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Masters of Scale Podcast: The Power of Small Goals

When Charles Best founded DonorsChoose from his Bronx classroom in 2000 — years before social media would exist or crowdfunding would become a word — he didn’t have many places to look for guidance. Yet when he found himself making copies of a book for his students to share early one morning, he found unusual inspiration in the Statue of Liberty and a British rock band. His small idea, with the help of his students, Oprah, Stephen Colbert, an impassioned corps of teacher volunteers, and a little bit of luck along the way, led to DonorsChoose, which has raised nearly $1 billion for classrooms over the last 20 years.

Listen as Charles tells the DonorsChoose story to Reid Hoffman, host of the podcast Masters of Scale, with a special cameo by Stephen Colbert, or read a transcript of the interview.

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