Fifty for Fifty with Donors Choose

Fred joined the board of Donors Choose a few years ago and I was thrilled to see him get involved with such an amazing organization.  Not only am I a huge fan of Charles Best who is the visionary behind Donors Choose, I adore the Chairperson, Peter Bloom. 

What I love about Donors Choose is simple.  They have made it possible for anyone to make a donation directly to the classroom.  Your choice, your location, your project, your thing.  We all know that the education system is in desperate need of change.  Donors Choose didn't set out to fix it the system but what they did set out to do was help by funneling direct donations to go into the hands of the teacher who in turn uses the money in his or her classroom to buy books, buy science equipment or take a special trip, etc.  No red tape. 

This year, Fred and I turn 50 (gasp!) and together we have curated a page that connects kids with their families and communities.  Something we feel very strongly about.  It isn't just about to the school system and teachers but families and communities need to be involved too in order for a kid to succeed. 

I will have a widget up on my blog that will be there for the month.  Please give.  It is really a wonderful organization and you can be sure that your donation is going directly to the cause you are supporting.


Comments (Archived):

  1. daryn

    I’m a huge fan of Donors Choose, and love that you two are doing this together this year!Also, 50! Congrats.

  2. Fernando Gutierrez

    Happy birthday to both of you! that’s a great way of celebrating.I’ll add something to your petition to anyone reading this. Give and, if can, promote. Put a widget in your blog or website. I’ve already done it and it’s really easy (and if you don’t know how to do it contact me, I’ll happily help). The code is here:

    1. Gotham Gal

      thanks fernando. so great of you.

  3. Erin Newkirk

    Hooray for 50. Hooray for Donors Choose. SUCH a coolIdea, Joanne.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I admit, it was Fred’s doing…and a great idea!

  4. Lisa Small

    Through, I was able to donate to a local elementary school the last amount needed to purchase certain language and linguistics materials and technology that they needed for the upcoming school year.  What a great feeling that was!  I’m another fan of Donors Choose!

    1. Gotham Gal

      love that!

  5. Lauren

    50 is nothing…. ha  now 51 is another storywant to continue to donate i love the kids letters

  6. Charles Best

    2,411 students already reached by the gotham gal and AVC communities, with 30 classroom projects funded and counting!  Check them out: you, Joanne.

  7. Karen

    I have a project on Donor’s Choose (Go EMAIL Your Parents) and woke up this morning to about $300 in donations from your 50th Birthday Celebration! I had to research who you both were…lol! Wow! That’s all I can say. Thank you so much for including my project on your list. These donations are making my day…and will make my school year!! You have no idea what this means to me… It is almost funded. In a time when teachers are spending more than ever and getting a lot of negative feedback…you make me continue to believe that there are people who care and support the children, and their teachers. It makes the hard times better. Thank you so much for what you’ve done.

    1. Gotham Gal

      teachers are doing the hard work. we should be celebrating their efforts as you are the educators of the next generation. thanks for doing what you do.

  8. Scott Nixon


    1. Gotham Gal

      thanks scott

  9. Mrs. T

    Very much appreciate your help with my project Family Reading Time – Lee Conmigo.  I know my students and their parents will love the opportunity to read together as soon as it is funded.

    1. Gotham Gal

      we are overwhelmed by the amount of money that came in to support donors choose. glad you and your students will reap the benefits!