What are some ways I as a teacher can help, my school, and / or my students?
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I have had six projects funded so far. I feel that part of the reason I have been so successful is that I make sure to not post anything unless I can clearly express the direct benefit to my students. Make sure you explain thoroughly why you want that project and that you know how to use it. For example, if you are ordering learning games; how do you plan to use them? How often? How will they help your students.
I have gotten at least 4 or 5 projects funded in the past 3 years. I try not to be too greedy and only shop for the things my students can truly use. I make sure to express the special needs of my students and how the donor's generosity will help them directly. I try to sound professional, yet approachable and I post my project on facebook and tell everyone I know about it. Don't give up. I did have one that was not funded, but I re-submitted a similar project for less money and it got funded immediately.
I also have had six projects funded thus far. Only asking for things that you definitely need is a great way to get your project funded. One thing that I always do is keep the price of the project under $500. That amount seems a lot more attainable and reasonable. Also I always keep an eye out for special promotions like friends and family match or when businesses partner with donorschoose and give away gift cards or codes. Those can be very helpful. Also remember to ask friends and family for help. You can always utilize the facebook option and post your project there.
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I have had several projects funded and the advice that I will give is be as proactive as you can with your projects. I put them on my classroom website, I send fliers home, I email parents when promotions are going on, and I try and enter all competitions such as Disney, so worth the effort. Best of Luck!
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I have had a number of projects funded. I believe there are a number of reasons. One, I choose items that will truly benefit my classroom. Also, I am a huge fan of integrating technology in my classroom, and the projects I choose usually involve technology. They allow my students a chance to collaborate with others all over the world, and to create projects that involve critical thinking. And lastly, I make sure I thank our donors! My kids always write wonderful letters from their heart, I have never told them what to write, they just write!
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Well, a good idea is to write a grant when Donors Choose offers "Matching Grants." That way, you're half the way there. Then, post it on Facebook and/or email everyone you know asking for just $10. When I do that, at least 5 people I know donate $10 and one donates more....so, that's $150-$200! I know you probably hate to ask friends and family for money, but, c'mon, it's $10! Everytime I have done this, someone else, some "anonomous" donor funds the rest! Really!
Also, when you write the grants, speak from your gut. Tell the readers how really bad it is, how we have to buy our own paper. How, if we need a ream of paper, we must put a request in writing, like we are asking for a fur coat. The public needs to know how really bad it is. Good luck!
Be as proactive as possible!
As a teacher I always have a running wishlist floating around in my head. Books, manipulatives and technology top my list. So what I tend to do is to let my ideas marinate for a bit as I record possible catchy titles and then I look for what is a matching grant through a foundation or corporation. Since I always have my idea list (whether on paper or in my head) it is easy to craft a grant that will benefit my classroom and be funded relatively quickly with the combined efforts of parents and corporations/foundations. It is exciting for parents to see that there dollars will be matched to benefit their classroom so that even my families who have the smallest budgets are able to give.
Great advice on here! I've had multiple grants funded over the last five years. I think it is important to sound professional; if you struggle with spelling and grammar, ask someone to proof your grant before you post it. I decided 3 yrs ago to become a regular donor, and I pass up grants where the teacher did not take the time to make sure everything was professional. Be clear about what you need and why, and don't spend too much time being wordy. I use my fb account, and the birthday page, and ask everyone to simply give $5.00, especially if there is a match code available. I find books and basics often get funded quickly. Make sure your title tells what your grant is about.
My best advice: become a donor yourself and analyze why you choose to fund a grant. I tend to help those asking for toilet paper and Sherman Alexie books, but every month I try to shop around a little. Make me WANT to help you!
I have been most successful with small projects that have a clear purpose.
Listening center, math centers, nonfiction titles, and one BIG project for a document camera.
For the large project I emailed my local newspaper and they printed my letter to the editor. I had a woman show up at school, two weeks later, with a $100 check! I also went to a local bank and asked for money, $200 was given!
Get out there and let people know what you need. People want to help!!!!
There are lots of great suggestions on the page. I agree that one of the best ways to get a project funded is to watch for what type of projects qualify for match offers. Don't be afraid to ask your friends, famiy members, and parents to support the projects you post. I check what special projects are being funded in my state before I write my proposals. I ask for items I really need.