Summer is over and school is officially in session! As teachers and students faced the toughest back-to-school season yet, our community rallied to show their support.
Take a look at how our generous community of donors and partners came together in a big way for over 78,467 teachers this back-to-school season!
1. Welcoming 5,000 New DonorsChoose Teachers
Teachers have spent the past 18 months switching between in-person, remote, and hybrid learning set ups, and we wanted to ease that burden by giving a helping hand to teachers new to our platform.
We empowered our community of educators to welcome their colleagues to DonorsChoose — every teacher who requested resources through DonorsChoose for the first time got a guaranteed $50 dollar donation. DonorsChoose teachers showed up in force, encouraging more than 5,000 teachers to set up their first ever DonorsChoose project and get over $455,000 in donations.
2. A $7 Million Back-to-School Boost
We surveyed over 400 teachers over the summer, and 74% of them said they didn’t have everything they needed in their classroom to start the school year.
Imagine students coming back to school with supplies out on their desks. The smile on their faces and the love they feel when they are coming back to school.
Imagine students coming back to school with supplies out on their desks. The smile on their faces and the love they feel when they are coming back to school. —Ms. Westerfield, an elementary teacher
Thanks to a 50% back-to-school boost from Bill Gates and the 40,256 donors who showed up, we were able to give teachers $7 million worth of support! Thanks to that funding, over 13 thousand teachers were able to put a smile on their students’ faces.
3. Support for Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom
Our friends at The Allstate Foundation rallied the public to help create inclusive, anti-racist, and culturally responsive learning environments. Thanks to their $1.5 million dollar match and the donors who showed their support, The Allstate Foundation helped fund 1,771 Racial Justice and Representation projects and 4,416 projects from teachers of color using DonorsChoose for the first time!
4. Partners for Success
At DonorsChoose, we know that to really create an impact, you need support! We’re lucky to have over 78 amazing corporate partners; this year thanks to companies like Bloomingdale’s, Clorox, Kleenex, T-Mobile and many others, we’ve been able to raise over $44 million and bring 95,990 classroom projects to life!
Are You Ready for an Amazing School Year?
Thank you to everyone in the DonorsChoose community who helped give teachers the strongest start to the year possible… and this is just the beginning!
Our team of former educators, engineers, product fulfillment specialists, and partnerships experts are working hard to create more amazing moments for public school teachers — and we won’t stop until students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.
Teachers, if you're ready for an amazing year create a classroom request today!