Matching Gifts to Classrooms Through DonorsChoose

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is once again partnering with DonorsChoose to match donations to classroom projects of teachers in Linn County public schools. The match began on August 3, 2020. So far, it has supported nearly 50 projects, reaching 4,000 local students.

DonorsChoose is a national nonprofit, founded in 2000, that allows teachers to crowdsource funding for supplies, projects and equipment. Donors can give to schools in their area, to teachers they know, or to any classroom with an unmet need.  The Community Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose since 2015.

The Community Foundation’s Fund for Educational Excellence, which provides matching grants, was established in 1990 to support teachers in creative, innovative, and effective classroom projects. Currently, the fund offers $25,000 in matching grants through DonorsChoose for the 2020-21 school year.

“Supporting students and their teachers in learning has become much more challenging with the pandemic and now the derecho,” says Rochelle Naylor, Senior Program Officer at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. “In this time of uncertainty, we are so pleased to offer this match to help Linn County teachers meet the needs of their students as this challenging school year begins.”

To give to a classroom project, click here.

To view an up-to-date summary of the Community Foundation’s match—including projects, schools and number of students and teachers supported, click here.