Web Sites: DonorsChoose.org
Why I am recommending this site:
"Here's a really cool site I discovered this last week. I got a $100 gift certificate from eBay to use at this site because I donate a portion of all my painting sales to charitable organizations through their eBay Giving Works program. I had so much fun "spending" my gift certificate. I helped buy art supplies for a Kindergarten class, a pottery wheel for a grade school art class, and supplies for a teen marimba band. It's such a cool set up they've got going on." -- Janece, a satisfied donor
From the Site:
DonorsChoose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, a teacher impact letter, and an expenditure report showing that their tax-deductible gift was spent as directed.