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Thrive and the $26 Philanthropist

Charles Best | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Charles Best

Fourteen years ago, I began teaching history at a public high school in the Bronx. My students and colleagues were awesome, but I could see that the school where I was teaching did not have the same resources as the schools I'd attended. My colleagues and I spent a lot of our own money on copy paper and pencils, but we often couldn't afford the resources that would get our students excited about learning. We'd talk in the teachers' lunchroom about books our students should read, a field trip we wanted to take, or a microscope that would bring science to life. "Crowdfunding" wasn't yet a word, but I figured there were people out there who'd love to help -- if they could see where their money was going. Fourteen years later, more than a million donors have supported projects reaching 10 million students in low-income communities, demonstrating that micro philanthropists can have a macro impact.

Why We're Partnering With DonorsChoose

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted that the release of my new book Thrive will include an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children across the country. As part of the book's rollout, we're partnering with DonorsChoose -- an amazing organization that Fast Company this week called one of the most innovative companies of 2014 -- so that readers who pre-order the book before the March 25 publication date will get a DonorsChoose gift card equal to the book's list price of $26 (even if they paid a discounted price, or $10.99 for the Kindle version). This will be my personal donation. I've been following and championing DonorsChoose for years, and the book's release is an opportunity for me to pay it forward and further support their good work.

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Popular Card Game Donates Holiday Promo Profits To Needy Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.20.2013 | Chicago

The perennial Naughty List-ers behind the twisted, best-selling party game, Cards Against Humanity, have pulled a positively angelic move this holiday...

Annie Leibovitz, DonorsChoose and Myself Walked Into a School...

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I went to NYC a few months back for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with DonorsChoose.org staff, board members, and advisers.

Help Me Give Back to Military Families via DonorsChoose.org

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, teachers in a lot of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families. Remember that the families of ac...

5x5x5: Jacquelline Fuller On The Global Impact Awards

Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact

In partnership with the Social Innovation Summit, we're running a series called 5x5x5 -- 5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions. Five guests from a variet...

Tech Innovators: Let's Turn Traditional Philanthropy On Its Head

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.27.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- Scott Harrison knows his charity has funded nearly 7,000 clean water projects in some of the poorest areas of the world in the past six ...

Too Big to Care

Leslie Hendry | Posted 07.14.2012 | Money
Leslie Hendry

No one wants to repeat another bailout, and politically speaking, it's hard to imagine one getting passed again within the next fifty years. But when financial leaders allow huge bets to be placed on unnatural, or synthetic securities, they simply haven't learned the lessons of the past crisis.

A Pretty Little Idea With Huge Potential: Open Up DonorsChoose.org to Students!

Troian Bellisario | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Troian Bellisario

These high school students have great ideas -- they just need the funding and the tools to make them happen! Donorschoose.org is designed to make a little go a really long way, so give what you can.

The Top 11 Reasons To Give In 2011

The Huffington Post | Emily Heinz & Jessica Prois | Posted 12.08.2011 | Impact

When it comes to 2011's top stories of crises, the call for action doesn't end just because the year is coming to a close. HuffPost Impact's news stor...

Donorschoose: HP Netbook to Connect and Create With Aussie E-Pals

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, the deal with DonorsChoose.org is that you can give a hand to kids and teachers that they sometimes really need. (This is part of an ongoing th...

For The Love Of A Teacher: Tragedy Rallies Community Of Giving

Lauren Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lauren Sullivan

Gail and Zach directed mourning friends and family to the site -- and ultimately to teachers across the country looking for help their schools can't or won't provide -- as an alternative to checks or flowers.

DonorsChoose.org Looks Ahead: "We'll Make Sure Your Project Is Funded"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As talk around the Education Crisis heats up, the timing couldn't be better for DonorsChoose.org to win Members Project. DonorsChoose.org puts the...

Oprah, Bing Team Up To Raise $1M For School Projects

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Oprah Winfrey may have aired the second half of her final Ultimate Favorite Things episode on Monday where she famously features (and gives) her favor...

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Charles Best, Founder And CEO Of DonorsChoose.org

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Every day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person' -- an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political c...

DonorsChoose.Org: Education Charity Celebrates 10 Years In HuffPost Exclusive (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Born from an idea hatched in his high school teachers' lounge, Charles Best's DonorsChoose.org has now raised over $58 million to fund tens of thousa...

Reddit Users, Colbert Fans Donate Almost $200,000 For DonorsChoose School Projects

NBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of an ongoing effort to convince Stephen Colbert to host a faux political rally at our nation's capital, members of the community-based news s...

DonorsChoose.org Transforms Classrooms

Lesley Chilcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lesley Chilcott

DonorsChoose.org is an amazing organization that makes it possible for individuals to directly fund classroom projects across the country.

California Teachers Receive Over $1.3 Million Thanks To DonorsChoose.org

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

California teachers experienced perhaps the best first day of school this year after receiving a check in the mail for more than $1.3 million, plus an...

Featured Doer: Charles Best

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The last name "Best" is hard to live up to, but with a site that's revolutionizing the way we invest in our children, Charles is living up to it. His ...

Children Need School Supplies: Make Your Impact

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In her blog post about Donors Choose, Livia McRee talks about why she created a Giving Page featuring programs promoting literacy in high-poverty clas...

KIPP Houston High School: U.S. News And World Report's Gold Medal List As 16th In The Nation

Melanie Duppins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melanie Duppins

U.S. News and World Report announced the 100 Gold Medal high schools in the United States. KIPP Houston High School, a college-preparatory school in Houston, Texas, ranked 16th on this list.

Giving to Donors Choose: Promoting Literacy and Success

Livia McRee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Livia McRee

I believe literacy is the most basic skill that empowers a person to succeed, and so the projects on my Donors Choose Giving page all have to do with promoting literacy in high-poverty classrooms.

This Week in the Classroom: A Throwdown for Public Schools ... That Feeds Your Social Media Obsession

Reyna Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Reyna Booth

Starting October 1st, DonorsChoose.org is kicking off its Social Media Challenge, a friendly competition among online media personalities to help thousands of public school students.

This Week in the Classroom: The Judicial System

Alan McGee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alan McGee

Whether to support the fundamental understanding the judicial system, or to inspire a career in politics or law, each DonorsChoose.org project reflects one teacher's hope for the future of their students.