NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Education funding platform DonorsChoose.org announced today a new way for donors to identify and support classroom project requests from schools serving military communities. Donors can now use the school type filter “serving military families” on DonorsChoose.org to search for funding requests from U.S.-based public school teachers at schools on military bases, schools that report to the Department of Defense, and schools where 20% or more of the student population lives on or near a military base.
To mark the introduction of this new school type on DonorsChoose.org, Craig Newmark Philanthropies has pledged $1 million to support classroom projects from schools serving military communities, a majority of which will be used to match citizen donations to these projects. Beginning November 10, every donation to classrooms supporting military communities will be matched, up to $700,000. Through these donations, teachers get much needed resources for students, such as books for the classroom library, technology, art supplies, science kits, and other resources.
“Military families give up a great deal in the service of our country, and we should do what we can to stand beside them and offer them a hand,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. “Craig Newmark Philanthropies is proud to support the work that DonorsChoose.org is doing to help provide military kids with the quality education that every child deserves.”
“We owe a special debt to the children of our nation’s military families, who have to live apart from their parents for months at a time or relocate frequently to new communities,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “We so appreciate the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, which will bring new educational resources into schools serving military families.”
About Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect non-profit communities and drive powerful civic engagement. Craig Newmark Philanthropies works to advance the people and grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in the areas of trustworthy journalism, women in tech, veterans and military families, and voting rights.
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2.8 million people and partners have given $600 million to projects reaching 25 million students. Unique among education funding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World.