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Classroom Funding Follow-up: Promoting Your Project

In our previous blog post, we talked about how teachers can fund larger classroom projects through sites like Donors Choose. Perhaps by now, you’ve already created a project listing. That’s great! But after you finish your listing, you’re only halfway done. Remember, your chances of being funded increase exponentially with each personal contact you make and every e-mail you send. So, to expedite the funding process, you need a good promotion plan.
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Classroom Funding Spotlight: Donors Choose

According to the NEA, teachers annually spend almost $2,000 out of pocket for their classrooms. And most of that money goes for supplies. However, when teachers need to fund a larger project—for anything from a school fieldtrip to technology updates—they generally need outside help. And that help may seem hard to come by, especially in disadvantaged areas. Fortunately, today’s educators can turn to online crowdfunding as a strategy. And Donors Choose is one of the best crowdfunding organizations out there for teachers. Background Info Donors Choose began when a Bronx, NY high school history teacher launched a philanthropic website dedicated to teachers’ project requests. Once celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert got on board, the site really went into overdrive. The Gates Foundation also offered support. To date, Donors Choose has helped teachers fund well over half a million projects in all fifty states.
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Can't Afford New Classroom Computers? Try This

You’ve trimmed your technology budget again. Meanwhile, some of your schools still put up with computers from the Stone Age, and something has to give. You just hope that ‘something’ isn’t another aging computer. Meanwhile, each school's computer lab serves an increasing number of special-needs and English language learners every day. And therein lies the problem. Where can a busy administrator find affordable--maybe even free--computers for classrooms?
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