Donor funds California teachers

Donors Choose lets public school teachers put their wish lists on the web for donors to find. This year, a caller asked Charles Best, the founder, how much it would cost to fund every California teacher’s project, reports the SF Chronicle. Best said, “Something over $1 million.”

Twelve hours later, the woman, Hilda Yao, executive director of the Claire Giannini Fund, sent Best an e-mail.

It said, in short, OK.

A day later, Yao mailed a check of more than $1.3 million to cover the entire California wish list, 2,233 projects in all, with an extra $100,000 tossed in to help pay for other teacher needs across the country.

The projects funded by the donation range from $100 for pencil sharpeners or paper to thousands of dollars for technology, Best said.

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  1. Homeschooling Granny says:

    Is this a noble charity or is this enabling the gross mismanagement of public money? In other words, why isn’t the $10,000 per student supposedly spent for the student’s benefit enough to buy basic classroom needs? Color me cynical but I suspect that money is siphoned off with the expectation that parents or someone will supply essentials.

  2. Teachers spend hundreds of dollars every year on classroom supplies etc. It has only gotten worse as the budget woes have increased.

  3. I love Donors Choose, because you can find, among all of the silly, over-the-top foolish projects, some real, basic, down-to-earth projects to put your money behind. A blanket donation to fund all California projects would be, in my humble opinion, a waste of money. Lots and lots of the projects (just go and look for yourself) are complete wastes of money.

    I’ve funded many projects on Donors Choose, but the “choose” part was a major factor in my decisions. Science kits for forth graders that include electromagnets and microscopes? Here’s my money. LCD projectors and PowerPoint licenses for teachers? Someone else can fund those.

    If you give $100 or more to a given project, the teacher will send you thank-you notes written by the students. My advice is to only do this for projects aimed at classrooms in the first or second grade. It’s totally depressing to get thank-you notes from eighth graders who can’t write complete sentences or spell a simple word like “donor”. I have a stack of thank-you notes addressed “Dear Doner” that just makes me sigh every time I see it. I can’t throw them away and don’t want to keep them…