So here we are, at our final day of this year’s Giving My Money Away. Thank you for all your comments, and the support you have given to these great organizations.
Today, I am featuring one last organization that I love: DonorsChoose.org. Donors Choose is itself not a small organization, but it allows you, the giver, to make a serious impact on a small project. Public school teachers write in to Donors Choose to describe things they need for their classrooms — things like art supplies, technology, and science equipment — and donors can give directly to those projects. Donors Choose staff members vet each project and confirm the costs submitted by the teachers are accurate.
The site is well-designed and easy to navigate. You can search by subject matter, or grade level, or zip code, and you can sort by projects that are close to completion so you can help a project cross the finish line. It’s really fun to explore, but it’s also so, so hard to pick projects to donate to because there are just so many classrooms, and so many teachers, that have to seek this kind of outside funding for things we would consider basic stuff; things like crayons in Kindergarten and class sets of chapter books in intermediate grades and microscopes in high school science classrooms.
I realize it was a total pain in the neck to ask you to seek out projects and then nominate them, so I did not get a ton of nominations. I am THRILLED to see that many of the projects that did get nominated have since been completed and no longer need donations! So! I went off script and chose a project at a school that is dear to my heart.
I have decided to help Ms. Cintas’ classroom, so she can purchase subscriptions to Time for Kids for her class. She teaches 4th grade, a time when students are expected to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” including state standards that instruct that students should be learning to process nonfiction text. I have some personal knowledge of this school, and know that most of the students are English Language Learners, for whom regular exposure to small, digestible texts is an important way to build literacy skills in English. Time for Kids provides a fun way for students to access that kind of nonfiction material. It’s precisely the kind of “extra” thing that often gets lost in money-crunched schools, and I’m happy to help them get a little closer to their goal.
Thank you again for your comments, today and all week. And if you’re looking for a way to do some charitable giving this season, but feel like your $10 or $20 won’t make a difference, I strongly urge you to check out Donors Choose. Yours could be the donation that pushes a project to its goal!