DonorsChoose update

Y’all may have read about this on one of the other participating blogs, but just in case, I’ll recap here:

First, what is it? My initial post on it is here; essentially, several of us here at Scienceblogs have put together a wish list of projects at DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit that matches donors with teacher-submitted projects in need of funding. My challenge is here; so far, I’ve had 7 donations for a total of $269.82. An excellent start, but I’m hoping a few more of you will kick in–even a $10 donation, if submitted by 10 of you, would make a huge difference.

Second, SEED has announced that they’re donating $10,000 to the effort. Collectively, all of us here have raised a bit over $13,000, so with SEED’s 10K, that’s over $23,000 so far to go to teachers’ projects. Very, very cool.

Third, a few of you have written me or left comments noting that foreign donors are ineligible. Believe it or not, that’s a Homeland Security measure. For those of you who aren’t in the US, there’s a way to get around that–simply use your credit card and choose a state at random. They can’t, however, send their “feedback packages” (the letters and photographs) overseas.

Thanks again to everyone who donated so far, either to my challenge or on another blog. For the rest of you, you still have about a week to donate–no amount is too small, and it’s all appreciated.

Comments

  1. #1 Dave S.
    June 22, 2006

    Tara writes:

    Believe it or not, that’s a Homeland Security measure. For those of you who aren’t in the US, there’s a way to get around that–

    I just like how you say Homeland Security…Scmomeland Security…here’s how you get around those guys. :)

    I already found that loophole. I’ve Dave S. from Wyoming, in case anyone asks.

  2. #2 theRidger
    June 22, 2006

    Homeland Security?

    What – they don’t want foreigners to know how badly funded our public schools are?

    Psssssst – I think the secret’s out, guys.