As I was beginning my first year teaching, I realized I didn’t have the monetary means to get the supplies I needed for my first classroom. Because of donorschoose.org, I was able to get EVERY item on my Amazon Wishlist for FREE thanks to the generosity of several individuals and companies. See my best classroom funding tips below!
My Top 3 Tips for Successful Classroom Fundin
1. Have a project you are passionate about! Has your class been desperately needing new personal whiteboards? Do you want to provide your students with books that represent all kinds of backgrounds? Would new math manipulatives help make your lessons more engaging? Start a project for it! See examples of some great project ideas.
2. Join Facebook Groups. 100% of my funding came through Facebook. These groups were so supportive of me in getting started, some members even donated to my projects! Here are my favorites:
Donor’sChoose Teacher’s Community
Donor’sChoose Projects for Teachers
3. Be Aware of Match Offers. There are hundreds of generous companies and organizations that will match your donations! Here is a list of some matches teachers are currently benefiting from them. When you create your first project, Donor’sChoose will help you find match offers to help you maximize the amount of classroom funding you receive!
Create your first project here: http://share.donorschoose.org/VjdCm
BONUS: I just started a YouTube channel to help give you tips and steps to create successful projects!
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