Organization Name: DonorsChoose

Focus Area: Littlest Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2005
Status: Alumni
DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, more than 4 million people and partners have contributed $880 million to support 1.5 million teacher requests for classroom resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders.

Why We Invested

After our initial grant in 2005 to help the organization achieve national scale, in 2017 as DonorsChooselaunched for the first time with Head Start teachers across the country, it sparked our imagination around how their platform could support specific needs in early childhood classrooms. Through an Early Learning Innovation Challenge, Omidyar Network and DonorsChoose collaborated to ask pre-K teachers to submit their most creative project ideas for using technology in their classrooms.