DonorsChoose.org: An Innovative Internet Philanthropy Goes National

DonorsChoose.org: An Innovative Internet Philanthropy Goes National

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Abstract

In 2000, Charles Best (Yale College ’98), a social studies teacher at an alternative public high school in the South Bronx, found himself frustrated because his school did not have access to many of the resources available in other New York City public schools. Best and his colleagues were able to secure basic materials, but they were unable to bring many creative classroom projects to fruition, because they lacked financial support.

Best believed that there were many people who would be willing to fund small projects that quickly improved classroom performance and educational opportunities; however, the challenge was to connect donors with appropriate projects.

In an attempt to solve this problem, Best founded DonorsChoose.org, a website that would match donors directly with New York City public school ...

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