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Donations to Rural Classrooms Worth Twice as Much

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A few years ago, the personal finance blogging community came together to create the pfblogs.org Financial Literacy Challenge through DonorsChoose.org, a charity that facilitates funding for classroom projects needing money. The challenge was designed for bloggers to encourage their readers to provide tax-deductible donations through DonorsChoose.org to fund classroom projects focusing on increasing financial knowledge.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is issuing a similar challenge. The foundation with fund 50% of any classroom project that prepares students in rural and high-poverty communities for college if the remainder is funded by individual donors.

You can browse the classroom projects eligible for the matching contributions from the foundation. There are hundreds of projects available so it is very likely that at least one will focus on aspects of education you find important.

The classroom projects are not expensive and DonorsChoose.org monitors every step of the process to ensure the teachers requesting the funds use the money properly, effectively, and efficiently. For just a few hundred dollars, you can fund a project. And with the guarantee offered by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your money will go much further.

Working with DonorsChoose.org was a great experience. The organization kept me informed and I received a package from the teachers and students I helped with photographs and personal notes thanking me for helping their projects become a reality. I strongly encourage anyone who believes the education of children is an important piece of a modern society to take any opportunity to help school programs that are grossly underfunded and in need of assistance.

Published or updated August 4, 2009. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Eric

Flexo – This is a great post and a really great idea. I’ve had some experience with DonorsChoose.org before and it’s really a great experience. I like that the site has a gifting option – where you can give someone a gift of some dollar amount and they get to go in and choose which project(s) to fund.

Well done.

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