Wait a minute! There’s a website where you put up what you want for your class and people just FUND IT!
As a brand new teacher, I had never heard of Donors Choose before. My co-teacher was the one that mentioned it one day. It didn’t take more than a day for me to be hooked.
So how did I go from brand new teacher to getting over $8,000 worth of gear funded for my classroom in my first year? Well, before we get there, here’s the list of everything I got funded through DonorsChoose.org.
–>Lots and lots of stickers
–>Dremel 3D45 3D Printer
–>2 Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones for my classroom
–>Wall Graphics for my classroom
–>Every LEGO Super Mario Set for my classroom
–>Misc LEGO pieces and base plates for my classroom
–>2 Subscriptions to the SEESAW learning platform for my classroom
–>14 Chromebooks for my classroom
–>Snacks for my classroom
–>3D Print Filament
–>Classroom Cube Furniture
–>Classroom alternative seating options
–>A large rug
–> A silhouette Cameo 4 Cutter/Sticker Maker
So here are my tips for getting your classroom dreams, wishes and goals funded through DonorsChoose.org
1) Start with some research. Explore DonorsChoose.org and see what others are posting and getting funded. It may spark some ideas and give you a better sense of how to present your project(s).
2) Keep your projects small(ish). Rather than trying to fund $1000 in a project, split it up into smaller projects. My quickest funded projects were between $200 and $300. That being said, if it’s something that is a necessity and it’s a big ticket item, then go for it. That’s how I got my Chromebooks funded.
3) Always have a project posted. People can’t say yes to your project if you don’t have one posted. I learned very quickly that I want to be prepared with an answer whenever anyone asks me what I need for my class. So make a list.
4) Don’t post too many projects at one time. I’ve found my best results when I had one project posted at a time.
5) Be creative with your project titles. You want to catch the attention of the potential donor to your project.
6) Be honest in your project description about what you need, who it’s for and why you need it. People respond to honesty.
A quick note: I do check a lot of boxes. I teach Special Education students and I teach at a title 1 school. This probably helps me get projects funded. But with a little time and research you can too!