glyph 515: teacher, school, charity, nonprofit, education, community, support, donation, arts, classroom, reading, literacy, poverty, student, children, child ... nonprofit, entrepreneurial benevolence, distributed compassion —glyph by Pat Wagner

donor managed giving and communication with recipients

Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students. At, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy. (from the site)

I have donated to this group a number of times. I am most impressed with the model of accountability that works with teachers and schools to ensure that the money is spent wisely and well. You can pick a community, a kind of school, a kind of community, specific student demographics, and specific classroom interests. I tend to support literacy programs in places where I have a personal connection, such as my childhood neighborhood in Chicago. Extremely professional-looking interface - excellent software! —Pat Wagner
September 24, 2011; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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