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DPS Partners with DonorsChoose to Help Increase Giving


Durham Public Schools announced today a new partnership with the national nonprofit DonorsChoose to help teachers tap into a network of 4 million donors to support classroom projects and more seamlessly align with district strategy and operations.

Teachers in Durham Public Schools have raised $3,100,000 and completed over 5,800 projects on DonorsChoose. These projects vary from books to laptops and other tools to enhance the learning environment and support student success.

“Durham Public Schools is excited to announce a partnership with DonorsChoose,” said Durham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pascal Mubenga. “It opens up new opportunities for teachers to fund projects that will help them provide the kind of educational experiences our students need to be prepared to thrive in the 21st Century. By partnering with DonorsChoose, we can better support Durham Public Schools teachers who are creating lessons that increase students' excitement about coming to school every day.”

As one of the 250+ members of the DonorsChoose District Partnership Program, Durham Public Schools will be able to fully support teachers in the use of the platform, ensure safety and security, and align efforts with the district’s strategic priorities. Durham Public Schools will be able to monitor all donated materials; principals will be notified each time a project is funded and receive early notification when there are new “match” funding opportunities.

“We're excited to have Durham Public Schools as a new member of the DonorsChoose District Partnership Program,” said Charles Best, founder, and CEO of DonorsChoose. “Durham Public Schools teachers and administrators continue to work hard to make sure students succeed, so far they’ve raised $3,100,000 towards learning materials from donors across the country. We can't wait to see how the DonorsChoose community can support these educators even more through our partnership.”

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About Durham Public Schools

Durham Public Schools is one of the ten largest districts in North Carolina, serving more than 32,000 students in the city and county of Durham with a vision of igniting the limitless potential of its students. It is one of the top 30 districts in the nation for employing teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, boasting two National Blue Ribbon Schools and a commitment to equity and excellence. Driven by its five-year Strategic Plan, DPS embraces, educates, and empowers every student to innovate, serve, and lead.

About DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, more than 4 million people and partners have contributed $1 billion to support 1.5 million teacher requests for learning resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reports to donors and school leaders. Charity Navigator and GuideStar have awarded DonorsChoose, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their highest ratings for transparency and accountability. For more information, visit