On March 10, Twitter founder and St. Louis native, Jack Dorsey, fully funded all of the Missouri classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org as part of the national #BestSchoolDay campaign. The effort brought together an estimated 50 philanthropists, founders and celebrities who "flash funded" DonorsChoose.org projects to the tune of more than $14 million.
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Through an existing partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and donorschoose.org, Dorsey’s funding was matched by the Foundation for all low-income public schools within Jackson, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri. This satisfied 81 local projects. Currently, the Foundation has $95,000 remaining to distribute to local schools in Jackson, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
To receive matching funds from the Kauffman Foundation grant, teachers at public schools in Kansas City where at least 40 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch can post project proposals on DonorsChoose.org/kansascity. Then, philanthropists, local citizens and even Jack Dorsey can select a project and make financial contributions as little as $1. Each qualifying donation will receive matching funding.
Here’s a glance at the #BestSchoolDay event in tweets: