In these lean days it is imperative that teachers are equipped to provide resources for important classroom projects. Recently two colleagues have had projects funded through donorschoose.org. This ororganization gives educators a chance to pitch their proposals to a wide variety of potential donors.
The network of donors is extensive and applicants are sure to find someone with a heart for their project. Sometimes, one donor will provide all that is needed while larger projects may utilize multiple donors and matching gifts.
The application process is fairly straight forward and guided. Applicants with a project in mind can usually complete the process within thirty minutes or less.
Requests can be made for books, technology, and even some field trips. Low wealth and rural schools often receive priority from many donors. As one might expect, hot-button projects dealing with the environment, literacy, and college preparation make many appearances on the list.
One strategy employed by my colleagues is to develop a proposal that hovers around $400. For more tips and information make sure to review some proposals that have received funding on the web site.