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We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

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Connecting the public to public schools

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Our mission

We make 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.

We were started by a history teacher. In 2000, Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school, wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie. As he was making photocopies of the one book he could procure, Charles thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and other materials. And he figured there were people out there who'd want to help — if they could see where their money was going. Charles sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, we're open to every public school in America.

Our team

Our team has vetted and fulfilled over 1.3 million classroom project requests that range from butterfly cocoons, to robotics kits, to Little House on the Prairie. Many of us are former teachers, so our operation feels like a cross between a startup and a schoolhouse. Stop by our offices in New York or San Francisco and you'll find us working hard, digging into our data, sharing our favorite classroom projects, and Instagramming the happiest thank you notes from students.

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How it works

To ensure integrity, we're there through every step of every project. We vet all requests, purchase each item, and ship materials directly to verified schools.

You find a project

Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. We're a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.

We fulfill the order

When a project is fully funded, we purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school.

Teachers thank you

Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.

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Transparency & Efficiency

We know that you care about how effectively your donation is being used. That's why we show you how every dollar was spent, how you made a difference, and how grateful the students and teachers are!

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Today, teachers at68% of public schoolsin America have posted a project on our site.

We've mobilized1,902,345 citizen donorsand dozens of generous corporate and foundation partners.

Together, they've given$314,212,124in classroom project funding.

Making classrooms more engaging for 16,212,124 studentsacross the country.

And we won't stop until every student has what they need to succeed.

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Get involved

We're working hard to inspire 1 million people to give $100 million to classroom projects from 100% of our country's high-poverty public schools. All in the next five years. But we can't do it without your help.