Innovation Inspiration From Nonprofits

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Offer Myriad Feel-Good Options: Donors Choose

Charles Best, a social studies teacher who taught at Wings Academy in the Bronx, founded DonorsChoose.org as a way for teachers to fund their classroom projects. Think of it as Kickstarter for educators in needy communities. Using a self-produced video, teachers explain why the need the money, and how they plan to use it. Since launching a decade ago, DonorsChoose.org has funded more than 200,000 classroom projects through more than 500,000 donors.

Lesson: Crowd-sourcing funding can be an effective way to pay for a project.