Teacher Donation Sites

Teachers are increasingly using crowdfunding as a means to secure donations of goods or funds to equip their classrooms. Crowdfunding can be described as the practice of raising money by asking individuals and groups to support a project or cause when federal, state and local support is not available or sufficient. These solicitations are considered fundraisers and are subject to District rules and practices. Teachers must get approval from their building principal before launching a crowdfunding campaign. This helps ensure coordinated planning of fundraising efforts so that various groups do not operate at cross purposes. Information is provided below for several popular crowdfunding sites used by teachers.

A free, safe online e-wallet account to educators who want to solicit financial support from the community. Teachers can use the money to purchase books, games, and other educational supplies through the online vendors associated with the site. 

A website that allows teachers, school staff or volunteers to easily post and share school supply lists and teacher wish lists with class parents instantly.

Digital Wish
Digital Wish allows teachers to create a classroom technology wish list that donors can browse through and make donations that teachers can use to purchase items directly or give money to a particular classroom, allowing educators to spend donated funds for their classrooms at checkout. 

Public school teachers can post online requests for equipment and supplies. Then donors can browse the requests in a digital database and make a contribution. Once a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose delivers the materials to the school.


Members of parent-teacher groups can register their school on Schoola.com and find local merchants to partner with. Schoola, a for-profit company, provides the platform for parents and vendors to negotiate deals and discounts, including the percentage of funds that go to the school with each purchase. Parents then print out a coupon and bring it to the vendor when they are buying goods or services.

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