Educators are turning to crowdfunding for basic academic materials across the nation at a time when education philanthropies are shifting away from that kind of support. More teachers are also resorting to online fundraising to support whole-child approaches, with requests for nonacademic support 3.5 times higher in high-poverty schools than in affluent ones.
Platforms like DonorsChoose, GoFundMe and EdSeed are only becoming more popular. As of November 2019, 30 school districts belonged to DonorsChoose’s District Partnership Program, which provides support for teachers who use the crowdfunding platform. It also ensures the integrity of donations align with districts’ priorities.