DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit startup that matches school projects with donors. Here’s how it works: teachers upload proposals for needed resources or projects and users can view proposals and make donations. Each proposal gets its own page with a written description from the teacher and detailed information on the classroom, project, school and funding needed. DonorsChoose.org reviews each submission before posting it to their site.
All proposals can be easily browsed by subject, region, type of resource, student profiles, type of school, etc. When you find a proposal you like you can share it with friends, donate part or donate the full amount. Users can also make a donation directly to DonorsChoose.org.
DonorsChoose.org’s founder and CEO Charles Best used to be a Bronx schoolteacher. He is planning for his company to become completely self-sustainable as its expands nationally. DonorsChoose.org opened in the fall of 2007 to every public school in the country.
According to Kara Swisher, Yahoo’s David Filo donated five Yahoo engineers full-time for five months to rewrite DonorChoose.org’s code base.
The site is slightly similar to non-profit Kiva, except Kiva matches low-income entrepreneurs with loans.