Donors Choose can fund your professional development.
I was thrilled to see a flyer for the collaborative workshop, Moving into the Zone: Implementing Move Mindfully® and The Zones of Regulation®. As an occupational therapist and a mindfulness and movement advocate, I knew I needed register for this professional development opportunity! However, working in public schools, I knew my funds were limited.
I decided to write a request on Donors Choose. They not only fund classroom resources, but also professional development. I knew that this unique offering would be of interest to many donors. I wrote up the course description and hit submit. I was shocked a week later when I received an email that my project had been fully funded! I was very fortunate to post at a time when donations were matched 50%. Donors Choose is the perfect way to fund your Move Mindfully® Workshop!
Can I use Donors Choose?
To post a project on Donorschoose.org, a teacher must be employed full-time by a public school district or or the Office of Head Start and be a front line educator working with students at least 75% of the time. Front line educators include classroom teachers, therapists, librarians, guidance counselors and school nurses.
Once you determine your position is eligible for Donorschoose.org you may register for an account. Before posting your first project, I suggest reviewing the Rules & Responsibilities regarding posting a project and accepting a funded project. As a project receives funding, the educator is required to post a quick, online Thank You note to the donor. Once project items are received, the educator is required to upload photos of the project in use and create Thank You cards for each donor. Donorschoose.org offers clear instructions for each step of the project process.
Tips for Your Project
- Use the search engine to find projects similar to the one you are posting. Reading other projects might be inspirational when you sit down to write your request. Search “mindfulness” or “yoga” to see what else has been funded.
- Review current Promotions & Funding Opportunities BEFORE beginning your project. Often companies offer to match funds if a project meets certain criteria (i.e. Technology, Early Childhood, Literacy, etc.).
- Start small. In my experience, projects with needs in the $400-500 range (or less) seem to get funded within the 6 month timeline. Maybe start for a smaller ask of mindfulness and movement products from the 1000 Petals store.
- Share your project with Family & Friends via social media.
Donorschoose.org offers a unique opportunity for educators to request supplies and professional development that pertains directly to our work with youth. I am truly grateful for the Donors Choose organization and all of the generous donors that support educators.
Have you had a mindfulness and movement project funded on Donors Choose? Leave a comment!
Written By, Amanda Block
My name is Amanda and I am a pediatric occupational therapist. I have worked in school settings in Minnesota and Wisconsin for almost 21 years. I have had several projects funded through Donorschoose.org over the last ten years.