Groupon + DonorsChoose.org: Goal to raise $1 Million ~ How you can Help!

Getting a great deal feels good, but helping students in need feels even better!
 Online education charity DonorsChoose.org and Groupon, a nationwide daily deal site, are partnering Monday, May 24 to offer Groupon’s first-ever charity deal, allowing subscribers to double their donation dollars for individual classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers. This partnership will dedicate a total of $1 million to provide critical resources and supplies to public and charter school classrooms around the country, highlighting a new and unique method of engaging individuals in philanthropy.

Groupon, a site valued at more than $1 billion, will be offering the DonorsChoose.org deal system-wide on Monday, and will then appear as a side deal for the rest of the week. The deal works like this: if you purchase $250 on Groupon, you’ll receive $500 credit to contribute to DonorsChoose.org, $100 for $200 and so on. Other levels listed will be:


· $100 credit sold for $50
· $50 credit sold for $25
· $20 credit sold for $10


As with any DonorsChoose.org project, individuals will contribute the deal’s dollar amount to classroom projects of their choosing. Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org 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 more than $100 will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Get started at Groupon and double your impact to DonorsChoose.org


About DonorsChoose.org
 

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


To date, 122,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through www.donorschoose.org individuals from all walks of life have helped 3 million students from low-income families.

About Groupon

Groupon offers daily deals at unbeatable prices through group buying. According to the Groupon website, each day Groupon offers something fun to do in several cities at unbeatable prices. The interesting thing is that you can only get the Groupon if enough people join that day.


Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.

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 DonorsChoose.org 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 DonorsChoose.org 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 DonorsChoose.org, donors can contribute any dollar amount to classroom projects during each “Almost Home” offer. Once a project is completely funded, DonorsChoose.org 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

DonorsChoose.org offers unique philanthropic sale for Presidents’ Day

Remember this organization I talked about in How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist – Donorschoose.org?
Public schools are struggling more and more to come up with the money for basic classroom supplies, and teachers often have to purchase essentials using their own money. DonorsChoose.org helps fill this gap in a very simple way. Teachers post requests online (all requests are verified by the site) for items they and their students desperately need. You choose a project and the amount you would like to give. DonorsChoose.org then distributes the supplies and makes sure each donor receives photos and thank-you notes from the students.

Well, it gets even better!

This weekend online education charity DonorsChoose.org and the Pershing Square Foundation are teaming up to offer a Presidents’ Day Sale worth caring about.

Every project request submitted by a public school teacher at DonorsChoose.org that supports American History or Civics 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. This philanthropic sale starts on Thursday, February 11, and runs through Monday, February 15.


The Presidents’ Day offer is the first in a new series called “Almost Home,” made possible by a $1 million grant from the Pershing Square Foundation. Over the next four months, funding will be implemented as five site-wide “Almost Home” offers, each pegged to a specific theme day. For a limited time each month, “citizen philanthropists” will be challenged to activate matching funds from the Pershing Square Foundation by completing the funding on classroom projects meeting the theme day’s criteria.


Here’s how the “Almost Home” series will work this Presidents’ Day Weekend: each qualifying project will display a specialized logo that is easily identifiable to donors looking to maximize their impact on students at a low personal cost. As with any project request at DonorsChoose.org, donors can contribute any dollar amount to classroom projects during each “Almost Home” campaign. Once a project is completely funded, DonorsChoose.org will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. Donors will hear back from them classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


Classroom project requests that support Civics and American History will come from public and charter schools in all 50 states over Presidents’ Day Weekend and range from a New York City classroom in need of a computer to compete in a nationwide history contest, to a classroom in Los Angeles that needs reading supplies to teach eager first generation Americans about U.S. History.


About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


To date, 118,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through http://www.donorschoose.org/ individuals from all walks of life have helped 2.8 million students from low-income families.




About Pershing Square Foundation
Founded in December 2006 by William Ackman, The Pershing Square Foundation has made donations and pledges of approximately $40 million since its inception. Areas of support include, closing the achievement gap in education, global health care, human rights, poverty alleviation and the arts, with a focus on social enterprise as a vehicle of delivery.