I have donated to several classrooms through Adopt-A-Classroom over the past three years. In each case the teacher communicated with me to show gratitude. In the case of one teacher I know, she had all of her 1st grade students pose for a photo holding some of the materials my donation had allowed them to receive. She waited for my next visit to give me a copy and share what my donation truly meant to her and her students. I was in tears! My donated funds have also allowed two classrooms to order the Scholastic Weekly Reader - one copy for each student every week for the entire school year!
Looking at the financial data for Adopt-A-Classroom and conversing with the teachers made it clear that 100% of my donation was made available to and was used by the teachers.
One year I did not receive thank-you communications from the teachers. I contacted Adopt-A-Classroom. They investigated and it turned out that I had somehow checked a box that I did not want to receive communications from the organization. They fixed it for me quickly.
And my donations are tax-deductible because they are a 501(c)(3) organization.
Review from Guidestar
I had a family donate $100 to my classroom. Unfortunately, my funds 'expired' and Adopt a Classroom took that $100 from me...well they actually took it from my students. Very disappointed in an 'organization' that is supposed to be helping teachers and students. Yes, I did reach out and was told they would not reinstate my funds.
AdoptAClassroom has had a huge impact on my class. Earlier this month I was awarded a $5,000 grant. I have since used the donation to order a vast amount of technology, books, center activities, and other basic resources that any classroom would need. My students now have access to resources they would have never had without this support. I always tell my students that they should never underestimate the kindness of others. AdoptAClassroom and Kohl's made my (and my studnets') dreams come true. The resources will help students that come through my classroom doors for years to come. Thank you for supporting education.
It's so nice to be surprised to get a donation for our classroom. I just wish the shipping fees weren't so high. It would be great if the supplies could waive this. It's sad to lose a part of the money to that. So grateful for what we do get for our students.
This organization works to match donors with classrooms. Adopt-A-Classroom has helped to bring many extra resources into my classroom.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
Review from CharityNavigator
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.
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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