Donorschoose – Spring to Action charity sale.

With education budget cuts rampant, thousands of classrooms across the country simply do not have the funding to purchase even the most essential supplies that students need to be successful.

Here’s a great way for you to help this week…

In celebration of the start of spring, online education charity and the Pershing Square Foundation are trying something new: a charity “sale” to support public school students and teachers across the U.S. For three days this week, every request for classroom materials/supplies submitted by a teacher at that supports health, sports, music and the arts will be discounted to within $100 of completion. Everyday citizens will be challenged to complete the funding for discounted projects, which primarily serve high poverty classrooms, before the offer expires. The “Spring to Action” starts tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, and runs through Thursday, March 25.

The “Spring to Action Sale” is an innovative philanthropic play on a traditional retail model that comes as part a new series of offers called “Almost Home,” made possible by a $1 million grant from the Pershing Square Foundation. Here’s an example of how funding is implemented: an eligible project request that initially costs $650 will receive $550 in matching funds from the Pershing Square Foundation as soon as donors – everyday citizens — contribute the first $100. In other words, it’s a sale on charity.

The first offer ran over Presidents’ Day weekend and applied to all project requests focused on American History and Civics. Donors across the country funded every eligible project — 675 projects in 24 hours.

As with any project request at, donors can contribute any dollar amount to classroom projects during each “Almost Home” offer. Once a project is completely funded, will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. All donors will receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who fund the entire $100 cost will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Classroom project requests that support health, sports, music and the arts come from public and charter school teachers in all 50 states. A few examples:

New York City classroom
Los Angeles classroom

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