

DonorsChoose has enabled Donors to provide my classroom with thousands of dollars worth of educational materials that my students would have never had the opportunity to recieve otherwise. I treach in an extremely low income area, many of the donations I have recieved came from people from all over the country. My students now have hundreds of books, technology and hands on materials that will help them grow and learn in a way that was not possible before I learned of DonorsChoose. It is truely an amazing organization that is helping thousands of students on a daily basis.

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

I have had the opportunity to have 17 projects funded resulting in my students recieving books, technology and hands on projects and manipulatives.

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

Make it more globally known.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach in a Baltimore Maryland inner city school. We are in a very low income area. I learned about donorschoose.org through a teacher friend. I have been soooooo overwhelmed by the results. I have had approximately 13 projects funded. The materials have been a blessing. My students and I are always sooooo surprised at how easily the mterials are funded. Donorschoose.org has done a marvelous job at helping my students meet success. Keep up the GREAT work.

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

my classroom and my school.

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

n/a

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I checked " client served" but I am also a donor. DonorsChoose has enriched my life on both levels.
1. Client Served - My students for the past four years have been blessed by the generosity of donors giving through DonorsChoose. We have received basic supplies (pencils, crayons, paper) as well as technology (Nooks, iPod) for enrichment. After 35 years of teaching, I almost have the perfect classroom.
2. Donor - I am no longer writing projects for my classroom. I love helping other teachers fund their projects, especially those "new to DonorsChoose' teachers. Donating is simple and the thank you notes from teachers and students always warm my heart.

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

my classroom.

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

I honestly cannot think of anything to change except maybe add some new vendors to the site.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I was introduced to DonorsChoose on Twitter.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am more giving to others as a result of having so much given to my students.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I LOVE DONORS CHOOSE.ORG!!!!! Yes, I am shouting, because they are truly something to shout about, without a doubt! I have only been involved with this organization since July, but in these 3 short months, they have done more to help me as a teacher than anyone or anything since I started teaching 11 1/2 years ago!

This organization is top-notch. Talk about character! They have plenty of it! They have always done exactly what they said they would do. They have a true heart for education! After our city and several of our schools were destroyed by an F5 tornado, they stepped up to the plate and rolled up their sleeves to help us. They partnered with Learning Resources to donate over a quarter of a million dollars worth of very nice resources for the teachers and students of our district! They also sent some great help by way of Debbie G. from Virginia to teach us how to share our needs on DonorsChoose.org. Their volunteers have worked around the clock on weekends and holidays to research and verify our projects so they could be posted quickly.

Thank you DonorsChoose.org for your tireless efforts on behalf of students and teachers everywhere. I hope you are blessed beyond measure as you reach out to bless others! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!

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

I have had 4 projects fully funded by the great donors who give to this wonderful charity!

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

try to get the word out to more teachers everywhere about the help that is available to them through this great organization.

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