View Full Version : All LA Metro Wasserman Foundation donates $4 million to Donors Choose to help buy classroom supplies for L.A. schools

11-28-2011, 10:23 AM
From L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teacher-donations-20111127,0,2611195.story) by Rick Rojas:
It has long been common practice for teachers to spring for a few items for their classrooms: a pack of highlighters, a ream of paper, art supplies for a class project.

But at a time of severe budget cuts, there are more materials than ever that schools just can't provide. And sometimes, such items are relatively costly: a set of books, a sound system or an iPad.

As a result, teachers are turning increasingly to programs like the nonprofit website Donors Choose, which offers teachers a platform to make pleas for funding help for their classrooms.

"We don't have all the resources we need for our students," said Daniel Gettinger, who teaches Algebra II at Huntington Park High School. He has turned to Donors Choose to get graphing calculators and a document camera for his classroom. "I want to do everything I can to help my students achieve at every level."

In Los Angeles, more teachers are likely to see their wish lists funded after a $4-million donation to Donors Choose this month by the Wasserman Foundation, an L.A.-based philanthropic organization. The money will be used for gift cards for Donors Choose that will be sent to the families of public school children, who then can use the cards to buy gifts for schools in Los Angeles, and to match donations from others in the community.

"It's going to ensure that every household can be a microphilanthropist," said Charles Best, a former teacher in the Bronx who founded the online program 11 years ago.

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