• Have You Tried DonorsChoose.org?

    Posted by AVID Center on 8/26/2019

    DonorsChoose.org If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to raise funds for AVID at your school, look no further than DonorsChoose.org! DonorsChoose.org is specifically designed to help connect classroom teachers with funders to fulfill educational projects.

    DonorsChoose.org is a trusted partner to schools and districts, and the organization has put into place measures to ensure transparency, efficiency, and safety for every user. Since its founding in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has engaged 3,429,271 citizen donors, as well as dozens of generous corporate and foundation partners who provide matching funds to complement individual contributions.

    Examples of projects that DonorsChoose.org can support include, but are not limited to:

    • AVID professional learning
    • Classroom materials
    • AVID field trips
    • Supplies for events like College Signing Day

    Posting a project is simple! Just follow the three easy steps below.

    Step 1:

    Create an account on DonorsChoose.org/teachers.

    Step 2:

    Create a price quote. Teachers sometimes need to call or email their vendor to get a payment document for their project. Directions for how to accomplish this are accessible at https://bit.ly/2IALUnz.

    Step 3:

    Create your project. You will be asked to describe your students, and it is important to personalize your request and also be clear about why you are making this request. (NOTE: If you are requesting a specific AVID professional learning strand, make sure that you include the words “AVID—Advancement Via Individual Determination—Professional Learning Opportunity” in the title, so it is easily visible on the platform.)

    These tips can also help you get started:

    • Keep your project small—and specific. Most projects get funded at the $700–$800 level.
    • Share your project with everyone you know.
    • Use social media to expand your reach, including hashtags that might garner attention from funders.
    • Use photos.
    • Prepare your thank-you package ahead of the final funding.
    • Always have a project up on the site to access Flash Funders.
    • Access the DonorsChoose.org site and follow their blogs and emails.
      • Review the DonorsChoose.org/teachers page.
      • Check matching programs regularly.
      • As allowed by your district, send letters home and work with your local community.
      • Read all DonorsChoose.org emails for updates!
    • Join the AVID Educators Facebook page.
    • Join the Teacher @DonorsChoose.org Facebook page.
    • Visit giving pages, like Every Dollar Counts and Caring Classrooms.
    • Watch for contests and special announcements.
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