The winning schools were selected at random, and they are:
Aldine Independent School District, Houston TX
· 66,000 students 82 schools
· 32 active projects: http://bit.ly/aldineschools
Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia PA
· 202,000 students
· 339 Schools
· 303 Donors Choose Projects: http://bit.ly/phillyschools
Hot Springs District, Hot Springs, AR
· 3718 students
· 8 schools
· 5 Donors Choose Projects: http://bit.ly/hotspringsschools
Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA
· 41,000 students
· 37 Schools
· 1 Donors Choose Project: http://bit.ly/cheorkeeschools
Social Sentinel and NSBA elected to use DonorsChoose gift cards to ensure funds go directly to projects selected by teachers and school administrators and to encourage community members to lend their support. The nonprofit DonorsChoose stimulates crowdfunding for school projects, allowing donations to have immediate impact on classrooms.
To date, 81 percent of public schools in the United States have had at least one project request on DonorsChoose.org, and more than 1 million projects have been funded.
DonorsChoose.org is a United States–based nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Founded in 2000 by former public school teacher Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org was among the first civic crowdfunding platforms of its kind. The organization has been given Charity Navigator’s highest rating every year since 2005.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.nsba.org.