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How 4 Partners Gave Back to their Community through DonorsChoose


Every day, the DonorsChoose team works with hundreds of foundation and companies to unlock even more funding for classrooms. Some of these partners support teachers across the country, while others focus their giving on the teachers within their local communities.

Check out how four of these awesome partners help the teachers near them thrive.

Herb Kohl Philanthropies gives Wisconsin teachers a Valentine’s treat

What’s better than a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day? How about a box of brand new resources delivered to your classroom!

This past Valentine’s Day, Herb Kohl Philanthropies, founded by Wisconsin senator and education advocate Herb Kohl, wanted to give Wisconsin teachers some extra love. The foundation flash-funded every project from teachers in Wisconsin on the site, bringing the best Valentine’s surprise to 749 classrooms across the state.

“When our packages of books arrived, we sat in a circle and looked at each individual book together as a class. Our class is beyond grateful and will never take these books for granted. Thank you for your investment in our education, it goes a very long way.” — Ms. Schreiter, Readers Are Leaders

Jordan Education Foundation responds to teachers’ immediate needs

Local education foundations are exceptional partners in helping teachers within their community get all the funding support they need. Jordan Education Foundation, which supports the 54,000 students attending the 57 schools in Jordan School District, Utah, wanted to answer teachers’ requests for the precise resources they need, so that Jordan students could thrive throughout the 2018–19 school year.

The Foundation directly funded more than 670 projects from teachers, reaching more than half of every school in the district!

“Thank you so much for the wonderful, and unexpected, donation to our classroom. All of these items were chosen by the students and are going to be used in our classroom for a long time! Thank you again for your generosity, I loved being able to include the students in this process!”— Mrs. Mondragon, More Engaged Classrooms!

Dallas Fort Worth & Colorado Springs Mystery Friend surprised teachers with sustained support

Not all partners want their name in lights! This year, teachers from Dallas-Fort Worth and Colorado Springs got a special surprise from a secret admirer. This mystery friend flash funded every project from both these reasons, and followed that funding up with a donation match offer, so that teachers could fill their classrooms with everything students need to learn year-round. By teaming up with the public, this donor brought more than 1,500 projects to life, helping 182,000 students succeed.

“On behalf of my elementary students, please accept a grateful "Thank You!" for the ukuleles that you have given our school. The students were so excited to receive them that they were running to the front office to bring them back to the classroom and open them! They just kept saying, "It's like Christmas!" over and over." — Ms. Ross, Ukuleles for Elementary Orchestra!

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga amplified community giving

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga rallies the generous people of Chattanooga to give back to their community, expanding local access to housing, healthcare, and exceptional education. To channel local donations to the places Chattanooga teachers need it most, CFGC launched a match offer on projects from teachers within the county. This match offer combined the power of Chattanooga generosity with the national DonorsChoose network of education supporters, helping thousands of students across the community get the resources they need.

“Thank you so much for giving so graciously! My students and I never imagined that we would get such an outpouring of support from the community. The fact that our project was funded so quickly has been an amazing blessing. The 8th graders are going to be able to see the fruits of their labor before leaving for high school and they are so excited.” — Ms. Cothran, ELA Aquaponics Takes the Lead to End Our Food Desert

Check out our current funding opportunities to see which partners are helping teachers in your community.

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