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.
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
I am a 4th grade Math and Science bilingual teacher. I teach economically disadvantage students. My students are always ready to learn, they love to collaborate, and are always willing to give their best effort. This project is to add books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to add snacks and rewards for our treasure box. My students love to read new books. I want to add books related to their cultures. These books are going to support their English language acquisition by learning new words. We are also going to use them in class to learn about other Hispanic cultures. I love to reward their efforts. The snacks and rewards are going to be added to our classroom treasure box to continue motivating the.
Partner Reading Books!
Reading is such an important life skill! Providing my students with different genres, themes of literature will help them succeed as learners! My goal is to get my student excited as readers! I'd like to provide my students with additional partner reading materials as they have a strong enthusiasm for reading, and I want to ensure they have access to books they truly enjoy. These books will be used for independent reading and partner reading for years to come! My students will incorporate writing with their reading as they will journal about what they read! Many of these books are student favorites! I can’t wait to see how these books will impact my students literacy learning!! Books impact learners in so many ways!!
CSA Art Show- Display Walls
I am the art teacher at Colorado Skies Academy ,and I am looking for help with funding so that I can organize and host an art show and sale with student-submitted work. The purpose of this is to have the learners enter their art for an opportunity to be entered into the art show. The learners who are in my art class will have the requirement of submitting at least one piece into the art sale. Through this project, the learners will discover the financial ins and outs of selling their own work. The goal of this project is to teach learners how to market themselves as artists. These learners are special because they are creative and thoughtful. They are also very innovative and inquisitive.
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.