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Flash Funding Helps Pay For Half of Teachers’ Projects on DonorsChoose.org to Create #BestSchoolDay

Flash Funding Helps Pay For Half of Teachers’ Projects on DonorsChoose.org to Create #BestSchoolDay

Celebrities have partnered with DonorsChoose.org to provide flash funding of $14 million for teacher projects across the country to create the #BestSchoolDay.

According to Fast Company, DonorsChoose.org CEO and founder Charles Best has been planning the release of the flash funding since last May, when Stephen Colbert announced he’d be paying for all teacher project requests in South Carolina.

Best took donations leading up until today, when he decided to release the funding at once to create the #BestSchoolDay.

"Today, a group of more than 50 philanthropists, athletes, founders, and celebrities will "flash fund" more than $14 million worth of DonorsChoose.org projects. That’s enough to complete more than half of all the projects on the crowdfunding site, Best says,” according to Fast Company.

Best is calling it the biggest day in the organization’s history.

Different big-name donors are covering the costs of projects in different areas.

Gwyneth Paltrow is funding projects in Santa Monica, Ashton Kutcher is funding projects in Iowa, and Serena Williams is taking care of projects in Compton, said Fast Company.

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian told Fast Company it was no-brainer when he was approached about helping the neighborhood he grew up in. Ohanian will be funding all projects in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/10/2016

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