Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

DonorsChoose

Support a classroom. Build a future.

four stars

95.47

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 95.47 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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 January 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

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
95.1%
  Administrative Expenses 0.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 21.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $149,840,171
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $149,840,171
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $149,840,171
   Other Revenue $-942,062
TOTAL REVENUE $148,898,109
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $132,205,472
   Administrative Expenses $866,478
   Fundraising Expenses $5,392,605
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $138,464,555
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,433,554
   
Net Assets $71,640,071

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$323,507 0.23% Charles Best Chief Executive Officer

Mission

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.

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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