Over $40,000 Donated
160+ Classroom Projects Funded
Reaching Almost 13,000 Students
With a longstanding commitment to education, the Community Foundation announced in January that they invested in DonorsChoose.org to support teachers and their special classroom projects in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Community Foundation wants to improve the learning experience in our classrooms, and they’re seeking the support of the community to help double their impact.
The Community Foundation will match every dollar donated in any amount that supports a Palm Beach or Martin County classroom project featured on DonorsChoose.org, up to $70,000. As of April 11th, over $40,000 has been donated to support 160+ projects, reaching almost 13,000 students. The match opportunity expires in January 2014 or until the total match dollars are met, whichever comes first. To jumpstart the campaign, the Community Foundation provided gift cards to residents throughout the community and encouraged donors to support local projects – bringing the total investment to $100,000.
DonorsChoose.org engages the community in the public school system by providing a simple and personal way to help our teachers. A variety of classroom projects featured on the website describe the goals of the projects and the materials needed. When classroom projects reach their funding goal, DonorsChoose.org ships the project materials directly to the classroom. New classroom projects are added every day on DonorsChoose.org.
“Together we can help support one of our community’s most important assets – our educators,” comments Jillian Vukusich, Director of Community Investment. “We all have the same goal in mind: to help our students receive the best education possible. DonorsChoose.org gives teachers a chance to have a greater set of tools to enrich the learning experience.”
The Community Foundation’s investment was made possible by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation, which addresses needs in arts and culture, education, the environment and community development.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTIES: As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation works for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in multiple ways, playing multiple roles. For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future. Since 1972, the Foundation has invested over $94 million in Palm Beach and Martin Counties and has awarded grants and led initiatives that address food security, affordable housing and education.