HC at One Big Mortarboard has organized a campaign to raise a total of $1,500 out of about $1,900 remaining to fully cover four projects focusing on bringing money management skills to the schools. Teachers have personally submitted these projects to DonorsChoose to find funding. One project, in which elementary school students will be provided checkbooks and taught the skills needed to work with checking accounts, has already been fully funded. Once these four projects are fully funded, we have four more proposals waiting on deck relating directly to personal finance. Here are the details on the four programs searching for funding.
DonorsChoose is a quality organization that seeks to “improve public education by engaging citizens in an online marketplace where teachers describe and individuals can fund specific student needs.” The organization puts donors in touch with teachers who are in need of resources to help them to teach in the best manner possible, and provides a way for the donation to qualify as charitable for tax purposes. DonorsChoose also works hard to ensure that those asking for funding are vetted for integrity.
I have taught in public schools, and many in my social circle are teachers now, so I understand how frustrating it can be to provide thorough instruction when public schools cannot provide the resources necessary. Just like you can’t teach history with 25-year-old textbooks and you can’t teach music without instruments, you can’t teach money management without piggy banks, checkbooks, office supplies, or any other materials the teachers deem important.
Please consider sending some funds this way, particularly if you feel that not enough is being done to teach money management in schools. Here are four projects waiting to make an impact on 100 or more children, and all they need are small donations from personal finance bloggers and readers.
To choose the project you’d like to support, visit the pfblogs.org Financial Literacy Challenge. My donation will partially fulfill my charitable giving goals.
For those bloggers or readers concerned with anonymity, your may place your donation anonymously. Even if you choose to use your real name, it won’t be publicly released.
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Updated June 23, 2016 and originally published October 8, 2007.