August 7, 2018

Tech Tip Tuesday - Donors Choose Tips to Getting Your Project Funded

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

I LOVE using Donors Choose for needed (and wanted) classroom materials. I won't lie, it's a lot of work, but it is worth it! 

This week only, teachers new to Donors Choose can earn a $50 credit towards their project. I can help you get your projects rocking and rolling. Click HERE to use my referral link to sign up for Donors Choose. 

7 Ways to Get Your Project Funded

1.  Post your project on Facebook. At the bottom of your project, there is always the option to share it with others. If you ask others to share this too, it will help get your name out there. Some of my biggest supporters have come from people that are friends of my friends. 
Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
2.  If you are new to Donors Choose, you get a bonus! During the first week of your project, you are issued a special code which allows all your donations to be doubled. Keep in mind, people do need to put this code in on the checkout page for it to work. This is definitely helpful if you know family or friends will donate.

3.  Keep your projects small - about $200. It's easy to get carried away and keep requesting tons of things. It's difficult to get large projects funded, especially for beginners. With matching offers, a $200 project has the chance to get funded in days.

4.  Look for projects that have matching donations. Since I have created so many projects, I am no longer eligible for the first week matching donations. There is a spot, however, that does have donations if you know how to find it.
On the projects screen, scroll down and look at the left side. Click on Match Offers. 
Put in your state in the blank and see what pops up. I have used this information to write projects of things that I need that automatically was doubled with these offers.

5.  Always have a project going! (This reminds me that I need to write one ASAP!) Throughout the year, there are people/businesses that will flash fund or match projects (especially around Teacher Appreciation Month). Now is the perfect opportunity to create a project! Usually there is a Back to School match that comes up mid August...Hint! Hint!

6. Thank your donors. Instead of waiting until the end of your project to thank donors, write a thank you after each donation. A little personal touch definitely entices people to want to donate more!

7. When writing your project, definitely personalize it. Really get people to feel an emotional connection to your class. A great picture definitely helps with this. I personally have a bunch of students holding up letters that say Thank You!

If you need more help with Donors Choose, please send me an email at and I would be happy to help you along! Now, I have to run. I need to write a new project for this school year!

Check out all the technology resources I have HERE.

What areas are you looking for help when it comes to technology in the classroom?

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