US: Bill Gates will match your Back-To-School donation this weekend!
WORLD / U.S. – Bill Gates will match your donation dollar-for-dollar this weekend till 24th August 2014 on DonorsChoose.org.
This Back-To-School campaign by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation celebrates teachers and recognize the amazing work they do. To help make sure classrooms have what they need, the Foundation is offering to fund 50% of nearly any project on DonorsChoose.org — if citizen philanthropists like you provide the rest.
Teachers have enough things to worry about
According to his blog post, Bill Gates wrote:
“Teachers across the country are struggling to give their classes great tools for learning. I hear it from teachers whenever I visit a school. Some classrooms need computers, but others need more basic things: textbooks, building blocks, art supplies, even just a rug big enough for the whole class to sit on.”
“And with school starting up, this is an especially important time. Teachers have enough things to worry about right now. Getting the right supplies shouldn’t be one of them.”
What DonorsChoose.org does for teachers
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. You can donate as little as $1 to any project of your choice.
How the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps this week is true a collaboration with donors. “To make it easy for everyone to support teachers via DonorsChoose.org, our foundation will meet donors halfway. From August 22 through August 24, nearly every project on the site will be half off.”
“For example, if a $500 project gets $250 in donations in that time, we will match that with another $250 and fully fund the project. (We will match up to a total of $1 million.) You can search for a project now—there are thousands to choose from. Melinda and I are excited to be able to help teachers across the country get the things they need to help their students excel. We hope you’ll join us. When teachers and students have the right tools, there’s no telling where it will take them.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a strong supporter and advocate for education. “In the United States, our primary focus is on ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree with labor-market value. Our approach is to play a catalytic role—to support the development of innovative solutions in education that are unlikely to be generated by institutions working alone and that can trigger change on a broader scale. We also work to address issues of social inequity and poverty in Washington State, where the Gates family has lived for generations and the foundation makes its permanent home.”
Their focus ranged from supporting innovation that can improve U.S. K-12 public schools and ensure that students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college to ensuring that all students who seek the opportunity are able to complete a high-quality, affordable postsecondary education that leads to a sustaining career. Read more about their works here.
If you’d like to donate and let the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match your donation, visit the platform here.