Kauffman Foundation and DonorsChoose.org Partner to Fund Classroom Projects Led by Kansas City Public School Teachers

Project will give local students greater access to educational materials and enhanced learning opportunities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 9, 2015) — A 3-D printer. Microscopes. Yoga balls for 30 kindergartners. These are the kind of school supplies teachers often can’t afford on their own. But teachers across the country have gotten them into their classrooms, thanks to generous contributors to DonorsChoose.org.

Kansas City educators will have the opportunity to benefit from a new partnership between the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and DonorsChoose.org. A $200,000 grant from the Foundation to the charitable organization will be used in part to provide matching funding to donations made on DonorsChoose.org to teachers in low-income public schools within 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, local citizens can browse projects and make financial contributions as little as $1. Each qualifying donation will receive matching funding.

“This is a great opportunity for the Kansas City community to rally around its educators and to help fund classroom projects that will engage students and lighten the load a bit on their teachers,” said Aaron North, vice president of Education at the Kauffman Foundation.

Additionally, the Kauffman Foundation will distribute 2,500 gift cards worth $30 each at community events and civic organizations throughout the winter. Card recipients can log on to donorschoose.org/kansascity, enter the code printed on the card and contribute the $30 to the project of their choice.

“We hope this project will contribute to strengthening community engagement in Kansas City schools and offer citizens a chance to engage in supporting teachers in a new way,” said North.

DonorsChoose.org estimates that the Kauffman Foundation grant will reach 450 classroom projects serving as many as 13,000 low-income students in greater Kansas City.

“Thanks to the Kauffman Foundation, hundreds of Kansas City teachers won’t have to dig as deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “We are humbled by the commitment the Kauffman Foundation has made to ensuring students have the materials and resources they need most and excited about how this campaign will engage the local community.”

To post a classroom project proposal or make a donation to a qualifying project, go to donorschoose.org/kansascity

About DonorsChoose.Org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at more than 68 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.9 million people have donated $369 million to projects that inspire them. More than 16 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology and other resources that they need to learn. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.