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Teaming up with Ariba!

When we decided to make DonorsChoose.org available to public school teachers nationwide, we knew that we’d have to apply cutting-edge technology to scale our back-office procurement, fulfillment, customer service, and financial operations. We announced today that we’ll be doing this by plugging DonorsChoose.org into Ariba’s on-demand “Spend Management” systems! We know that these back-office functions aren’t exactly the sexiest aspects of what we do. But they are critical to efficiently bringing classroom projects to life at scale. So we’re very excited to apply Ariba’s technology to help us serve even more teachers and students. Our tech team has already started
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Baltimore City STM Mentors Have “All The Right Stuff!”

All hats off to STM Mentor Elizabeth Allen of Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary-Middle in Baltimore City. She and Principal Lucy Miller will be spending their Monday and Tuesday afternoons helping their teachers write, edit, and post their supply requests to DonorsChoose.org. On these afternoons, both Allen and Miller will be fielding questions, editing essays, and working with teachers to post supply requests that are meaningful to their school and their students. In addition, all hats off to STM Mentor Kimberly Boles of Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Baltimore City. Heather managed to bring the highest percentage of her new teachers
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Prince George’s County Teacher Has “All The Right Stuff!”

Prince George’s County (MD) teachers have “All the Right Stuff.” Take Meredith Rowe, for instance. Meredith has posted 4 proposals with DonorsChoose.org between September 5th and November 10th of this year. Two of her proposals have already been funded, and she’s already started to use her requested supplies in the classroom. Meredith Rowe is also spreading the word about DonorsChoose.org to her colleagues at Robert Frost Elementary School. In no time, teachers throughout her school will also be requesting free supplies via DonorsChoose.org. Kudos to Meredith and to her awesome colleagues at Robert Frost Elementary! Comments
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Baltimore’s Systemic Teacher Mentors and Schools Have “All The Right Stuff”

For the last 3 weeks, Systemic Teacher Mentoring Schools in Baltimore City competed in the first-ever Post Off Challenge – an opportunity for instructional leaders to motivate their teachers to submit as many proposals as possible to DonorsChoose.org. At the end of the challenge, three STM schools (one elementary, one middle, and one high) would take home the prize of being considered Baltimore City’s STM Post-Off Challenge Winners garnering funding for participating teachers at their schools. It turned out that teachers at Belmont Elementary, Lemmel Middle School, and Augusta Fells Savage High School posted more proposals than any of their
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The 2007 DonorsChoose.org Blogger Challenge

Internet history has been made. During the month of October, more than a hundred bloggers inspired their readers to give $420,000 to classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, reaching 75,000 students from low-income communities. Winners: By raising $139,509, Tim Ferriss, creator of LitLiberation, won the Google Award. By mobilizing 1,099 readers and reaching 15,953 kids, TomatoNation won the Yahoo! Award and Six Apart Award. Five blogs came up with especially creative ways to inspire giving, thereby earning the Federated Media Award. Other winners include Fred Wilson of aVC (Technology Leaderboard), Kara Swisher of All Things D (FM Award), PZ Myers of Pharyngula
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DonorsChoose.org featured on NPR!

On December 4th, Michel Martin of the NPR program Tell Me More spoke about DonorsChoose.org with founder Charles Best and Annemarie Wikstrom, a teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana, who has received materials through DonorsChoose.org. The interview can be found here on the NPR website. Comments
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President Bill Clinton mentions DonorsChoose.org on the Early Show

DonorsChoose.org received a wonderful surprise on Monday morning during the CBS Early Show. President Bill Clinton was speaking with Harry Smith about the importance of charitable giving, and he cited DonorsChoose.org as an example of a non-profit that harnesses the power of the internet to enable ordinary citizens to have an impact. You can watch the video here! Comments
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Link Roundup: The Giving Season is Upon Us

Looking for a project?– Tyler Green of the Modern Art Notes blog is encouraging his readers to support arts projects through his challenge page.– The American Federation of Teachers highlights two DonorsChoose.org projects on its blog.– The blogger behind Three Words Back… is offering some cool bounty for those who donate through his challenge page. Want to hear about a feedback package?Decorno calls her feedback from the students a “cute little packet of love.” Looking for a holiday gift?– Check out what the QC report and Luxist have to say about DonorsChoose.org gift certificates.– You can bid on a signed
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DonorsChoose.org won a TechCrunch Crunchie!

DonorsChoose.org is the proud winner of a 2007 TechCrunch Crunchie as the organization “Most likely to make the world a better place.” Watch Jeff Weiner, Executive Vice President of Yahoo! and a DonorsChoose.org board member, accept the award at this link at 52min, 30sec. We were honored to be in the company of Kiva, One Laptop Per Child, Zerofootprint, and Facebook Causes, the other finalists for the award. Thank you, TechCrunch voters! Comments
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Our Blog Inspires One of Our Donors

The following is an excerpt of an email from a DonorsChoose.org donor who shared her story with us. (Posted with permission from the donor.) …One of the most exciting parts has been indirect feedback I have gotten in a couple of cases on the impact of my donations. n your blog a couple of months ago, one of the staffers recounted an email she got from a South Carolina teacher about how various grants had helped her, including a grant for books for a little girl who was then able to pass all her state exams. I recognized this one
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