GoGuardian Gives

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A program designed to show our support for the amazing work teachers do.

We know that many educators like you use money from your own pockets for school supplies, student’s clothing, and even food to keep kids fed over the weekends and breaks. In the wake of natural disasters, some of you also help rebuild classrooms and homes, and then still find extra time and resources to dedicate to your students. In fact, the average teacher in America spends almost $500 a year on classroom supplies. We want to help!

GoGuardian Gives is a program designed to show our support for the amazing work teachers do. The idea is simple: you tell us what you need, and if your project is selected, we’ll support you with a donation. Our hope is that this program will raise awareness around gaps in school funding, while directly helping teachers and students.

Here's how it works

Every month we’ll award $1,000 to an educator-led initiative(s) via DonorsChoose.org.

To apply, simply:

  1. Register and start a project at DonorsChoose.org;
  2. Fill out the form below with a link to your project;
  3. Keep doing your good work!

Our team will review the applications on a monthly basis and select a project to fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of projects are you looking for?

We’re looking for projects that have the biggest positive impact on students. That could be anything! Classroom materials, first aid kits, pillows for reading zones. If you need it, we want to know about it. The only thing we’re not looking for are requests for GoGuardian licenses.

  • Why use DonorsChoose.org instead of giving the money directly to teachers?

Because they’re really, really good at this! DonorsChoose specializes in funding classroom projects. They’ve mobilized donors to give more than $1 billion and fund over 1.7 million projects. They take care of the hard parts of giving, including vetting requests, purchasing items, and shipping materials directly to verified schools and their commitment to efficiency and transparency has been recognized by Charity Navigator with their highest rating. Working with them makes it easy to give. Learn more about DonorsChoose.org.

  • Why not just make GoGuardian free?

We’d love to, but GoGuardian is a business. Because our team has specific talents, backgrounds, and interests, we’ve chosen to try to realize our vision by building the best possible tools for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate. For more information about our approach to edtech, check out this post from our CEO, Advait Shinde.

GoGuardian Gives Winners

August 2023

Hands-On Manipulatives!

Mrs. Gray
Cheswick, PA

STEAM learning allows students to practice and develop engineering skills in a variety of ways. With a focus of science, technology, engineering, art, and math students can problem solve engineering tasks through all of these focus areas. Quality hands-on materials give students an opportunity to manipulate the world around them, encouraging experiences that are applicable to the real world and its challenges. Problem solving skills are enhanced through the use of hands-on materials (LEGO bricks). When students can manipulate building materials to create unique solutions to their problems, magic is unlocked.

August 2023

Classroom Feud in Second Grade

Ms. Rogers
Baton Rouge, LA

My students are very active second graders. My students love a good challenge and with these games, they will be challenged. It is imperative that I also have an abundance of different interesting games for my kiddos. The number counting blocks, addition & subtraction dominoes, the array set, answering buzzers, and Zingo will bring lots of educational fun. Some of these games will be used during centers and small group instruction. The games will be available for students to use during morning arrival, evening dismissal, and choice time for extra practice.

August 2023

Exploring New Books!

Ms. Murphy
Bronx, NY

This school year we would love to include a new book into our reading unit of study. Ensuring that students find a love for reading at a young age is so important! We think Yasmin the Explorer would be the best addition to our realistic fiction reading unit. Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. We think this book would be great because it exposes the students to diverse characters as well as exposes them to books within a series!

Our Impact So Far

Founded in 2017 by Guardian Jessica Lee, the GoGuardian Gives program has impacted numerous organizations and shows no signs of stopping. From participating in awareness-raising American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walks to assisting the LA Food Bank and inspiring students at career days and panels, Guardians don’t just stop there.

Over the course of three Daymaker campaigns from 2020 to 2021 — focused on back-to-school and holiday giving  — 195 Guardians helped 317 children by raising $40.3K for everything from school supplies to gifts on their holiday wish lists. The team plans to continue back-to-school and holiday giving campaigns in 2022.

We know each Guardian has important causes they personally support, so GoGuardian leverages Percent Pledge to provide each employee with credits and matching funds to enable donations to charities of their choice. So far, GoGuardian and 160 employees have impacted 46 non-profits by donating $22,349 — with that number growing on a regular basis.