Thursday, February 3, 2011
Entrepreneurs that change the world
We were given the assignment to pick an entrepreneur that has changed the world for the better. In my research I came upon Charles Best, CEO of Donorschoose.org . DonorsChoose.org is a website that helps sponsor classroom projects in under privileged schools. The website allows teachers to take charge and become change makers. Teachers upload their ideas for class projects, field trips, and class improvements to the website, and then the public can choose which teacher they would like to sponsor and donate money towards their ideas. The program was started in 2000 at a school in the Bronx. Teachers at this school felt that school system funding didn’t evenly distribute resources, Shortages of learning materials discourage thorough, engaging instruction, and Top-down distribution of materials prevents teachers from developing targeted solutions for their students. Charles Best a social studies teacher sensed that the public was willing to give the money, but were wary to how it would be used, so he launched the website in 2007. Since then it has brought in over 14 million dollars to help out needy classrooms across the country.
The really cool part about the website is that you can search for projects that you find relevant or interesting, from pre-k reading activities, to basketballs for a physical education class, even zoo field trips. The website screens all the ideas before posting them, once posted and donated to the website purchases the materials requested and then follows up and delivers feedback to the donors. This gives the donors a sense of satisfaction and knowing that their money actually went to something useful. Since its inception, citizen philanthropists from all 50 states and 10 countries have funded over 32,000 classroom projects at DonorsChoose.org, channeling over $14 million worth of resources to students in low-income communities. More than 75% of these resources are reusable for future classes. Donors Choose exposes people to the workings of public schools, and the dire need that many are in. this message hits hard and knowing that a few donated dollars can make a big difference in the education of our future, is the greatest feeling in the world. This idea is noble, innovative, and life changing, this is why I chose Charles Best as my entrepreneur that changed the world.
Submitted by Patrick Smith