If you are a fan of the Teaching Resources Facebook page, you'll know that every Sunday I host a special event called Fund-day Sunday to help teachers obtain funding for their DonorsChoose projects. If so, you might be wondering what it is and how to get involved. As a bit of background, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that helps teachers get funding for their projects, and if you aren't familiar with it, please read the information I've gathered on this topic on Teaching Resources. There's a free video along with other resources.
Back to Fund-day Sunday ... this event is a part of my Caring Classrooms Community. The way it works is that I call for projects at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and teachers post their links on the Caring Classrooms Facebook page. I review the projects, and from those submitted I select projects that will be added to the Caring Classrooms giving page where they are just about guaranteed to get funded, usually within a week or so. I also make a donation to the project myself. I usually choose at least 4 projects during the day on Sunday and Monday. In order to post your project link, you do have to make at lease a $1 donation to one of the projects on the giving page. You can find the complete details and guidelines for making requests on Teaching Resources.
If you have a project proposal online, here's how to submit it for consideration:
- Begin by visiting my Caring Classroom Facebook page and clicking the Like button to follow it.
- Check back each Sunday morning to find the Fund-day Sunday request that goes out at 8 a.m. EST.
- Donate at least $1 to a project on the Caring Classrooms Giving Page on Sunday before you post your own project link. If there's a matching code available, please use it.
- Post a link to one of your project proposals along with a short description of the project and why it's important to you. Please tell which project you donated to on the giving page.
- Check back on the Facebook page throughout the day to see if your project was selected.
When I was in the classroom, I received thousands of dollars of funding from DonorsChoose, and it meant so much to receive that kind of support. Now that I'm no longer teaching, I love being able to help dedicated classroom teachers who give so much of themselves. I applaud all of you for the difference you are making in your students' lives!