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DonorsChoose

Support a classroom. Build a future.

four stars

96.66

134 West 37th St. Floor 11
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 239-3615   Web Site
EIN: 13-4129457

Board Leadership
Peter Bloom
Chair

CEO
Charles Best
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose allows citizen philanthropists to fund specific project requests from teachers in U.S. public schools. We make it personal: donors choose a project that moves them, and then they hear back from the classroom with photos and updates. DonorsChoose vets the project request and purchases the resources for the teacher. To date, we have funded over 1.5 million classroom requests for books, technology, supplies, funding for field trips or class visitors, and other resources. Our vision is of a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose allows citizen philanthropists to fund specific project requests from teachers in U.S. public schools. We make it personal: donors choose a project that moves them, and then they hear back from the classroom with photos and updates. DonorsChoose vets the project request and purchases the resources for the teacher. To date, we have funded over 1.5 million classroom requests for books, technology, supplies, funding for field trips or class visitors, and other resources. Our vision is of a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of overall donors
709,030
Number of clients served
144,785
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
95.0%
  Administrative Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.72
  Program Expenses Growth 9.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by DonorsChoose on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by DonorsChoose on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
DonorsChoose (NY) 96.66 four stars
Hillsborough Education Foundation (FL) 90.93 four stars
RAFT (CA) 85.03 three stars
AchieveMpls (MN) 91.63 four stars
Classroom Central (NC) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $148,408,048
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $148,408,048
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $148,408,048
   Other Revenue $1,598,045
TOTAL REVENUE $150,006,093
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $124,018,709
   Administrative Expenses $1,323,766
   Fundraising Expenses $5,466,714
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $130,809,189
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $19,196,904
   
Net Assets $90,475,783

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Classroom Project Fulfillment $124,018,709 100.0%

Ratings History
DonorsChoose has received 15 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 96.66 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 95.47 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 96.66 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 96.37 four stars
2013-06 02/01/2014 97.83 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 97.78 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 96.13 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 97.86 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 96.97 four stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 96.70 four stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 96.53 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 98.64 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 95.88 four stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 95.74 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-4129457
Name in IRS Master File DONORSCHOOSE ORG
NTEE Code B12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$335,548 0.25% Charles Best Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
DonorsChoose (NY) 96.66 four stars
Classroom Central (NC) 98.23 four stars
RAFT (CA) 85.03 three stars
Hillsborough Education Foundation (FL) 90.93 four stars
Kids In Need Foundation (MN) 88.26 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

DonorsChoose
134 West 37th St.
Floor 11
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 239-3615
EIN: 13-4129457

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Board Leadership

Peter Bloom
Chair

CEO

Charles Best
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

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