Dad of Divas' Reviews: deal to support public schools, a 1st for Groupon

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 deal to support public schools, a 1st for Groupon

Getting a great deal feels good, but helping students in need feels even better. Online education charity and Groupon, a nationwide daily deal site, are partnering today, Monday, May 24 to offer Groupon’s first-ever charity deal, allowing subscribers to double their donation dollars for individual classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers. This partnership will dedicate a total of $1 million to provide critical resources and supplies to public and charter school classrooms around the country, highlighting a new and unique method of engaging individuals in philanthropy. 

Groupon, a site valued at more than $1 billion, will be offering the deal beginning today as a system-wide side deal, which will also run throughout the rest of the week. The deal works like this: if you purchase $250 on Groupon, you’ll receive $500 credit to contribute to, $100 for $200 and so on. Other levels listed will be:
·         $100 credit sold for $50
·         $50 credit sold for $25
·         $20 credit sold for $10

As with any project, individuals will contribute the deal’s dollar amount to classroom projects of their choosing. Once a project is fully funded, will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. All donors will receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who fund more than $100 will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

 Founded in 2000, is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support.  After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.

To date, 122,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through individuals from all walks of life have helped 3 million students from low-income families.

1 comment: said...

Thanks for helping to spread the word, DoD! You are superb!