Today we come to you with information about potential funding sources to help our all teachers in the US and Canada; no matter if you teach in a public, private, or charter school. All teachers deserve to have their classroom projects funded and we are here to help!
The best-known funding source for teachers to receive private funds is DonorsChoose. If you are not already familiar with DonorsChoose, here's how it works: Public school teachers in the US post classroom project requests on the site and individuals can make tax-deductible contributions to DonorsChoose in support of any listed project. When a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose ships the materials to the school. Donors receive photos of the project in action, a letter from the teacher and information on how the contribution was spent.
Our own Freebie gal, Lori from Teaching with Love and Laughter, has blogged about her success with DonorsChoose. If you are a public school teacher in the US and need money for a classroom project, set up a project on DonorsChoose and tell us about it!
If you teach in a private school or are just looking for alternative funding sources in the US, consider creating a wish list on ClassWish. With a broader base of schools and classrooms to serve; ClassWish is available for all accredited 501(c)(3) or public K-12,private, parochial, magnet, and charter schools in the United States. Teachers, schools and PTOs create online wish lists of materials they desire for school/classroom use. Teachers on the site need to monitor their project contributions and log in to request shipment of funded supplies. Unlike DonorsChoose, ClassWish does not require teachers to explain how they would use requested materials. Teachers simply create an online wish list and promote the list to gain funding.
For our Canadian friends, we are happy to share an onine funding source with all of you! MyClassNeeds is very similar to the popular US sit, DonorsChoose. MyClassNeeds is open to Canadians working in publicly-funded schools. Like DonorsChoose, teachers can submit a funding proposal. The proposal must describe how the classroom project will benefit student’s learning and identify the resources required to achieve the outcome. The types of projects and resources requested can vary in scope and size (it could be science equipment, art supplies, a trip to a science exhibit, or any other resource that enriches the learning of students).
One of our newest Freebie girls, Alessia from Mrs. Albanese's Class successfully funded a guided reading table for her classroom using MyClassNeeds.
We Want to Help YOU Fund Your Project
At Freebielicious, we appreciate all educators and the talents you share with your students day in, and day out. We want to help your reach your goal of a fully-funded classroom project (or wish list). Whether you use DonorsChoose, ClassWish, MyClassNeeds or any other online funding source to raise money for classroom projects, share your story and goals with us. Leave a link to your online wish list or project. Feel free to add an email address or story about why the project is important to you and let us help you spread the word about your project.
Support Teachers in Need
Need a great tax write off? Help teachers across the US and Canada fund their special projects for the classroom. Read through any of the comments below to find links to worthwhile classroom causes. Follow any of the links to make a contribution. You will be helping classroom teachers create the best learning environment possible for educating their students!