Educational Institutions

DonorsChoose.org

  • New York, NY
  • www.donorschoose.org

Mission Statement

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

Main Programs

  1. Classroom Project Funding
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

DonorsChoose.org serves every public school in the United States.

ruling year

2000

Founder & CEO

Self-reported

Charles Best

Keywords

Self-reported

children, students, public education, school supplies, education, literacy, math, science, art, history, music

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EIN

13-4129457

 Number

0637344283

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Since 2000, DonorsChoose.org has grown into a thriving national organization, delivering more than $450 million in educational tools and experiences to 20 million students across the country. More than 300,000 teachers and 2.2 million donors have connected on DonorsChoose.org. Visit donorschoose.org/impact to view our most up-to-date impact figures.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Classroom Project Funding

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy to help studentsv in our nation’s high-need public schools. At DonorsChoose.org, teachers submit classroom project requests for materials and experiences that their students need to learn. These requests range from “Where Did All the Pencils Go?" ($60) to "Dictionaries for At-Home Use" ($259), to “Shhh! Science Fair Surprise For Success!” ($1,116).
Individuals can browse project requests, give a donation of any amount, and hear back from the classroom with photos and updates showing that their gift was spent as designated.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

73,411,874

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of overall donors

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Classroom Project Funding
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured for our FY, which runs July 1 - June 30.

2. Number of clients served

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Classroom Project Funding
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured for our FY, which runs July 1 - June 30. "Clients served" refers to teachers who had a classroom project fully funded on our site in each FY.

3. Number of facilities improved

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Classroom Project Funding
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured for our FY, which runs July 1 - June 30. "Facilities improved" refers to schools which had at least one teacher with a fully-funded classroom project on our site in each FY.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    DonorsChoose.org engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity. We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education. Within the next five years, we aim to have 1 million supporters give $100 million to 100% of the nation's highest poverty schools, all in one school year.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To achieve our goal, we:

    - Recruit individual donors, or “citizen philanthropists", to support classroom projects, using web search tools, email marketing, social and traditional media outreach, and yearly "tentpole" outreach campaigns.

    - Partner with corporations and foundations to fund projects on a large scale, match citizen donations, and raise awareness about DonorsChoose.org and education inequity.

    - Collaborate with entrepreneurs and inventors to introduce teachers to novel classroom resources such as 3D printers, underwater robots, and coding lessons.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The assets we deploy to implement our strategies include:

    - Our website: All transactions with donors, teachers and partners take place through our website, www.donorschoose.org. Our goal is to make it easy for donors to find classroom projects to support.

    - Our products: We've created tools that make it easy for partners and donors to engage with their communities. These products include matching offers, through which partners can match contributions from individual donors, flash fundings, in which partners can fund all projects in a certain area or category, gift cards that partners and donors can distribute to customers, employees, friends and family, and giving pages, which allow a partner or donor to create a custom list of projects for their communities to support.

    - Our marketing plan: We use a mix of email marketing, digital marketing, personal outreach, and social media to raise awareness of our organization and engage donors and teachers.

    - Our thank you packages and reporting: Once a project is funded, teachers share thank you notes, photos and reports with every donor who gave to their projects, describing how each donation has improved their classrooms. Donors who give more than $50 can opt to receive student-written thank you notes from the classrooms they support. The feedback loop is a critical component of the DonorsChoose.org experience, providing both transparency and encouragement to give again.

    - Our staff: Our team of 80+ full-time employees is organized in teams that focus on each of our capabilities, including Marketing & Partnerships, Product & Engineering, People Operations, Finance, and Operations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure our progress against several metrics on the "Impact" page of our site (www.donorschoose.org/impact), including:

    - Dollars given
    - # of projects supported
    - # of teachers with a funded project
    - # of students reached
    - # of schools participating in DonorsChoose.org
    - # of supporters giving on DonorsChoose.org
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have achieved one pillar of our longterm fundraising goal, and are making strong progress towards the others. For the 2015-2016 school year:
    - $104 million was given to classrooms
    - 158,000 projects were funded
    - 470,000 donors gave
    - 69% of all high-poverty schools in the U.S. were active within the last five years

    Our total impact to date as of September 2016:
    - $460 million raised
    - 781,000 projects funded
    - 19 million students helped
    - 71,000 schools participating
    - 310,000 teachers with projects funded
    - 2.2 million supporters
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

DonorsChoose.org serves every public school in the United States.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

At DonorsChoose.org, teachers submit classroom project requests for materials and experiences that their students need to learn. The contributions and grants we receive from individuals, corporations and foundations pay for the classroom materials and operating expenses of the organization.

Accreditations

Charity Navigator

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

DONORSCHOOSEORG
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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Founder & CEO

Charles Best

BIO

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was named by Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Peter Bloom

General Atlantic, LLC

Term: 2001 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?