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Hello educators and welcome to another week of teacher tips. Over the next few weeks we'll be looking at ways to help fund supplies, and technology for your students and classrooms. Many of the teachers I speak with myself included have reached into their own wallets to provide materials our students need. Whether you're seeking basic school supplies or a life changing trip for your students, funding can always be a challenge. Over the past few years, however, there have been a number of organizations that have developed to help meet this specific need. This week we're going to explore the website DonorsChoose.org and look at how you can create a project or request for funding and explore best practices to help you get the supplies that your students need in your classroom.
Here in my web browser, I've navigated to DonorsChoose.org. The place I'd like to start is on their finance page, so we can understand exactly how donors choose works, so you can determine if this is the right platform for your classroom. I'm going to scroll to the bottom of the page, and I'm going to click on the icon that says 93% Organization Efficiency. This is going to take me to the Donor's Choose, Finance page. The first thing I'd like to point out is a high percentage of money that goes to Donor's Choose, goes back into the classroom. In fact 80% of money that's donated goes straight for classroom project materials.
There's a percent needed for processing as well as advocacy. Only 2.4% goes to general administration and an additional 3.3% goes to fundraising. One thing that is nice about this 3.3% is Donors Choose does a great job of finding funders for your project. When you create a project with Donors Choose, the first step is to go ahead and select the supplies that you'd like funded. Donors Choose has a variety of organizations you can search for supplies in and then choose the supplies that you need. The supplies will then be subtotalled. If there's any tax that applies, it will be added in to the final total, as well as any third-party payment processing fees.
In addition to those fees, there's also the fulfillment label materials cost that goes back to donors choose. Here in the website they've broke out exactly what that fee goes for. Now, as people choose to donate money to your project, by default, 15% of that donation's going to go to Donors Choose. Your donors, however, have the opportunity to change the percentage that's going to go to Donors Choose versus your project. This is an important thing to keep in mind. For example, if you know you need $150 worth of supplies for your classroom, your overall project. Could be close to $200 that you need donated.
That way you can take care of all of the additional costs that go with your project. Once you've decided that Donors Choose is the right thing for you, it's time to go ahead and create an account, log in, and build your first project. In the next video we'll go through some steps of what makes a project successful. My wife who is a middle school science teacher in Baltimore City, uses Donut Shoes on a regular basis, and I've already logged into her account so we that we could take a look at a few of her past projects and what has made them such a success.
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