The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to match donations to classroom projects in grades K-12 in Linn County public schools.
DonorsChoose.org is a national nonprofit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. When public school teachers create classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, donors can give any amount to the projects that inspire them, and the Community Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for each donation for projects totaling $2,500 or less.
Currently, there are 37 project requests created by teachers in Linn County on DonorsChoose.org.
“DonorsChoose.org provides an accessible way for community members to support education,” says Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. “It is an easy way for teachers to share their needs and for community members to provide support.”
In total, the Community Foundation has $25,000 of match funding available for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The DonorsChoose.org match will replace the former grant application process for the Fund for Educational Excellence at the Community Foundation.
“We felt by offering the match, we can leverage donor giving to double the impact,” says Naylor. “It’s an easy way for donors to support public school education.”
Last year, the Community Foundation match provided funding to 62 projects, reaching 6,650 students in Linn County.
For more information, visit https://www.gcrcf.org/teachers-students/.
For more information on the partnership, please contact Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319.774.2373.