Showing posts with label Donors Choose. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Donors Choose. Show all posts

Monday, October 9, 2017

Grants for Teachers

Most of us could use more money for our classrooms. Whether we need to by basics like tissues and glue or we need funds to take students on a field trip, there is grant money available that can help us out. I have done some research and want to share some of the sites I have found with you. You will still have to invest the time to apply, but hopefully this post will save you some valuable time.

One thing to keep in mind about grants is that many ask for very similar information. Keep this information in a Google Doc so that it is easy to get to. You can easily keep track of demographic information in a Doc as well. Just remember to update it each year.


  • Tech & Learning Grants Central - This website provides tips about writing grants as well as links to grants that are posted by their deadlines. 
  • CenturyLink Grants Teachers and Technology Grants- this is open to all educators who live in a region this is served by CenturyLink. A simple series of questions at the beginning of the grant will tell you if you are qualified or not. 
  • DonorsChoose- This service can be used to request funds to improve your classroom or for professional development. There are a few steps involved when setting up a DonorsChoose project, but it is a really good program. 
  • Teach.com Grants- List of 20 grants available to teachers. 
  • GrantWatch- Searchable list of grants for teachers. 
  • Grants.gov- hundreds of grants specifically for education.
  • TeachersCount- Dozens of grants that include a description, deadline, and maximum award. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Three Ways You Could Get Free Stuff for Your Classroom

As the new school year starts many teachers will look around their classrooms and compile lists of things that they need or would like to have. Many teachers will end up cracking into their personal bank accounts to get those things. Before you run off to Walmart, do a little research and you just mind find that you can get some of the things you need without spending your own money. Here are three online resources you can try to get supplies for your classroom this year.

Donors Choose is a non-profit organization with a mission of helping under-funded schools. Donors Choose uses the term "citizen philanthropy" to describe its program. Donors Choose essentially solicits funding from private citizens (and some corporations) which get to choose the projects they wish to fund. Donors can donate as much as they like to one or more projects. Donors Choose provides potential donors with information about the projects that need funding and the financial situation of the schools submitting requests. (Donations made through Donors Choose are tax deductible, but as always, check with your tax professional).

Giving Getting is a website whose goal is to help people exchange free material gifts. The process for using Giving Getting seems straight-forward. If you're in need of something, register and request it. Giving Getting will then try to match you with a donor that has that item to give.

Classwish is a service through which teachers can find people willing to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. Classwish operates in a very similar manner to Donors Choose. On Classwish, teachers can create a wish list of supplies that they need for classrooms that aren't provided in their school budgets. People looking to help teachers can purchase products on a teacher's list and receive a tax deduction for their purchase.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Giving Getting - Give or Get Free Stuff

Giving Getting is a new service, launched in January, with the goal of helping people exchange free material gifts. The process for using Giving Getting seems straight-forward. If you're in need of something, register and request it. Giving Getting will then try to match you with a donor that has that item to give.

Applications for Education
An unfortunate fact about teachers is that many of us spend money out of our own pockets for classroom supplies. A service like Giving Getting could help teachers reduce the need to dig into their own pockets to buy classroom supplies.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Find Money for Your School - Grant Gopher
Donors Choose - Teachers Ask, Students Learn
iLove Schools Helps Teachers Get Supplies

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

iLoveSchools Helps Teachers Get Supplies

iLoveSchools is a free service that helps teachers get supplies for their classrooms. iLoveSchools operates in a manner similar to that of Donors Choose and Class Wish. To get classroom supplies teachers register on iLove Schools and create a list of items that they would like to have for their classrooms. Donors then visit iLove School to choose a classroom to which they would like to donate supplies. A donor can contribute money toward purchasing the items a teacher has listed or a donor can contribute the actual items.

Applications for Education
As school budgets get tighter and tighter, services like iLove Schools are going to become more valuable to teachers. If you find yourself needing classroom supplies you may want to consider trying a service like iLove Schools before dipping into your own pockets.

Monday, April 13, 2009

iLove Schools - Free Classroom Supplies

iLove Schools is a non profit organization that aims to provide teachers with classroom supplies that their schools don't provide. iLove Schools operates in a manner similar to that of Donors Choose and Class Wish. To get classroom supplies teachers register on iLove Schools and create a list of items that they would like to have for their classrooms. Donors can visit iLove School to choose a classroom to which they would like to donate supplies.

Applications for Education
As school budgets get tighter and tighter in response to the economy, services like iLove Schools are going to become more valuable to teachers. If you find yourself needing classroom supplies you may want to consider trying a service like iLove Schools before dipping into your own pockets.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Class Wish - School Supply Help for Teachers

Classwish is a service through which teachers can find people willing to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. Classwish operates in a very similar manner to Donors Choose. On Classwish, teachers can create a wish list of supplies that they need for classrooms that aren't provided in their school budgets. People looking to help teachers can purchase products on a teacher's list and receive a tax deduction for their purchase.

Applications for Education
Classwish, like Donors Choose, provides a great free service to teachers through which they can get the supplies they need for their classrooms. Register on Classwish to create your wishlist. If you would like to see how one teacher is using Classwish check out Kate's list on Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Support Scott McLeod in Donors Choose Challenge

Donors Choose, an organization that provides grants for classroom teachers, is having a "bloggers challenge." (Read more about Donors Choose).I thought about participating in the challenge myself, but then I realized that most of my audience is composed of the very people that will be applying for grants.

Dr. Scott McLeod, the author of Dangerously Irrelevant, is participating in the Donors Choose blogger challenge. (Read the details of the challenge). In case you're not familiar with Dangerously Irrelevant it is a blog about the role of education in technology. Much of the work that Dr. McLeod does is helping school administrators adopt the use of technology in their schools. Dr. McLeod is challenging some of the "A-Listers" (TechCrunch and Robert Scoble) of the tech blogging world so he could use some support. If you know someone that is interested in donating to a very good cause or causes please direct that person to Dangerously Irrelevant. By the way, the prize for winning the Donors Choose Challenge is nothing more than bragging rights.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Donors Choose - Teachers Ask, Students Learn

Donors Choose is an exciting program for teachers. Donors Choose is a non-profit organization with a mission of helping under-funded schools. Donors Choose uses the term "citizen philanthropy" to describe its program. Donors Choose essentially solicits funding from private citizens (and some corporations) which get to choose the projects they wish to fund. Donors can donate as much as they like to one or more projects. Donors Choose provides potential donors with information about the projects that need funding and the financial situation of the schools submitting requests. (Donations made through Donors Choose are tax deductible, but as always, check with your tax professional).

For teachers Donors Choose is essentially a "micro grant" program. Teachers submit requests for money for supplies that they need for their classroom. Requests range from $200 for basic classroom materials to $1000 or more for supplementary books. The next time you're wishing you had just a little bit more money to meet a need for your classroom, considering applying to Donors Choose.

Below are two videos about the Donors Choose program.