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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 was asked to support a classroom in my area.

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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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No

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Some

September 17, 2011

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September 17, 2011

Overpriced, over-rated. The prices are more than if you just bought the supplies by yourself at any store. This makes it hard for teachers to raise the money they need to have projects filled. There are a lot of fees on top of the supply charges. DonorsChoose could do a better job of charging teachers less for the supplies they need.

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Trying to find classroom supplies for students in my district.

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Stop charging so many fees and make it easier for teachers to raise donations for the supplies.

July 30, 2011

When I first heard of this program I thought it was excellent and was going to give my kids money to pick projects to sponsor. After I looked at a project or two I noticed a patern where they need to pay someone to acquire the goods (I'm assuming they don't just hand cash to the teacher). This came to 10% of the $300 the teacher was looking for. In addition, there is an OPTIONAL checkbox to add 15% as a donation to DonorsChoose. That turned out to be another $50. Thats a total of 25% overhead. This teachers $300 project was now costing $380. Whats worse is it had a couple days left to acquire the money and was sitting at $40 dollars still needed. I would hate to see it not get funded because of the 15% overhead.

BTW, I can appreciate the 10% handling fee. I can even appreciate 5% or less for donation to DonorsChoose. But 15%? You have to be kidding. This is an electronic website, not like there are warehouses to pay for or things like this. 15% of all the money that goes thru this is way too much. Lower the overhead to 10% handling and < 5% 'fee' and I'll be happy to donate.

Great idea, just lower your cut. if you change the policy please let me know... Would love to donate, but won't if less than 85 % goes to the target.

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lower the 15% extra overhead.

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.

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2009

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