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Support Dublin School Projects via DonorsChoose.org

December 2, 2010

Have you ever thought about where your money goes when you make a charitable donation for public education?  An innovative web-based charity, Donors Choose, lets you direct your donations to specific projects.  Donors Choose describes themselves this way: “Our mission is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist.”

Donors Choose enables individual teachers to describe a classroom project – and share that project with the world via the Internet.  The power of small donations is then harnessed to fund those projects – and donors get to choose exactly where a donation is directed (hence “Donors Choose”).  Oprah Winfrey recently included Donors Choose on Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things 2010.

There have already been several projects in Dublin public schools funded via Donors Choose (two of those success stories have been written up in Dublin Patch – see below for links to those articles as well as a special Borders promotion with Donors Choose taking place this weekend Dec 4-5).

If you are looking to share some holiday donations with Dublin public schools, below are shortcuts to Dublin public school projects.  Each project was submitted by a teacher and describes exactly how the funding will be used.  Donors Choose purchases and ships the item(s) requested by the teacher, notifying the school principal, and requires feedback from the teacher on the project.  The goal is complete transparency.  More information on how Donors Choose works is available here.  Here are links to Dublin public school projects listed on Donors Choose (projects can be added at any time – you can search by County, School, type of project, and many other attributes):

  • Dublin High School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Fallon School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Wells Middle School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Dublin Elementary School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Frederiksen Elementary School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • John Green Elementary School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Murray Elementary School Donors Choose projects: click here
  • Valley High School Donors Choose projects: click here

(From the Dublin High PFSO update) This weekend, Borders, DonorsChoose.org and Perseus Books, inspired by the documentary “Waiting for Superman”, are partnering to enable consumers to donate $15 to classrooms in need.  On Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 any customer making a purchase at any Borders store will immediately receive a $15 gift card to make a donation to a classroom on DonorsChoose.org.  To apply the gift card, choose one of the projects from the links above (or find a project on the Donors Choose website) and enter the promotional code to donate the $15 to support arts, literacy and education.  More information on the Borders promotion is available here.

Dublin Patch articles on successful local Donors Choose projects:

Note: OneDublin.org is not affiliated with Donors Choose – we just think it is a very cool idea.


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