Donors Choose

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Deeena, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Miss W

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    I was funded a few months ago for 4 Tag Readers and 2 Tag libraries to go with them. It took almost the entire 6 months to get funded.
    I have new project up for non-fiction books and was 1/2 way funded by the 2nd day. We'll see how long it takes if it does get all the way through.
    I have a 3rd project in the works for a series of enrichment books. I'm waiting to finish this until later.
     
  2. Miss84

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    Yea I was kind of shocked that this org. wasn't extended to all schools. I teach in a low-income private school (yea this sounds like an oxy-moron, but they do exist), where 90% of our kids are on the free-reduced lunch program, but because I am not in a public school-I can't request for things we desperately need, very discouraging.
     
  3. Teaching Grace

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    I've tried it but I apparently wasn't a very good writer as my items were never funded. I could never figure out how to get more points either. You only get like 3 and if they aren't funded, oh well.
     
  4. DrivingPigeon

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    I teach in a "minimal poverty" school, and have never had a project funded. I try to keep the total cost low, too. So far it hasn't worked out well for me!
     
  5. dunwool

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    You definitely don't have to work in a low income school to submit a project, it just is more of an incentive for donors to give since at those poverty stricken schools they do not have the budgets to fund the necessary materials like bigger schools do. I have used it successfully this year and it is fabulous! Though, I would recommend to submit a project at the beginning of the school year because there are a LOT of donations during the holiday season and helps with funding quickly. Hope this helps and good luck!
     
  6. ChristyF

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    I tend to write my proposal as if I were sitting in front of the person telling them my plans. I sometimes get a little . . . "animated" when I talk and my writing often comes across that way. It's just like we tell the kids in their writing, we want it to be a loades, ooeey gooey hamburger, not a mayonaisse sandwich. I try and spice it up and use humor and be very clear on how it will help my kids. A large portion of it is luck, though. They have so many proposals and matching your proposal with the person who would love to fund it, that's an art. Definitely at least make your title eye catching. (I had one funded almost immediately to buy science materials to do owl pellets. The title was something like "You Want me to Touch THAT??!!" The person who funded it told me that the title is what drew them to my proposal.
    Also, be sure your read their newsletter. Several of my projects were written and funded because of specials that they had. (Disney Planet Challenge, etc).
    Good luck!! :)
     
  7. Deeena

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    I posted this topic about a month ago and after reading your replies, I decided to go ahead and post my project on Donors Choose. Anyway, today I found out that my project got fully funded! It only took a month. I am so excited! I definitely recommend teachers try donors choose!
     
  8. Teaching Grace

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    Has anyone had any problem with their writing not being good enough? I have had all of mine sent back saying I need to rewrite it.
     
  9. loves2teach

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    Really? I have never had that happen. I have had around 11 projects funded (and have 3 up now). I do agree with a previous poster that you need to be very specific and detailed in your post. I also put links in my newsletters to share with families. I have gotten some donations that way.
     
  10. Miss W

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    I've not had any sent back to me to rewrite. Then again, I've only had 3 projects that I've posted. I try to include some type of research to back up my requests.
     

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