I just joined in May of 2017 and have managed to raise thousands of dollars worth of needed supplies for my classroom (I'm a first-year teacher and I have 4 completely different preps. I need a lot of stuff!) So far, parents of my students haven't donated anything. I have benefitted form MANY match offers (a philanthropist or corporation creates a match offer on DC and teachers write projects that qualify, then the corporation matches every donation that is made to your project.) Some are dollar-for-dollar matches and some are even better, 3-to-one or 5-to-1 matches. DonorsChoose.org is actually well known for being incredibly transparent. They only take $30 per project written, with an additional optional donation that donors can choose not to give. But, it's worth it, I think, because of the work that they do finding awesome matching partners. Most of my donors have been people I don't personally know.