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How to Make the Most of GivingTuesday


It’s been the toughest year ever for you and your fellow teachers. That’s why, this GivingTuesday, our team and our partners are going as big as we can.

On Tuesday December 1st, starting at 7am ET, every donation to every DonorsChoose project will be doubled, thanks to funding led by our partners at FamilyAlbum.  That means that for one day only, every $20 gift becomes $40, every $50 becomes $100, and so on. 

As a public school educator, here’s how you can make the most of this special day on DonorsChoose:

Submit Your Project

Whether it’s your first time using DonorsChoose or your 100th time, this is the moment to have a project on our site and get it funded. Check out the top items fellow teachers in your grade level are requesting or go ahead and get started today! 

Let Folks Know

The day of the big match (December 1st, starting at 7am ET) let folks know about your project and that their dollars will go twice as far to help your students. There are a few tried-and-true methods to let supporters  know about your project. Here are a few options. Teachers with fully-funded projects usually do at least 2 of these!

  • Text your project link to your favorite group chat and let your friends and family know that donations are matched today! Suggest they share your link on their own social media accounts (or donate, if they can).
  • Email 3 people individually about your project. Let them know there’s a match and share your project link. Those folks who have asked how the year is going so far? Email them on September 16th and let them know what your students need!
  • Post your project link on your social media account of choice. The match day is the PERFECT excuse to put your project out there! Whether you’re into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok (or all of them), use it as your megaphone on behalf of your students.
  • Get a little outta-the-box. Want to shake up your outreach a bit? There are so many ways to advocate for your students. Whether it’s asking your students’ parents to share your project link or hosting a quick Zoom giving party with those who are cheering for you, you can find the option that’s right for you.

Follow the action

Once you’ve let your network know about your project, follow the action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

DonorsChoose was founded by a history teacher in the Bronx who figured that if folks knew what his students needed, they’d want to help. Twenty years and over 1 million teacher projects later we know for sure: He was right.

This is perhaps the toughest year for you and your fellow teachers in recent memory, and we hope you’re heartened and encouraged by the people who are hearing the needs of you and your fellow teachers through your projects — and showing up to help. Let’s seize this moment and bring as much support to students as we can!

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