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DonorsChoose Invites Texas Districts to Join New Partnership Program at TASA Conference

We spoke to Texas school district leaders about our new District Partner Program.


This January, the DonorsChoose team had the joy of meeting Texas school district leaders at the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin! Charles Best, DonorsChoose founder and CEO, gave a keynote speech on Tuesday, January 28. Charles shared how DonorsChoose got started out of his Bronx history classroom years before crowdfunding was even a word, along with our 20 years of impact. He highlighted how one rural Texas district raised more than $225 per student, and Lady Gaga’s work in supporting the El Paso community though DonorsChoose.

Charles also unveiled a new, free program designed to help districts get even more out of our platform.

Texas Districts are Invited to Join the Free DonorsChoose District Partnership Program

Through the District Partnership Program, school leaders can maximize the use of our non-profit crowdfunding platform and make it a more intentional part of their district’s national philanthropic engagement strategy. The program is completely free, and all Texas districts are encouraged to apply!

The program is designed to help districts take advantage of all we have to offer and go all-in aligning DonorsChoose with their district priorities. Partners receive:

  • First notification of funding opportunities from our corporate partners
  • Central office reporting to track donated materials and receive updates on posted projects
  • A customized landing page to showcase their impact on a district-branded page on our site
  • Support for principal and teacher trainings
  • An annual report for district leaders

Submit your application

If you missed Charles's keynote, check it out below!

Supporting Texas District Leaders with a Co-Published Toolkit

The front page of the Texas State Toolkit

Our team worked with the folks at TASA to build a toolkit designed specifically to support Texas district leaders. In this toolkit, administrators can find:

  • Case studies on districts using DonorsChoose to enhance their strategic priorities
  • Resources for engaging district administrators and teachers
  • Information on controls for school districts like free reporting, principal notifications, and technology guidelines

Download the toolkit

At DonorsChoose, We Trust the Wisdom of the Frontlines

The DonorsChoose Booth at the TASA Conference

Set up right across from the registration booth, our team had a special showcase, featuring our new branding! Danielle, Kirk, and Jinan from our Advocacy and Public Partnerships team took the chance to speak with folks as they arrived, learn about the issues on Texas superintendents’ minds, and listen to how our nonprofit crowdfunding platform can better support their classrooms.

We came away inspired to continue our work bringing resources to Texas teachers and students, and excited to introduce our District Partnership Program to more states across the country.

We’re always looking for more opportunities to connect directly with education leaders across the country! If you’re part of a state education association and would like to work closely with DonorsChoose, email ksmiley@donorschoose.org for more info.

Interesting in joining the District Partnership Program? Submit your application.

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