Last month, we asked some of our supporters what they think of student thank you notes they've received from DonorsChoose.org classrooms.Of the 146 people who responded to our survey, 55% have opted in to student thank you notes, and 45% have opted out of them.Of the people opted into thank you notes, the most popular reasons people liked receiving them were:
- Learning to write thank you notes is an important life skill for students to build;
- Thank you notes provide evidence that their donation made an impact on students;
- They were excited to see what the kids had to say about the materials they received;
- Thank you notes are what make giving to DonorsChoose.org special.
People who opted out of the notes said they did so for the following reasons:
- They don't want to take up classroom time and/or they know teachers are very busy already;
- They want to be environmentally conscientious and/or they don't like receiving a lot of mail;
- Kids shouldn't have to write notes for materials they should already have;
- They know the kids are grateful, and they don't need any proof of it.
We also asked people what they do with the student thank you notes they receive. Some of our favorite responses:
- "I showed them to my kids so they could try to understand the impact of the donation." - Mandy
- " They are in my desk drawer, bottom left, and it’s where I go when I need to remind myself that...I have made a difference." - Debi
- "We shared them with family and friends and used them as an opportunity to promote DonorsChoose.org. I even took a packet or two into work and shared with my coworkers." - Alyssa
- "When a packet first arrives, I display the notes on my coffee table where anyone who comes over can see them." - Kate