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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I read about DonorsChoose aoms five years ago and liked the concept of supporting secondary schools of my choice...and programs in which I
have an interest.
Since that time Ihave supported a significant number of programs in
New York, Connecticut and Maine...and in all cases, I have
been more than pleased with the results!
The follow up letters from the teachers and students validated my
enthusiasm for the program.....one in which I can contribute grants of
$25 or more....to the school in the city and state nfo my choice for the
program which most closely resonates with my interests.
DonorsChoose is truly a UNIQUE nonprofit in allowing supporters to
choose and direct 100% of their contribution/grants.

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Maine, Connecticut and New York

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

not change a thing!

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

The folks at DonorsChoose.org do something like microfinance for classroom projects. They define a project, put it online, and people fund in small amounts to get bigger results.

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I hear from teachers and from the kids in the classroom that they are getting the supplies they need to learn and do the hard work.

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

Help them spread the word about all the great projects.

October 2, 2010

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October 2, 2010

I've donated to schools through this website before. However, recently when I was participating in the Limeades for Learning drive I was considering donating again and was reviewing the budget on the classroom project and was uphauled at the amount of money that donorschoose.org was sucking out of the donation to give back to itself. I reviewed the 990 and was further shocked to find them paying 7 different executives' salaries over $100,000. They are pretending to "help teachers" but their efficiency in doing so is ridiculously low. How many of those teachers do you think are making six figures? In the future, if I want to support a local classroom I will just call the school and give directly to a project and I would recommend you do the same. This website will assist you if you are not active enough to make the call yourself but you are going to waste a huge portion of your donation paying the high salaries of the people operating the website.

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It has been great to help teachers through but again, the laziness of letting someone else take care of this has been costing me a large part of my donation to not reach the teachers I am trying to help.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

Students at public schools are in need of resources and DonorsChoose.org makes it so easy to provide them. I love the fact that teachers write grants, volunteers evaluate them at DonorsChoose and then they using Social Media extremely well--I can help! Even better is the high quality of stewardship that is included. Yesterday, I received 20 thank you notes written by second graders. How neat to read and learn how our $100 gift is helping them become better readers! Keep it up!

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their regular on-line communication and very effective stewardship. They make it easy to Tweet about them as well as post to my FaceBook page.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 24, 2009

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December 24, 2009

I like the idea of DonorsChoose, but their extremely high administrative ratio puts me off. According to their 2008 990, this organization spends about 37.5 cents out of every dollar on employee salaries and wages -- more than $6 million of the nearly $17 million in cash donations they received that year. Granted, that's just shy of the 35% bar set by the Better Business Bureau, but I bet most donors don't realize how much of their money is NOT going to the classrooms they're trying to support.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fulfill a lot more classroom needs. In fact, it did spend 10 million bucks on classrooms in 2008. Too bad the other 6 million in donations didn't also go to teachers and students.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

DonorsChoose.org is an incredible way to give directly to students in need, have a strong impact, and see/feel the results. At DonorsChoose.org, teachers post specific requests for their classrooms, and you can browse all kinds of needs within specific classrooms of our public schools. You can search for projects that are for kindergarden or high school students, that address the subject of reading or of environmental studies, and you can choose to buy books or computers, etc. You make the donation to DonorsChoose.org who purchases the materials (a nonprofit with excellent integrity, so it is a tax deduction and no risk of fraud, and they obtain best pricing); DonorsChoose.org sends the materials to the school, and you receive photos and thank you notes from the teacher and students, showing the impact of your donation. You can also fund a specific project in the name of someone as a gift, OR give a gift certificate for the recipient to choose his/her own project!!!! For me, supporting our public schools is the best way to ensure all students growing up have the very best chance to learn and grow and succeed.....and this is the most direct and effective way to support the public schools! I hope you have a chance to check out www.donorschoose.org!

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the thank you notes and pictures from the classrooms where I have made donations.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Uniformly excellent.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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