Donor's Choose!

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  1. TeachingTy2010

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    Hi there everyone...


    Well first here is my link to my latest donor's choose submission:

    http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=480715


    I was just wondering how you get support for your project to get fully funded..I already try and get support from facebook and my twitter accounts...
     
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  3. ChristyF

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    I've been really lucky with Donors Choose. I just got my materials for my 8th project that they've gotten funded for me. I will say that the highest I've ever had funded was just over $400. The smaller projects tend to be funded more quickly. I do post my project on Facebook and have gotten a few small donations that way. Good luck with your project, I know it will make a large impact in your room!
     
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    You can put it in your newsletter, saying something like, "If you know anyone who likes to support schools with tax-exempt donations, let them know about or Donor's Choose project."
     
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    I have never had a problem getting funded. I put it on my facebook page and that's it. That said, I never get donations from people I know, it's random people and businesses who want to support teachers.
     
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    I would love to have a Donors Choose style website for Canada! If anyone hears of one, let me know!
     
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    I've never promoted my project and have always been funded.
     
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    I wish I knew the secret to being funded, but I guess sometimes it's just luck and chance. I think that the Thank you package is VERY important too. I have had a few return donors.

    I would also think about any connections that you have. My dad's company has a charity foundation. They funded one of my projects. They told me to keep them in mind if I ever had another project. So a few months later, I created another project and contacted them, but it got funded by 42 generous strangers! The company told me that they really wanted to support up to $1,000 and asked me to write another proposal... I did and they committed to funding it within 20 minutes of it being posted.

    My classroom had five projects funded last month! I have no idea what it was that caused donors to pick ours, but my kids are ecstatic. None of them had any sort of match offers. There were a lot of donations last month for tax deduction purposes, but I had teammates that didn't get any donations. I don't know what made our projects more appealing.... I wish I did so that I could use that to our advantage!

    I did send out about 30 letters two weeks ago to local restaurants and businesses. I was hoping that this would get at least a few small contributions, but I think my letters were ignored. It's too bad that organizations in the neighborhood would not support our classrooms. It took a lot of time and energy, and I don't think I would do it again.
     
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    I also don't promote mine either and also have had great luck. Just recently I had a $400 funded with 19 different small donations.

    I always try to put something in the title that will attract the attention of someone with a cause. If it's for art supplies-lots of people want to support arts in schools. For GT/Special Ed kids-I put that in the title, that way if people are searching out a specific interest, it will come up.
     
  10. ChristyF

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    That's a good point, Kinder! I tend to write the proposals the way I speak, so I try to bring in something catchy and funny. I tell my students all the time to start their writing with a "hook", so I try to do the same. (For example, the proposal that was funded to buy owl pellot kits for my room had a title something like "You want us to touch what??") I know myself when I go through projects I tend to gravitate to interesting titles. Also, I try to "pay it forward". Everytime I get a project funded, I go and find a project that is close, and pay the remainder. It feels good to help other teachers.
     
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    That's great! I actually just finished off a project for an elementary Autism classroom. I was really excited when I saw it was a male teacher and knew that it was the project I wanted. We really need more men involved at the elementary level... the kids need that positive male role model (this is coming from someone at a school where we only have 1 male teacher on staff- PE).
     

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